Drought in China adds pressure to world food prices

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:49 AM GMT on February 23, 2011

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The soil lies cracked and broken in China's Shangdong Province, thirsting for rains that will not come. China's key wheat producing region, lying just south of Beijing, has received just 12 millimeters (1/2 inch) of rain since September, according to the Chinese news service Xinhua. If no rains come during the remainder of February, it could become the worst drought in 200 years. The latest precipitation forecast from the GFS ensemble model predicts the possibility of rains of around 1/2 inch for Shandong Province early next week, but these rains would help only a little. A longer-range 2-week forecast from the operational GFS model shows little or no rain for the region from late next week well into March. Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) projects that spring in Eastern China has an enhanced probability of being dry, with only a 20% - 25% chance that the region will see above average precipitation, and a 40% - 45% chance of below average precipitation. So the great drought will likely continue, and China's ability to feed itself may be greatly challenged this year.


Figure 1. A dried cornfield in a mountainous area of Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Jan. 18, 2011. Image credit: Xinhua/Zhu Zheng.


Figure 2. Drought conditions in China's Shandong Province this February have reached the "Severe" category. Image credit: Beijing Climate Center.

Impact on global food supplies and food prices
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the drought in north China seems to be putting pressure on wheat prices, which have been rising rapidly in the past few months. This has helped push global food prices to their highest levels since the FAO Food Price Index was created in 1990 (Figure 3.) China is the world's largest producer of wheat, and if they are forced to import large amounts of food due to continued drought, it could severely impact world food prices. However, the FAO's regional representative for Asia and the Pacific said in an interview with Reuters last month that the situation is not as severe as in 2008, when global food riots erupted. "In general, the supply/demand situation of food grains has become very tight at the moment but enough stocks means there is no cause for alarm," Konuma said. "We still maintain sufficient stocks, which is about 25 percent of annual production. As long as there are sufficient stocks, that means the world has enough food still to feed the people." However, he said that if food stocks continued to decline over the next few years, there would be cause for concern.

The record food global food prices have been partially driven by two other huge weather disasters, the Russian summer heat wave and drought of 2010, and the Australian floods of December - January 2011. Both Russia and Australia are major exporters of grain. Russia issued a ban last summer on grain exports because of their drought, which slashed the wheat harvest by 40% and damaged soils to such an extent that 10% of Russian wheat fields could not be planted this year. The Russian heat wave of 2010 is now estimated by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters to be the deadliest in human history, with 55,736 deaths. The Australian floods caused at least $1.7 billion in agricultural damage, reducing their wheat crop significantly. Fortunately, bumper crops were harvested in non-flooded areas of Australia, and the winter crop harvest in country was up 19% over the previous year's crop, and was the biggest since 2003 - 2004. Australia has been struggling with severe drought in recent years that caused more agricultural damage than the floods did.


Figure 3. The global price of food between 1990 - January 2011, as measured by the U.N.'s FAO Food Price Index. The FAO Food Price Index is a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities. It consists of the average of price indices for Cereals, Oils and Fats, Sugar, Dairy, and Meat, weighted by the average export shares of each group. Food prices between 2002 - 2004 are given a benchmark value of "100". Global food prices in January 2011 were the highest since the FAO Index was established in 1990. Image credit: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Drought outlook for Northern Hemisphere summer of 2011
The spike in global food prices this winter raises the concern that a severe drought in a major grain producing region in North America, Europe, or Asia this summer could severely impact grain supplies and food prices. Fortunately, with La Niña conditions over the Eastern Pacific weakening, and possibly abating by summer, the chances for such a drought are lower than they would have been if La Niña were to stay strong into the summer. The latest precipitation forecast from Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (Figure 4) shows few areas of drought concern for the coming Northern Hemisphere summer. However, our skill at predicting drought months in advance is limited. For example, IRI's February 2010 forecast of precipitation for the summer of 2010 did not highlight Russia as an area of possible concern for drought, and Russia ended up having one of its worst droughts in history. IRI did highlight the Amazon as a region likely to have below-average summer rains, though, and the Amazon ended up having a 100-year drought last summer.


