I was joking to Mrs. Charm the other day about the front page story in the daily on the severity of our drought (thanks to an increased population demanding more water) that whenever they highlight a weather problem, the solution is almost at hand.
Well, maybe not the whole solution, but a good wetting, according to WeatherBell’s Joe D’Aleo:
“This time of year is when rain com[e]s to the high plains as moisture gets drawn northwest upslope. They have a second peak in the fall with the early fall storms fed by the seasonal moisture that come[s] into the desert southwest.”
So, while it may not be a repeat of the Memorial Day floods of 1981, the forecast rain of two inches or more over the next ten days, following by a cooler-than-usual (less evaporation) summer and, thanks to El Nino, a wetter-than-normal fall, our long-awaited drought-buster may be almost at hand.
After all, we got three and half inches of rain in an hour at the rancho about this time last year. So it’s only wise to get ready for a real frog-strangler.
UPDATE: Alas, no frogs were killed in the making of this Memorial Day weekend. We got only 2.5 inches at the rancho—much of it coming on Tuesday— but it was better than none.
Very amusing to watch the, ahem, so-called mainstream media play catch up on Issac’s many feet of rain, after slamming Weather Bell for alleged hyping of the storm which turned out to be “only” a Category 1.
Joe Bastardi, the alleged chief hyper, and his pal Dr. Dewpoint of WB called the heavy rains long before Issac hit southeastern Louisiana. People in NOLA who paid attention to them (instead of, say, CNN) got out before they had to wade out, Bangladeshi-style. Way to go, WB!
This graph put together from federal data by Dr. Dewpoint (Joe D’Aleo) at Weather Bell shows the hottest continental U.S. decades (1930s, 1950s, 1910s, and 1980s) came well before sales of the carbon-spewing SUVs that are the radical environmentalists’ favorite culprit for “climate change.”
Course what the pols who babble about Anthropocentric (i.e., human-caused) Global Warming really want is more government control over us and the economy and more tax money to hire more leftist bureaucrats, whom you can bet will be doing something other than altering the climate—if that was even possible.
China’s stance on this nonsense is refreshingly bold: “China will take swift counter-measures that could include impounding European aircraft if the EU punishes Chinese airlines for not complying with its scheme to curb carbon emissions, the China Air Transport Association said on Tuesday.”
Even better is the story behind the North Carolina Legislature’s recent rejection of a state commission’s attempt to impose infrastructure and development restrictions on twenty coastal counties over predicted (without, of course, any evidence) sea-level rises of 39-feet by 2100.
UPDATE: Bigtime BSer John Kerry rails against AGW critics: “Thomas Paine actually described today’s situation very well,” Kerry said. “As America fought for its independence, he said: ‘It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance.’”
I agree. So check out Kerry’s mendacity. While Martha Stewart and others have gone to prison for insider-trading, Kerry does it all the time. Search for his name on the Look Inside feature here to see how he used his insider knowledge to increase his fortune from impending Obamacare legislation.
Drought is normal in Texas, but this certainly is overdoing it. Especially with the fires—though it should be said they are more a matter of modern population density than anything else. Some people are comparing it all to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
More accurately, if less commonly known, it’s an analog of the terrible Texas drought of the 1950s—long before the greenhouse effect/global warming/climate change was a money-making gleam in Al Gore’s cynical eye. Which means it will continue for a while, at least through this winter.
Joe Bastardi, late of Accuweather, now forecasting for a start-up called Weather BELL, thinks (as of this afternoon) that Hurricane Irene is of the “genre” of Hurricane Ike which whacked Galveston in 2008. Same low central pressure calculation (950 mb), he says, and a tighter eye than Ike as Irene moves north “riding a path only seen a couple of times in 200 years.”
The picture above is of the Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston which Ike cleared of vacation homes and the people still in them who had refused to leave. So, while some forecasters are calling hype on Irene, Joe is betting parts of the Northeast Coast are going to look something like the above.
Hope not. But there it is. We shall see.
UPDATE: She did not, in the sense that she did not produce Ike’s storm surge waves that cleared Bolivar. So far, inland flooding is her big story.
UPDATE: As of 9/29: At least ten billion dollars in damages and 40 deaths, so far. Epic flooding of rivers and streams from Irene’s drenching rains, from North Carolina north to Vermont.
People who refused evacuation are now surrounded by rising floodwaters. Albany, NY, as far inland as that is, is having 100-year flooding. Irene was not the wimp some are saying she was.