Nor'easter poised to dump heavy snows; Australian tropical cyclone season heats up

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:31 PM GMT on January 26, 2011

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A developing low pressure system along the North Carolina coast will intensify today and move northeast towards Cape Cod, Massachusetts, bringing heavy rain and snow to the mid-Atlantic and New England. A swath of 6 - 10" of snow is expected over inland regions of New England, from Philadelphia to Boston. A storm surge of up to 2.5' is expected along the Massachusetts coast, which will cause mostly minor coastal flooding, but considerable erosion damage.

The 1.9" of snow that fell in Hartford, Connecticut yesterday brought that city's January snowfall total to 44.9", a new record for the month. With an additional 6 - 10 inches expected today, Hartford will surpass its record for snowiest month of all-time, the 45.3" that fell in December 1945.

The storm brought heavy rains of 1 - 3 inches to much of the Southeast yesterday, easing that region's La Niña-related drought. The low swept a cold front across Florida last night, bringing severe thunderstorms with damaging winds gusts of up to 75 mph to twenty locations in the state. One tornado was reported, but no significant damage was reported.


Figure 1. The cold front from today's Nor'easter swept across Florida last night, bringing a line of severe thunderstorms that spawned one tornado and numerous reports of damaging winds.

Tropical Cyclone activity heats up near Australia
The year's first Category 4 tropical cyclone is Tropical Cyclone Wilma, which is churning the waters near Tonga in the Southern Hemisphere with sustained winds of 135 mph (minimum Category 4 strength.) Wilma passed over American Samoa as a strong tropical storm, and hit Tonga as a Category 3 storm. Substantial damage has been reported on Tonga, but no deaths or injuries. Wilma is recurving out to sea, and will not affect Australia.

Australia is keeping an eye on Tropical Cylone Bianca, which is expected to skirt the northwest coast of the country over the next few days. Of much greater concern for Australia are two potential tropical cyclones that could hit the flood-ravaged state of Queensland next week. Both the European Center and GFS models predict that the remains of Tropical Cyclone Anthony will regenerate into a tropical storm late this week and hit Queensland early next week. A second and potentially more powerful storm is forecast to form next week in the islands to the east of Australia, and threaten Queensland at the end of the week. This is potentially terrible news for Australia, which is attempting to recover from record floods. As reported in the latest Bureau of Meteorology climate statement and flood summary, the past four months (September - December) have been the rainiest such period in Queensland's history, and the resulting flooding disaster has been Australia's most expensive natural disaster in history.


Figure 2. Tropical Cyclone Wilma, the globe's first major tropical cyclone of 2011, as seen at 01:45 GMT on January 26. 2011 by NASA's Aqua satellite. Image credit: NASA.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting Skyepony:


I have kids under 10 that have mastered Ubuntu. After 3 days of it myself, felt like second nature. People saying it's hard haven't tried or want you to pay for windoze.


My 5 year old uses Windows, Linux, and Mac and has no problems with any of them. Kids are good like that.

You shouldn't have any issues switching between any of them really as long as you stick with the GUIs. If you're talking about potential hardware compatibility issues then from best to worst you have:

1. Mac: Mainly because they tell you exactly what you're going to use.
2. Windows: Pretty much all major vendors support windows.
3. Linux: It's gotten better, but it's still not that uncommon to hit snags.

If you're going with linux, go with a major distro with a wide user base. Right now, Ubuntu is pick of the litter. But keep in mind some thing will not work on linux, like netflix. You can always get around that by running a virtual instance of windows though. Wine can handle some programs well, and open office is a decent replacement for office.

For most operations like reading email and web surfing and the like, there is at most a very small learning curve. It's when you start digging deeper when things get harder (not as much going from OSX to Linux).
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I'm getting my wish!!.I'm getting my wish!!.Theirs a pssibility of 5-8 inches of snow.Woot woot!!.Yes.Now I'm content.
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Quoting Orcasystems:


I must admit..I have been impressed with how it works so far... after the initial PITA part :)

And that initial PITA part really turns some people off. That said... I use it at home - just haven't turned it on since cleaning vista off my computer and clean-installing Windows 7.
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Quoting atmoaggie:
I can see that usefulness. For places you trust, isn't that the same functionality as AdBlockPlus? No banner ads, etc.

