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Bye bye polar vortex

Polar Vortex 2018

Going up to 32 today, and up to 56 on Friday! Hallelujah!

It’s bad enough having the flu. It’s even worse in this kind of bone-chilling weather.

Trump may put oil drilling rigs off N.J. beaches

Beach

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday proposed opening the Jersey Shore and the rest of the Atlantic Coast to oil drilling. If approved, the Interior Department’s new 2019-2024 five-year plan would allow drilling almost anywhere in the outer continential shelf which encompasses areas of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans. Continue Reading →

Extreme weather

Record-Smashing Storm Dumps Over 63 Inches Of Snow In Erie, Pennsylvania http://ift.tt/2E3Xbr6

They’re not calling it a polar vortex this time, but man, it is so cold this week that I took a nap with my hat on. At least I don’t live in Erie!

A holiday storm has blanketed the lakefront city of Erie, Pa., in more than five feet of snow this week, burying streets and driveways in mountains of powder and ice, forcing residents to abandon their incapacitated cars and shattering several snowfall records.

The National Weather Service said the storm had dumped about 60.5 inches of snow on the area from about 7 p.m. Sunday, when it began, to about 8 p.m. on Tuesday. About 63 inches has fallen since Saturday, the weather service said — and more is on the way.

Tom Niziol, a winter weather expert at The Weather Channel, said the tally could approach 70 inches by Wednesday night before the storm tapers off. The snow is part of what he called a “lake-effect snowstorm.” Such storms occur when very cold air comes over the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, he said. Heat and moisture then rise into the cold air to produce snow; the direction of the wind determines where the snow falls.

In this case, he said, the narrow snow band parked itself over Erie, Pa. — about 100 miles northeast of Cleveland.

“It’s like sticking one end of a giant fire hose into Lake Erie and pointing the other end at Erie, Pa. — and leaving it there for 30 hours,” Mr. Niziol said.

Just remember: We can’t let our guard down

Just look at Sheldon Whitehouse’s face as he interviews Trump’s nominee for top environment advisor. He laughs to keep from crying! Kathleen Hartnett White is not a scientist; she’s really more of a cheerleader:

“I’m not a scientist, but in my personal capacity, I have many questions that remain unanswered by current climate policy,” Hartnett White, Trump’s nominee to lead the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, told senators Wednesday at her confirmation hearing. “I think we indeed need to have more precise explanations of the human role and the natural role.”

She did acknowledge that there was probably some human contribution, “the extent to which I think is very uncertain.” That contradicts leading scientific assessments on the matter, which have pinned climate change largely on human greenhouse gas emissions.

Yes, we had a lot of electoral wins Tuesday night. But we don’t have control. Trump is filling government with sycophants and lobbyists — keep your eyes on that ever-present danger.

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