Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Timing is Everything

With nearly a foot of snow on the ground and several more inches due to fall today, Pullman continues to suffer through its snowiest winter in recent memory.

It's much more severe, however, in China, where the worst blizzards in 50 years have killed over 50 people, stranded hundreds of thousands of travelers, destroyed homes and crops, and caused widespread power blackouts that forced the Chinese premier to apologize.

However, the Alcolytes are preparing to sacrifice a goat to the God of the Boiling Planet on Thursday. According to yesterday's Moscow-Pullman Daily News:
University of Idaho professor Bruce Haglund believes global climate change is more of an issue than people give it credit.

"Ninety-nine percent of scientists agree that it's happening," Haglund said. "They've been telling us this since the mid-1980s, and now we're seeing some of the more extreme consequences."

To bring attention to the issue, the UI chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students will take part in an event titled "Focus the Nation" on Wednesday and Thursday. Students and residents will be informed about the problems associated with carbon dioxide emissions from buildings and presented with viable solutions.
The weather forecast is calling for 5-12 inches of new snow on Thursday...

UPDATE: From the Janaury 30, 2008 edition of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News:
The snowpack on the Palouse is the highest it's been in years, and it's about to get worse.

Meteorologist John Livingston with the National Weather Service in Spokane said a winter storm warning has been issued for a storm that could bring 4-8 more inches of snow.

The storm should start today between 8 p.m. and midnight and continue through Thursday, Livingston said. There also will be 15-20 mph winds with some gusts up to 30 mph.

Another storm is expected Saturday, but it's unclear how much snow it will bring, he said. It will likely be less severe than Thursday's storm.

Livingston said there is about 18-30 inches of snowpack in Latah County lowlands, including the 8 inches that fell during the weekend.

He said it is the most snow on the ground since the winter of 1996-1997.

6 comments:

Satanic Mechanic said...

99%... that's a good laugh. Let me guess, he read it in Scientific America or saw it on Gore's movie.
I bet if the GOREacle proclaimed that all humans must wear lithium hydroxide masks to scrub out exhaled CO2, Bruce would agree.

In other news, my ten cyclinder pickup, "The Overlord", is running at full power and still the temperature is still not rising. Well I guess the hypothesis of global warming is shot. I did however read over the weekend that in Russia a scientist is predicting global cooling. Sounds familiar...

Mr. C. said...

Tom,

I'm hoping to get some pictures over at Micky's on Thrs night when the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute has their "global warming" meeting.

I would love to have some pictures of all the “anthropomorphic global warming” doomsayers bundled up, running into Mikey’s in the middle of a blizzard.

best,
Dale

Bruce Heimbigner said...

First of all, this is the Daily News, the chance of that being an accurate quote is low. Stable weather and increased snow are what we should expect for global warming. The global warming crowd loves to use weather to scare people in to thinking that global warming will result in all sorts of loss: bad weather, hurricanes, extinction.

One thing is for sure the experts do NOT agree on the effect of global warming on weather. For example, see this recent AP story: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325334,00.html?sPage=fnc/scitech/naturalscience

Tom Forbes said...

Based on conversations I have had at work lately, the Alcolytes have a serious PR problem, in the Inland Northwest anyway.

Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

I think we all should give them something to complain/campaign about.

Would anyone else be interested in joining me in a day of letting our vehicles idle in the driveway? I have to work out there in that crap all day and I'm really upset that global warming is fake. Can we try and make it real? Please, help me retain my fingers and toes!

April E. Coggins said...

In a hundred years the historians will be teaching about the "mass hysteria" gripping the nation (right after the chapter about Y2K) over global warming. The students will rightfully laugh as they look out over their snow covered vehicles.
The marketing and public relations department will be using us an example of good marketing and failed marketing.

This all reminds me of the quack clinics that were popular during the early 1900's when enemas and starvation were all the rage.