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Tuesday, August 21, 2012


The weather today at the South Pole was minus 74 F.  Historically, the Lut Desert in Iran is the hottest spot on the planet, with a record 159 F in 2005.  The record low is 129 below zero on the Fahrenheit scale at Vostok Station, Antarctica in 1983.  So hot and cold are relative, and so are hot and hot.

True, 61% of the 48 none Alaska/Hawaii states are experiencing some form of drought condition.  It was up to nearly 62% in 2007.  More specifically, 88% of the nation's corn crop is being impacted by drought.  But the Dust Bowl days were worse, as an 80% condition was reached in 1934.  

Strange, but Ohio is the only state which is doing fine.  But that is a strange state.  All reports indicate the world is also suffering.  Korea is being impacted by a drought of a century.  And, by the way, we likely will have more fires this year than ever before.  An area larger than Maryland--7 million acres--has been charred so far, with more than four months left.  I might add, though, that most recent years saw destruction higher than 6.5 million acres by today.

The whole point to this discussion is:  ARE THESE DROUGHT CONDITIONS CAUSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE?  James Hansen, the Godfather of Global Warming, says yes:

"This is not some scientific theory," Hansen told The Associated Press in an interview. "We are now experiencing scientific fact."

 Bjorn Lomborg says no, or, at least, let us not mislead the public.  But he is The Skeptical Environmentalist,  campaigned against the Kyoto Protocol and calls the Greenhouse Effect a myth.  He has a PhD in POLITICAL SCIENCE from the University of Copenhagen and is associated with the Copenhagen Business School.  Hansen has a PhD in physics and is with Columbia University, in addition to heading the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.  Okay, who has more credibility, Hansen or Lomborg?  An amazing number of people actually side with Lomborg.  This is a good part of our problem.

Well, there is tropical storm at 40 MPH in the Atlantic that will soon become Hurricane Isaac and traipse west through the Caribbean islands towards Florida:

However, in the west Pacific are two significant events.  Typhoon Tembin, now at 105 MPH, will strengthen into a Category 4 storm, but somewhat weaken before striking Taiwan on Thursday:

However, right behind, to move north of Taiwan, is Typhoon Bolaven, already at 90 MPH, predicted to strengthen into a Category 3 storm, threaten Okinawa and make landfall in Zhejiang Province, China:

Interesting, but Tembin (left) and Bolaven (right), under certain conditions, could meet and combine:


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