Similar, but NoScript can allow a banner to show, and block the script that drops a cookie on your computer.
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Quoting DataPilot:
First of all, I'm not going to touch the Linux vs. Windows argument. I'm an IT professional and use both operating systems every day. They both work well for their intended purposes, and that's all I'm going to say on that subject. :)

I would, however, like to sing the praises of NoScript plus Firefox. NoScript is a bit of a pain to set up initially, but it's amazingly good at keeping internet nasties out of your computer. It's also a wonderful educational tool. And it's FREE!

For example, you go to a website and click a button that you've always mindlessly clicked in the past, and suddenly NoScript stops it from working. Next, you grumble, "Stupid NoScript!" -- and then you ask yourself, "What is that button *really* going to do to my machine?" Hmm. If you decide that you can trust the website, you tell NoScript to whitelist it and continue on your merry way. But if you're not sure about the website... well, maybe you'd better not click there. After you've been using NoScript for a while, you realize that it's pretty darned smart after all.

A second bonus of NoScript is that many websites load faster. The ugly and potentially dangerous banner ads they contain just disappear into a little "S" icon. I LIKE THAT.



I must admit..I have been impressed with how it works so far... after the initial PITA part :)
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Quoting DataPilot:
First of all, I'm not going to touch the Linux vs. Windows argument. I'm an IT professional and use both operating systems every day. They both work well for their intended purposes, and that's all I'm going to say on that subject. :)

I would, however, like to sing the praises of NoScript plus Firefox. NoScript is a bit of a pain to set up initially, but it's amazingly good at keeping internet nasties out of your computer. It's also a wonderful educational tool. And it's FREE!

For example, you go to a website and click a button that you've always mindlessly clicked in the past, and suddenly NoScript stops it from working. Next, you grumble, "Stupid NoScript!" -- and then you ask yourself, "What is that button *really* going to do to my machine?" Hmm. If you decide that you can trust the website, you tell NoScript to whitelist it and continue on your merry way. But if you're not sure about the website... well, maybe you'd better not click there. After you've been using NoScript for a while, you realize that it's pretty darned smart after all.

A second bonus of NoScript is that many websites load faster. The ugly and potentially dangerous banner ads they contain just disappear into a little "S" icon. I LIKE THAT.

I can see that usefulness. For places you trust, isn't that the same functionality as AdBlockPlus? No banner ads, etc.
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109. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Fiji Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #21
SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE WILMA (06F)
6:00 AM FST January 27 2011
===================================

Warnings For Norfolk Islands
=================================
A CYCLONE WATCH IS IN FORCE FOR NORFOLK ISLAND

At 18:00 PM UTC, Severe Tropical Cyclone Wilma, Category Four (930 hPa) located at 24.4S 174.3E has 10 minute winds of 100 knots and is reported as moving west southwest at 11 knots.

Hurricane Force Winds
======================
20 NM from the center

Storm Force Winds
=================
30 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
================
200 NM from the center in southeast quadrant, 100 NM in the northeastern quadrant, and 80 NM from the center elsewhere

Additional Information
=========================

Overall organization remains good past 24 hours. Eye becoming cloud filled but still discernible. Outflow good. WILMA steered by northerly deep layer mean regime. System lies under an upper diffluent region. CIMSS indicates decreasing shear along forecast path. Sea surface temperatures is around 27C.

Dvorak analysis based on MG eye surrounding by W, yielding DT=6.0 MET=5.5 PT=5.5. Final Dvorak T number based on DT.

Dvorak Intensity: T6.0/6.0/D0.5/24HRS.

Most global models move WILMA west southwest with a weakening trend.

Forecast and Intensity
============================
12 HRS: 25.7S 172.3E - 95 knots (CAT 4)
24 HRS: 27.6S 170.7E - 85 knots (CAT 3)
48 HRS: 31.9S 170.8E - 65 knots (CAT 3)

The next Tropical Disturbance Advisory from Fiji Meteorological Services will be issued at around 2:30 AM UTC..
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First of all, I'm not going to touch the Linux vs. Windows argument. I'm an IT professional and use both operating systems every day. They both work well for their intended purposes, and that's all I'm going to say on that subject. :)

I would, however, like to sing the praises of NoScript plus Firefox. NoScript is a bit of a pain to set up initially, but it's amazingly good at keeping internet nasties out of your computer. It's also a wonderful educational tool. And it's FREE!

