Cool Waterfall, Cold Lake, Hot Debate, Hot Acid


This is So Cool...Watch It

This is So Cool...Watch It! Click The Pic or Link Below

You need to check this out:  I posted this some time ago but I wanted to bring it up again.  It is a Cool Japanese Mall Waterfall.  It’s one of those things that the creators were quite ingenius, but I also wonder if they used their time to…I dunno…build a better lightbulb or solve the energy crisis.  I’ve always wondered that about the folks who make those cool video games.  If they used their abilities toward something more functionally worthwhile, perhaps we’d have a few more answers and a few less problems.  But, I guess the money isn’t in doing things to helping mankind…its in video games.  Nevertheless, this waterfall in a giant shopping mall called Canal City in Fukouka, Japan.  You can read about it here…but check out the video, its worth your time.

Satellite View of Frozen Lake Superior...2nd time in 6 years

Satellite View of Frozen Lake Superior...2nd time in 6 years

Cool Frozen Apostle Island Sea Caves Under Superior

Cool Frozen Apostle Island Sea Caves Under Superior

What About Global Warming? 

Going Some Where?

Going Some Where?

Maybe those video game makers can come up with computer models that can be accurate in global climate modeling.  So far, the ones used by those who claim that Anthropogenic Global Warming (man made) haven’t been too good.  We’ve been in a stable or cooling peiod for the last several years and that wasn’t in the original data.  Now, to be certain, any given year cannot be used to make an argument one way or another and that is even more true when you look at just a certain part of the world.  But, we’ve already seen that in the US, 2008 the coldest in a decade.  We’ve seen that the ice on the Arctic region did not melt away as was trumpeted by some media outlets in 2008….instead the Arctic Ice Field  ice grew.  Now, at the tail end of the winter 2009, Lake Superior has frozen.  I believe that I read somewhere that the

Unwanted Visitor?

Unwanted Visitor?

average for the biggest Great Lake freezing is about once every two decades.  Well, this is the second time in less than 10 years (2002-03)  it has frozen and the 3rd time (1995-96)  in the last 20. This is a contrast to a story two years ago that suggested a study said the Lake Superior was warming rapidly.   The photo from the Apostle Islands Sea Caves above is cool.  And now, folks on Lake Huron are losing their homes.  Not to flooding or tornadoes.  But instead, ice piling up on homes near Saginaw, MI (with video) from the lake after high winds. (here is a Bay City News story with a photo gallery) It looks like a big glacier is creeping into the neighborhood.  Snow totals have also been rather extreme across the northern and northeastern US in 2008 and 2009. 

Nevertheless, we have presidential proposals to go along with the “cap and trade” route to battle global warming and also taxing carbon users.  But, now comes a report that efforts to “save the planet” only have a 50-50 chance of working.  Perhaps in line with that type of thinking, Al Gore was challenged to a debate by Danish Global Warming skeptic Bjorn Lomberg regarding whether or not money could be better spent on Health and Education.  Mr. Gore refused to debate and got a little testy at the suggestion (story and video).  If that’s not enough, here is a story that claims “scientists”  (I love that catch-all description used by “journalists} who say that Global Warming Claims are exaggerated.

Confused now?  I thought the debate was over and a consensus had been reached.

Bell Demonstrates His Accidental Discovery..sans Acid

Bell Demonstrates His Accidental Discovery..sans Acid

On This date in History: 

We all know that Alexander Graham Bell was given credit for inventing the telephone.  He discovered his invention on this date in 1876.  What do I mean by he discovered his invention?  Well, we all know the first words spoken were from Bell to his assistant Watson.  He shouted “Watson, come here! I want you!”  Watson was in another room but heard the words over a telephone.  Why was Bell in such a rush for Watson?  Did he want coffee?  Nope. Bell had spilled acid on his pants!  He was in great need of assistance, I would say.  Had he not spilled the acid, it’s no telling how long it would have taken for him to figure out that he had created the telephone. 

 

But, Bell was not the only one working on the telephone.  Just like yesterday’s story about the Monitor and the Virginia in which both the Confederates and Union came up with iron clads at the same time, another man was working on the telephone.  His name was Elisha Gray.  On February 14, 1876 Gray submitted a caveat for a new device with the US Patent Office.  This was more or less a precursor to a patent application because the device still didn’t work.  He called it a “talking telegraph.”  Trouble was, Bell had already come in to the office with his own caveat a couple of hours before.  Gray spent the rest of his life trying to prove that he invented the telephone and not Bell.  Early bird gets the worm, Elisha.

