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Thursday, January 13, 2011

IS SOMETHING HAPPENING TO OUR WEATHER?

I woke up this morning and it was already lighted.  My wake up system failed, for I was supposed to awake at 6AM to prepare for golf.  However, it was 7:47!  In alarm I called the Ala Wai Golf Course starter, and was relieved to learn that the rains, which began yesterday, were continuing, and the course was closed for the day. How lucky can I get?

However, the SONY Open starts today, so this now provides me an opportunity to attend, as I have a free pass.  I learned that they will be teeing off, but five hours delayed.  It even looks like the weather is now clearing.


So rain can be good if timed right.  After all, if anything, parts of the World are suffering from droughts.  If moisture comes with cold, like recently in the South and East Coast, snow falls.  While it is sunny in Atlanta today, there is a high of 32F.  It is also sunny in Boston, a  high of 30F.  In Honolulu, it will get up to the mid-70's.  So those icy particulates are now only blowing around back East, but it is still cold.  Interestingly enough, there is snow over 49 of the 50 states, with Florida being the exception.  Yet, Jacksonville's temperature will drop to 32F tonight.  That's a shot of Mauna Kea to the right.

The Southern Hemisphere, in their middle of summer, is where the weather problems are today.  The death toll in Queensland is up to 15, with 34 in Brisbane.  Floods in the eastern part of the Philippines have killed at least 40, and there will be more.     (These islands are, actually, north of the equator.)  The Brazil rains north of Rio de Janeiro have already killed 416, and mounting.

The global scale is especially worrisome.  NASA and NOAA reported that 2010 was the wettest year on record,  with the average temperature matching the all-time high of 2005.  It is the 34th year in a row that the yearly average was higher than the 20th century average, and nine of the ten highest temperatures have occurred since 2001.

These records should begin to influence decision-makers, but won't, yet.  I'm afraid you need more deaths and personal inconveniences.  But won't it then be too late?

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The Dow Jones Industrials dropped 24 to 11, 732, with world markets mostly up.  Gold fell $14/toz to $1372 and petroleum is at $91/barrel.

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