Study Shows People Less Likely To Take Storm Seriously If It Has A Female Name
Jun03

Study Shows People Less Likely To Take Storm Seriously If It Has A Female Name

People are really stupid A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (via The Washington Post) found that people are more likely to be killed by storms with a woman’s name than a man’s name because they don’t take them as seriously: Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University examined six decades of hurricane death rates according to gender, spanning 1950 and...

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Meet The Tweedledum, Tweedledee & Tweedledah Of Global Climate Change
May14

Meet The Tweedledum, Tweedledee & Tweedledah Of Global Climate Change

The year was 1978. Rick Scott was a 26-year-old Navy veteran and up-and-coming entrepreneur who had bought and revived two Kansas City donut shops. Jeb Bush was a 25-year-old working in the international division of a Texas bank. Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban emigres, was a four-year-old attending kindergarten in Miami. It was the year that Jim Jones’s followers committed mass suicide in Guyana and a Pole by the name of Karol...

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Encouraging gains in renewable energy production – UN
Apr07

Encouraging gains in renewable energy production – UN

Despite uncertain commitments by governments to confront climate change, there is a sliver of encouraging news. Private and public investments in renewable energy sources like solar and wind, excluding hydro projects, have exceeded $1.5 trillion cumulatively since 2006. They accounted for 8.5 percent of global electricity generation in 2013, up from 7.8 per cent in 2012. A report by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and its partners...

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MH 370: We May Not Know Why/Where, But We Know True Self
Mar25

MH 370: We May Not Know Why/Where, But We Know True Self

On The Wings of Cranes If this is what is, if this is what it comes to if any living soul can recover any identifiable piece of anything belonging to the silver bird or to the souls aboard, a seat cushion, an ear bud, a wallet, a cell phone, a pacifier, a hearing aide, a cane, a bra, a baseball cap– that —that kind of ‘I know that item belonged to my loved one’ –that would be the worst-best that could...

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Third Anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
Mar11

Third Anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

Today, March 11, marks the third anniversary of one the greatest disasters in recent times, the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. The devastating impact and lingering effects of that tragedy — especially the effects of the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant — are still felt today, three years later. PBS Newshour science correspondent Miles O’Brien* has traveled to the crippled...

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The ‘Lowlanders’ Flying High in Sochi (Update)
Feb19

The ‘Lowlanders’ Flying High in Sochi (Update)

Update: Tiny Nederland, one of the richest and most powerful countries on earth in the 16th and 17th centuries, is showing its mettle at the Sochi Winter Olympics. After dominating the speed skating events with 17 medals, the Dutch won three more medals yesterday when Jorrit Bergsma, Sven Kramer and Bob de Jong swept gold, silver and bronze, respectively, in the 10,000 m. men’s speed skating event. This brings the total medal count...

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Our Military: A Time to Help and a Time to Dance
Feb15

Our Military: A Time to Help and a Time to Dance

From Georgia to Maine, through the Carolinas and Maryland, people were reeling this week under another crippling snow and ice storm. As usual, the U.S. military was there to help out folks in distress: Lead photo: Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Wainwright, foreground, and Air Force Master Sgt. Jorge Chavez secure a child into a Humvee during a mission to evacuate a family from a home that lost power and heat as a result of a winter...

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Blizzards of Misinformation, NY and DC
Feb15

Blizzards of Misinformation, NY and DC

Cable news crawls about the worst storm ever are as accurate as their political hyberbole, that is not at all, at least for New York and its environs. The Great Blizzard of 1947, which brought the Northeast to a standstill, dumped 26.4 inches of snow on Manhattan during Christmas week. Plows stacked up piles as high as ten feet, some of which did not melt for months. It was described as the worst storm in history since the fabled...

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The Winter Of Our (Well, My) Discontent
Feb14

The Winter Of Our (Well, My) Discontent

It was the final meteorological indignity in a winter full of meteorological indignities. Not the fact that there have been only a few hours of temperatures above freezing since New Year’s Day. (The afternoon of January 31; ah, I remember it well.) Not the half-assed job the highway department has done in keeping the road past the mountain retreat open. (Multiple plowings after a minor snowfall on a Sunday, an overtime day, and...

