Senator Boxer has already succumbed to the temptation to politicize any and all disasters with her screetching hissy-fit imploring us to see that global warming is responsible for the recent storms that tragically killed and injured so many in Oklahoma.
Let’s keep it in perspective. If global warming were causing a trend in more frequent strong storms, we would see it in the actual weather records.
I am trully saddened by what happened in Oklahoma, and I hope I can think of better ways to help, rather than jumping up and down with no factual data and using the event to call for passage of my Carbon Tax bill.
I always wonder at how foolishly people always seem to fall for the extreme weather event = global climate change hoodwinks. Yet, it happens time and time again. Hotter than normal spring? Global catastrophe. Much colder than normal spring? Oh, we notice it now, but won’t remember come summer.
This is the forecast for the coming weekend. Normally, we are sitting at LEAST 20 degrees higher on a good, nice day in May. Usually, even higher.
But, come summer, no one will remember the anomaly on the low end, only on the high end.
We remember the devastating tornadoes of two years ago. I’ve seen reportress after reportress throwing that event out as proof positive evidence that global warming is propelling us into catastrophe in just a few short years. But, the past 12 months has seen the fewest tornado-related deaths since 1899. Climatologists say the past year has been uncharacteristically quite in terms of violent storms.
Even Al Gore swore (back in 2007 through 2009) that the arctic sea ice would be nearly completely melted by now.
Guess what? Same thing happened about 80 years ago. The sea ice shrank quite a bit, causing some alarm about warming weather (but the ice sheets came back in later decades).
Please, look at both sides of the evidence. Don’t throw one in my face and conveniently forget the other. Weather is just that – weather. Unpredictable, extreme, chaotic. If you are going speak of “the worst ever” you also have to speak of the “best ever.”
I don’t know about you, but I prefer these 60 degree days in May over the 90 degree ones.
1. Poison Oak!
2. My Child, my baaaaaybbbeeeeee, is old enough to go to prom.
He’s in that picture from the local news linked above. Somewhere. I had fun playing “Where’s Waldo.” What cracks me up, though, is in this image, it appears there’s a break in the dancing. Almost everyone is standing around talking, as if there is no music drowning them out. Everyone except that couple draped on one another in the right-center area of the photo.
3. Fairy Lights
I bought what I thought were plain old solar-powered LEDs to light areas of the path in the back yard. But they aren’t. They are color changing LED bulbs. They don’t give much light but they look like fairies in the dark of the night. Well, maybe they just look like glowing colorful LEDS, but fairies are more fun. At least, that’s what they tell me. I wouldn’t know for sure.
I was experimenting with the Brenizer method of stitching panoramas to obtain some really cool depth of field with essentially a series of closeups. This is my very first attempt in the back yard, and it isn’t too bad. I am going to have to work on the white balance. I thought i had checked it prior to starting, but I think I changed something. This image is a little too “cyan” to really represent the yard greens, but I do like the variations in depth on the front bottom and right upper areas.