Wild Gyrations in Winter Temperatures. Why? // Published on Jan 14, 2018
Winter temperatures seem to gyrate from extreme cold to extreme warmth, and back again, in an endless repeating cycle. When this gyration passes through the freezing point there is frost, snow, melt, rain cycling repeatedly, wreaking havoc on roads, rail lines, bridges, buildings, water pipes, animals and plants. Infrastructure and wildlife suffer greatly, and there are huge temperature contrasts greatly increasing the frequency, severity, and duration of extreme weather events. Why?
Dissection of a Disaster: California Debris Flows // Published on Jan 11, 2018
I discuss how a sequence of many cascading events (worsened by climate change) resulted in horrendous debris flows (different from flash floods, mudslides, and landslides).
Heavy spring rains in 2017 stimulated rapid vegetation growth (grasses, bushes, trees); baking summer drought killed off much of this vegetation, and intense wildfires consuming this bone-dry plant material continued into December charring the hills.
Heavy rains in early 2018 on the burn scars ran down hills causing debris flows (water, mud, rocks, boulders) devastating towns and blocking major highways.
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Gee, Paul, you said you would give us the tool to look at golbal weather, but you blew right into the Google Earth Pro globe showing the jet stream and polar vortex and all that neat stuff without bothering to explain how you got there. The only thing that keeps me from understanding a hell of a lot of science is scientists using jargon, not explaining their terms, or assuming that everyone will know what the devil they are talking about when no one outside their specialty would.
I opened Google Earth Pro while you were talking. I see no tab or menu entry that will give me that weather globe. Where/how, please.