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The Southern Deep-Freeze: Predicted or Unexpected? And Does It Matter?
Jan30

The Southern Deep-Freeze: Predicted or Unexpected? And Does It Matter?

There’s lots of finger-pointing going on down south. Georgia officials on one side. National meteorologists on the other. What is clear is that an unusual winter storm descended on most of Georgia and much of the southeast on Tuesday. Rather than play the blame game, what can we learn from this? Take-aways Most people don’t read weather advisory discussions, for a very good reason. It’s rare that a watch turns into a...

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Austin Slowly Digs Out of Winter Storm
Jan24

Austin Slowly Digs Out of Winter Storm

CODA: With sincere sympathy to any and all Austinites and Texans who suffered any kind of hardship as a result of our winter storm It is almost 11:00 a.m., the sun is coming out, the temperature is nearly 32 degrees (still an unbelievably freezing-cold 31 degrees at the airport), our roads are beginning to thaw out and our city is finally beginning to dig itself out of a fierce winter storm that buried our homes and yards under a...

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How cold is it? Creating a cloud in a house (Video)
Jan13

How cold is it? Creating a cloud in a house (Video)

How cold is it? One guy could create a cloud in his...

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Polar Vortex: To Warm Up – Move to Alaska! (News, Switzerland)
Jan12

Polar Vortex: To Warm Up – Move to Alaska! (News, Switzerland)

Should the human race be concerned when the Behring Strait is warmer than Nashville, Tennessee? While climate change deniers talk themselves blue in the face about how global warming is a hoax given how cold it is in America, columnist Patrik Etschmayer of Switzerland’s News writes that global warming isn’t the issue at hand, but increasingly dangerous and unpredictable weather patterns that bring both cold and heat, and...

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BREAKING:  Two Helicopters Down (Updated)
Jan08

BREAKING: Two Helicopters Down (Updated)

Update: The 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Lakenheath, England, has released the following information: Capt. Christopher S. Stover, Capt. Sean M. Ruane, Tech. Sgt. Dale E. Mathews, and Staff Sgt. Afton M. Ponce were the HH-60G Pave Hawk aircrew members killed in a crash on the Norfolk coast in England Jan. 7. An HH-60G helicopter carries a four-person aircrew: a pilot, co-pilot, and two special mission aviators who are qualified...

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The Big Freeze and the Military
Jan07

The Big Freeze and the Military

From some of the comments here I gather that several of our readers are enduring the trials and tribulations brought about by the severe winter weather affecting parts of the country. Our thoughts are with them. The inclement weather is also affecting our military and their operations. Last Thursday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick mobilized nearly 400 Soldiers and Airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard in response to a severe...

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Arctic air brings record cold to huge swath of USArctic air brings record cold to huge swath of US
Jan07

Arctic air brings record cold to huge swath of USArctic air brings record cold to huge swath of US

Arctic air brings record cold to huge swath of US (via AFP) A blast of bone-chilling cold reaching lows not seen in two decades gripped the United States early Tuesday, snarling air travel, closing schools and prompting calls for people to stay inside. Superlatives of cold-talk abounded, even in midwestern states…...

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The  Big Freeze: ‘Polar vortex’ slams US with record cold weather
Jan06

The Big Freeze: ‘Polar vortex’ slams US with record cold weather

‘Polar vortex’ slams US with record cold weather (via AFP) A “polar vortex” dropped over a huge section of the United States on Monday, sending temperatures plunging across the Midwest as the East Coast braced for the bitter Arctic blast. Meteorologists predicted the lowest temperatures in two decades in some…...

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Cold Weather Scream (Cartoon)
Jan06

Cold Weather Scream (Cartoon)

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Snow (Cartoon)
Jan04

Snow (Cartoon)

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Blizzard brings chaos to northern US
Jan03

Blizzard brings chaos to northern US

Blizzard brings chaos to northern US (via AFP) A fierce winter storm dragged temperatures down to glacial levels and caused chaos across the northern United States on Friday, forcing the cancelation of thousands of flights. With more than 24 inches (61 centimeters) of snow falling in one Massachusetts…...

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