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I wrote a month ago about gentle desert rains. Today, we got a spectacular light and sound show mid-morning. The storm arrived with a massive, staccato clap, calling attention out the windows to a sudden downpour and wild light show. No, I did not abandon good sense and dash outside to get photographic or video […]

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The summer monsoon rains finally broke through the heat shield in the Valley of the Sun Thursday evening, July 22. Until now we had rain on the hilltops, rain on the trees, but not on the valley. The monsoon rains bring with them the usual warnings about flash flooding and the stupid motorist law. When […]

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It has been a wonderfully grey winter week in Arizona. We have been waiting for rain for the better part of a year this time, with almost no summer rains. True the rains have been relatively light in the valleys, but several inches of snow have fallen in the Arizona high country. A few nights […]

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In the past day, we have had pouring rain, high winds, flooding, and last night, snow.  The back yard was covered in snow late last night, but it had mostly melted by midnight.  This is our front yard, and the neighbor across the street this morning.  Our area is known for its many microclimates. Preview […]

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Giving thanks for rain in the desert

 

DesertRainSortly before dawn, a steady sound almost like a small engine, came through the screen windows. It was a very steady rain, as the sounds of water gushing out of drain pipes soon confirmed. A quick check of the forecast confirmed that Central Arizona is in for a work week of rain, for which I give thanks. It might even be raining cats and dogs later in the day!

Yes, the rainfall arrived with the first day of Fall, the autumnal equinox. The extended forecast shows we are done with triple digit days, presumably until late next Spring. I note, merely for the record, that today’s forecast is for a high 10 degrees below “normal.” Since we’ve been bouncing around, high and low, for the past month, and look to do so going forward, I conclude nothing, except that “normal” is a mere median or mean measure of some local recorded historical data.

Enjoy the weather. If you are local, stay out of washes and flooded roads, especially underpasses! Consider that you like acknowledgement for your good work, so the Creator might also appreciate a few words of thanksgiving for the pleasure and benefit to the land of a good soaking rain.

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In Paterson, New Jersey six people were shot, one killed, over a seven hour period last Thursday. It appears to have been four separate, and seemingly unrelated, shootings.  New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. If you are don’t mind paperwork and have good references you can own a gun […]

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The nation is in a severe deep freeze. They are warning in some states – don’t breathe. Those liberals refuse to believe that hell could possibly freeze over, and choose to light up New York buildings in pink, and now….I’m sorry….Good jackets. Ok – It’s cold here in Florida. It’s so cold I let all […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have whiplash from all the media hyperbole in the wake of Andrew McCabe getting fired, almost all of it from people who have never read the inspector general’s report.  They also hammer President Trump for gloating about McCabe’s ouster and McCabe for suggesting his firing was a political hit job from Trump when multiple DOJ officials recommended it.  They also applaud the media for finally noticing a series of bombings in Austin, Texas, which have killed or injured several people in a story reminiscent of the Unabomber.  And they have some fun with D.C. city council member Trayon White alleging that the Rothschilds control the weather to bring calamity to American cities and then swoop in to pay for the cleanup and take control of the cities.

After a brief venting about the inability of people in Washington to deal with winter and their instinct to turn their misery into some sort of imaginary historical event, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the results of a Government Accountability Office report showing that all 72 attempts to privately purchase a firearm were rejected once the seller discovered the supposed buyer was legally prohibited from owning a gun.  They also shake their heads as Oprah Winfrey’s well-received speech at the Golden Globes immediately prompts serious talk of her running for president in 2020.  And they are less than impressed with both Jake Tapper and Stephen Miller after their Sunday morning interview devolves into shouting and controversy later ensues over whether Miller was escorted off the set after Tapper abruptly ended the interview.

Complain Away

 

“A well known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it.” — Charles Dudley Warner, Hartford Courant editorial (1897)

The upper half of the nation is caught in a deep freeze. Complaining is unlikely to have any effect but it might make you feel better. It is a scientific fact that what would truly make you feel better is if you used a certain word banned from these pages by the Code of Conduct. You know…. the “fudge” word.

If you partook of the recent “Christmas Story” marathon over the holiday you know it is the word Jean Shepherd described as “THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words…” It is the word he learned from his father. “He worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It was his true medium; a master.”

