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2007-10-30 - 11:20 a.m.

Brin will be here for another couple days. She's starting the "pre-packing" stage of her packing. I'm not sure how that works, but I think it has to do with getting everything together that she won't need for the next two days and packing it.

Of course, there will be something that she WILL need, and all the pre-packed stuff will get UNpacked...and will have to be packed AGAIN.

Because that's how it works.


And now, your global warming moment of Zen.

Remember the predictions earlier this year from Colorado State University that, due to global warming, it would be a very active hurricane season? They forecasted seventeen named storms...and nine of THOSE would become hurricanes...and five of THOSE would be major storms.

Got all that? Fourteen named, nine of those fourteen becoming hurricanes, and five of the nine hurricanes becoming major storms.

Well, let's see how they did. There have been fourteen named tropical storms in the Atlantic so far this year. Four of them developed into hurricanes. Of those, only one of them was categorized as major, and not many of the tropical storms ever reached this country. Tropical depression Humberto brought rain in mid-September. Felix reached category 4, but hit Central America, not us. Now, there were a couple that did land in the US, like tropical depression Erin - that gave Texas winds of 40mph. In June, tropical depression Barry went up the Eastern coast with sustained winds of about 35-40 mph. But that's about it so far.

This is the second year in a row that there were predictions that global warming would cause higher-than-average hurricane seasons...and it's the second year in a row that activity has DROPPED, and substantially. This year has seen the lowest tropical cyclone activity in thirty years - it's 30% below normal.

This is one of the reasons why I'm such a global warming skeptic. All the dire predictions are based on computer models predicting many years into the future...and they can't even accurately predict what'll happen THIS YEAR.

Hey, do what you can. Recycle. Keep your vehicle properly tuned and maintained. Link errands so that you drive while your engine is warm - you burn gas more efficiently that way. Be good to the planet.

But man-made global warming? Forget it.


Did you think the 70's were a great prosperous time? Want to go back to those days?


A Cleveland imam quit three days before he was due to start. It seems that some bloggers found a video of a speech he made a few years ago, where he's saying that "the Muslims will kill the Jews".



Well, Brin and I are going to hit New World Buffet one more time this trip.

Then I go to work while she "pre-packs".

Shower's free.

Be seeing you.


2 comments so far

artgnome - 2007-10-30 15:57:37 -
If I recall correctly, in the 70's there was this new term, called "lay-offs". My father was one of the first to be laid off from Xerox. I remember unemployment being very high and people waiting in long lines because of "gas shortages". By the end of the decade, the Ayatollah Kohmeni and his kind were starting to show their faces, dragging down their people and attacking the US with small terrorist plots. All sound familiar? yes. Yes it does.


Bob - 2007-10-31 07:45:49 -
So a hurricane only counts as major if it hits the U.S.? Both Dean and Felix became Category 5 hurricanes (via, and Flossie (Pacific) reached Category 4, though she did not make landfall.


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