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Just for a minute, suppose the climate-change deniers are right. Well, then a few of us are wrong, and that would include me. But, maybe this is a lot more important than who is right and who is wrong. And, maybe right or wrong is irrelevant anyway, because nobody is arguing against the fact that we are seeing some interesting, pronounced, and potentially scary changes. These impact our weather patterns, our climate, and the healthy environment we need for food and water (plus a few other benefits). Some of us attribute these changes to hydrocarbon hyperconsumption, but so what; frankly, at this point, the effect is far more important than the cause.

One website I ran into just a couple months ago is It is, by far, the most interesting source for weather charts, satellite imagery, and other graphics, combined with good writing that often entertains, too. The latest Post looks at the severe drought in California, where there is virtually no snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. He posts a satellite view (copied below, with labels added); he also posts a state drought map and a pressure map showing the three huge high pressure systems over the Pacific Ocean, which are blocking storm flows that instead are going north to Alaska. All of this is very unusual; none of this should be ignored. The news is not good, but hey, we all have a responsibility to stand up straight, see what is happening, and do all we can to make the best of it.

20140624.. near snowless SierraNevada, from R.Scribbler

EXCERPT: “There is no relief for poor California. To the west, a heat dome high pressure system sits its dry and desiccating watch, deflecting storm systems northward toward Canada, Alaska, and, recently, even the Arctic Ocean. It is a weather system that drinks deep of Northwestern Pacific waters heated to 2-4+ C above average by humankind’s extraordinary greenhouse gas overburden. A mountain of dense and far hotter than normal air that is shoving the storm-laden Jet Stream at a right angle away from the US west coast and on up into an Arctic Ocean unprepared for the delivery of such a high intensity heat and moisture flow….”

From what I have seen, the author typically Posts 3-6 times each week, so if you just drop in and look at his Posts every few days or so, you will almost always come away with more knowledge, and a deeper sense of why we need to get serious about climate change. And SOON.