Monthly Archives: December 2008

Yeah. It’s the Sun

Amazing video and .pdf file.  Just follow the link.  I’ve also embedded the video below.  Basically.  These scientists are saying that changes in the Earth’s climate are 99.5% driven by the Sun.  While they do say that man’s activities play a role, it’s a very small one.

The Earth has been warmer and it has been colder.  That sounds familiar!

Genesis 8:22

22“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”

If solar scientists are right, we are still headed toward colder.  This Winter so far is pretty strong anecdotal evidence!

Merry Christmas!

Reason for the Season

CHRISTmas Ornament

It’s the time of the year when the world celebrates the miracle of the birth of Christ, who came to save the world!

John 3:16 & 17
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

My favorite account of that wonderful event 2000 years ago is found in Luke 2.  My favorite recital of that account is found in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Jesus came for a wonderful purpose. To live a sinless life and die for you and for me! Since we can’t attain perfection ourselves, God provided a way. We don’t earn our way into Heaven. We believe in the one who earned it for us! THAT is good news and worth celebrating!

Merry Christmas!

“One of the longest stretches below freezing since the 1970’s”

Wreck in snowy Portland 12/14/08
Snow in Seaside Oregon 12/14/08

Yesterday I mentioned the big chill I enjoyed in Oregon in the 1970’s.  It was referenced this morning on KGW as Portland is snowing in the 20’s with no warm up in sight.  Here’s the video.

Pretty exciting storm with snow at the Oregon Coast even!  Temperatures falling into the 20’s this morning with 1-3″ of snow right down to the Willamette Valley Floor.  Snow is expected to end tonight, but the cold is just getting started!

In case you are too busy to watch the video.  The weather guy is saying that temperatures should stay below freezing at least through next weekend.  If that happens it will be the longest stretch of below freezing temperatures for Portland since the 1970’s.

Global Warming is out!  Global Cooling is in!  But you already knew that :-)

“Coldest Air Mass in Ten Years”

Portland 7-Day 12/13/08

That’s what the weatherman said this morning on KGW-TV.  I don’t live in Portland, Oregon anymore, but I was able to watch on their web site.  That’s also where I lifted the 7-Day forecast.  Notice the temperature below freezing ALL week!  Rare in Portland indeed.  The Great Northwest is soooo pretty when it’s covered in snow!  I guess some of the motorists would disagree :-)

When I was growing up in Canby we had a couple of big snows, but only a couple. There were also a couple of brutal arctic outbreaks. One I remember vividly was when I was in grade school. Back in the 70’s when people were talking about the next ice age and how the weather was so weird, maybe the Russians were controlling it. (I’m serious!)

My brother and I had to go out each morning and again in the afternoon and bust up the frozen water in the horse trough. It was 5″ thick each time! I remember, I would dunk the hammer in the water and hang it on the fence and watch it freeze! It was AWESOME! This outbreak must have lasted a week. Unfortunately, there was no moisture. Actually it was quite sunny. So, no snow :-(

I miss Oregon sometimes. Especially when they are expecting cold and snow right down to the Willamette Valley floor! Y’all make sure you send some pictures!

Snow in the South

A dusting yesterday in Austin.  Houston a dusting to a half inch.  Beaumont got 2 inches!  It’s 7am Mountain time as I write this and FoxNews just showed a live shot of snow falling in New Orleans!  It looked like it might be sticking on the grass.

Mississippi still under a Winter Storm Warning.  Jackson now expecting 1-3 inches this afternoon/evening.

Snow in Houston, Mississippi Winter Storm Warning!

Just think how cold it would be if there WASN’T Global Warming :-)

Houston saw snow falling this afternoon although I don’t think it piled up or anything.  Houston sees snow every third or fourth year or so.  Almost never before Christmas!

Meanwhile, much of central and southern Mississippi is under a Winter Storm Warning for snow that’s expected to stick!  Most unusual for this early in the year.  My hometown in Oregon is bracing for a VERY cold weekend and the cold snap is expected to last into next week.  Places like Portland could stay below freezing for several days!