Slight Risk May Be Expanded During Following Evaluations

Slight Risk May Be Expanded During Following Evaluations

 

 

Weather Bottom Line:  It was a tornado in Lawrence County.  Estimated at EF3.  Think thats something like 135-150 mph winds.  Its not totally out of the question we get another round of rough weather on Tuesday evening.  A warm front will come through Tuesday morning….might bring a shower or two.  Then the temperatures jump to the upper 70’s to near 80.  A cold front comes sweeping down and, as I mentioned yesterday, we have an upper flow from the southwest to northeast as we did last weekend.  The polar and subtropical jet will be in phase.  I suspect that the dynamics will be such to support strong storms.  That will be especially true to our northwest as the storms will probably come in the heat of the day.  But, since we will be so warm and the sun goes down an hour later now, we will have to watch it carefully.  After that, we knock about 25-35 degrees off the temperatures for the rest of the week.

   DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK 
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   1225 PM CDT MON MAR 09 2009
  
   VALID 101200Z – 111200Z
  
   …THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS THE MIDWEST SWWD INTO
   THE OZARKS…
  
   …SYNOPSIS…
   THE PHASING OF THE SUB-TROPICAL AND POLAR STREAMS OVER THE SRN PLNS
   LATE TONIGHT WILL CARRY AN AMPLIFYING MID-LVL SHORTWAVE TROUGH INTO
   THE UPR GRTLKS/MIDWEST REGIONS TUE/TUE NIGHT.  SFC LOW WILL DEEPEN
   STEADILY FROM THE MID-MO VLY NEWD TO ERN LKSUP/NWRN ONT BY 12Z WED.
   S OF THE LOW…A CDFNT WILL SWEEP SEWD AND SERVE AS A FOCUS FOR
   STG/SVR TSTMS FROM THE MIDWEST/GRTLKS REGIONS TO THE SRN PLNS.
  
   …MIDWEST/MID-MS VLY…
   ELEVATED CONVECTION WILL BE ONGOING EARLY TUE ACROSS THE MID-MS/OH
   VLYS…GENERALLY N OF A NWD ADVANCING WRMFNT.  WARM ADVECTION/
   ELEVATED MSTR TRANSPORT WILL BE QUITE STG AND GIVEN PRESENCE OF
   STEEP LAPSE RATES ABOVE H7…STRONGER TSTMS MAY YIELD ISOLD LARGE
   HAIL.
  
   MORE SUBSTANTIAL SVR RISKS WILL DEVELOP TUE AFTN/EVE ALONG AND AHEAD
   OF THE DEEPENING SFC LOW/CDFNT.  LLVL MOISTURE… CHARACTERIZED BY
   50S/60S SFC DEW POINTS…IS EXPECTED TO QUICKLY SURGE NWD INTO THE
   MIDWEST BY TUE AFTN.  COUPLED WITH POTENTIAL SUNSHINE…MODEST
   BUOYANCY WILL DEVELOP…PARTICULARLY ACROSS CNTRL IL/WRN IND SWWD
   INTO THE OZARKS WHERE MLCAPES WILL RANGE FROM 500-1000 J PER KG.
  
   SFC-BASED TSTM INITIATION WILL LIKELY TAKE PLACE BY MID-AFTN INVOF
   THE SEWD MOVING CDFNT FROM NWRN IL SWWD INTO NERN MO.  MAGNITUDE OF
   FORCING WILL LIKELY RESULT IN A BKN-BAND OF STORMS RATHER QUICKLY.
   INCREASINGLY NEG-TILT TO THE UPR SYSTEM WILL ENHANCE THE DEEP LAYER
   WIND FIELDS WITH VERTICAL SHEAR IN EXCESS OF 70 KTS.  EARLY TSTMS
   WILL LIKELY EXHIBIT SUPERCELL CHARACTERISTICS WITH CELL
   SPLITS/MERGERS GIVING LARGE HAIL/ISOLD TORNADO THREATS.
   EVENTUALLY…AN ORGANIZED BAND OF LOW-TOPPED STORMS WILL RESULT LATE
   TUE AFTN/EVE AS ACTIVITY MOVES ACROSS THE MIDWEST/MID-MS VLY WITH A
   TRANSITION TO MORE OF A DMGG WIND THREAT.  NIGHTTIME PORTION OF THE
   LINE MAY POSE AN ISOLD RISK FOR HAIL/HIGH WINDS AS FAR E AS WRN
   OH/SRN LWR MI.
  
   …SE OK/NCNTRL-NERN TX/WRN AR…
   ISOLD-WDLY SCTD TSTMS WILL ALSO DEVELOP SWWD FROM THE MID-MS VLY
   SWWD INTO NCNTRL/NERN TX TUE LATE AFTN/EVE ALONG THE SEWD MOVING
   CDFNT.  LARGER SCALE SUPPORT WILL BE COMPARATIVELY WEAKER THAN
   FARTHER TO THE NE AS A BRIEF PERIOD OF WEAK LARGE SCALE RIDGING
   SPREADS ACROSS THE REGION IN WAKE OF THE MATURING CYCLONE.
   NEVERTHELESS…STRONG/VEERING WIND PROFILES JUXTAPOSED WITH AROUND
   60/LOWER 60S F SFC DEW POINTS WOULD CONDITIONALLY SUPPORT A RISK FOR
   SVR HAIL TUE LATE AFTN/EVE.
  