Figure 4. Global precipitation forecast for June, July and August of 2011, made in February 2011. Only a few scattered regions of the globe are predicted to have above-average chances of drought (yellow colors.) These areas include the Northwest U.S., Southern Brazil, and Northwest China. Image credit: International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Commentary
The recent unrest in the Middle East, which has been attributed, in part, to high food prices, gives us a warning of the type of global unrest that might result in future years if the climate continues to warm as expected. A hotter climate means more severe droughts will occur. We can expect an increasing number of unprecedented heat waves and droughts like the 2010 Russian drought in coming decades. This will significantly increase the odds of a world food emergency far worse than the 2007 - 2008 global food crisis. When we also consider the world's expanding population and the possibility that peak oil will make fertilizers and agriculture much more expensive, we have the potential for a perfect storm of events aligning in the near future, with droughts made significantly worse by climate change contributing to events that will cause disruption of the global economy, intense political turmoil, and war.

I will be doing another post on Thursday or Friday.

The New York Times' Andy Revkin in his Dot Earth Blog has a more in-depth look at the food and climate change issue that I recommend.

Jeff Masters

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641. Your hands ain't exactly clean...especially when you use language like in 640.
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The whole point of "fracking" is to use high pressure injection to fracture rock in order to release natural gas that cannot otherwise be liberated from the rock. This gas is trapped because there is little or no connectivity between the pore spaces in the rock... Fracking increases the connectivity between the pore spaces by physically cracking the rock with high pressure fluid.

The reason why this can lead to health issues is that groundwater and natural gas often occur in the same general area. Groundwater is usually in shallower units and natural gas is trapped in deeper units. In natural systems, the two are usually separated by relatively impermeable layers like a thick silt or clay unit (these units are impermeable to both gas and groundwater). There are probably natural systems where gas and groundwater coexist, but unless the groundwater reservoir is what we call a "confined aquifer", the natural gas has probably long-ago bubbled out of the groundwater and seeped to the surface and on into the atmosphere.

In cases where the physical distance and/or barriers between the natural gas units and the groundwater units are relatively small, fracking can basically connect the groundwater and natural gas reservoirs... natural gas then dissolves into the groundwater, polluting it. If you're unlucky enough to have your home's water supply well sunk into a groundwater reservoir that has been polluted by natural gas you may or may not notice it right away. If it's really bad you might notice a strange taste or smell to the water and if it's really, really bad then you will actually get enough natural gas coming out of your faucet to cause combustion, like this. Perhaps the worst situation would be only moderate pollution of the groundwater by natural gas. In these cases, families might drink moderately contaminated water for years without knowing it. This can ultimately lead to a plethora of health issues.

It is definitely possible to frac a well without causing noticeable pollution to the groundwater. For instance, if the groundwater and natural gas reservoirs are separated by a sufficiently thick impermeable layer, or if there isn't a usable groundwater reservoir near the natural gas reservoir. But just because YOUR water wasn't contaminated by fracking doesn't mean your neighbor's water had the same fate. The geology of our planet is far too complex to make blanket statements like that.


Quoting weatherneophyte:


Again, NO ONE in that part of the world has so far been able to prove an actual issue caused by that drilling and fracing. Secondly, everyone wants to point out that the earthquakes in the area are proof that the frac'ing is damaging the environment. I merely stated that I distinctively remember as a young child experincing those tremors happening quite frequently.
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@636. I'll second the nastiness. I was "invited" to not be here for about 7 months and since I've been back, it isn't the same blog I left. Granted we're off season, but there are those now that are pure talking points and attack. A shame, really...
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The front was expected to sit over the Bay Area and by Sunday morning bring record-breaking cold temperatures, with 20s to lower 30s forecast over the North Bay valleys, upper 20s to lower 30s around most of the San Francisco Bay shoreline southward through the Santa Clara and Salinas valleys. Higher elevation spots were expected to mostly be in the 20s.

seeing snow where the ocean meets the land seems so strange to me
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


Sorry if the delivery wasn't sugar coated enough for you but as I stated in a previous post, I was fed up with the dialogue and childish behavior so I responded harshly and I thought it was warranted.

I don't seem to recall you scrutinizing the idiots that started this whole conversation. Wonder why that is?
Because they aren't visible as per my filter settings and I don't usually have the time to hang around and see what every lowest rank poster has to say.

