EPA rules greenhouse gases threaten public health; winter storm pounds U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:03 PM GMT on December 08, 2009

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In a press release yesterday the EPA announced: "After a thorough examination of the scientific evidence and careful consideration of public comments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people. The ruling comes in response to the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision that GHGs fit within the Clean Air Act definition of air pollutants, and paves the way for the EPA to regulate CO2 as a pollutant. In the event Congress does not pass legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA now has the power to do that on its own. In the words of the press release, "President Obama and Administrator Jackson have publicly stated that they support a legislative solution to the problem of climate change and Congress. efforts to pass comprehensive climate legislation. However, climate change is threatening public health and welfare, and it is critical that EPA fulfill its obligation to respond to the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that determined that greenhouse gases fit within the Clean Air Act definition of air pollutants." The first EPA rule to limit CO2 would likely affect cars and light-duty trucks. Over 23% of U.S. greenhouse gases emissions are caused by on-road vehicles. Rules drafted on September 15, 2009, if imposed, would require vehicles sold between 2012 - 2016 to average 35.5 MPG.

Release of hacked emails had "organization and orchestration", UEA official says
Prof Trevor Davies, pro-vice chancellor at the University of East Angelina where the "climategate" hacked email controversy began, said in an interview yesterday: "A lot of people have remarked that it seems an unlikely co-incidence that this happened just before Copenhagen. There are indications that the people who stole this data and documents have had them for some time. They have clearly had the chance to go through them and we have had to check them ourselves. I think from the way that this has mushroomed and the very rapid responses on various blog sites, it seems to me that it has some organization and orchestration".

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the FBI is investigating death threats made against two U.S. climate scientists involved in the emails. Clearly, meteorologists involved in tornado and hurricane chasing are risking their lives in the cause of science, but who would have thought that meteorologists sitting behind a computer crunching numbers would be risking their lives? Crazy life!.

Other posts on the hacked climate change email affair
Don't shoot the messenger
Embattled UK climate scientist steps down
The Manufactured Doubt industry and the hacked email controversy
Is more CO2 beneficial for Earth's ecosystems?

Ricky Rood in Copenhagen
Our Climate Change expert, Dr. Ricky Rood, is in Copenhagen for the COP15 climate change summit. His post on the "climategate" affair is one of the more intelligent and diplomatic commentaries I've seen.

Major winter storm blasts the Plains and Western U.S.
Meanwhile, back in North America, it is winter. The season's first widespread heavy snow event is here, with a fierce winter storm that is the pounding the west. The storm will dump heavy snow along a wide swath across a large region of the country, from California to Michigan. The storm brought blizzard conditions and a foot of snow to northern Arizona today. Fierce thunderstorms with winds gusts up to 74 mph hit the Phoenix region, causing widespread tree damage and power outages for 250,000 people. California's Sierra Mountains recorded over 3 feet of snow, and 1 - 3 feet of snow is expected in the mountains of southern Utah and in Colorado. Up to a foot of snow is expected tonight through Wednesday across Kansas, Iowa, southern Minnesota, and southern Wisconsin, with blizzard conditions likely in Iowa.

Some snow amounts from the storm so far (with distances in miles from the city included, where appropriate):

...CALIFORNIA...
ALPINE MEADOWS 42.0
KIRKWOOD 40.0
CISCO 5 ENE 35.0
KINGVALE 1.3 WSW 29.0
HOMEWOOD 2 SE 27.0
PROSSER CREEK RESERVOIR 24.0
FAIR PLAY 2.8 ESE 17.0
PLACERVILLE 2.9 WNW 13.0
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE 13.0
VOLCANO 5.4 NE 12.5
GRASS VALLEY 5.5 ESE 11.5
COLFAX 3.1 SW 11.0
ALTA SIERRA 0.4 WSW 10.0
SUSANVILLE 3.2 SSW 8.8
LAKE OF THE PINES 8.0
NEVADA CITY 5.4 W 5.2
FOLSOM 3.4 ESE 0.5
CARMICHAEL 1.4 W 0.3
SACRAMENTO 8.0 NE 0.1

