Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Storm challenges global warming

We are not in control. Nature is.

This winter storm is massive, mean, and dangerous. People are going to die. From Texas to New England we can expect power outages, school closings, pile-ups …

Global warming (which I believe is happening) is little more than a gauzy theory in the face of this fierce storm. The next several days are going to be icy hell.

The friends we left behind in Minneapolis have already endured bitter cold this winter. During one 19-day period, it snowed 16 days. One family said their furnace ran 86 hours without ever shutting off.

I hope you all have some good books, brandy, lots of chili, abundant firewood and a saucy companion.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up George. I have four of the five items you mentioned to prepare for the icy onslaught.

George Phenix said...

Due to my sloppy writing, I might have confused some readers. Texas will be spared the brunt of the storm. I was writing about my concern for the states directly in the storm's path. Sorry.

The South Plainsman said...

Don't worry George. Here in West Texas the high was 23 today with light snow and freezing fog. The streets are solid ice.

Not like Minnesota, though, and other places. Wonder what those folks would do without oil, gas coal or wood...all carbon based fuel? Maybe they could can some Al Gore hot air and use that to keep warm. LOL

sph said...

I’m not sure which of your posts to put this under; the weather and the stock market both are up and down. From my neck of the creek, the most interesting part of these weather patterns is the changes in the native animals.

For the first time in 9 years I got "skunked" calling owls (pun intended). I am stunned. Not a single owl answered. Since part of my livelihood depends on this unique ability of mine, I am concerned on many levels. 6th graders are much more aggressive when disappointed than 30 years ago when I began this natural adventure. Other adventures with animals and native plants that I have taken for granted for decades are also changing.

And since some people are confused so easily by the phrase “Global Warming”, Climate Change may be the better description. The weather and the stock market, who woulda thought it….

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