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Flooding in China - a four-fer

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From the Taiwan News:

Some sobering photos and video at the first link - water is a very powerful medium for change.

The Taiwanese government does censor the news to any appreciable degree. Unlike their neighbors.

Landslides in China

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Two videos from YouTube:

Flooding in China - more news

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A three-fer:

The last one is pretty bad - 22,107 people having to evacuate in one village alone. A 100-year storm.

Quiet sun? Cooler weather and more precipitation.

Not just me - area weather

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Cliff Mass notes the much cooler weather as well:

A Cold Start for the Summer Season
OK....we need a new name.

Julanuary?

Julember?

Whatever the name, the last week has been mainly cloudy and well below normal in our area.

According the maximum temperature anomaly map (difference from normal ) for Washington for the first seven days of July, the high temperatures in most of western Washington have been 6-12F below normal. Even eastern WA has been generally cool.

Got a static high-pressure zone off the coast keeping things chill. Much more at Cliff's site.

Two more Three Gorges Dam videos

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From NTD News:

100-year storm. Chinese quality construction.

Flooding and crop damage in China

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The affected area is one of their major agricultural areas - this is going to hit them hard:

Saw this online yesterday and found a tweet with it embedded so here's the link.

Trouble in China? Three Gorges Dam

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Nothing concrete as yet but... This tweet from Jan Jekielek:

Some more tweets with video: Today #1Today #2Today #3 

Some background information from FOX News (July 10th, 2019):

Integrity of China’s Three Gorges Dam questioned despite officials dismissing it as safe
China’s Three Gorges Dam, the world’s biggest and most controversial hydropower structure, was rumored to have been cracking and splitting as people posted satellite images of the structure last week. Chinese officials stated the structure was sound, denying online rumors that the construction was at risk of collapse.

Safety experts of the government-run China Three Gorges Corporation said on its official website that the dam had warped a few millimeters due to temperature and water level changes, but the changes were well within their normal range of safety indicators, Reuters reported.

They are having severe rain storms and nearby cities are flooding.

She still around?

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From Yahoo/BBC:

Greta Thunberg: Climate change 'as urgent' as coronavirus
Greta Thunberg says the world needs to learn the lessons of coronavirus and treat climate change with similar urgency.

That means the world acting "with necessary force", the Swedish climate activist says in an exclusive interview with BBC News.

She is a tool. A meat puppet and I am surprised that her handlers have not thrown her under the bus and moved on to someone new.

Coronavirus was a big fat nothingburger. Ditto with climate change. We are entering a cooling period.

Something brewing...

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Quite the updraft going on with the big cloud:

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Cliff Mass has some info about what to expect - possible lightning

Nothing yet on the lightning map

Decisions decisions...

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Looks like some rare conditions in central Washington today - from the National Weather Service - Storm Prediction Center for this morning:

...THERE IS AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL/NORTHERN OREGON AND CENTRAL/EASTERN WASHINGTON...

...SUMMARY...
Scattered severe thunderstorms, offering destructive winds and hail, are expected today over parts of the interior Pacific Northwest, east of the Cascades.

...Synopsis...
A high-amplitude upper-air pattern will influence the CONUS this period, with a deep mean trough persisting over the northeastern Pacific, and another major trough extending from a cyclone over Baffin Island southward to the central/southern Appalachians. In between, a sharp ridge will move slowly eastward from the Rockies across the adjoining High Plains. A formerly cutoff cyclone -- its center now apparent in moisture-channel imagery west of the central CA coastline -- will accelerate north-northeastward while devolving into a strong shortwave trough. By 00Z, the vorticity max representing the core region of the cyclone should reach northernmost CA. By 12Z, the negatively tilted shortwave trough should reach southern WA, eastern OR and western ID.

Highway 20 is open across the Cascades - Stevens Pass opened about a month ago so it would be a 400 mile drive this afternoon and evening. Seriously considering heading over there with cameras.  I do love a good thunderstorm and this forecast sounds like an epic one. Time to get the camera batteries charging and some memory cards cleaned off - make my decision around 1PM today or so.

Gorgeous sunrise this morning if that is any indication - red skies in morning and all that...

Might even be worth a road trip to Eastern Washington to see - I love a good thunderstorm. From Cliff Mass:

Severe Thunderstorm Potential for Washington State
Portions of Washington State, particularly from the Cascade crest eastward, may see some very strong thunderstorms starting tomorrow morning and extending into the evening. Storms that may bring heavy rain, hail, lots of lightning, very strong winds and even the chance of a tornado-packing supercell thunderstorm.

