Science Debate 2008

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 7:06 PM GMT on February 11, 2008

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The issues of global warming and climate change are important to many voters, yet the media has done a poor job asking the U.S. presidential candidates about these topics. In a study quoted by The Boston Globe, in 2007 the major TV networks asked presidential candidates 2,679 questions. Of those questions, only three were about global warming--the same number of questions that were asked about UFOs. With the presidential race narrowed down to four main candidates--Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, and Barack Obama--it's time that the candidates' views on climate change be given more attention. To address this need, the four major candidates have been invited to participate in Science Debate 2008, a verbal debate to be held on April 18, 2008, at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute. The debate is cosponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Council on Competitiveness, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. Nearly 100 leading American universities and other organizations have signed on to promote the effort, along with many prominent scientists, writers, and members of Congress. The debate is designed to discover the candidates' views on many science-related topics, such as climate change, clean energy, health care, science education and technology in schools, scientific integrity, GM agriculture, transportation infrastructure, the genome, data privacy, intellectual property, pandemic diseases, the health of the oceans, water resources, stem cells, conservation and species loss, population, and the space program.

We need your help to make this debate happen! Contact the campaigns of the candidates to ask them to participate in the debate, sign a petition to approve of the debate, or write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Chris Mooney, who authored the excellent 2007 book, Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming, is one of the leaders of the initiative, and has posted links one can use to help with these tasks, in his blog, The Intersection. Thanks for helping out!

Jeff Masters

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334. hondaguy
4:45 PM CST on February 12, 2008
Good pics of the storms in this article from a local news station.

Check out the article and pics HERE
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332. sporteguy03
10:36 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
Dr.Masters,
Thank you for the Scientific update good to know when it comes poll time.
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331. hondaguy
4:15 PM CST on February 12, 2008
Local News Story in Baton Rouge...

Weather delays EBRP school buses

Advocate staff report
Published: Feb 12, 2008

Heavy thunderstorms this afternoon are delaying East Baton Rouge Parish school buses in bringing some students home, said Chris Trahan, a school system spokesman.

Schools in the northern part of the parish can expect heavy delays due to downed trees and power lines in that area, Trahan said, while schools elsewhere can expect moderate delays due to heavier than normal traffic.

He said all available buses are in use to try to shorten the delays.
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330. TampaSpin
5:14 PM EST on February 12, 2008
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329. Sophmom
5:06 PM EST on February 12, 2008
NOLA radar looked wicked there for a while. Pat, you've moved into my stompin' ground! Good to see you around. Hope you're feelin' loads better!
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328. TampaSpin
5:05 PM EST on February 12, 2008
Pasco county look out it is coming at you.
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327. TampaSpin
5:03 PM EST on February 12, 2008
A big vortex in NOrth East Hillsborough county east of tampa......look out.
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326. atmoaggie
9:56 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
bad tornado in Xenia, Ohio..April 3rd, 1974

Wow. THE outbreak. The stuff of term papers.

My wife has no experiences to base it off of. She just has this excessive nervousness whenever a t-strom passes nearby. It's not all bad. She'll never be caught unawares. Plus, maybe that is why she keeps her meteorologist husband around ;)
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325. TampaSpin
4:56 PM EST on February 12, 2008
Conditions at 42036 as of
(3:50 pm EST)
Atmospheric Pressure (PRES): 1013.0 mb
Pressure Tendency (PTDY): -2.6 mb ( Falling )
Air Temperature (ATMP): 19.4 °C
Water Temperature (WTMP): 19.4 °C

The pressure was 1017.8 mb at 7am..

Wow.
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324. 0741
9:58 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
hi all it stormy here in miami but no strong storm yet
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323. CybrTeddy
9:58 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
Wow, im being slammed. Any chance this might turn into somthing Sub-Tropical?
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322. TampaSpin
4:53 PM EST on February 12, 2008
The low is getting stronger.
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321. Weather456
5:53 PM AST on February 12, 2008
....SYNOPSIS....

GULF OF MEXICO/NORTHWEST ATLANTIC OCEAN WEST OF 50W....

A vigorous prefrontal squall continues to push southeastward across Coastal Northeast Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi as it approaches the Gulf Coast. Meanwhile, the combination of warm moisture advection from the Caribbean and upper divergence ahead of a shortwave trough over the Gulf of Mexico is providing for the formation of a broad zone of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms across the Gulf of Mexico east 85W, the Florida Peninsula, the southeast corner of Georgia and into the Western Atlantic to 75W north of the Bahamas. Fair weather dominates across the remainder of the Gulf and the Mexican mainland-isthmus-peninsula.

Visible satellite imagery showed a slow moving frontal boundary extending from the Bahaman Islands along 26N/70W 28N/60W 30N/50W. This feature is embedded within a dry environment and thus only a thin line of shallow clouds is associated. The associated 1031 mb high-pressure system is established near 32N/70W providing additional stability and fair weather and noticeable anticyclonic flow across the area.

CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN REGION....

Very persistent winter-type weather pattern in place across the basin with very dry air in the lower to upper levels hindering any shower activity and fair weather tradewind cumulus dominates the region. Trades are near or under 10 knots and seas are light to moderate. Basically, this forecast discussion calls for very beautiful weather across the region this evening.

by W456

Storm System near Atlantic Canada



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320. melly
9:51 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
atmoaggie....I do not know your wife's situation...But tornadoes and hurricanes also make my skin crawl.....When I was a very young girl I went through a very, very, bad tornado in Xenia, Ohio..April 3rd, 1974, at 3:40 PM.... Then i got older and married, and moved to Palm Beach County Florida....... I guess my word of warning is :Don't follow me"
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319. dearmas
4:52 PM EST on February 12, 2008
Tampa they are poping out all over the place.
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318. TampaSpin
4:42 PM EST on February 12, 2008
Tornado warnings are popping up in central florida.
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317. HIEXPRESS
9:48 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
Tornado Warning
Statement as of 4:37 PM EST on February 12, 2008


The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
southwestern Lake County in east central Florida...
this includes the cities of... Tavares... Mascotte... Lisbon...
Leesburg... Lake Harris... Lake Griffin... Lady Lake... the villages...
Howey In The Hills... Groveland... Eustis... emeralda...

* until 530 PM EST

* at 436 PM EST... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 6 miles
southwest of Mascotte... moving north at 25 mph.

* The tornado will be near...
Groveland by 445 PM EST...
Mascotte by 450 PM EST...
Lake Harris and Leesburg by 520 PM EST...
Lake Griffin and Fruitland Park by 525 PM EST...
Lisbon by 530 PM EST...

If in Mobile homes or vehicles... evacuate them and get inside a
sturdy shelter. If no shelter is available... lie flat in the nearest
ditch or other low spot and cover your head with your hands.

The safest place to be during a tornado is in a strong building on
the lowest floor... in an interior room such as a bathroom or closet.
Keep away from windows. Get under a workbench or other piece of
sturdy furniture. Use blankets or pillows to cover your body.

Evacuate Mobile homes or vehicles for more substantial shelter. If no
shelter is available... lie flat in the nearest ditch or other low
spot and cover your head with your hands. Abandon your vehicle if the
tornado is nearby.

Lat... Lon 2896 8167 2878 8166 2837 8196 2896 8195
time... Mot... loc 2137z 201deg 25kt 2852 8196


Bragaw



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316. HIEXPRESS
9:46 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 3:25 PM EST on February 12, 2008


NOAA Weather Radio station wxj-70... broadcasting on a frequency of
162.550 mhz and serving the Melbourne listening area... and station
kih-63... serving the Orlando area on a frequency of 162.475 are both
off the air due to input problems to their transmitters. A return
to service time is not known yet. We apologize for this
inconvienence.

All the information from the NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can be
found on our web site at: www.Weather.Gov/mlb
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314. HIEXPRESS
9:31 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
Tampa Radar 248NM short loop
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313. TampaSpin
4:37 PM EST on February 12, 2008
We are getting a downpour in Tampa now.....ya.
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312. TampaSpin
4:34 PM EST on February 12, 2008
which will win out the cold front or the warm front?
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311. atmoaggie
9:23 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
My wife has mild Lilapsophobia: Defined as "a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of tornado or hurricanes"
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310. Patrap
3:25 PM CST on February 12, 2008
Spookie movie here..geeesh. NEXRAD Radar
New Orleans Storm Relative Mean Radial Velocity 1.45 Degree Elevation Range 124 NMI
Link
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309. Patrap
3:19 PM CST on February 12, 2008
Dupage severe weather warnings page Link
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308. Patrap
3:18 PM CST on February 12, 2008
Nola radar with TVS signatures ..eastbound Link
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307. TampaSpin
4:18 PM EST on February 12, 2008
Possible vortex just west of Mobile
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306. weathermanwannabe
4:15 PM EST on February 12, 2008
First Tornado warning just issued in the Florida Panhandle north of Pensacola....
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305. Patrap
3:12 PM CST on February 12, 2008
That line was bumpy here with lotsa thunder and plenty of 35-40 gusts for 2-3 minutes at peak..now strat here too..Uptown.Near Magazine.
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304. TampaSpin
4:09 PM EST on February 12, 2008
Liberal views on Global Warming just puts a tax on Corp. America. Liberals are the fault for the condition of Corp. America failing. Keep with the liberal views and keep taxing Corp. America to just change a light bulb has 10 laws in place. Come on people......Wow.
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303. atmoaggie
9:10 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
Here in Slidell: A couple of 40 mph wind gusts, rained moderately through the convective line, now stratiform.

