American Elephants

Snowbound, and released once again. by The Elephant's Child

THE sun that brief December day
Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
And, darkly circled, gave at noon
A sadder light than waning moon.
Slow tracing down the thickening sky
its mute and ominous prophecy,
A portent seeming less than threat,
It sank from sight before it set.
A chill no coat, however stout,
Of homespun stuff could quite shut out,
A hard, dull bitterness of cold,
That checked, mid-vein, the circling race
Of life-blood in the sharpened face,
The coming of the snow-storm told.

With compliments to John Greenleaf Whittier, we have been snowbound.  Snowed in since the Friday before Christmas.  People with four-wheel drive managed to get around gingerly, but the rest of us were just stuck. We had 8 to 10 inches of snow,  and here in the hilly Seattle area it quickly turns to ice.  In Seattle, the mayor decided that salt was beyond the pale for it might run into the salt waters of Puget Sound, and many streets were to be left undisturbed, to form a nice snowpack.  Sigh.

On the Eastside, city road crews plowed, but short neighborhood streets are left till last, and through streets get first attention, which is fair.  We have a well-stocked pantry, so were not reduced to eating strange things; a good-sized woodpile (the result of last winter’s storms) and  a snow shovel.

The snowplow came by the day after Christmas and, with some vigorous shoveling we escaped to crowded malls and grocery store to get ready for a postponed Christmas celebration.  Merry Christmas to all, and a happy New Year.

Another scientist checks in on global weather. by The Elephant's Child

President-elect Barack Obama has recently declared his intent to ‘control’ global warming by enacting a cap-and-trade policy that would reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050.  The last two years of global cooling have erased the past 30 years of slight temperature increase.  To the extent that global warming was ever a problem, it is now officially over, says David Deming, a geophysicist and adjunct scholar with the National Center for Policy Analysis.

  • By the end of January, 2008, cold weather and blizzards had killed 60 people in China, millions had lost electric service, airports closed and Hong Kong had the second-longest cold spell since 1885.
  • In Vietnam, in February, cold in the northern half of the country wiped out 40 percent of the rice crop and killed 33,000 head of livestock.
  • In India, the city of  Bombay recorded the lowest temperatures of the last 40 years.
  • International Falls, Minnesota set a new record low temperature of minus 40 degrees F. breaking the old record of minus 37 (1967).
  • Glaciers in Alaska grew, and Alaska suffered an unusually cold summer.

In the United States, politicians are still trying to enact solutions to a non-existent problem. Climate change and weather are natural processes that are beyond human control.  A cap-and-trade program may make some people much richer, but it will have no measurable effect on global temperatures.

President Bush Reverses Global Warming! by American Elephant

President Bush Environmentalist

I kid you not. Global Warming is gone. Kaput! No More!

New figures from four of the most authoritative sources show the average global temperature has dropped enough to erase almost all the warming people were concerned about in the first place:

All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.

Meteorologist Anthony Watts compiled the results of all the sources. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C — a value large enough to erase nearly all the global warming recorded over the past 100 years. [read more]

If President Bush gets blamed because the mayor of New Orleans and Governor of Louisiana refused to evacuate their own people, refused to follow their own disaster plans, and refused President Bush when he offered to help, then he sure as hell gets credit for reversing global warming!

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