What's with the name calling? You know how it gets in here once that starts up...(though, really, has been fairly nasty for months)
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Quoting SAINTHURRIFAN:
Oil will probably approach the level Pat suggested if we do not stop our dependence on foriegn oil.I know neaopolitan post some alarming stats about our enviromental decadence and he has a lot of merit to what he is saying.Now if we can avoid the hazards to a minimum like the BP disaster, I still feel offshore drilling in American waters is still a probably our best solution for the time being.People fail to realize the overall economic impact one gets from such industry.First you have to build the rigs, which in turn requires skilled labor and creates jobs.The building of a oil Rig is a detailed and large task been there done that.Also thier are the vendors who supply the shipyard or other industry that builds the rigs.More jobs and money in the economy.Then the extra food suppliers,retaurants and real estate sales that create jobs and spur the economy.Now before you write me off as a complete lunatic, as sector vp. for ngss gulf coast i have poor grammar skills lol but i have a very good idea how supply and chain works in industry and stimulates economic growth.American made,american suppliers American jobs .And most important American controlled.I know neo and others including myself would worry about our ecosystem,and I agree.But lets face it dem or rep or in bed with the oil companies and they are not going to alternative energy on any full scale.I rarely agree with Obama but he was right on his format to push forward offshore drilling.The BP disaster stopped that.My solution certainly has many flaws and as a life long resident of the Ms.Coast I sure do not ever want to see a disaster like last year.Promise me we can regulate and control safely I think it would be to our advantage.A lot to chew on but we have to do something quickly.


The only disagreement I have with this is that we can use that same effort in finding an alternate energy source, be it solar, hydro, tidal, or wind. Any of these investments would be every bit as productive and benifitual to the economy as expanding our oil resources. And if thats the case, then why choose the method with the most draw backs to human health and environmental habitats. Especially when the other sources of energy are just as efficient as oil.

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Quoting Neapolitan:

So you're saying that the amount of money landowners can make off of fracking is enough to silence any environmental or health concerns they may have about the process. I gotcha. For the record, that's precisely what the energy companies are counting on; they know that handing out fat checks can buy them lots and lots of cover.


Ok, I'll come back out of lurk mode one more time. No, that is not at all what I said, and I wonder how you mined that out of what I said. What I said was that yes, there are those that complain. Has anyone of them been able to prove any ill results or issues due to the fracing? Not to this date. Is there jealousy over not owning mineral rights? Of course. As I stated in my earlier post, I grew up there. When I was a child living on the farm, the mineral rights were almost worthless, nothing was ever going to come from that land except more rocks. Therefore, many farmers sold off their mineral rights to get that little bit of money. Now, they and their heirs are left with land that could've made them rich, while their neighbors whose ancestors held on to those mineral rights are actually getting rich. There is a lot of resentment that comes from that. Again, NO ONE in that part of the world has so far been able to prove an actual issue caused by that drilling and fracing. Secondly, everyone wants to point out that the earthquakes in the area are proof that the frac'ing is damaging the environment. I merely stated that I distinctively remember as a young child experincing those tremors happening quite frequently. I'm 53 years old, and I was just old enough to remember it, so that was probably 46 - 47 years ago. Definitely long before there were any wells other than water wells being drilled there. Does this prove that fracing the wells is NOT causing those tremors? Of course not, but this is nothing new to the area. It would be like blaming housing development in the foothills of the Rockies on the cause of increased snowfall this year.
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Quoting Levi32:


It's a different class of front. It's a boundary between two air masses, but instead of them having different temperatures like cold/warm fronts, they have differences in moisture content (dewpoint). Moist air has less mass and more energy at the same temperature than dry air, so it tends to get undercut by the dry air and lifted upwards along the dry-line, similar to a cold front. This boundary will often light up with severe t-storms during the afternoon due to the resulting lift. The dry air in the mid-levels coming around the storm system can also aid in creating convective instability in the warm afternoon, further intensifying the situation.


Thank you. Now I have some understanding of it.
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Quoting Levi32:

The good news is that due to the abnormal behavior of this winter, the north Gulf of Mexico SSTs are much cooler than they normally are in a La Nina winter at this time, only 14-18C. This caps dewpoints under 70F and places the main burden of warming the air on the land mass. This is still a significant event for late February, but it would have been worse in a normal La Nina winter.





The most recent La Nina winter we had was 2008. Here is the February 20-22 GOM SST difference between 2011 and 2008 (2011 minus 2008):

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Right on Dr Masters,

Way to let is loose.

Your commentary was an excellent summary of the situation our World faces today.

Climate Change + Peak oil is tough stuff.

We gotta build resilient community which offer a prosperity of food, housing and healthcare that resolve these issues.

Great work
patrick
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The good news is that due to the abnormal behavior of this winter, the north Gulf of Mexico SSTs are much cooler than they normally are in a La Nina winter at this time, only 14-18C. This caps dewpoints under 70F and places the main burden of warming the air on the land mass. This is still a significant event for late February, but it would have been worse in a normal La Nina winter.

