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Thursday's Rant of the Day
Just a little note from my last post: What i took from the comments on my blog and on others, the most frustrating part of this whole new look is the lack of communication from the staff at Wunderground.
On to a new rant, a long winded new rant. One that will take a winding road to actually get to a point. I apologize in advance.
Growing up in the Bay Area of California, with such a mild climate I didn't much care about the weather. We could go yeas without lightning. It snowed only once and even then, well, it was really ice pellets but everyone called it snow. Thunder and lightening was a major weather event as it happened maybe once or twice a year. When I moved to Washington I learned first hand the power of wind as a storm producing 90 mph winds blew through causing a tree to fall smashing my house requiring me to build anew.
It wasn't until life found me in Florida that I truly understood the power of weather as in October I experienced my first hurricane. Irene traveled from Key West through Jupiter and I rode it out in a 38' Pace Arrow motorhome on Hutchinson Island. I drove home across the causeway in awe of all the traffic heading off the island and after having a nice dinner I finally took the time to listen to the news detailing the possible impacts from the storm. By that time it was too lae as they had closed the causeways leading off the island. I was stuck. We spent the night awake at many times thinking the wind gust would blow the motorhome over. The next morning driving though Stuart and Port St Lucie we saw the damage a small hurricane could cause.
The following year after moving to the Keys I found WU. Debbie was making her way across the Atlantic and for a time it was expected to pound Key West. We were in the middle of a whale rescue event as my ex ran a NOAA sanctioned marine mammal rescue group and as such needed information if we should stay put or bring the stranded and sick pygmy sperm whale to the mainland. The information available on the internet was spotty or else unable for me to understand until I found the tropical page on Wunderground. It wasn't the good doc running that page at that time, but it was still as detailed, clear and easy for the average person to understand what was happening and what the future trends were likely to be. I found my favorite site and found a hobby in studying and tracking storms.
As the years passed attention turned towards climate change, first by Doc Masters and then by others as more and more scientific evidence became available. I wasn't sold on AGW at first due to remembering the great "Ice Age" debacle of the '70's and by being bothered at how easily it became a political based platform rather than a science based platform. After a time of reading others who I respect opinions and my own research I had to agree that indeed we are warming and that man is playing a role in this.
Don't worry, I'm not turning my blog into a climate change blog, as many of the AGW fan club annoy the hell out of me. I look at it as a scene from revenge of the nerds where these nerdy scientists after years of being picked on and put down understand the science that many people do not and they're damned well gonna let you know it. Sometimes they just need to shut up before one of us grabs them in a headlock and gives them a noogy. The arguments or better stated, the daily same old arguments as yesterday and the day before that and the day before that get old real fast. I'd love to see one day go by on Doc's blog where the talk is only about weather rather than have to hear one more time how we either have or have not seen a stall the last 15 years in warming.
This brings me to my point of my rant. Do you realize, we're sitting on the precipice of a great event in the proving of climate change. Many here and more importantly many scientists have pointed that regardless of air temps, the ocean has been storing heat. Well guess what? With the upcoming El Nino event we should see that heat energy released. Many have said that if we get even a moderate El Nino we can expect the hottest year globally in modern times. So if we don't, well, some had better go back to the drawing board and check their calculations and see how sound the science is, but as I believe the warming scenario will pan out, then the skeptics need to shut up and face the freaking music that we've got to make some changes and fast.
I feel better, hope you do to
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