...NEVADA...
HEAVENLY VALLEY 24.0
MT ROSE SKI AREA 23.0
CARSON CITY 1.3 NW 18.0
DAYTON 1.7 SW 13.0
RENO 7.1 N 12.0

...ARIZONA...
FLAGSTAFF 11.6
WILLIAMS 8.0
BELLEMONT 7.2
GRAND CANYON ARPT 3.0

...COLORADO...
DELTA 10.2

...UTAH...
VERDURE 8 WNW 25.0

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398. Skyepony (Mod)
10:02 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print December 7, 2009; doi: 10.1073/pnas.0912050106
Oil sands development contributes polycyclic aromatic compounds to the Athabasca River and its tributaries

1. Erin N. Kellya,
2. Jeffrey W. Shortb,
3. David W. Schindlera,*,
4. Peter V. Hodsonc,
5. Mingsheng Maa,
6. Alvin K. Kwana and
7. Barbra L. Fortina

aDepartment of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2E9;
bOceana, 175 South Franklin Street, Suite 422, Juneau, Alaska 99801; andcDepartment of Biology and School of Environmental Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Abstract
For over a decade, the contribution of oil sands mining and processing to the pollution of the Athabasca River has been controversial. We show that the oil sands development is a greater source of contamination than previously realized. In 2008, within 50 km of oil sands upgrading facilities, the loading to the snowpack of airborne particulates was 11,400 T over 4 months and included 391 kg of polycyclic aromatic compounds (PAC), equivalent to 600 T of bitumen, while 168 kg of dissolved PAC was also deposited. Dissolved PAC concentrations in tributaries to the Athabasca increased from 0.009 μg/L upstream of oil sands development to 0.023 μg/L in winter and to 0.202 μg/L in summer downstream. In the Athabasca, dissolved PAC concentrations were mostly <0.025 μg/L in winter and 0.030 μg/L in summer, except near oil sands upgrading facilities and tailings ponds in winter (0.031–0.083 μg/L) and downstream of new development in summer (0.063–0.135 μg/L). In the Athabasca and its tributaries, development within the past 2 years was related to elevated dissolved PAC concentrations that were likely toxic to fish embryos. In melted snow, dissolved PAC concentrations were up to 4.8 μg/L, thus, spring snowmelt and washout during rain events are important unknowns. These results indicate that major changes are needed to the way that environmental impacts of oil sands development are monitored and managed.

*Correspondence e-mail: d.schindler@ualberta.ca


Link to abstract: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2009/12/04/0912050106.abstract

Link to free, open-access full paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2009/12/04/0912050106.full.pdf+html
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397. Patrap
10:01 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Its been a Bumpy Dec here for sure gordy.
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396. Patrap
10:00 PM GMT on December 08, 2009


UNYSIS 10-Day GFSx 00Z 18 Dec
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395. gordydunnot
10:00 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Pat you guys defiantly don't have a water shortage problem. Or for that matter interesting weather to watch.
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394. Skyepony (Mod)
9:58 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Science, (4 December 2009) Vol. 326, No. 5958, pp. 1394-1397; DOI: 10.1126/science.1178296
Coupling of CO2 and ice sheet stability over major climate transitions of the last 20 million years
Aradhna K. Tripati* (Departments of Earth and Space Sciences and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA 90095, U.S.A.; Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 3EQ, U.K.), Christopher D. Roberts (Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 3EQ, U.K.), and Robert A. Eagle (Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, U.S.A.)