For example, you go to a website and click a button that you've always mindlessly clicked in the past, and suddenly NoScript stops it from working. Next, you grumble, "Stupid NoScript!" -- and then you ask yourself, "What is that button *really* going to do to my machine?" Hmm. If you decide that you can trust the website, you tell NoScript to whitelist it and continue on your merry way. But if you're not sure about the website... well, maybe you'd better not click there. After you've been using NoScript for a while, you realize that it's pretty darned smart after all.

A second bonus of NoScript is that many websites load faster. The ugly and potentially dangerous banner ads they contain just disappear into a little "S" icon. I LIKE THAT.

Quoting calusakat:
Morning.

Regarding a discussion about Internet Security and Norton Anti-virus vs Avast?

The answer is...neither.

Best solution?

Linux w/built in firewall, Firefox and a Plug-in called NoScript.

Source? Senior Oracle Database Programmer who works for a global textile company and has to deal with the internet all the time.

He said...'I realize that there are some things I cannot do as "easily" by never running Windows, but then, I have never had to waste so much money and time dealing with the security issues... I'd rather have the time and money to work on the house.

From what I have read, Windows 7 is finally about as good on its security as Linux was 10 years ago, which is pretty darn good for Windows.'
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Quoting kwgirl:
Good Morning all. Can someone tell me why there is a TC Wilma threatening Australia and a TC Bianca? Have they already gone through the alphabet once?


Bianca is part of the Australian region naming lists, and Wilma is one of the Fiji region naming lists. Two different regions named them.
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Quoting NRAamy:
that's a bannable video... no guns allowed....
I haven't been here that long, but I've never heard that and nowhere in the community standards does it say that. Really?
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Afternoon all.

We had several hours of torrential rain here this morning in connection with the system Doc M. discussed in today's blog. It seems really strange to have several inches of water settled on the ground in January; usually January is our driest month.
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Quoting HadesGodWyvern:
It was Tonga.

Nadi, Fiji has the decision to retire names as far as I know.


I see, thanks for the clarification!
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Yep, its true. Boca Raton did have a tornado last night and I live about half a mile away from where it touched down. I taped some of the wind anf power went out for five minutes. It was crazy and I saw power outage flashes in the sky. Sammywhammy if your here, tell didn't you feel it too?!
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101. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
It was Tonga.

Nadi, Fiji has the decision to retire names as far as I know.
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Quoting HadesGodWyvern:
Nadi, Fiji might retire "Wilma", we'll just have to see. If that happens, the only people that has that name on their list would be the Philippines unless the name gets added to Southwest Indian Ocean naming list sometime in the future.


I thought it was Tonga that was hit. I must've mixed up my island nations.
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that's a bannable video... no guns allowed....
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Quoting pottery:

Good.
(yes, I know, generation for recharge still needs fuel..)


A car engine has an effective efficiency of - at best - about 20%, a big power station up to 45 %.

As there are some other losses, call it a factor of 2
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Nadi, Fiji might retire "Wilma", we'll just have to see. If that happens, the only people that has that name on their list would be the Philippines unless the name gets added to Southwest Indian Ocean naming list sometime in the future.
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Quoting MichaelSTL:


I think it is too early to say that extent/area has peaked, since it normally increases for another month or so:



That said, it appears that this winter has broken the pattern of previous years, where the anomaly rises to near zero over the winter before falling again in the summer (why that happened, I'm not sure, but I have heard one cause is thinner ice, or maybe the weather pattern over the Arctic in the winter; last winter it was low until the Arctic Oscillation went neutral/positive).


Be careful with possibly confusing ice area (extent) vs. ice volume (extent and depth).

Ice extent will recover quite a bit every winter, if not fully or possibly even more so. But that is very misleading. It will be sub 1 year ice which will melt again during the next summer.

The big issue is the melting of the multiyear ice which hasn't been growing back. This is happening at both the north and south poles.

Both AGW proponents and deniers grab onto ice extent to claim that the arctic/antarctic areas are recovering or melting, but that is not entirely correct. The only time ice extents can really be used for judging such cases is at the minimums in the melting season as all or most of the 1 year ice is gone. At the point you get a realistic impression of how much multi-year ice is left, which is a far more important metric.

That being said, the arctic ice extents AND volumes have been declining rapidly. Even without hitting record low extents over the past couple of years the multi-year ice has continued to melt off (or in some case get blown out of the arctic due to weather patterns).