And western Washington may get some heavy rain and perhaps some thunder.

The NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has an unusual severe storm outlook for Saturday, with the greatest threat in central Washington and Oregon. You don't see that very often!

Should be one for the record books - all the elements are there in abundence.

Hurricane season has started - Tropical Storm Arthur:

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That was fun while it lasted

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We had a record for days without sunspots and then, along came AR2760. From Spaceweather:

OLD-CYCLE SUNSPOT: Just south of the sun's equator, a sunspot is growing: AR2760. Its magnetic polarity identifies it as a member of old Solar Cycle 24. This is probably one of the last old-cycle sunspots we will see as the sun continues tipping toward Solar Cycle 25.

Our sun is still very very quiet and it has been taking a long time for Solar Cycle 25 to start. My concern with all this? Global Cooling.

And today's magic number is 78%

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78% of what? Days in 2020 with no sunspots. For 2019, we had 77% of the days without sunspots. That was a record for solar quietness standing until you go back to 1913 (the very beginning of the modern warm period). We were on track at the beginning of this year but had a cluster of spots at the end of March that set the record back a bit.

Sunspots? They are a great proxy for solar activity and the lower the solar activity, the less energy the sun radiates and the cooler our planet gets. Simple physics. Funny thing that the global warming people will constantly ignore is that the Martian ice caps grow and recede as solar activity changes. Must be all those gas-guzzling SUV's on the red planet.

Stormy weather - a two-fer

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From Seattle meteorologist Cliff Mass:

Two Strong Fronts Are Approaching
For those those worried about dry conditions, additional relief is on the way.

Two strong fronts are approaching for this weekend.

The first arrives Saturday morning and it is interesting to watch it get modulated and weakened by our mountains.

Cliff has the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one (cultural reference). Should be fun - high winds and an inch or two of rain for each front.

Yet another advocate of Global Warming has purchased a beachfront property - from the Wall Street Journal:

Bill and Melinda Gates Buy Oceanfront Home Near San Diego for $43 Million
Tech entrepreneur Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates have paid $43 million for an oceanfront home near San Diego, Calif., in one of the largest deals recorded in the area.

The Del Mar property was most recently on the market for $48 million and the deal closed in late March, according to listings website Realtor.com. The Gateses bought the home from Madeleine Pickens, the former wife of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens. When reached by phone, Ms. Pickens said she wished the new owners well.

As the saying goes: I will believe there is a crisis when the people who are telling me there is a crisis start acting like there is a crisis.

A great way to look at things

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From Chris Lynch:

Recently read an excellent thought experiment - anytime you read anything about COVID-19 (or anything for that matter) mentally replace the words "assessment," "analysis," "projection," "prediction," and "forecast" with the word "guess." It helps change how you feel about the author's conclusions and allows you to think more clearly...

This works wonderfully for other things as well - anthropogenic global warming climate change is a perfect example.

All of their dire warnings are based on computer models that have not proven to be accurate.

Global warming

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From Science Magazine:

Hidden Viking trade route emerges from melting ice in Norway
In 2011, hikers in the snowy mountains of central Norway came across a 1700-year-old wool tunic, likely belonging to a Roman-era hypothermia victim. As ice in the region has continued to melt, researchers have made hundreds of additional finds. Now, archaeologists have made their biggest discovery yet: a lost Viking trade route that may have been used for hundreds of years to ferry everything from butter to reindeer antlers to far-flung European markets.

“The Viking age is one of small-scale globalization: They’re sourcing raw materials from all over,” says Søren Michael Sindbæk, an archaeologist at Aarhus University in Denmark who was not involved with the work. “This is the first site where we have good chronology and the finds to illustrate that.”

In the new study, Lars Piloe, an archaeologist at the Innlandet County Council Department of Cultural Heritage in Lillehammer, Norway, and colleagues radiocarbon dated dozens of artifacts from the Jotunheimen mountains. They focused on an ice patch known as Lendbreen, which has melted rapidly over the past 9 years, collecting the relics between 2011 and 2015. The objects date back to the Bronze Age, between 1750 B.C.E. and 300 C.E., the team found. The oldest are mostly arrows and other hunting equipment, likely used to kill reindeer.

So from 1750BC to around 300AD, things were nice and warm. Then it got colder. Now, it is getting warmer.

