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.
What About Global Warming?
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.