Antarctica has a different dynamic when it comes to sea ice. It's sea ice is less thick and the ice shelves are replenished by glaciers (which doesn't happen in the north). However even there ice volume has been declining.
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Perhaps it would be well to withdraw the name "Wilma" from any cyclone name lists on which it might remain. That's a couple of big ones with that moniker now...
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Fiji Meteorological Services
Tropical Disturbance Summary
TROPICAL DISTURBANCE 09F
18:00 PM FST January 26 2011
========================================

At 6:00 AM UTC, Tropical Disturbance 09F (1005 hPa) located at 10.3S 177.8E is reported as slowly moving. Position POOR based on infrared imagery with animation and peripheral surface observations. Sea surface temperature is around 30C.

Convection has been persistent in the past 24 hours with low level circulation center difficult to locate. Organization is poor. System lies along a surface trough and under an 250 HPA ridge axis, in a low to moderate sheared environment. Cyclonic circulation extends to 850 HPA.

Global models have picked up the system and slowly moves it southwestward with gradual intensification.

The potential for this disturbance to form into a tropical cyclone within the next 24-48 hours is LOW TO MODERATE.

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Quoting Ossqss:


But, but , but , the Terrafugia Transition does fly.....



Just stopped by to check out tonado damage and I see this thing.....LOL....u so crazy....
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Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Brisbane
Tropical Cyclone Bulletin
TROPICAL LOW, FORMER ANTHONY (11U)
5:00 AM EST January 27 2011
=========================================

At 4:00 AM EST, Tropical Low, Former Anthony (996 hPa) located 18.8S 156.7E has 10 minute sustained winds of 35 knots with gusts of 50 knots. The low is reported as moving west at 9 knots.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Anthony may redevelop into a tropical cyclone during the next 12 to 24 hours.
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Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Perth
Tropical Cyclone Advice #22
SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE BIANCA (12U)
3:00 AM WST January 27 2011
=======================================

At 2:00 am WST, Severe Tropical Cyclone Bianca, Category Three (970 hPa) located at 19.4S 115.9E, or 180 km northwest of Karratha and 335 km north northeast of Exmouth has 10 minute sustained winds of 65 knots with gusts of 90 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west at 11 knots.

Hurricane Force Winds
===================
25 NM from the center

Storm Force Winds
================
40 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
=================
80 NM from the center

Dvorak Intensity: T4.5/4.5/D1.5/24HRS

Severe Tropical Cyclone Bianca continues to develop as it moves to the west and parallel to the Pilbara coast. The cyclone is expected to intensify during Thursday.

DAMAGING WINDS with gusts to 120 kilometres per hour are possible for a period between Whim Creek and Mardie, extending to Onslow and then Exmouth during Thursday morning.

If the cyclone moves closer to the coast, DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 160 kilometres per hour are possible between Mardie and Exmouth during Thursday morning and VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 200 kilometres per hour may be experienced between Onslow and Exmouth later Thursday morning.

Heavy rain is expected in coastal parts between Whim Creek and Mardie, extending to Exmouth during Thursday morning. Localised stream rises are likely but widespread flooding is not expected. Strong, squally winds and heavy rain are still possible between Wallal and Whim Creek.

If the cyclone moves closer to the coast, residents of Pilbara coastal communities west of Mardie including Onslow and Exmouth are warned of the potential for a DANGEROUS STORM TIDE. Tides may rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with DAMAGING WAVES and DANGEROUS COASTAL FLOODING.

Tropical Cyclone Warnings/Watch
================================
A Cyclone WARNING is now current for coastal and island communities from Whim Creek to Coral Bay.

The Cyclone WARNING from Port Hedland to Whim Creek has been cancelled.

Forecast and Intensity
=======================
12 HRS: 20.0S 113.9E - 80 knots (CAT 3)
24 HRS: 21.4S 111.6E - 85 knots (CAT 3)
48 HRS: 26.2S 108.4E - 55 knots (CAT 2)
72 HRS: 30.6S 111.1E - 35 knots (CAT 1)

Additional Information
========================

Data T has become difficult to apply with no clear curved band evident on IR imagery and currently using Pattern T number of 4.5. Assigning a trend of D+ gives a MET of 4.5, no adjustment was made so FT=4.5.

