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Offline MH

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Re: Weather Thread
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2019, 07:58:40 pm »
When have Toronto and Vancouver ever simultaneously had snowstorms ?!?

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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2019, 08:46:53 pm »
When have Toronto and Vancouver ever simultaneously had snowstorms ?!?

It's that damned jetstream which has moved way south and is sucking cold air from the arctic. I felt the effects of it once upon a time when I was in the Florida Keys. I was pissed off.
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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2019, 10:42:24 pm »
It has been very cold here in Southern Alberta for the last 10 days or so.  Finally, the worst is over, and we can look forward to single negative digits by Monday.
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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2019, 11:34:53 pm »
The jetstream comes in handy when it's giving you a 100 knot tailwind heading east over Greenland to Heathrow etc. Other than thatit's a "cold" pain in the ass.

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« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2019, 12:20:37 am »
It's been very warm here where I live, as I cuddle up inside Donald Trump's puckering asshole.
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« Reply #20 on: February 14, 2019, 12:26:18 am »
It's been very warm here where I live, as I cuddle up inside Donald Trump's puckering asshole.

Too bad mlw is offline just now. Many of the members there do that as well.

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« Reply #21 on: February 14, 2019, 11:06:01 am »
When have Toronto and Vancouver ever simultaneously had snowstorms ?!?

There was no snowstorm here (west coast) yesterday.

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« Reply #22 on: February 14, 2019, 05:35:16 pm »
This polar vortex can fuck off any time now before I stab myself in the throat.  Gah!
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« Reply #23 on: February 14, 2019, 11:45:49 pm »
Snow again!   

Bring it on!  I love snow.

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« Reply #24 on: February 14, 2019, 11:49:29 pm »
Snow again!   

Bring it on!  I love snow.

Hey, you're welcome to come love some of mine out the friggin' driveway.
Actually it's warming up a bit with rain in the forecast overnight so it may just move itself.

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« Reply #25 on: February 15, 2019, 11:43:34 am »
The snow is finally dwindling faster than my pile of firewood and the sun is back in the forecast - I think I can afford to hunker down another day.

Still 4 meter seas out there too so...who needs that?

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« Reply #26 on: February 17, 2019, 12:31:26 pm »
Speaking of weather, I just listened to a discussion with Bill Gates who suggests in order to stabilize the climate, we not only need to stop burning fossil fuels, we also have to stop cows from farting, and burping. Having grown up on a farm I suggest the latter will be much harder than the former.

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« Reply #27 on: February 17, 2019, 02:37:43 pm »
Speaking of weather, I just listened to a discussion with Bill Gates who suggests in order to stabilize the climate, we not only need to stop burning fossil fuels, we also have to stop cows from farting, and burping. Having grown up on a farm I suggest the latter will be much harder than the former.

I saw that as well, although he did an extremely poor job explaining the methane cycle. It is important to note that methane lingers in the atmosphere for about a decade, while C02 lingers well over a century. Methane however causes far more warming per ton than C02, almost 30 times as much. Fortunately there is far less methane in the atmosphere than C02, by several hundred times (if you look at how they are measured, C02 is generally in ppm while methane is in ppb - million vs. billion).

Cows, and other ruminants, are a significant part of methane production but still only about 15% overall. The largest source of methane is rice farming. Note that both of these are directly related to human activities, and are issues we can address through alternatives in our diet.

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« Reply #28 on: February 17, 2019, 02:55:49 pm »
I saw that as well, although he did an extremely poor job explaining the methane cycle. It is important to note that methane lingers in the atmosphere for about a decade, while C02 lingers well over a century. Methane however causes far more warming per ton than C02, almost 30 times as much. Fortunately there is far less methane in the atmosphere than C02, by several hundred times (if you look at how they are measured, C02 is generally in ppm while methane is in ppb - million vs. billion).

Cows, and other ruminants, are a significant part of methane production but still only about 15% overall. The largest source of methane is rice farming. Note that both of these are directly related to human activities, and are issues we can address through alternatives in our diet.

We are also seeing increases in methane as it is released from thawing arctic tundra.

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« Reply #29 on: February 17, 2019, 03:12:06 pm »
We are also seeing increases in methane as it is released from thawing arctic tundra.

Yes, the fear is it could become a significant factor over time. Today it is around 1% of the global emissions of methane, but that will increase as global temperatures increase. Eventually we reach a tipping point where the warming feeds back into a viscous cycle where we have more methane produced from bacterial decomposition of the tundra producing more warming.