Here is what you have to do to win big money from the R-Stores of Northcentral Wisconsin (Riiser Energy Website) : Correctly predict the last date there will be snow on Rib Mountain.
Send in your prediction to email@example.com
In the email please state your name, mailing address (not your email address), and the date you predict the last bit of snow will melt off Rib Mountain.
1 entry per person. Entries must be in by midnight Friday, May 2nd.
Prizes: All the people who correctly pick the snowmelt date will be entered into a drawing. There will be one grand prize winner drawn that will receive a $200 gift card for the R-stores of Northcentral Wisconsin (Riiser Energy Website) . All of the others who pick the correct date will receive a $10 gift card for use at the R-stores.
I am the final arbiter of the winning date. When it gets close, I head up to Rib Mountain on a daily basis and monitor the last bits of snow melting away.
You would think not much snow has been melting with such cold weather as of late, but bare spots are showing up on the slopes of Granite Peak (Rib Mountain). The Corporate Cove sky cam is usually focused on Rib Mountain during the morning so take a peak before you make your guess in the snowmelt contest. I don’t think the snow will be melting too fast over the next few days because temps will remain below normal. Along with cool temps – in the 50s from today through Friday -there will be a chance of rain. Any rain that falls on Thursday will be light, only a tenth of an inch or two. On Friday we could end up with over a half inch in some locations. Unfortunately, some light showers will continue into Saturday. Making matters worse will be a gusty northwest wind and cold temps in the 40s. If will be foul weather for all the people trying to enjoy the opening of fishing season. Sunday will be slightly better with only widely scattered showers, less wind, and high temps in the low 50s. Next week will be a bit warmer, but most of the days will still have high temps in the 50s, whereas the normal high temp next week is in the mid 60s.
Here is a peculiar story that made headlines over the last couple of days. Homeless people in the U.S. have twice the carbon footprint of the average person of the world. Let us put aside the discussion of whether or not the "global warming" story has now jumped the shark, let us focus on the panoply of other ridiculous scenarios this story opens up. Apparently, homeless people in the U.S. have such a huge carbon footprint because they use government services (which account for some energy usage). What are we to do? In order to stop the global warming catastrophe, are we to cut-off all services to homeless people (being sarcastic here)? That is the only solution I can foresee that will head-off environmental Armageddon. What is the alternative? If we all stopped driving cars, lived in cardboard boxes, and scrounged for food, apparently, according to this study, the U.S. would still be the big evil polluter of the world (don’t forget – India and China both produce more pollution than the U.S. nowadays and Europe is busy building new coal power plants). According to this study, if we all wore used clothes and slept on the streets, we would still have twice the carbon emissions of the average world citizen. I am not buying it.
And…it is time to add another item to the big list of bad things that will happen because of AGW – Narwhal whales will go extinct. According to this recent analysis, Narwhals are more at risk than Polar Bears. Stanford University biologist Terry Root says "Polar bears can adapt a bit to the changing Arctic climate, narwhals can’t". This doesn’t make too much sense to me. The Narwhals have made it through ice ages, the medieval warm period, the little ice age, etc… What is so different about today’s small changes that are so much different than the huge climate swings of the past, some of which occurred on short geological time frames? I am not sure. Anyway, here is the updated big list:
(Narwhals will go extinct, more deadly algae blooms, more poverty, a massive increase in volcanic activity, new disease outbreaks from previously frozen corpses, irreversibly alter water circulation in Lake Tahoe, dramatically decreased rice production, fewer flowers in the Rocky Mountains, the Butterfly fish will starve, transportation system will be ruined, air pollution related deaths will increase, tropical fish could go deaf, more “ocean deserts”, more tundra wildfires, collapsing oceanic food webs, sharks devastating Antarctic sea life, the drying up of Lake Mead by 2021, plant-devouring insect invasions, poor food quality, increased human mortality, more solastalgia/mental illness, more wars, the past 1993 conflict in Somalia, more intense heat waves, more heat deaths, polar bears starving, Isle Royale Moose dying, Walruses dying, Penguins starving (including King penguins), Australian bats dying, more hurricanes, less hurricanes, more intense and bigger hurricanes, more stormy weather, rising oceans, more acidic oceans, California wildfires, more droughts, more floods, future disastrous declines in food production, coral reefs (hard and soft) dying, enormous extinctions of plant and animal species, massive loss of fish in the Bering Sea, the earth literally being torn apart, Amazon deforestation, a bigger ozone hole, a smaller ozone whole, less fresh water, more obesity, more hunger, more asthma, more allergies, more infectious disease, …more to come)
You are of course familiar with the "solution" to the AGW catastrophe, according to many NGOs and governments of the world – higher fossil fuel (gas) taxes and restrictions on fossil fuel usage. Given that most climate scientists claim the earth will get much warmer no matter if we stopped using all fossil fuels instantly today, the high taxes and restrictions are the worst possible solutions. In that scenario, not only would we have environmental Armageddon, we would have severe economic recession or depression around the world. It would be bad ‘squared’. Instead we should focus all our efforts on alternative energy, specifically a solar-electric economy. While the bureaucrats of the world focus on how to restrict everyone’s freedom and make your wallet a little lighter, the smart people are making solar panels, better batteries, and electric cars. One of the more exciting developments is in battery tech, especially from A123. Their batteries might eventually end up in the Chevy Volt – the much hyped but yet to be delivered electric car from GM. For further reading about electric cars check out this primer from technologyreview. They correctly state that biofuels and hydrogen are not very good options.
I am not sure if I shared this link yet. I thought it was a beautiful collection of images of colliding galaxies taken by Hubble telescope.
Meteorologist Justin Loew.
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This post was written by jloew on April 30, 2008