We should be happy and not trying to limit energy use and driving. Warmer is better. Unfortunately, it looks like we are in for an extended stretch of cooler weather as our sun is going through a very quiet period.

From Cliff Mass:

It's Bizarre: March was Colder than January In Seattle
Everything seems topsy turvy and unnatural these days, and there is a meteorological oddity that must be added to the list:

March was cold than January in Seattle this year.

I knew March was a cool one, but it was not until Dr. Joseph Zagrodnik, a talented atmospheric scientist working at WSU's AgWeatherNet organization, pointed in out to me, did I realize how unusual the past month had been.

According to Dr. Zagrodnik, the average temp in March at Sea-Tac Airport was 44.8 degrees F compared to 45.1 F in January.

How unusual is this?  Rare, but not unprecedented.  March has been cooler than January 8 times in the 126 years we have temperature records in Seattle, with the last time it occurred in 2006.

To appreciate this oddity visually, the graph below shows the numbers of year the March minus January temperatures fell in various bins.  On average, March is about 5F warmer than January, but in some extreme years March has been as much as 17F warmer.  That would get folks attention. Ten years were close to zero (within .5F of zero) and only a handful (3) were .5 to 1.5F cooler in March.

Not just cooler -- substantially so. Our sun is going through a quiet period and we need to prepare for the colder weather.

Convergence zone

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This part of the Pacific Northwest has really interesting weather. Sitting here looking at a gorgeous colorful sunrise but I look to the North at Whidbey Island and they are getting hammered with rain. Small craft warning for two days with possible snow flurries for tomorrow.

Last year, we set a record for sunspots that was last equaled in 1913. Sunspots are a good visual proxy for solar activity and the more of them, the hotter the sun and the warmer the Earth. This bears out as the Modern Warm Period started around 1914 or so. It peaked in the 1970's and Earth starting to really cool off now.

Last year, 77% of the days had no sunspots. Today, 2020 just hit the very same number. We had a flurry of spots at the beginning of the year but there have been very few since. Today, we tie the 2019 and the 1913 records.

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Glad I am not in Hawai'i

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It would be nice and warm but I can do without the tornados. From Cliff Mass:

Kona Low Hits Hawaii with Heavy Rain and Tornado Warnings
During another time you might feel very sorry for the poor folks vacationing on Kauai. Instead of enjoying their Mai Tais under sunny skies and modest trade winds, they are suffering from heavy rains, very strong southerly winds, severe thunderstorm, and unusual tornado warnings

The cause of this bounty of inclement weather? A very large Kona Storm.

A Kona storm (or Kona Low) is a low pressure center that develops to the west or southwest of the Hawaiian islands that bring moist, cloudy, or unstable air into the Hawaiian islands. Associated with low-level winds from the south to west, Kona lows can bring rain to the western and southwestern ("kona") sides of the islands that are normally rainshadowed by the terrain. Typically trade winds are from the east to northeast, thus the eastern/northeastern sides are typically the wettest.

Kauai is my favorite of the islands and am familiar with the places Cliff talks about.  Helpful hint: If you are there and looking for good authentic Hawai'ian shirts, go to the Costco. They have local goods for kama‘āina and not haole prices.

Cliff notes:

Kona storms like this typically occur 2-3 times a year and according to Kona Low expert, Professor Steve Businger of the University of Hawaii, they are often poorly forecast.

I am seriously thinking of planning some trips to Hawaii to work on this important problem 😋😁

Such a rough job. Feel sorry for the guy... Almost...

Now this will be fun - a cold blast

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I thought that we were supposed to be worried about the global warming? From Seattle meteorologist Cliff Mass:

A Cold Wave and Some Lowland Snow Will Hit the Northwest Starting Friday
An unusual, and potentially damaging, mid-March cold blast will hit our region over the weekend. Cold enough that there are concerns about crops in eastern Washington, particularly cherries.

The sea level pressure and lower-atmosphere temperatures for 11 PM Friday (below) shows very cold air (purple colors) over BC and air cold enough to snow (blue colors) moving into eastern WA. Importantly, a tight low center is found along the northern Oregon coast. That will guarantee snow for someone west of the Cascades, depending on exactly the trajectory of the low.

More at the site - should be interesting... Got a lot starting to wake up out of dormancy here.

From Electroverse:

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE TOTAL SNOW MASS CURRENTLY RUNNING 300 GIGATONS ABOVE THE 1982-2012 AVERAGE

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Data from the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) reveals that the Total Snow Mass for the Northern Hemisphere has been consistently above the 30 year average for the majority of the season, and is now actually increasing its rate of growth.

