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The Pragmatic Path Forward

June 20, 2019 0 Comments
The Pragmatic Path Forward

For whatever reason, there has recently been a lot of “heightened discussion” about anthropogenic global warming (aka, AGW or “climate change”). It tends to go in cycles. There have been some protests in Europe recently and more than a few politicians, newspapers, and scientists have been literally proclaiming the “end of the world” (here, here, […]

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What are you worried about?

June 12, 2019 1 Comment
What are you worried about?

Does anyone remember the story about the Facebook chat-bots that developed their own mysterious version of English and then were shut down? It turns out that it was a pretty simple artificial intelligence experiment that did not have constraints on proper English. The chat-bots were not on the verge of becoming “Skynet” – as this […]

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Bad headlines again

May 30, 2019 0 Comments
Bad headlines again

Some of you might recall that I was recently distraught about poorly written headlines proclaiming “decades long drought” or “19 year-long drought” in the American West, particularly in the southwest. It has been drier than average in these areas, but the dry periods have been interspersed with times of ample precipitation, as anyone can see […]

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What is an emergency?

May 21, 2019 0 Comments
What is an emergency?

When I say the word “emergency”, what comes to mind? Something urgent? Something that is happening now that needs immediate action? People are in danger? The dictionary defines “emergency” as such: a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action. If your house starts on fire, that would be considered an emergency. When […]

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Waiting for the snow to melt

May 15, 2019 0 Comments
Waiting for the snow to melt

Thank you to the thousands of people who entered the snowmelt contest. It is always a fun event and the more the merrier. The entry period is closed. We are now at the point where the watching and waiting begins. The picture here is from May 13th, when there were a lot of large snow […]

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When will the snow melt in 2019?

April 24, 2019 2 Comments
When will the snow melt in 2019?

It is that time of year once again! Time for the grass to turn green. Time for the flowers to bloom. Time to wait and see when we can finally say – It is Summer! What’s the wait? Waiting for the snow to melt off of Rib Mountain. Then you really know it is Summer. […]

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Man-made “drought”

March 29, 2019 0 Comments
Man-made “drought”

Did you catch Tony’s blog post recently about the Aral Sea, or maybe it should be called the Aral Pond. I have written about it in the past as well. It is a perfect example of human influence on the water resources and climate in that region. The sea itself is a man-made disaster, but […]

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Growing all over the world

March 14, 2019 1 Comment
Growing all over the world

It is well known that human activities disrupt some of the normal or “natural” processes that occur around the earth and in the atmosphere. Various societies and small populations have suffered some negative effects from these disruptions, mainly in the form of toxic pollution. So far though, we have managed to avoid total ecological collapse. […]

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Breaking All the Snow Records

February 13, 2019 0 Comments
Breaking All the Snow Records

My grandparents often mentioned how there was so much snow and cold “back in the day”. You might recall your own older wiser elders telling the story of “walking 5 miles to school uphill both ways through 5 feet of snow”. Tall tales do tend to grow. No more exaggerations in the present day. While […]

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The End of a Martian Era

February 8, 2019 0 Comments
The End of a Martian Era

A little detour into space news for those of you who look up at the night sky and dream – the Mars Opportunity rover is probably dead. It is sad news but it also highlights something very remarkable. A device (Opportunity) that was only supposed to last 90 days, ended up exploring the red planet […]

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