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Quoting weatherneophyte:


Yes, I did see that. A very funny parody. Wait, it wasn't a parody? Nah, it definitely was a parody. Look, I haven't lived there for almost 30 years, but I do own a portion of the old family farm still, and it has three frac'd wells on it right now. I also have family that still live there, a brother that lives within 100 feet of a newly frac'd well. There have been no ill health results, no complaints. There is a very small group of people who do complain, and I would bet a large sum that of that small group - not a singly one of them own their mineral rights.

Going back to lurk mode now.

So you're saying that the amount of money landowners can make off of fracking is enough to silence any environmental or health concerns they may have about the process. I gotcha. For the record, that's precisely what the energy companies are counting on; they know that handing out fat checks can buy them lots and lots of cover.
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Oil will probably approach the level Pat suggested if we do not stop our dependence on foriegn oil.I know neaopolitan post some alarming stats about our enviromental decadence and he has a lot of merit to what he is saying.Now if we can avoid the hazards to a minimum like the BP disaster, I still feel offshore drilling in American waters is still a probably our best solution for the time being.People fail to realize the overall economic impact one gets from such industry.First you have to build the rigs, which in turn requires skilled labor and creates jobs.The building of a oil Rig is a detailed and large task been there done that.Also thier are the vendors who supply the shipyard or other industry that builds the rigs.More jobs and money in the economy.Then the extra food suppliers,retaurants and real estate sales that create jobs and spur the economy.Now before you write me off as a complete lunatic, as sector vp. for ngss gulf coast i have poor grammar skills lol but i have a very good idea how supply and chain works in industry and stimulates economic growth.American made,american suppliers American jobs .And most important American controlled.I know neo and others including myself would worry about our ecosystem,and I agree.But lets face it dem or rep or in bed with the oil companies and they are not going to alternative energy on any full scale.I rarely agree with Obama but he was right on his format to push forward offshore drilling.The BP disaster stopped that.My solution certainly has many flaws and as a life long resident of the Ms.Coast I sure do not ever want to see a disaster like last year.Promise me we can regulate and control safely I think it would be to our advantage.A lot to chew on but we have to do something quickly.
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626. Jax82
Looking at the extended forecasts, would it be wise to say that Florida (Jax southward) probably wont see any more Freezes this year? Sure looks that way, and it makes me happy.
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Rapid-scan visible loop of the region
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"A dynamic mid/upper-level storm system will race northeastward over the southern Plains and Mid-South today, bringing the possibility of severe weather to parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and the Mid-South region. As dewpoints climb into the 60s along I-40 in Oklahoma and Arkansas, a surface low pressure system will deepen in response to the approaching mid/upper-level disturbance, then translate eastward across the MO/AR border by this evening. This surface low will lift an associated warm front into the Ozarks by this evening, progressing northeastward toward the Ohio River Valley overnight. Warm, moist air across the warm sector -- east of the dryline in TX and OK, and south of the warm front -- will result in weak instability, but low-level wind shear will be significant across the Ozarks and mid-South into Thursday night. Although great uncertainty remains as to whether adequate destabilization will result, the Storm Prediction Center has highlighted this area with a Moderate Risk for today. However, the process of a heightened severe weather threat developing later today will hinge on whether early, ongoing precip can give way to wide areas of clearing, and greater instability can materializes, as the threat for discrete supercells and tornadoes will be higher across portions of the Mid-South in this case. Regardless, severe storms appear likely across east Arkansas, and the western portions of Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi later this evening. Heavy rains are also of great concern, as the lower Ohio into mid-Mississippi Valley area could see 3+" over a relatively short time frame. We will also be watching a separate storm system which models suggest will impact the same general areas by Sunday. This second system appears to be the more potent of the two at this time."

Source
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


Speaking of Fracking...have you seen Gasland?

Scary and disturbing...


Yes, I did see that. A very funny parody. Wait, it wasn't a parody? Nah, it definitely was a parody. Look, I haven't lived there for almost 30 years, but I do own a portion of the old family farm still, and it has three frac'd wells on it right now. I also have family that still live there, a brother that lives within 100 feet of a newly frac'd well. There have been no ill health results, no complaints. There is a very small group of people who do complain, and I would bet a large sum that of that small group - not a singly one of them own their mineral rights.

Going back to lurk mode now.
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Quoting SQUAWK:


Levi, can you tell me what is dangerous about a dry line? I have never understood that at all.