Radar shows inner eye wall radius has increased slightly to 25nm though the diameter of the centre is fluctuating over time. CIMMS shear figures have been steady over the last 6 hours [7.3 m/s 12Z] and is expected to increase only marginally over the next 48 hours. Ocean heat content is high along the forecast track over the next 36 hours. Hence further intensification is forecast. By early Thursday it is likely to reach severe cyclone [hurricane] intensity. Weakening is then likely from late Friday as the system moves over cooler SSTs and experiences increasing shear.

The system is expected to be steered steadily towards the west southwest by a strong mid-level ridge until late Friday when an amplifying trough will result in the system being steered towards the south. On Sunday the remnants of the system will experience very high shear as a strong surface ridge pushes in beneath the mid level trough.

The next tropical cyclone advice on Severe Tropical Cyclone Bianca will be at 21:00 PM UTC..
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Quoting Patrap:
Plus,,those of us over 50 were promised flying car's..



Well,,were WAITING !!


But, but , but , the Terrafugia Transition does fly.....

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Link

Tornado reported in Boca Raton last night.
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Not so sure. If addicts aren't even aware of their own addiction, they aren't likely to change their behavior.

It would be very sad if the United States fails to do anything about the energy mess we're in and instead allows other nations to control the whole future of alternative. If we let that happen, those others--the Saudis, the Chinese, the Indians, whatever--will once again control our nation's destiny; we'll be right back in the same leaky boat in which we find ourselves now.




Good point. Honestly, when you talk to most people, I would tend to think the public is generally on board with moving forward beyond this love of oil and dependency on it and the nations who supply it. Its really mostly the government. I could just call them all crooks up in Washington. I don't think all of them are, but at least a big enough majority must be. It seems like every day I hear more and more ridiculous things coming out of Washington.

I think the U.S. is past its prime as a nation, as much as I love being an American. It seems everyday the country is turning little by little away from what made it great. Progress in America these days is not progress, but regress, and conserving what makes America great today, really is conserving what isn't good about America. Whatever the case, either route seems bad.
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NASA's Hubble Finds Most Distant Galaxy Candidate Ever Seen in Universe
01.26.11


Astronomers have pushed NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to its limits by finding what is likely to be the most distant object ever seen in the universe. The object's light traveled 13.2 billion years to reach Hubble, roughly 150 million years longer than the previous record holder. The age of the universe is approximately 13.7 billion years.

The tiny, dim object is a compact galaxy of blue stars that existed 480 million years after the big bang. More than 100 such mini-galaxies would be needed to make up our Milky Way. The new research offers surprising evidence that the rate of star birth in the early universe grew dramatically, increasing by about a factor of 10 from 480 million years to 650 million years after the big bang.
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Quoting Patrap:
Plus,,those of us over 50 were promised flying car's..



Well,,were WAITING !!



lol
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Quoting DEKRE:


Lots of new jobs in Germany related to alternate energies

Good.
I was listening to an interview yesterday with the Boss-Man of a Chinese Company.
They have built, and are testing in Taxi-fleets there, an all-electric car that shows great promise.
Still having issues with battery capacity and charge-times. But they will get it right in a couple of years.
(yes, I know, generation for recharge still needs fuel..)
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Quoting Patrap:
Plus,,those of us over 50 were promised flying car's..



Well,,were WAITING !!

You can go out and get one in the morning LOL.
Jet Packs. Powered hang-gliders. Choppers (I like the ones with gun-ports...)
How about that solar/electric plane that spent 9 days aloft the other day?
And we still have to charge our el. cars every 250 miles????
We going nowhere.....
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Quoting pottery:


Lots of new jobs in Germany related to alternate energies
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Quoting Grothar:


And please don't tell me what to do! LOL

You know my English is not that good. What is a manbearpig? I translated it into German and it came out Mannbärschwein and Norwegian it was mannbjørnplugg. Doesn't make sense.


Sigh, where's Amy when you need her LOL
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Plus,,those of us over 50 were promised flying car's..



Well,,were WAITING !!
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Not so sure. If addicts aren't even aware of their own addiction, they aren't likely to change their behavior.

It would be very sad if the United States fails to do anything about the energy mess we're in and instead allows other nations to control the whole future of alternative. If we let that happen, those others--the Saudis, the Chinese, the Indians, whatever--will once again control our nation's destiny; we'll be right back in the same leaky boat in which we find ourselves now.