There was a most excellent guest article on the Opinion page today of the Arizona Star.  I just tried to go to the link and it requires registration.  Here’s the link, but if you are like me, you will skip it.  Registration is annoying, although I understand why they do it.

Here’s a FREE story from Congress.  U.S. Senate Commitee on Environment and Public Works is releasing a new report with 650 scientists disputing the U.N. Report that Global Warming is occuring or man made.  Yet the Main Stream Media is taking only one side, and I’m afraid it’s the wrong side that may end up costing us a huge amount of money for no good reason.

UPDATE:  AZStar link does work the few visits.  After that just register, or clear your cookies!

UPDATE:  Houston snow ties the record for earliest snowfall on record!  From this article, “Since 1895, records indicate, snow has fallen this early just once — on Dec. 10, 1944.”

UPDATE:  Forecast for Jackson, Mississippi:

Thursday: Rain, possibly mixed with snow, becoming all snow after 9am. High near 40. North northwest wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Climate Change Conference this Spring

If we don’t freeze first!  Actually, it’s been quite pleasant this Fall in Southeastern Arizona with temperatures running a bit above normal.  However the Great Lakes region especially, and the eastern half of the U.S. generally, has been MUCH below normal, with temps. most of November closer to what they should be in January.  Januaryesk hard freezes have been felt as far south as northern Florida already this Fall!

Meanwhile, a conference I would love to attend is being planned.  The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change.  Here’s an excerpt from an article in the Boston Globe:

Scientists urge caution on global warming,” the story was headlined; it opened by noting “a growing accumulation of global cooling science and other findings that could signal that the science behind global warming may still be too shaky to warrant cap-and-trade legislation.”Coverage of such skepticism is increasing. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Michael Scott reported last week that meteorologists at each of Cleveland’s TV stations dissent from the alarmists’ scenario. In the Canadian province of Alberta, the Edmonton Journal found, 68 percent of climate scientists and engineers do not believe “the debate on the scientific causes of recent climate change is settled.”

Sounds like fun times!  I wonder if ABCBSNBC will be covering the conference?

Meanwhile, glaciers are starting to grow again!  If the predictions of much colder weather ahead in the next two decades is true, then they are just getting warmed up, so to speak :-)

What About Texas?

Texas Tech SmallTexas Small

It’s a little aggravating.  All this talk of Florida being in the National Championship after beating Alabama.  I guess I understand that Florida IS playing great football right now.  They just beat number one at a neutral site.  In fact Florida has been playing great football since their loss to Ol’ Miss.  What?  Ol’ Miss beat Florida?  Yeah.  In the swamp!  AT Florida!  When they were unranked!

Meanwhile, Texas has one loss.  It was on the road against #7 Texas Tech.  Tech beat ’em on the last play of the game.  Now, it wasn’t all that.  Tech lead the whole game except for 1:29 of the fourth quarter.  However Texas mounted an impressive comeback in the second half of that game before they got beat with :08 on the clock.

Assuming Oklahoma beats Missouri in the Big 12 Championship that is about 2 minutes awy from starting as I type this, then I contend it should be Texas and Oklahoma for the National Championship.  It’s the right and fair thing to do, but I doubt it will happen.

Texas Tech is being left out of the conversation because of the way they lost to Oklahoma on national TV.  But, don’t forget.  Tech has only one loss and they have impressive victories over Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas in Lawrence.  Not really fair that after that kind of season they should play a Mississippi team that has lost 4 games.  Not a slam on Mississippi.  If that’s the way it is then Tech could have lost a couple of more games and still gone Cotton.

Utah, USC (who lost to Oregon State, who lost to Oregon), Cincinnati all are probably going to be in BCS Bowls and Tech won’t?  I don’t think it’s fair, but maybe I’m just being a fan.

To me it should be Texas and Oklahoma for the National Championship and Texas Tech to the Fiesta Bowl.  They all earned it!

We’ll find out for sure when the Bowl bids are given out I think later tonight.

UPDATE:  Bowl Selection Show is Sunday Night at 8:00 Eastern.  That’s 6:00 pm for me here in Arizona.  College Football needs a playoff.  Take the top 16 teams and play it out through December.  Fun times!