Category Archive: Weather

Jan 31 2014

The Atlanta blame game

An amazingly universal phenomenon strikes politicians of all stripes whenever they are caught flat-footed and unprepared by a storm. See, they couldn’t prevent the storm, so why is the public all bitchy about it? An equally plausible explanation for what happened in Georgia this week is a raging case of right-wing Deficit Obsession Syndrome; the …

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Jan 29 2014

Snowstorm in Dixie strands thousands

A rare snowstorm deep in the heart of Dixieland has stranded thousand of motorist on icy roads overnight and children in schools. More than a few people are pissed off that local resources weren’t tasked earlier and that business and schools did not call a snow day to limit the chaos.

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Jan 28 2014

You think it’s cold?


Here in Central Texas, we’re suffering under the Killer Glaze of ’14. A light glaze that struck right before morning rush hour and has the city so locked up officials are now advising no one goes on the road if they don’t have to. Elsewhere in the nation there’s real cold. Subzero in some parts …

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Jan 08 2014

The universe is trying to kill us

I spoke briefly with Mike Mann last night, and we can talk about all kinds of fascinating climate physics, but the gist of it is, the cap of air that normally lays over the Arctic in the dead of winter shifted, virtually intact, way south toward North America. Which caused a lot of problems, obviously, …

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Jan 07 2014

The freezing of 2014

  It’s cold, scientists baffled by Arctic front in Winter and all that, but it is miserable. It turns out the heating system in my shitty apartment can’t handle sustained temps much below freezing. The heating element only adds a few tens of degrees to whatever passes through it, so it blew warmer air, warmer …

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Nov 11 2013

Thousands dead, many more missing in wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Survivors of what may end up being the most deadly storm in human history are trying to pick up the pieces in the Philippines, after Typhoon Haiyan raked the island nation with 200 mph wind gusts and a ten meter storm surge. In some places there’s not many pieces left to pick up:

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Nov 08 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan is leveling the Phillippines


Update: Reported via the NOAA, “the US’ National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had issued a bulletin saying that the storm’s intensity could no longer be tracked using the widely-used Dvorak storm intensity scale.” If it were to be rated, guesses are from strong cat 6 to cat 7. This is just the beginning of …

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Sep 20 2013

Look who’s asking for a Big Gubmint handout now

It turns out I’m not the only one asking for money this week. Remember Super Storm Sandy? Which wasn’t a super storm so much as a typical strength hurricane that happened to hit the densest population center in the US, including a bunch of well to do beach fronts. Back then, a number of conservative …

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Sep 17 2013

Solar activity perplexes astronomers

The sun regularly reverses its magnetic field every 10 to 12 years giving rise to what astronomers call the solar cycle. It appeared to be on track to do this right on time, and around now, when something peculiar happened. Activity disappeared:

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Aug 28 2013

Time for a new Atlantic storm naming system: Hurricane Bachmann

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