Abstract

The carbon dioxide (CO2) content of the atmosphere has varied cyclically between ~180 and ~280 parts per million by volume over the past 800,000 years, closely coupled with temperature and sea level. For earlier periods in Earth’s history, the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) is much less certain, and the relation between pCO2 and climate remains poorly constrained. We use boron/calcium ratios in foraminifera to estimate pCO2 during major climate transitions of the past 20 million years. During the Middle Miocene, when temperatures were ~3° to 6°C warmer and sea level was 25 to 40 meters higher than at present, pCO2 appears to have been similar to modern levels. Decreases in pCO2 were apparently synchronous with major episodes of glacial expansion during the Middle Miocene (~14 to 10 million years ago) and Late Pliocene (~3.3 to 2.4 million years ago).

*Correspondence e-mail: ripple@zephyr.ess.ucla.edu

Link to abstract: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/326/5958/1394
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393. gordydunnot
9:57 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Yeah I was looking at cmc and gfs pretty nasty looking but I ain't no expert. To me it looks a first real high coming in behind front.
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392. Patrap
9:56 PM GMT on December 08, 2009



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391. tornadodude
9:55 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting gordydunnot:
Am I wrong or do some of the models look like there bringing a serious cold front to the SE this time next week.Sorry to be off topic.


LOL thanks for bringing us back to topic, um, I havent looked at the models lately
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390. gordydunnot
9:54 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Am I wrong or do some of the models look like there bringing a serious cold front to the SE this time next week.Sorry to be off topic.
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389. hydrus
9:52 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting Maat:
I like Tony Dungy. In my mind he built two Superbowl Champions. Gruden won it in Tampa with Dungy's guys.

how true that is.
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388. tornadodude
9:51 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting hurricanejunky:
Will any of the weather be affecting any football games this weekend? What's the snow forecast for the weekend?


Baltimore: 41 rain/snow

New England: 36 rain/snow

Cleveland: 35 slight chance of snow

Chicago: 31 partly sunny, chance of snow late
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384. hurricanejunky
9:46 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Outta here guys and gals!
Have a good night...
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383. hurricanejunky
9:45 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting Maat:


Hey its not too big of an IF but yea its not a cake walk.

12/13 @ Jacksonville
12/20 @ freezing cold Tennessee
12/27 vs Texans (team that beats us lately)
1/03/2010 vs Steelers who suck of late

AND the Patricheats have to lose to Buffalo or two loses to other opponents.


I would tend to agree with you if the Fins weren't so maddeningly inconsistent this season. Their inconsistency isn't even game to game, it's quarter to quarter! I hope they bring their A game down the stretch!
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380. hurricanejunky
9:43 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Will any of the weather be affecting any football games this weekend? What's the snow forecast for the weekend?
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379. hurricanejunky
9:41 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting Maat:


Wanna bet Tony Dungy takes the Notre Dame job to complete it all?



Dungy in college ball? I don't know about that one!
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378. tornadodude
9:41 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting Maat:


Wanna bet Tony Dungy takes the Notre Dame job to complete it all?



that would be bizarre, I dont care for Notre Dame, I root for my Purdue
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377. CaneWarning
9:41 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting Maat:


Wanna bet Tony Dungy takes the Notre Dame job to complete it all?



I sat across from Tony Dungy at a party once, and had no clue who the guy was until afterwards. LOL
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376. hurricanejunky
9:40 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting Maat:


I'll take OJ McDuffie and Irving Fryar anyday compared to what we got now..


Yeah but Dupe and Clayton were AWESOME!!
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374. hurricanejunky
9:39 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting Maat:
I hate the Patricheats. Glad they lost last week. To me that makes the season a success in the pride category. Hey, if the Fins run the table and New England loses a few more...its playoffs baby!


If the Fins win out (BIG BIG IF!) then they'd likely win the division or at least a wildcard. They get to play most of the teams in the way of them earning a wildcard even if they can't win the division.
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372. tornadodude
9:36 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting Maat:


Indiana Football fans must be crazy excited.


