Hurricane Katrina supposedly was the clincher in the notion that global warming is caused by nefarious human greed. But, two years later and with nothing like it to have come again, the most famous hurricane-forecasting meteorologist, William Grey, blames the salt content of the oceans. He says Al Gore and the Nobel peace prize committee are doing a disservice to humanity for saying otherwise. Grey believes the climate will swing to global cooling soon enough. It’s been said–I forget by who–that Gore et al are only pushing this phony apocalypse to give the Dems something to run on since, as much as they dislike Bush’s Iraq policy, they know in their hearts that they very likely would have been forced by events to do exactly the same thing–and, for the good of the country, they’d better not interfere with it too much.
LCRA’s chief meteorologist Bob Rose says another mini- drought-breaker like we had about nine days ago isn’t in the cards, just more humidity and a light rain later this week followed by a bit more this weekend thanks to a Pacific cold front combined with a low pressure trough out of New Mexico:
"Rain amounts Saturday through Sunday will be a little heavier, generally in the range of 0.5 to 1 inch, with isolated heavier totals. As of now, however, I’m not seeing the development of a heavy rain event. High temperatures both days will be in the middle 70s"
At least we’re going to get nice spring weather the next couple of weeks, highs in the 70s and lows in the 60s. And with the perennials greening up and the antique roses budding out, it should be even nicer.
Asked what he learned from his visit to the KVUE television station Monday night with the rest of the Tiger Cubs, Mr. Boy said, "You can’t wear green on TV." Chief meteorologist Mark Murray was our host, showing off and explaining the station’s newsroom, studio and the weather forecasting center. They use a green screen background wall for superimposing electronic maps, radar and other images, and Mark had a handy green sheet to demonstrate how wrapping oneself in it below the neck could make your body disappear on the tube. He was pretty calm, when faced with seventeen raucous first graders, for someone who has no children of his own. When we got home, Mr. B. spent an hour or so making up his Valentines for class tomorrow, before going off to bed.
When Houston’s KPRC-TV, Channel 2 News, dropped the dewpoint readings from its on-air weather forecast (though the web site still has it), some meteorologists got rather exercised over what they saw as an attempt to dumb down the populace while making television news consultants (yes, they have those) happy.
I confess I have never understood the utility of mentioning the dewpoint. But Bob Rose says for athletes, for one, it has more value than knowing the relative humidity, for which I also confess I have only a vague appreciation.
"I hear a lot of people in the summer talk about the humidity being around 35 percent and thinking the air is dry when in fact it’s not," Bob writes. "It’s just that the temperature is so high, the air can hold more water vapor, so the humidity reading ends up being lower."
He says the dewpoint is actually an easier concept since it doesn’t change with the air temperature.
"Basically, anytime the dewpoint gets in the 60s, or higher, the air is going to feel pretty humid. And the closer the air temperature and dewpoint readings are, the more humid the air will be."
Houston is a very humid town, so you’d think they’d want to figure this out. But not KPRC.