GREENLAND SMB SPIKING AGAIN
Furthermore, on the back of substantial SMB gains over the past few years, the Greenland ice sheet looks set to continue that trend in 2020.

Crucial to the survival of a glacier is its surface mass balance (SMB)–the difference between accumulation and ablation (sublimation and melting). Changes in mass balance control a glacier’s long-term behavior, and are its most sensitive climate indicators (wikipedia.org).

On March 02, 2020 the world’s largest island added a healthy 5 gigatons to its ice sheet. According to climate alarmists, this simply shouldn’t be happening in a linearly warming world… but developments like this NEVER receive MSM attention, meaning alarmists are NEVER privy to the full and unalarming picture:

Much more at the site with links and citations. It looks like we are in for an extended period of cooler than normal weather. Prepare for it. Anyone who continues to promote the global warming scam is pushing a political agenda and not a scientific observation. It just ain't happening.

It's the economy stupid was the rallying cry of Bill Clinton in his sucessful campaign against Bush, G.H.W. It was coined by James Carville.  I really wish Carville was a conservative, the guy is a brilliant strategist. The Prime Minister of Canada could learn some lessons from him. From this Editorial by Lorne Gunter at Canada's Toronto Sun:

Now that climate crusaders have ruined the economy, what's their solution?
Who’s going to invest in Canada now that the blockades continue and the Teck Frontier mine has been killed?

Are the environmental activists and unelected, unaccountable Indigenous blockaders going to make up the hundreds of billions in lost economic activity they have cost our economy?

Are the rich, lefty, American foundations that fund this activism going to cough up the missing cash?

What are the “green” politicians who warn of “climate emergencies” and insist Canada live up to its Paris accord emission commitments going to do to put to work the tens of thousands of Canadians who have lost or will lose their high-paying jobs in the energy sector?

And the nuts and bolts:

When investors here and in the rest of the world see how feebly Ottawa has handled the blockading of our economy by a few hundred rent-a-mob, fringe players, they are going to decide Canada is not the place to risk their new auto assembly line, grain mill, distribution centre or yogurt plant.

The loss of Teck Resource’s Frontier oilsands project means a loss of 7,000 construction jobs (1,000 outside Alberta) and 2,500 operational jobs (about 600 in other provinces) for the mine’s 40-year lifespan.

Teck Frontier would have meant an additional $12 billion a year of GDP for Canada and upwards of $70 billion in revenues to three levels of government over the next four decades.

“Green” protestors who also demand more money for public education and health care need to ask themselves where are governments going to come up with the $70 billion in government revenues their eco-activism has cost from this one lost project alone?

Much more at the site - time to wake up from your dream people...

You choose - I'm going with Naomi

More at The Washington Post:

The anti-Greta: A conservative think tank takes on the global phenomenon
For climate skeptics, it’s hard to compete with the youthful appeal of global phenomenon Greta Thunberg. But one U.S. think tank hopes it’s found an answer: the anti-Greta.

Naomi Seibt is a 19-year-old German who, like Greta, is blond, eloquent and European. But Naomi denounces “climate alarmism,” calls climate consciousness “a despicably anti-human ideology,” and has even deployed Greta’s now famous “How dare you?” line to take on the mainstream German media.

Classical Newtonian mechanics at work in public discourse - for every action, there will be an equal and opposite reaction.

A breath of fresh air. Greta has well-documented mental issues. She does not speak for me. She is a tool for the one-world globalists and when she realizes this, it will crush her. I really feel bad that she is being used like this.

These are nothing new - the idiots today think they invented it. From the London Daily Mail:

Fossils discovered in the Sahara reveal catfish and tilapia swam in rivers 12,000 years ago but died off from over fishing and climate changes

    • Experts found 17,551 identifiable fossilized remains in the Sahara near Lybia
    • Approximately 80 percent of the fossils belonged to catfish and tilapia fish
    • The remains had cut and burn marks on them, suggesting they fed early humans
    • The catfish survived longer than tilapia due to their accessory breathing organs

The Saharan environment in southwest Libya is a sandy, dry world, but fossil records show it was flowing with water and life some 12,000 years ago.

Paleontologists uncovered 17,551 identifiable remains on the Tadrart Acacus Mountains, with 80 percent belonging to fish that fed early humans during the Holocene period.

The remains show there was once an abundance of catfish and tilapia in the area, which died off from over fishing – the bones had cut marks and traces of burning.