Yeah, except we all know that the coach is going to rest our starters in a couple weeks, so perfect record is only a dream
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371. hydrus
9:35 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting Maat:
Long Live '72

Colts and Saints must lose one!
yes, being a Phins fan I agree. They have not shown there potential for quite some time. I thought I was going to get b-slapped for that post. thanx Maat
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368. hurricanejunky
9:33 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting Maat:


Hunky? lol

Montana got lucky a lot. Marino had a laser arm but an over agressive playstyle and ego.

Yes, I'll have chili on my dog too.


Marino with Duper and Clayton to go with our current team would be nice!
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366. hurricanejunky
9:32 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting NRAamy:
YAY!! I congratulate you on your restraint. Are you feeling better?


no, junky....I have to go in for another epidural for my back....the first one didn't help....


UGH! I have alot of friends with back problems and it SUCKS. Thankfully I won't be moving anytime soon. I feel for you. I sure hope something gives you some relief.
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365. weatherman874
9:31 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Major flooding occurred here last night, In Orleans we had a extremely sever storm and 3.97 inches of rain
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364. tornadodude
9:30 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting hurricanejunky:


Yeah TDude, I hear ya on the Colts. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are in a league of their own this year.


Yeah, I want Drew Brees and the Saints to be able to perform well on a consistent basis for several more years
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363. hurricanejunky
9:30 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting Maat:
Long Live '72

Colts and Saints must lose one!


YES! Can't have any other teams endangering the record. The 2007 Belicheats came way too close for comfort!
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360. hurricanejunky
9:27 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting tornadodude:


The Colt's had 5 straight 4th quarter comebacks, how's that for finding ways to win?


Yeah TDude, I hear ya on the Colts. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are in a league of their own this year.
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359. hurricanejunky
9:26 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting Maat:


After watching the Aints come back against the Dolphins in roaring fashion this year, I would have to agree with you. The Saints find ways to win the tough games. Teams that do that usually win it all, except for the Patricheats against the Gmen a few years ago..



LOL! You got that right. Although the Fins got punked by the Saints I won't hold it against the Saints. The Dolphins melted down as they have several times this year in the second half. Oh well...there's always next year.
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357. NRAamy
9:25 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
YAY!! I congratulate you on your restraint. Are you feeling better?


no, junky....I have to go in for another epidural for my back....the first one didn't help....
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356. hurricanejunky
9:24 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting AGWcreationists:
"They certainly never had problems growing it so I don't know why you say our climate here is marginal at best because it didn't seem that way. "

http://www.thebioenergysite.com/articles/69/production-of-biofuel-crops-in-florida-sugarcane-energy cane

Production Challenges

The major challenge to producing sugarcane for bioenergy in Florida will be expansion to growing areas north of Lake Okeechobee. The limited cold tolerance of current sugarcane varieties will result in considerably lower yields, decreased persistence, and higher production costs in areas that are subject to below freezing temperatures. Although, sugarcane breeders continually strive to select varieties with greater cold tolerance, limited progress has been made.


Of course areas north of Lake O will be a little colder which is why Clewiston had been the site for big sugar which is on the south side of the lake. We are considered a sub-tropical climate in South Florida. Thanks for clearing that up.
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355. Bordonaro
9:23 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
NCEP UPDATE 3PM CST 12-8-09

STORM SUMMARY NUMBER 05 FOR ROCKIES AND PLAINS WINTER STORM
NWS HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER CAMP SPRINGS MD
300 PM CST TUE DEC 08 2009

...WIDESPREAD HEAVY SNOWFALL FROM THE CENTRAL PLAINS TO THE UPPER
GREAT LAKES...

BLIZZARD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL
ROCKIES...EASTERN NEBRASKA...AND ACROSS IOWA AND SOUTHERN
MINNESOTA.

WINTER STORM WARNINGS AND WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE CURRENTLY
IN EFFECT FROM THE CENTRAL ROCKIES...EASTWARD ACROSS THE CENTRAL
PLAINS...AND NORTHEASTWARD INTO THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND
UPPER GREAT LAKES REGIONS. WINTER STORM WATCHES...WARNINGS...AND
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE ALSO IN EFFECT ALONG THE CENTRAL
APPALACHIANS AND INTO NEW ENGLAND.

