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Category Archive for 'Climate Change'

Getting warmer

You’d almost think something had changed: The first six months of 2014 were the hottest ever in California, according to the National Weather Service. The period was nearly 5 degrees warmer than the 20th century average and more than a degree hotter than the record set in 1934, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. […]

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So Cameron’s new UK cabinet has gotten rid of environmentalists. In light of the widespread winter deluges, that’s just plain crazy. First the “badgers moved the goalposts”. Now environment secretary, Owen Paterson, has been shown the red card in a cabinet reshuffle. The environmental views of Paterson’s replacement, Liz Truss, are little known, but the former Shell […]

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In a few days there will be an abridged version of last winter’s polar vortex (meteorologists are split on using this term for the event) descending into the Eastern two-thirds of the country… As for next week’s weather, polar air will again be spilling southward from the Arctic Ocean. That’ll be good enough to convert […]

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Is this the stupidest fucking thing you ever saw? Just when I think it can’t get any worse, they top themselves: Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars. “Coal Rollers” are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra […]

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Mansplaining

I was in an elevator yesterday with a man maybe ten years younger, and we shared traditional Philadelphia summer pleasantries: “Sure is hot!” But he insisted it was no hotter than ever, and that storms weren’t getting worse. “The bad storms happen more often, and do more damage,” I said. “That’s not true, you just […]

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97 degrees

That’s the heat factor right now. Ugh.

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Imaginary global warming

It’s all in your head, it’s not really happening. Just ask any GOP congress member! A complex of thunderstorms erupting over Iowa this afternoon may consolidate into a powerful squall line or derecho that rips through the Upper Midwest this evening. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) forecasts has highlighted a broad region […]

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Large swathes of America “will be unsuitable for outdoor activity”? That’s already happening. We’ve been lucky so far this year – Philly has had much cooler weather than usual. But it’s not July yet, and more and more people tell me they just don’t want to go out in the heat.

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Hottest May on record

Oddly enough, it’s been relatively cool and dry here this year. We’ll probably get slammed later.

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Today’s weather report

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