Much more at the site. Our star is variable and we are only just beginning to understand the effects it has on our climate. The Modern Warm Period is winding to a close and everything points to a very quiet sun and colder weather here on Earth.

Submitted for your consideration:

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In the real world, not on their little screens. From Breitbart:

U.N. Seeks Climate Policy Advice from Mobile Video Game Players
The United Nations (U.N.) launched a push Thursday to engage mobile video game players around the world and ask their input and advice to guide its ongoing “climate change” policies.

Mission 1.5 is the title of the campaign that aims to, “bridge the gap between people and governments on ambitious climate action.” It is being developed by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP).

Unreal - how about unplugging the screen and going outside with a thermometer. Take some measurements and see what is actually happening. HINT: It is quite a bit different than what you are seeing in your "computer model".

Of which Carbon Dioxide (ie: plant food) is the rallying cry for a bunch of delusional . innumerate . useful idiots.
From United Press International:

Scientists say solar system affects Earth's carbon cycle
Scientists have discovered evidence that Earth's carbon cycle and global climate is influenced by periodic changes in the shape of Earth's path around the sun.

According to a new study, published this week in the journal PNAS, scientists found the evidence hiding in ancient layers of mudstone.

Chemical analysis of the ancient mudstone revealed links between past orbital changes and two major extinction events, the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction event, around 201 million years ago, and the Toarcian extinction event, or Toarcian turnover, around 183 million years ago.

"Our work shows that for the 18 million years or so in between the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction and the Toarcian oceanic anoxic event, Earth's global carbon cycle was in a constant state of change," Micha Ruhl, assistant professor in sedimentology at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, said in a news release. "Periodic changes in the shape of Earth's orbit around the sun impacted on the amount of energy received by Earth from the sun, which in turn impacted climatic and environmental processes, as well as the carbon cycle, on local, regional and global scales."

The researchers here were looking at very long timelines. Our Modern Warm Period (1950's through 2006 or so) saw the ice caps on Mars retreat (here, here and here for starters) just as the ice on Earth has retreated. Now, Glacier National Park has begun quietly removing and altering signs and government literature which told visitors that the Park’s glaciers were all expected to disappear by either 2020 or 2030.

Anthropogenic Global Warming is a political movement and not a scientific one. The writings of a few scientists are being used to advance a one-world-government. A socialist tyranny.

Re-thinking their priorities

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Heh - that will get them to re-evaluate the rhetoric they are spouting:

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The people fighting "climate change" always want someone else to make the changes. They are doing "the good work" so they get to use their nice private jet airplanes.

Let the proles suck it up. Tip of the hat to Maggie's Farm for the link. More here: Global Warming's 50 Years of Fraud

Today is Groundhog Day - an interesting rumor from Anthony writing at Watts Up With That:

BREAKING: Punxsutawney to retire Phil the groundhog, replace him with Greta Thunberg
People send me stuff. A friend of mine (an insider in the groundhog committee bunker) tells me that due to the pressure they are getting from PETA (for groundhog abuse) that they will soon announce that they are retiring ” Punxsutawney Phil”, the famous weather prognosticator, and replace him with globally respected child climate forecaster Greta Thunberg.

Apparently, the behind-the-scenes argument for this is that since all “weather is now climate” on a daily basis, they can safely switch from a rodent-based weather forecaster to a brat-based human climate forecaster.

While PETA has been calling for an “animatronic” groundhog robot to replace Phil, the groundhog committee felt that wouldn’t be believable, and since the same sort of people that believe in the reliability of rodent-based weather forecasting, would also likely believe Greta Thunberg’s climate prognostications, the committee decided she would be a better and more believable fit than a robot.

This makes as much sense to me as anything else I’ve heard about climate alarmism.

This is not from the Babylon Bee.

Driving in the Pacific Northwet

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After yesterday's monsoon, Interstate 5 Northbound was closed because of a landslide.

Highway 9 was closed at the Whatcom County border because of flooding.

Now, one of the major border crossings into Canada is closed because of flooding. From the WA State DOT:

I will be glad when Winter is done with. I do love the seasons but...

And we hit flood stage

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Nothing major but still, above the 14 foot point:

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Stopped raining and looks like the rise of the river is tapering off - we will see though...

Glad I am not driving today

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Got this in my inbox - signed up for various alerts. From the WA State Dept of Transportation:

The rain has let up but it was a lot in a very short period of time. The slide happened about 30 minutes ago.