HIGH WIND WATCHES...WARNINGS...AND WIND ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT
FOR PORTIONS THE SOUTHERN HIGH PLAINS...OHIO VALLEY...AND LOWER
GREAT LAKES REGIONS.

FOR A DETAILED GRAPHICAL DEPICTION OF THE LATEST
WATCHES...WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES...PLEASE SEE WWW.WEATHER.GOV

AT 200 PM CST...A 989 MB LOW PRESSURE CENTER WAS LOCATED OVER THE
OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADARS AND
SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATED WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE
CENTRAL AND EASTERN U.S.. MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WAS FALLING FROM
CENTRAL COLORADO TO THE UPPER GREAT LAKES. A NARROW BAND OF MIXED
PRECIPITATION WAS OBSERVED ALONG A STATIONARY BOUNDARY DRAPED
ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. SCATTERED
SHOWERS WITH EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS WERE MOVING ACROSS THE LOWER
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY...TENNESSEE VALLEY...AND SOUTHEAST.

...SELECTED STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL IN INCHES FROM 700 PM CST SUN DEC
06 THROUGH 300 PM CST TUE DEC 08...

...ARIZONA...
FLAGSTAFF 11.6
WILLIAMS 8.0
BELLEMONT 7.2
GRAND CANYON ARPT 3.0

...COLORADO...
BUENA VISTA 1 SSW 12.0
DELTA 10.2
KIT CARSON 9 NNE 6.5
BURLINGTON 5.5

...IOWA...
COUNCIL BLUFFS 6.5

...KANSAS...
NORTON 7.0
HILL CITY 5.0
GOODLAND 23 SW 3.0

...NEBRASKA...
BEATRICE 8.0
TECUMSEH 8.0
WEEPING WATER 8.0
WILBER 8.0
CALLAWAY 6.5
FAIRBURY 6.0
INDIANOLA 6.0
LYNCH 6.0
OCONTO 6.0
BURWELL 4.5
PURDUM 4.5
MASON CITY 4.0
AMELIA 5 SW 3.5

...UTAH...
VERDURE 8 WNW 25.0

...WYOMING...
SAND LAKE 11.0
DIVIDE PEAK 9.0
NORTH FRENCH CREEK 9.0
SOUTH BRUSH CREEK 7.0

...SELECTED STORM TOTAL RAINFALL IN INCHES FROM 700 PM CST SUN DEC
06 THROUGH 300 PM CST TUE DEC 08...

...ARIZONA...
PRESCOTT/ERNEST A LOVE FIELD AP 1.37
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK 1.19

...LOUISIANA...
NEW IBERIA/ACADIANA 6.71
NEW IBERIA 4 WNW 6.57
JEANERETTE 6.34
BATON ROUGE/RYAN MUNI ARPT 4.79
NEW ORLEANS/MOISANT 3.73
SLIDELL 3.47
LAFAYETTE RGNL ARPT 2.29
LAKE CHARLES MUNI ARPT 1.76

...MISSISSIPPI...
HATTIESBURG/LAUREL 1.67
NATCHEZ/HARDY 1.46
GULFPORT-BILOXI 1.27
HATTIESBURG/CHAIN MUNI ARPT 1.21
KEESLER AFB/BILOXI 1.12

...TEXAS...
GALVESTON/SCHOLES 1.42
BEAUMONT/PORT ARTHUR 1.04


...SELECTED STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL IN INCHES WHERE THE EVENT HAS
ENDED...