True !
As you say, several Nations are seriously looking at the options for power/fuel as the time draws closer to an eventual diminishing of Petroleum. (both oil and gas including from Tarsands etc)
With known reserves relatively static, and consumption rising fast it will become more worrying in the near future.
And Bio-Fuels are pointless, stopgap measures.

Unfortunately, there seems to be a large portion of the US population that cannot seem to come to terms with this, and so the Politicians are unable to move the thinking in the direction it should be going for fear of losing votes.

Eventually, it's going to cost the USA, BIG TIME to try and catch up with the reality.
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Quoting Jedkins01:



heck if they do start looking into alternative energy, more power to em, the only way to end the love of oil is to start right in the heart of it all

Not so sure. If addicts aren't even aware of their own addiction, they aren't likely to change their behavior.

It would be very sad if the United States fails to do anything about the energy mess we're in and instead allows other nations to control the whole future of alternative. If we let that happen, those others--the Saudis, the Chinese, the Indians, whatever--will once again control our nation's destiny; we'll be right back in the same leaky boat in which we find ourselves now.
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Quoting Orcasystems:


Actually, I am a factualist, in all things. Religion, Life and even Politics (which is really hard to do). If it can be proven (beyond a reasonable doubt) I believe it... if it can't be... then I make my own conclusions on the available data.

Is GW entirely man's fault... NO
is GW happening.. YES
Is man contributing.. of course, we are one of the variables to any equation.
Can man alone stop it... NO

BTW, the term "man" (no offence meant Ladies) includes all Humans.

PS.. I don't like the term Global Warming.. we have beaten it to death... people ignore it now. I prefer the term "Climate Change" as the Climate has always "Changed"


Well, nobody--at least that I know of--has ever claimed GW was "entirely man's fault". So there's that. And while it's true that the climate has always changed, it has historically only changed as dramatically as it is now when acted upon by some catastrophic force: cometary impact or what have you. If the term "Global Warming"--which is scientifically-valid--bothers you, there's always "Rapid Climate Change" or "Anthropogenic Climate Change" or "Human-Caused Climate Disruption" or whatever. But call it what you will: the planet's warming, we humans are largely to blame, and we're doing almost nothing about it.
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Quoting Neapolitan:


They have a long list of names from which they choose, and they just keep running through it from where they left off. That is, if the last storm of one season is Greg, the first storm of the following season is Hilda.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml
Thanks. Odd way of doing things, since I am used to the way we do it in the Atlantic. I guess they get a lot more in the Pacific.
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Hey KEEPEROFTHEGATE, what's the link to that sea surface temperature map centered over the north pole? That's a great map! If you can post that link, I'll start using that map as my daily check on the northern sea ice rather than cryosphere today, which only shows ice/water and doesn't give a good indication of the constraints on freezing/thawing from surrounding water temperatures.
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Quoting kwgirl:
Good Morning all. Can someone tell me why there is a TC Wilma threatening Australia and a TC Bianca? Have they already gone through the alphabet once?


They have a long list of names from which they choose, and they just keep running through it from where they left off. That is, if the last storm of one season is Greg, the first storm of the following season is Hilda.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml
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Quoting MichaelSTL:
Interesting:

Oil giant Saudi Arabia looks to alternative energy

Now why the heck would they be looking into alternative energy when that have all of that oil (claimed to be 264 billion barrels)?! Maybe they know something... (of course, they say that they want the oil to be only used for export, not domestic use, but they can increase production - or can they?)



heck if they do start looking into alternative energy, more power to em, the only way to end the love of oil is to start right in the heart of it all
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Good Morning all. Can someone tell me why there is a TC Wilma threatening Australia and a TC Bianca? Have they already gone through the alphabet once?
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Quoting Orcasystems:


Actually, I am a factualist, in all things. Religion, Life and even Politics (which is really hard to do). If it can be proven (beyond a reasonable doubt) I believe it... if it can't be... then I make my own conclusions on the available data.

Is GW entirely man's fault... NO
is GW happening.. YES
Is man contributing.. of course, we are one of the variables to any equation.
Can man alone stop it... NO

BTW, the term "man" (no offence meant Ladies) includes all Humans.

PS.. I don't like the term Global Warming.. we have beaten it to death... people ignore it now. I prefer the term "Climate Change" as the Climate has always "Changed"



I actually, happen to be in complete agreement with that. I look at Global Warming the same way. But be careful, in this world, you aren't liked a whole lot unless you take a side of complete extremes lol
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.