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302. KoritheMan
9:07 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
I currently live in a trailer with my grandma down there. She was at home by herself today and must have been freaking out!

I can imagine. XD

i've been lucky so far no really severe weather just alot of rain and some wind. But tonight is supposed to get nasty.

There are times when you won't get severe weather even if it is forecast. Me and hondaguy can testify to that. XD

But seriously, it's possible you'll get it, so do try and stay safe.
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301. atmoaggie
8:57 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
How do you explain the fact that most of the observed warming has occurred in high latitudes, and sparesly populated areas at that? Not to mention that I doubt they have asphalt, cars, etc over the oceans (70% of the planet), as well as in many poorer countries...

ALL of the "records" from those locales only go back to the first satellite-based radiometers ('79?...with very few pinpoint in-situ additions), well within the decadal cycles. Another thought here is that the early radiometers had an error greater than the net warming we are attempting to prove here.

Further, of the few in-situ observations we do have in sparcely populated areas, something like 70% of them have since been shut down. They were mostly in Siberia and Ukraine, read cold, yet those records are still used in the "global mean temperature!" This is how we ended up with the hockey stick (well, that and...oops...forgot about the mideval warm period and the little ice age).

How high would you like me to jump, Mr Gore?
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300. hahaguy
3:59 PM EST on February 12, 2008
i've been lucky so far no really severe weather just alot of rain and some wind. But tonight is supposed to get nasty.
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298. hondaguy
2:55 PM CST on February 12, 2008
Koritheman

My aunt that works at Wal Mart down there said the building shook, so it may have been worse down there, believe it or not
.

I currently live in a trailer with my grandma down there. She was at home by herself today and must have been freaking out!
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297. TheCaneWhisperer
8:56 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
HOOK on V8! Possible Tornado?
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295. weathermanwannabe
3:51 PM EST on February 12, 2008
The cold front is moving at a pretty fast clip and looks like Gulfport/Biloxi and Southern Alabama/Mobile/Western Florida Panhandle will be next.....
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294. hondaguy
2:49 PM CST on February 12, 2008
I can see this area of the interstate from where I sit right now.
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293. weatherboyfsu
8:16 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
Man ole man are things starting to crank up..........
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292. hurricane23
3:49 PM EST on February 12, 2008
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291. TampaSpin
3:48 PM EST on February 12, 2008
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290. atmoaggie
8:35 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
I have sparce and contaminated data and a resulting theory that gravity will be reduced to 1/100th of its usual strength at exactly noon on March 1 at the Arch in St Louis for about 30 minutes. Go ahead and jump.

This leap of faith is what pro-GW enthusiasts are asking. Records contaminated by asphalt, car radiators, AC exhaust are not good enough. Should we look for ways to reduce humanity's impact on the planet? Yes. Should we go for energy fascism? Heck no. The US Supreme court would ask for a "compelling reason" to limit rights. I have not seen the compelling evidence for fascism.
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289. TampaSpin
3:41 PM EST on February 12, 2008
A tornado watch was just issued for nearly the entire state of florida.
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288. hondaguy
2:34 PM CST on February 12, 2008
283. atmoaggie 2:33 PM CST on February 12, 2008
Siegen Lane lost power. Substation blew.

I hope the traffic lights are up. Perkins through I-10, Industriplex, Airline will be very ugly otherwise.


Airline is almost always ugly! Hell all Baton Rouge traffic is. Now that the roads are wet, commute home will be a nightmare!

Dont believe me? Check out our traffic cams around 5 - 6pm.


Also helpful to see how the weather looks sometimes. Occasionally you'll get good shots of the sky.
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286. hurricane23
3:33 PM EST on February 12, 2008
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
325 PM EST TUE FEB 12 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MIAMI HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
EASTERN PALM BEACH COUNTY IN SOUTH FLORIDA.

* UNTIL 430 PM EST

* AT 323 PM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN
EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING
FROM 18 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BOCA RATON TO LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL
WILDLIFE REFUGE...AND MOVING NORTH AT 20 MPH.

* THE LINE OF STORMS WILL AFFECT...

BOCA RATON...
LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE...
DELRAY BEACH...
VILLAGE OF GOLF...
BOYNTON BEACH...
OCEAN RIDGE...

AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES

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285. sunlakedude
8:34 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
Check the records of the National Weather Service concerning the overall rise in global temperature. And if you read Dr Master's blogs about this you'll see plenty of "proof". Better still, show me proof that it's NOT happening!


Global Warming is only an unproven theory. This, of course, is not true

What? Proof? Please show me.

Yours truly,
-Not_Religious_Enough_to_Conduct_Science_Based_on_Belief_Alone
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284. KoritheMan
8:33 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
Siegen Lane lost power. Substation blew.

We almost lost power here in Prairieville. But as I said, according to a meteorologist down here, it was severe in Prairieville, even if the power stayed on.
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