Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Health Risks of the Surge of Children on the U.S. Southern Border

AscelBio is the first and only company to dynamically predict disease outbreaks in much the same way that meteorologists warn of storms (I am an investor in the company).

Because there has been so much interest as to the potential health effects of the surge in immigration, the company has produced this document so that the public and public health officials can prepare accordingly.

Rainfall and Drought Update

Here is the forecast for rainfall the next seven days:

And, here is the amount of rain -- over above the normal amounts -- needed to break the drought.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Derecho in Progress in North Dakota

AccuWeather regional radar at 7pm shows a violent derecho in progress that is frequently producing wind gusts of 80-85 mph and, in isolated locations, even higher. It is moving rapidly east along I-94.
An embedded tornado is also possible with this line.

Quite of bit of damage (via Facebook) has been reported. This is just one of many examples.

If you are ahead of this line, please bring in lawn furniture, trampolines, grills and other items that can be blown about. Put your car in the garage. If you have a generator, make sure it is filled with fuel.

R.I.P. James Garner

His fans honoring his statue in his home town of Norman, Oklahoma. Photo by J R Henly via Facebook.

James Garner Square in Norman, Oklahoma
I've been a huge fan of James Garner and have even read his autobiography. I was sorry to read of his passing. He was great actor in many memorable roles. The Rockford Files was a classic. May he rest in peace.

Tornado Watch: North Dakota

Today's Tornado and Damaging Wind Risks

Could be a dangerous day in the northern Plains.

Keeping in mind that 5% is significant, here is today's and this evening's tornado risk.

Damaging wind probabilities are extremely high:
Fifteen percent is the significant threshold and today's probabilities are in excess of 45%. That means there is a 45% chance of a wind gust of 58 mph or higher within 25 mi. of any given point. The hatching means there is the potential for wind gusts of 75 mph or higher!

Large hail:
Again, 15% is significant. The hatching is where hail 2" in diameter or larger is forecast to fall.

Please put away grills, lawn furniture trampolines and other objects that might blow about. Put your car in the garage ahead of the storms.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A New Review of "When the Sirens Were Silent"

Posted at Amazon,

I greatly sensed Mike's passion for weather and simultaneous frustration for warning systems that don't work, or weather prediction centers that don't do their jobs correctly, or people who receive warning but don't act either out of stubbornness or as a result of being desensitized by overusing warning systems. All of this resulted in a dramatic loss of lives in Joplin, I wish the book had been longer because I was absolutely hooked and reeled in by the suspenseful buildup of the storm given by very vivid descriptions. I'm now going back and reading his first book, Warnings.

"Heads Up" -- Major Severe Weather Event Tomorrow

A major high wind event, including a couple of possible tornadoes, is likely in the area indicated. Fifteen percent is the significant threshold. The hatched area is where wind gusts of 75 mph or higher are forecast tomorrow afternoon and night.

Sunday Funny: "Unfortunately For Us, in the '60s and '70s, the Federal Government Only Hired Architects With Early-Onset Glaucoma"

This is the funniest photo essay I have read in a long time. While reading it, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Percent of World Energy From 'Alternative' Energy

Billions and billions and billions of dollars over four decades and you practically have to use a magnifying glass to see the contribution of wind, solar, etc. While I still have hope for solar, there is little chance that wind will be a major contributor unless there is a giant breakthrough in cheap storage capability.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Where Was I When Apollo 11 Landed on the Moon?

This is a really good idea. Please watch the video.

My answer: Performing as Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man at Luce Park Theatre Under the Stars in Kansas City. 

Red Letter Day: Carbon Tax Repealed

It is good that other nations are grasping the global warming/carbon tax scam and backtracking.
Wall Street Journal
When you combine the repeal along with the data that there is no increase in the rate of the sea level rise (below), this is truly good news for the world.

More Good Global Warming News!

Yes, sea levels are rising. They have been rising for at least a century and a half at the same rate. Latest data continues to show no change in the rate of sea level rise.