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Today at Toad Hall it has been super windy. My son was able to get a kite up into the air, no mean feat considering our very tree covered property. While the kite was flying, it attracted the attention of an eagle which flew over to check out the competition. In spite of his mother […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 14, 2017 it’s the Stephen Miller, Be Our Valentine edition of the podcast. We are brought to you this week by Harry’s Shave. Two comments: (1) you’ve heard about it, you’ve thought about it, get it now you *will* love it, (2) use the URL harrys.com/Harvard. We are also brought to you by Casper mattresses: with over twenty thousand reviews and over 4.8 out of 5 stars, it is quickly becoming the internet’s favorite mattress. And we are brought to you by The Great Courses Plus. They have over 8,000 video lectures on a wide assortment of topics. Learn something new today.

This week on the podcast we discuss the poster child for amnesty, the golden nugget sympathy case for open borders, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos. De Rayos, or as we think of her, mother Guady, has been deported. She is a mother of two American-born children (i.e. anchor babies). She has been in America for 22 years. She came here as a 14 year old looking for a better life. She is doing what she is doing “out of love.” (Where have we heard *that* before??). And she only committed one, almost insignificant felony (identity theft) and she’s reaaaalllly sorry about that. The elitist media Cannot Conceive of why anyone would want the law to be enforced and mother Guady forced to leave. The reaction of the average deplorable is, however, “it’s about time.”

Hurricane Matthew: Get Prepared Today

 

Hurricane Matthew Track Latest Hurricane Matthew tracking model from the National Hurricane Center.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is preparing the state for a direct hit by Hurricane Matthew in some form. The storm is supposed to head up the East Coast. It stayed stationary over poor Haiti and could pick up more steam.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging all residents to prepare for the worst ahead of a possible Hurricane Matthew hit. “It’s never too early to evacuate,” he said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Massive Hurricane Nears Mexico’s Pacific Coast

 

map_specnewsdct-08_ltst_4namus_enus_650x366Hurricane Patricia is the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere, with maximum sustained winds hitting 200 mph. It is projected to strike Mexico’s Pacific coast state of Jalisco late this afternoon or early this evening.

The Category 5 hurricane is likely to make landfall near the popular resort destination of Puerto Vallarta, and authorities and residents are scrambling to prepare for the unprecedented storm. In addition to the high winds, there could be localized rainfall of up to 20 inches and waves of up to 39 feet.

Thankfully, Patricia is expected to lose strength quickly due to the mountainous interior of Jalisco. According to Weather.com, “mid-level moisture and energy from it may get pulled into the south-central U.S.” This could result in significant rain and a threat of flooding in Texas and adjacent states over the weekend.

Update From The Snowy North

 

Boston doesn’t often make weather-related headlines. We’re far enough north to be safe from most hurricanes, and we’re sufficiently coastal and temperate to be spared the worst of New England winters. In the seven years I’ve lived here, the city’s dodged storm after storm that have left our neighbors in all directions badly damaged. Boston seemed weirdly blessed.

Then it started snowing a few weeks ago.

Snow! In January! Help!

 

shutterstock_166836944Before I was selling vowels for a living, I was a television weatherman in Los Angeles and — before that — in Nashville. I was not a meteorologist; I was chosen for more important reasons: I was glib, had weatherman hair, and could write relatively legibly.

Over the years, I came to learn a lot about the weather and how it works, but mostly I learned how unpredictable it is. That’s why it’s called a weather forecast. It’s nothing more than an estimate or a prediction based on current observations and on how things are likely to proceed. So it’s completely understandable how the “Blizzard of the Century” might become something less.

What we didn’t have in the olden days, however, was cable networks naming storms (this one was dubbed Winter Storm Juno by the reliably wiggy Weather Channel) and trying to outdo each other in terms of creating anxiety and ratings (CNN, formerly a news network, introduced the Blizzardmobile). It’s one thing to encourage a certain amount of prudent behavior, while it’s another to create the kind of hysteria that forces politicians to call press conferences and make up laws on the spot about when you must lock yourselves in your homes or risk fines. Pols who have been skewered as the result of inefficient snow-removal in the past have decided that a good offense is the best defense. It’s apparently better to create needless panic than to be seen as unresponsive.