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If you've been listening to the news, you know that meteorologists are barely able to contain themselves over the glory of the storm currently pummeling most of the US. Here's what it looks like from space:


Click the image to see the WIRED story.

Meteorologists predict that the storm will bury snowfall records across the Midwest. In the East, it’s expected to deliver ice storms that could cause $1 billion in damage. It’s the latest in a string of storms fitting a pattern predicted by climate scientists. As the world warms up, the air can hold more moisture, loading storm systems with more water that’s ultimately dumped back onto the Earth.

Yes, global warming = more dramatic winter weather! It's a wild, wild world. And exciting! SNOWPOCALYPSE FOR ALL!

Chris

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mckitterick
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know what you mean! I haven't checked Facebook today, but I'd bet any amount of buckies that the wingnut global-warming deniers are posting nonsense like, "Here's 'global warming' for you, Al Gore lovers!"

Gah.

Edited at 2011-02-01 08:20 pm (UTC)
silverfae
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
Hee... I think they're probably all on the LJWorld banging out their charming form of ignorance.

It looks like someone smeared frosting on our corner of the globe.
So, I have to sort of wonder about the energy crisis of the early 70s and the crazy snowiness that winters then had as well. Were we just unable to measure worldwide climate as well back then? Without Internet, did we just not hear about what was happening?
Rhetorical questions, really.
mckitterick
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
clevermanka
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
Can we please move to Arizona?
mckitterick
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha! I see that it's not snowing much out there.
normalcyispasse
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
63 here right now.
Not bad.
clevermanka
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
*sigh*
mckitterick
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Sure, rub it in. It's now so cold in Lawrence that filaments of ice are forming on the outside of the windows, trapping little snow-blossoms.

I had to shovel to get the mail.

Which is six feet from the front door.
holyoutlaw
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
Remind yourself of this in July and August.
clevermanka
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
But it's a dry heat!
normalcyispasse
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
No Snowpocalypse here, thanks. I rather enjoyed riding the Speed Triple to the gym today.
mckitterick
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
BASTARD!

Me, I shoveled the snow out from around my parked & bagged Vespa, parked on the front stoop under the eaves, several feet away and eight inches up from the sidewalk. Rather, BURIED IN A GIANT DRIFT, I mean.

Have you ever posted photos of said Trip? I don't recall seeing any and I wanna!
normalcyispasse
Feb. 2nd, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Craigslist ad for the Speed Trip



Had a guy offer a trade for a '69 T-bird today, but I'd really rather have cash.
mckitterick
Feb. 2nd, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Ooh, that's a sexxxy bike. (See what I did there?) The white looks like a canvas to me....

Doesn't look like it's been down! How much are you asking, again? That's the fourth generation, right? What year? I wants!
normalcyispasse
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
If you do want it I'd be happy to make a deal with you. Enabler? Why, of course not. . .:)

It's an '07 1050cc. It runs great and has about 11k on the clock.

It has, however, been down. The headlamps were damaged and I replaced them with an Acerbis headlight unit. The instrument cluster was busted and so I replaced it with a nice Veypor gauge system. The handlebars were fine but I didn't care for the bend so I replaced them with a Renthal set. The frame's perfect.

There are cosmetic flaws, but the bike itself is in great working order.

Hmm. . . maintenance work is current, but it could use a new chain.

I'm asking $4,600 on Craigslist.
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mckitterick
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
It's gotten much less snowy here, which means it's just sorta dumping on us. *sigh*
indigodreamer
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
That is a spectacular image; thanks for sharing!
mckitterick
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
I love NASA's Mission to Earth!
m_danson
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
Ottawa
Nothing going on here yet. Sun and partial cloud.

..oh... and -25C wind chill tonight.

Edited at 2011-02-01 09:13 pm (UTC)
mckitterick
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Ottawa
Whoah, that's some coldness. It'll be in the teens below zero Fahrenheit here - about the same, I think!
m_danson
Feb. 2nd, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Ottawa
Your winter has been way worse than mine.
dragonet2
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
That's why when I talk about
global climate change, I prefer not to use global warming. A better term would be global weather weirdness.
mckitterick
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Re: That's why when I talk about
Sure, that's more descriptive! Though it's due to the Earth's climate gaining energy, e.g. heating up.
holyoutlaw
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
"good lord" was my original reaction.

Sunny and cold (for Seattle) here.
mckitterick
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
"Cold" here means currently 16°F or -4°F with windchill.

Oh, and blowing, drifting snow as it still dumps down....
bammba_m
Feb. 2nd, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Okay, so I know that's a picture of a super-impressive mega storm and it's filled with awesome.

But a tiny voice in my head thinks it looks like the US's angry ex-girlfriend has erased his picture from the globe.
mckitterick
Feb. 2nd, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)

LOL!

dotar_sojat
Feb. 2nd, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
We have hunkered down in the house, with a fire, and some books, and some wine. And although we didn't lose power, we went ahead and broke out the camping gear and cooked chicken pot pies over the fire. Had this been a real emergancy we would have rocked it!
mckitterick
Feb. 2nd, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
That's awesome! After I did a bunch of teaching-related work, we gobbled fresh beef stew and watched a movie.
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