...CALIFORNIA...
ALPINE MEADOWS 42.0
KIRKWOOD 40.0
CISCO 5 ENE 35.0
KINGVALE 1.3 WSW 29.0
HOMEWOOD 2 SE 27.0
PROSSER CREEK RESERVOIR 24.0
FAIR PLAY 2.8 ESE 17.0
PLACERVILLE 2.9 WNW 13.0
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE 13.0
VOLCANO 5.4 NE 12.5
GRASS VALLEY 5.5 ESE 11.5
COLFAX 3.1 SW 11.0
ALTA SIERRA 0.4 WSW 10.0
SUSANVILLE 3.2 SSW 8.8
LAKE OF THE PINES 8.0
NEVADA CITY 5.4 W 5.2
FOLSOM 3.4 ESE 0.5
CARMICHAEL 1.4 W 0.3
SACRAMENTO 8.0 NE 0.1

...NEVADA...
HEAVENLY VALLEY 24.0
MT ROSE SKI AREA 23.0
CARSON CITY 1.3 NW 18.0
DAYTON 1.7 SW 13.0
RENO 7.1 N 12.0
MINDEN 4.2 WSW 10.5
DAYTON 3.5 NNE 10.0
INDIAN HILLS 0.7 N 10.0
SUN VALLEY 0.9 N 8.5
SPARKS 7.5 N 6.5
FALLON 0.8 WSW 6.3
FERNLEY 1.8 WNW 6.0

...SELECTED STORM TOTAL RAINFALL IN INCHES WHERE THE EVENT HAS
ENDED...

...CALIFORNIA...
LYTLE CREEK RAWS 2.77
HENSHAW DAM 2.36
JULIAN 2.36
POTRERO 2.27
SANTA YSABEL 2.17
LAKE CUYAMACA 2.09
PATERA RANCH 2.08
SANTA BARBARA MUNI ARPT 1.93
SAN DIEGO/BROWN FIELD 1.79


THE STORM SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN AS IT QUICKLY MOVES
INTO THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY OVERNIGHT ON TUESDAY.
WIDESPREAD SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS
THE MIDWEST AND GREAT LAKES REGIONS...WITH TOTALS GREATER THAN 12
INCHES POSSIBLE IN ISOLATED AREAS NORTWEST OF THE LOW TRACK. THE
COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL CAUSE BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND
UPPER GREAT LAKES. AS PRECIPITATION SPREADS NORTHWARD...SLEET AND
FREEZING RAIN WILL BECOME A THREAT ALONG THE CENTRAL APPALACHIANS
AND PORTIONS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC. FLOODING WILL ALSO BE A THREAT
FOR THE NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC COASTAL AREAS...WHERE 1 TO 2 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION ARE EXPECTED BY WEDNESDAY EVENING.

THE NEXT STORM SUMMARY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL
PREDICTION CENTER AT 900 PM CST. PLEASE REFER TO YOUR LOCAL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS
EVENT.

GERHARDT
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354. TampaWeatherBuff
9:21 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Everyone who believes CO2 is a dangerous pollutant should do the world a favor and stop exhaling.

I see the good Dr. has changed his mind about not shooting messengers---apparently he thinks the greater crime is releasing damaging information in a technically savvy and politically impactful way, and not the damaging information itself.

So, whistleblowing (the term "hacking" is inappropriate since we don't know how the information was obtained) is the real crime here, not the conspiracy to jigger inconvenient data and malign dissenters with the orthodoxy. If there was any "hacking" going on, it was the kind of Procrustean limb-hacking that the scientist themselves were doing to the data to "prove" their hypothesis.
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352. kellnerp
9:18 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Quoting toontown:
The boy was reportedly unconscious and suffering from severe hypothermia after he was found by ground search teams Monday in an area of South Bar outside Sydney."

Take care out there.

Another take on hypothermia
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351. natrwalkn
9:18 PM GMT on December 08, 2009
Any updates on the potential for icy weather in NC this weekend?
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Quoting Maat:


Clewiston is just about the last place to do some decent duck hunting in South Florida anymore..


Doesn't matter much to me since I don't hunt. Maybe it's been over hunted as the waters have been over fished?
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Quoting charlottefl:
Oh, that was cold. They're in a rebuilding year :)



Is that what we are calling it now? I have season tickets and can't even give them away.
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