It's a different class of front. It's a boundary between two air masses, but instead of them having different temperatures like cold/warm fronts, they have differences in moisture content (dewpoint). Moist air has less mass and more energy at the same temperature than dry air, so it tends to get undercut by the dry air and lifted upwards along the dry-line, similar to a cold front. This boundary will often light up with severe t-storms during the afternoon due to the resulting lift. The dry air in the mid-levels coming around the storm system can also aid in creating convective instability in the warm afternoon, further intensifying the situation.
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Quoting Levi32:
Nasty-looking dry-line:







Levi, can you tell me what is dangerous about a dry line? I have never understood that at all.
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Nasty-looking dry-line:





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Quoting hurricanejunky:


Speaking of Fracking...have you seen Gasland?

Scary and disturbing...


our government states what is the safe amount of toxins allowed in our drinking water. do you really trust them to tell you the truth? if anyone wants to know about reverse osmosis for truly clean drinking water, email me. the systems are basic and are installed under your sink. but you have to make that you get the right one because some companies lie and say there stuff is the best.
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Quoting weatherneophyte:


Don't really say much on here, mostly lurk. But I grew up in that area, I'm now 53 years old. When I was very young, we constantly had tremors, nothing new here. There was no natural gas drilling/fraccing going on in that area then to cause it.


Speaking of Fracking...have you seen Gasland?

Scary and disturbing...
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Quoting JohnTucker:
I think this one might be a bit serious pat - if it goes. Its warm down south.


Yep...81 and balmy here in SCentral MS...will see it later..after dark as usual
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Nasty,,nasty stuff.

Itsa gonna POP soon nuff seems.

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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 13
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1125 AM CST THU FEB 24 2011

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

A LARGE PART OF ARKANSAS
PARTS OF NORTHERN LOUISIANA
PASTS OF SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA
PARTS OF NORTHEAST TEXAS

EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY MORNING AND EVENING FROM 1125 AM UNTIL
600 PM CST.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 100 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 50 MILES NORTHWEST OF
RUSSELLVILLE ARKANSAS TO 25 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SHREVEPORT
LOUISIANA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

DISCUSSION...THUNDERSTORMS ARE INCREASING IN NUMBER ACROSS ERN OK
INTO NERN TX AHEAD OF STRONG S/WV TROUGH AND DEVELOPING SURFACE LOW.
WITH AIR MASS NOW FAVORABLY UNSTABLE AND NEARLY
UNCAPPED...POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS INCLUDING SUPERCELLS
WILL INCREASE EWD ACROSS THE WATCH THRU THE AFTERNOON. E/W WARM
FRONT ACROSS CENTRAL AR WILL BE AN AREA FOR ENHANCED LOW LEVEL
SHEAR/SUPERCELL DEVELOPMENT. TORNADOS WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH ANY
SUPERCELL THAT DEVELOPS.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24045.


...HALES

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Quoting greentortuloni:
From wikipedia:

Gingrich has been married three times. In 1962, he married Jackie Battley, his former high school geometry teacher, when he was 19 years old and she was 26.[67][68] They had two daughters. In the spring of 1980, Gingrich left Battley after having an affair with Marianne Ginther.[69][70] According to Battley, Gingrich visited her while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery to discuss the details of their divorce. Six months after it was final, Gingrich wed Ginther in 1981.[71][72]

In the mid-1990s, Gingrich began an affair with House of Representatives staffer Callista Bisek, who is 23 years his junior; they continued their affair during the Lewinsky scandal.[73] In 2000, Gingrich married Bisek shortly after his divorce from second wife Ginther. He and Callista currently live in McLean, Virginia.


Oh the family values of it all!!
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(Edit: hope I'm using the term correctly there, but please do correct me if not).

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Quoting Neapolitan:

If you buy a subscription, ads like that will disappear from your screen. After all, Dr. Masters needs some way to cover the expenses of those who haven't paid his wallet-draining $0.20 per week fee. :-\

(And for what it's worth, he doesn't hand-select the ads; an external piece of software does that for him.)

Thanks, Nea. That explains why I didn't see the ads.

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Quoting atmoaggie:
hokey dokey. Just seemed like it wasn't necessary to me and maybe a little bit like that which you were incited by...

Just sayin. Re-read 531 and and maybe see what I'm talking about.


Sorry if the delivery wasn't sugar coated enough for you but as I stated in a previous post, I was fed up with the dialogue and childish behavior so I responded harshly and I thought it was warranted.

I don't seem to recall you scrutinizing the idiots that started this whole conversation. Wonder why that is?
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