Pineapple Express

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Looks like rain for the foreseeable future - got another large system moving in. From Cliff Mass:

The Western Washington Swamp
If it were only a bit warmer, we might gators around here. After incessant rain, grass is like mush, water is ponding and accumulating everywhere, landslides have started, the rivers are flooding, and the aroma of wetness is everywhere.

Western Washington is more like a swamp than a high-tech center, and much, more precipitation is coming. A little over a month ago, some folks were talking about a progressive drought for our region. The drought talk has ended.

Some amazing statistics were noted by my colleagues at the National Weather Service this morning (see below)---nearly every day this month has rained and a number of observing sites will break their all-time record for number of days with rain in January. Quillayute, Hoquiam, and Olympia will all beat the record, Seattle may tie it.

And say hello to our little friend:

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Wind is gusting to 21MPH - electrical power is fine here, 600+ out in British Columbia. Time to batten down the hatches...

Quite the blow

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It is coming out of the South and my home is shielded by a large bluff so I do not get the full effect but I am seeing 15MPG gusting to 23.

Some numbers: Snohomish PUD (mine) has 508 customers without electricity. Puget Sound Energy (to the south and the north) has about 100. Pacific Power has four customers in Oregon reading by candlelight. BC Hydro (coal actually) has about 150.

Loud gusting wind but no real significant damage - great news. I know around here, the crews have been doing a wonderful job trimming the trees near the power lines. A little infrastructure maintenance goes a long way. Talkin' to you California.

If one forecast doesn't get you, the other one will - from the National Weather Service:

Rock, meet hard place. I was driving North to Home Depot for supplies for this weekend and saw that the water in the irrigation ditches was the highest that I had ever seen. Sample size of two years for what that is worth but still...

It has to happen sometime - a new fresh face to be the advancing figure of the globalist state masquerading as climate change. Thunberg will be dropped like a stone in to a well. Spash. Gone. From Reuters:

'You have not seen anything yet,' climate activist Greta says ahead of Davos
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg marched with 10,000 protesters in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday and said “you have not seen anything yet” before some head to Davos next week to challenge the global financial elite to fight climate change.

The 17-year-old, who launched the #FridaysforFuture movement that has sparked worldwide protests, denounced a lack of government action to cut heat-trapping emissions before it is too late.

“So, we are now in a new year and we have entered a new decade and so far, during this decade, we have seen no sign whatsoever that real climate action is coming and that has to change,” Thunberg said in a speech in Lausanne.

“To the world leaders and those in power, I would like to say that you have not seen anything yet. You have not seen the last of us, we can assure you that. And that is the message that we will bring to the World Economic Forum in Davos next week.”

Brushfires? The Australian brushfires were caused by the environmentalists preventing people from doing an annual brush burn to keep the fire load down. (fire load is the availability of combustible materials - you want to maintain a low fire load). These burns were done yearly by the Aboriginal people well before the whites came. The colonists saw the logic of this and kept burning. The environmentalists stopped the burning, the fire load increased every year until they had an unseasonably hot year and then Ka-Boom.

We have a precident with the Great Yellowstone fires of 1988 - earlier, small fires were allowed to burn unimpeded but this policy was changed in 1960's and the fire load built.

The US has changed its policy although some states refuse to see the wisdom (cough California cough). The world needs to be able to cherry pick ideas that have proven themselves to be science based and useful. Not subscribe to some random rhetoric.

Thunberg's fifteen are well over - she needs to go back to her special-ed classes and leave the world stage.

The Planet is doing just fine. The people are fscked but the Planet is fine.

And we have snow

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Looking at 2-3 inches accumulation tonight - it let up for a while but it is starting to come down with a vengence.

Cliff Mass puts it at 2-3 inches for the area:

Serious Snow Threat Tonight for Puget Sound (and a lot more)
The latest model output supports the threat of serious snow tonight for our region.

The UW's highest resolution forecast model shows substantial regional variations, with the heaviest lowland snow from Seattle northward, with far less over Tacoma. But there is uncertainty on the exact location of the snow band...so keep that in mind. Seattle will face 2-5 inches if this forecast is correct. Road temperatures are now near freezing...so this is going to stick in places where SDOT and WSDOT have not pretreated or where plows are not active.

Hunker down for a day or so.

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Roger L. Simon
Samizdata.net
Sense of Events
Sound Politics
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The Smallest Minority
The Volokh Conspiracy
Tim Blair
Velociworld
Weasel Zippers
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Steven DenBeste
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