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Deep (Freeze) in the Heart of Texas

 

The recent dramatic events in Texas are an early warning sign of the disasters that are likely to occur if the Biden administration continues its relentless effort to demonize the use of fossil fuels in the effort to combat climate change.

Assessing whether the climate is really changing requires looking at two numbers. The first is mean global temperatures across time. While that figure is increasing overall, it shows a complex up-down pattern that cannot be explained solely by the steady increase in carbon dioxide emissions. The higher the mean temperatures, the worse the supposed problem.

The second measure, though often neglected, is every bit as important: the variance in temperatures, whether measured in days, seasons, or years. A lower variance over a relevant time period means less stress on the power grid and other systems, even when the mean temperature increases. The general trend is that the variance in the temperature has gone down over time. Even today, for example, a large fraction of the record high temperatures in the United States took place in the 1930s—when carbon dioxide levels were far lower than they are today—with only three record highs after 2000.

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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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Wayne Winegarden, Ph.D., Senior Fellow of Business and Economics for the Pacific Research Institute joins Carol Roth to discuss a free market approach to energy. He talks about why electric car subsidies help the rich, why overregulation hurts the poor and how Californians could save more than $2,000 a year if lawmakers enacted free market policies. Wayne and Carol talk about California’s rolling blackout problems and why big government is to blame, the big problem with solar energy that nobody is talking about, nuclear power and more.

Plus, a Now You Know segment on the Canary Islands. 

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You might remember from my 1st MAIN FEED post what prompted it. Well, not 15 minutes ago, the city cops were stopping traffic and making people turn around—on the overpass. I’m glad I was driving my 200S, and not the Ram 1500! Just imagine what a semi driver would have to do. The more I’m […]

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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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If you are gearing up for Thanksgiving travel, you may want to add a few layers to your suitcase attire. There is an unusually dramatic weather pattern headed from the Plains to the Northeast that will dramatically change the forecast very quickly, beginning this weekend. This could include high winds and possibly, snow. If you […]

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March is over, and with it the “Winds’ project. We had 30 entries this month from 29 different contributors. It proved a fascinating array of conversations on different aspects of winds — real to metaphorical. None made the Main Feed this month, but that is okay.  The maximum number of comments generated by any of our windy topics […]

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I’ve debated whether I should share this or not. After all, I didn’t want to scare anyone or add to any burdens that are already being carried. But now that the danger is over, I think it’s ok to let people know what almost happened. We were almost invaded by aliens. Honest, we were. I heard […]

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Have you seen the wind? No, not really. No one sees the wind. We see only the things it moves. The leaves sway because the wind has touched them, so we know it is passing our way. The chimes ring and we know they do not ring without being acted upon. We feel the wind’s […]

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It’s fascinating to me the way certain musicians and composers can so easily and perfectly evoke the sound and feel of things in nature. Claude Debussy was a master at this, but there were others who could do this, too, without the composition actually being about the natural phenomenon they are evoking. I’m thinking, specifically, […]

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Deadfall Sharp breeze from the east today more sticks to haul away the winds of winter left their mark twigs, sticks, branches on the yard a limb down in the grove every year the winds of winter break off the deadwood every spring I haul it away   Every tree feels the rush until one […]

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I have loved using Scholastic News in my classroom. I’ve also taught with The Weekly Reader, or Time for Kids. However, in the last five or six years, I’ve increasingly found myself reading the cover article, and then putting the entire packet of magazines into the recycling bin. Why? Indoctrination, PC, Science-y Nonsense… The latest […]

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1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Christianity understands God as one, in three persons (The Holy Trinity).  These are the Father, the […]

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I cruise through life content most of the time. Occasionally, though, a peculiar convergence of sunshine, azure sky, gentle breeze, and felicitous song will deepen that outlook. For a few savory minutes, the contentedness mellows into a sense of serene pleasure. All the parts of my world have blended into a lovely tune.  This happy confluence of elements occurred more than […]

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Wind is fickle. Wind comes and goes as it pleases, and seems subject to no laws outside of those crafted by The Great Murphy. Populated areas can go days with still air, and be subjected to gale force winds at other times. Which makes it all the more surprising that people ever thought harnessing wind […]

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