Monday, November 30, 2015

AGW Alarmists Full Frontal Assault As Promised

The media is having a feeding frenzy with the Global Warming talks set to begin in Paris.  There are several things that bother me.   Where is the debate on Global Warming?   There is none.  The climate modelers & “scientific”  community won’t allow it.  The media won’t allow it.  Every day is story after story quoting the PR firms hired by our government trying to get you to believe man can stop the climate from changing.  USA Today (A big AGW backer) ran a story on “website puts target on climate change in Arctic”.  Get this…”the venture is a partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation”.   Huh?   International Governance?   Translation…higher taxes on the folks who use energy to live.  More power, more control over the World.   Is that what we want?   Let me state once again my stance.  Climate has ALWAYS been changing (Visit the Grand Canyon) over the billions of years of Earth’s history.  Weather & Climate operate in CYCLES and past history has indicated that.   Climate models have not been accurate and cannot resolve the complex interactions of the land/ocean systems of the World.   CO2 is not the DRIVER of climate change.  Ocean currents, the sun’s radiation changes, volcanoes, changes in Earth’s Orbit are the drivers of climate change, not a trace gas in the atmosphere.    We can spend billions trying to reduce our “carbon footprints” & that will not stop what the climate will do in its natural variability.  Far better to spend that money on things we can fix…world hunger, homelessness, illness.   There is some truth on both sides of the issue, but no debate is allowed since the government is involved and controls the message THEY want out.   At a time when crime nationwide is increasing, terrorists attack nation after nation, our leadership is more focused on Climate Change.   It is now like a religion since no tolerance for other viewpoints are allowed.     Ask yourself one question.  If you are so sure of the truth, why do you have to hire multiple PR firms to spread your gospel to the “simple folks”?   Paris will dominate the headlines for the next 2 weeks.   Where there is money involved, power follows.


Locally, we will finally see a cold front move through but not until late Tuesday.  This will bring us back to more seasonal temps after 6 straight days of 75+.  Some showers will be with the front and sweaters and jackets will be needed for the rest of the week.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Timing is Perfect

As we celebrate a day to give thanks for all our blessings, it seemed appropriate to announce my future plans at FOX 8.  I will be retiring on February 26, 2016 after 38 mostly great years at Ch. 8.   I have decided to leave the stress of everyday weathercasting for a more predictable relaxation of retirement.    I have many hobbies (golf, fishing, gardening) and will certainly do lots of traveling, something I couldn’t do with the restrictions of rating periods & Hurricane Season.    Will I miss it?  I don’t think so since there is so much information out there on the internet that wasn’t around just 10 years ago.    I will still be available during the 2016 Hurricane Season if a storm threatens the Gulf.   My journey is not lock in yet and I am waiting to see which direction life calls me.   As Yogi once said…”when you get to the fork in the road…take it!”  Thanks to everyone for their kind comments.  I treasure the friendships I’ve developed over the years even if we have never met.   I have never taken your trust for granted.  Thanks.


We could not have asked for a better weather forecast for the next 2-3 days.  Perhaps a stray shower or two may develop, but no widespread rains are likely before next week.   Gone is the chill of earlier this week and back are the muggies with highs in the 70s.  Morning fog could be a problem over the weekend when winds should diminish.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

No More Cold This Week

The chill of the past several mornings is gone as the large Arctic high shifts to the east coast.  Our next shot of cold air isn’t coming until late next week so this Thanksgiving weekend will be a warm one.   A strong storm is pounding California with needed rains and snow at the higher elevations.  As this system slowly moves across the Rockies, it’ll produce widespread rain & snow into the plains by Saturday and Sunday causing major travel delays.   Moisture from Tropical Storm Susan will flow into the system creating the potential for more heavy rains in Texas & Oklahoma.  That front won’t get close enough until late Sunday for better rain chances here.  In fact, the front could stall for several days over east Texas producing widespread flooding.    Farther back into the cold air, there will be a band of heavy snow and ice that could shut down roadways between Denver & Kansas City.  Stay tuned as a stormy period is beginning to start for California into the Gulf South.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Warming Up for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is supposed to be the biggest travel weekend of the year, even topping Christmas.  Fortunately, it appears there will be no major weather issues  for most of the eastern 2/3rds of the U.S.   Temperatures will warm up eliminating any freezing issues.  However, there is a western storm that will cause some travel woes for folks heading west of Denver.   This system is spreading rain down toward California and it will linger there for 2-3 days.  The higher elevations will receive snow with rain below 6,000 feet.    We will see a gradual warm up back into the 70s with a deepening layer of Gulf moisture.   Shower chances should remain low until Sunday & Monday when our next front arrives.  It will be of Pacific origin so the cooldown will be not as drastic as this last Arctic blast.    It’s time to get all your sweaters and winter weather gear cleaned & ready and the pattern is setting up for some major winter Southern storms forming the week after Thanksgiving.  Stay tuned!