Monday, April 30, 2018
The greatest two-year global cooling event just took place, which may not really be surprising given the basically totally inactive sun spot cycle.
From February 2016 to February 2018 (the latest month available) global average temperatures dropped 0.56°C. You have to go back to 1982-84 for the next biggest two-year drop, 0.47°C—also during the global warming era. All the data in this essay come from GISTEMP Team, 2018: GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP). NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (dataset accessed 2018-04-11 at https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/). This is the standard source used in most journalistic reporting of global average temperatures.
Short term variations do not disprove the theory of Global Warming, but neither are they predicted by the all important climate models.
Temperatures may climb from here, so these unusual cooling events need not make mainstream news. But unless that happens soon—and remember that would be bad news—climate reporters will have to discuss cooling, which will mean presenting a more complex story than has been typical in the past.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
It was noted earlier by Rich that the F105 Thunderchief was famous for how much damage it could absorb
Soap Commander Wisdom (peppermint) for the lather, Moon and Stars two band badger brush, Filarmonica Doble Temple straight, and the classic Proraso eucalyptus and menthol aftershave. Minimal bleeding, dolphin smooth most places. I ended up basically soaking my goatee in that lather and that required a full on face wash to get it out.
A great way to start a Sunday.
The Wing Commander ordered me to send him a picture of the brush collection, so I lined them up on the deck rail. Man, I gotta stay off the internet and cancel my Paypal account.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
The tanker's boom and the receiving aircraft's receptacle have intercom connections that activate once the aircraft are in contact. This way the boom operator and the pilot can converse clearly and securely without using the radios which can be negatively impacted by environmental and operational factors, and just poor operational security. The repartee between 'boom' and pilot makes the whole aerial dance look incredibly easy, which it absolutely is not.
Mrs. CW needed to go to Minden over in Nevada, and since there was nothing particular that needed doing today, we loaded ourselves into the big Dodge and headed east on Highway 88.
Gaining elevation, there was this view of the Chrystal Range just north by Tahoe. That's Pyramid Peak, and it appears that there's still a nice snow pack to melt away.
Below is a stretch of Highway 88 in Nevada, traversing the Carson Valley. Wide open spaces make happy faces!
A mountain store near Hope Valley, where we stopped for a bit.
They were baking pies, and heck, why not get one?
Down and around a nearby dirt road, that in fact used to be the pioneer trail over the Sierras, and you can still see in certain places the marks left by the pioneers.
This one is about gone, but you can still read the name "Emma." This country was a howling wilderness in every way when these folk passed by.
Mr. S. Jackson painted this, probably with wagon axle grease, in September, which would have been about the right time to make it over the mountains before the snow hits. It appears he was from Illinois.
The Carson River was flowing vigorously. There was a couple of optimistic anglers we saw getting their gear ready, but I don't know if the fishing would be very good with the water this high and cold. Maybe with worms.
Going back over the summit, you can see the Elephant's Back, with an oddly matching cloud. In years gone past, two of the kids and I hiked up to the top of that far mountain, and you can bet that the view was outstanding. Way too cold and snowy today.
Caples Lake is still frozen, but a little lower down Silver Lake is ice free. The coldest we saw was 38F in the middle of the afternoon. I'll bet it's way colder than that at 4am.
Back at the ranch now, and that pie is looking pretty good. A great day on the road.
In the early morning of April 26th, a large overflow from the lava lake in the Halem'aumu'a crater began to cover the crater floor. The lava lake overflow continued until about 10:30 a.m. and covered about 90 acres of the crater floor with lava (approximately 2/3 covered). This is the largest overflow since the summit eruption began in 2008. This photo is looking south, and the gas plume is being produced by the lava lake in the southeast crater floor (upper left).
Friday, April 27, 2018
Two band Honey Farm Design badger brush, Soap Commander Wisdom (peppermint) shave soap, C.V. Heljestrand Le Duc Razor, Pitralon Polar aftershave.
This Swedish razor never fails to give an excellent and nearly effortless shave. Worth every krona I paid for it.
Just after successfully balancing all that gear on the edge of the deck for the picture, the cat decided to make herself a nuisance by leaping up into the middle of it all, and nearly sending everything plummeting off the edge into the abyss below. Somehow that didn't happen, although it's a miracle the fuzzy and curious cat didn't knock it all down. There's certainly no room for her. Arrrggghh!