   ..RACY.. 03/09/2009

4 Responses

  1. I’ve seen that waterfall sculpture before and it is very neat. I don’t know if the type of guys that make those things and make video games, while they obviously are extremely talented, are the same type of people that cure cancer and invent telephones. You’re talking about one group who is manipulating known technology while another group is breaking new ground–changing paradymes. In my experience, the type of folks that do such creative things don’t have the discipline to do the drudgery. They can do the “inspiration” that Thomas Edison spoke of but not the “perspiration”. Do you have any idea how many different filaments for his light bulbs Edison tried but he found one that would work? Quite a few. To be successful you have to have a pretty high tolerance for failure and, in my experience, most creative folks don’t have that. I’m not knocking anyone, mind you, since you need both types of people in this world. But I do think that they are two different types of folks, that’s all I’m saying. The rare thing is to find someone who is both creative and has the will (stubborness) to press ahead through many obstacles. That’s a good but rare amalgam!

    I love the picture of the ice caves on Apostle Island. They look very otherworldly.

    There you go grinding your anti-global warming axe again, Bob! Come on, buddy: Drink the Kool-aid! The science is there and the consensus is there…don’t let a little thing like facts get you confused. If it’s hot, it’s global warming. If it’s cold, it’s global warming. If it’s average, it’s global warming. And raising taxes and growing government will solve it all. Don’t think, Bob. Just believe!!!

  2. I didn’t take a position…just put some things out there that most haven’t heard about. It was tough finding the story of the ice invading people’s houses from Lake Huron. I’ve been called a Rush Limbaugh lover and from the same post been called an Al Gore Kool-Aid drinker. So, I take hits from both sides, which means I must be in about the right spot. By the way, I have a model here that is trying to bring some excitement here next Monday evening. Not sure if it will pan out. Remember this is the same model that 3 days ago said it would snow here this weekend, which it won’t. But, we’re getting to that time of year.

  3. Yeah, I was just poking fun (in case you didn’t know). I think that you try to be fair but you seem to be more of a anthropomorphic global warming skeptic, in my view. That is closer to my take on things (BIG surprise!). So, I find your posts on global warming a good balance to the mainstream media which seems to have drunk the whole pitcher of Kool-Aid. Anyway, the other side needs to be heard so I appreciate that you try to be fair and help us to decipher the science from the media hype. The media is not about saving the world: It’s about selling papers, nothing more. One should always keep that in mind. Whatever they have to tell us to alarm and frighten folks into watching the nightly news they will do. They will make sure though that there is at least the tiniest grain of truth somewhere in what they’re cranking out–so they can remain true to their “principles”. We should try to be more discriminating consumers of the information we consume and not gobble down everything they pump out, that’s for sure!

    Another thing that’s certain is that this silly “cap and trade” nonsense will do nothing to prevent global warming. It’s a back door way of getting the Kyoto Accord (which Clinton and Bush wisely side-stepped) into America. Of course, they’ll put a new name on it so people won’t know unless the talking heads actually make the connection for them. Taxing “carbon emissions” and animal flatulence will only raise prices and hinder employment growth as increased taxes almost always do. Not the best thing to do when you’re trying to get our economy off of life-support! Folks will be setting up shadow businesses and selling their carbon credits to real businesses so they can keep pumping out the same amount of “evil” carbon dioxide to keep their businesses going. Businesses will raise prices and lay folks off (or just not hire anyone to replace those who leave) to pay for it. What a silly shell game! Or, they’ll re-locate to China or India who have been exempted from this goofiness since their economies are still in development (and because their governments aren’t STUPID enough to allow their economies to be halted by this poppycock!).

    One more good snow would be fun, I suppose, since it probably wouldn’t stick around very long this time of year. Here’s hoping for a few more flakes next week!

  4. Me? Skeptic? Nooooooo. Here’s what I think. Yes, there is global warming. Yes, our activity is probably helping but is it the main cause? Who knows. Is there anything we can do about it? I don’t know from a pragmatic standpoint or an economic standpoint or a scientific standpoint. Should we do anything about it or would the money be better spent trying to cure other ills that face the world? I think the cap and trade thing is nonsense and no solution except to make people rich and a way to reduce the sovereignty of nations and take the UN closer to becoming a globally governing body. I also think it raises a red flag when someone says that the discussion is over, particularly in science. Cutting off debate and declaring victory is usually something that indicates fear and often is a sign of tyranny masquerading as something else. To me…cutting off the exchange of ideas is a huge red flag and gives me grave concern as well as raises skepticism of those doing the chortling. And that’s too bad because it also takes the eye off of the real issue, which is trying to uncover the truth.

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