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Lunacy Weather

Squiby

Cool Kitty
Staff member
Well, the Wooly Bear caterpillars are out and about. Legend has it that they can predict the coming winter by their stripes. If the brown sections are greater than the black, the winter will be milder. A short brown midsection predicts a harsher winter.

I saw this guy yesterday. I tried to get a good shot of him but he wasn't keen on it, so off he creeped as I pursued. Finally in frustration, he curled up and waited for me to go away and leave him alone. So I left and went off to do something for a minute or two and when came back to check on him....there he was....gone! He must have scurried off as fast as his many legs would take him as soon as he saw that I was gone.

Anyway, judging by his brown section I would guess that we are in a for an average winter, maybe a bit on the mild side.
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Baron23

Well-Known Member
Front page headline in the WaPo today in the print version.....about fire in CA and how it was caused by climate change.

Now, I'm really not trying to introduce a battle, particularly one drawn along political partisan lines, about climate change. To me, the fundamental science is sound. The solutions difficult and complex.

But I'm 67 years old and from as long back as I started reading and listening to the new, CA has always had huge wild fires. Also, mud slides wiping out homes in the canyons. Also, Malibu mansions washed in the ocean by storms.

And I remember always looking in amazement as people rebuilt homes and businesses in areas that were just devestated by natural catastrophe with as regular a timing as a metronome.

If I'm not incorrect, many areas of CA were basically desert (no, not the sand in the Sahara but nonetheless) and that many habited areas are habitable only due to redistribution of water up and down the state. And, give water to one part of the state it has to come from another part.

I certainly don't mind....and in fact applaud....frank and fact filled discussion of issues facing us, including impact on our planet's climate. But I hate reading some BS from a WaPo cub reporter hyperventilating about "climate change" without any real knowledge (or even an understanding of the difference between climate change and weather).

The Chicken Little "The sky is falling" routine does not, IMO, well serve the discussion and debate of climate impact issues.
 
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Squiby

Cool Kitty
Staff member
And I remember always looking in amazement as people rebuilt homes and businesses in areas that were just devestated by natural catastrophe with as regular a timing as a metronome.
Many years ago, I worked for a man who had built a big beautiful home in an area that was locally known as Tornado Alley. A high end neighbourhood had been built there.

Well, when the house was a couple years old a tornado swept through the area, ripping off a good part of his roof. The roof was rebuilt. The following year, while at their cabin at the lake they received a call from their neighbours in town telling them that their roof was on their drive and could they come move it! The roof was rebuilt, but it was at this point that I suggested to him that he might consider moving.

Well they stayed and a couple years later it happened again!!! I don't know what happened after that because I moved away from the prairies and lost touch.

I was always surprised that the tornado's path was so consistant. His neighbour's house had remained untouched.
 

Stevenski

Enter the Dragon
Staff member
Now, I'm really not trying to introduce a battle, particularly one drawn along political partisan lines, about climate change. To me, the fundamental science is sound. The solutions difficult and complex.
Let's not go down that pathway for all our sanity but the solution is indeed difficult & complex. What it does not require is knee jerk emotional responses that are so en vogue currently.

In some parts of the world fires are a fact of life. One can minimise their potential with strategic backburning & proactive environmental management. Well we used to at least.

Fire is natures cure all. Cleansing everything in it's path allowing the land to start afresh. Indigenous folks around the world know the score all to well.

Gonna be a dry hot summer here with a shitload of fires unfortunately. The bush is tinder dry.
 

Madri-Gal

Well-Known Member
It's hot, dry, and up to 102 mph winds. Power out, water restricted, part of town burning, but evacuation lifted in town, so guessing it's under control. Heavy smell of smoke from Sonoma County fire, and time to wear masks. Kincade fire only 5% controlled. Pictures of fire in town.
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Squiby

Cool Kitty
Staff member
Winter has come early but hopefully the temps will melt it all away before it settles in for good..

Last week I was admiring the bushes that grow along the banks. They bear lovely red berries. I think they are pretty against the bare grey twiggy bushes.
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Then yesterday, we were greeted with snow. It sat heavily on the branches.
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Normally, I could drive under that pine tree. The weight of the snow have the boughs draping the ground.
 

Shredder

Dogs like me
Winter has come early but hopefully the temps will melt it all away before it settles in for good..

Last week I was admiring the bushes that grow along the banks. They bear lovely red berries. I think they are pretty against the bare grey twiggy bushes.
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Then yesterday, we were greeted with snow. It sat heavily on the branches.
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Normally, I could drive under that pine tree. The weight of the snow have the boughs draping the ground.
I swear we have the same weather, lol. Here's two pics from my cat walk
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Stevenski

Enter the Dragon
Staff member
Our bushfire season has started with fury. My cousin was evacuated but her house spared overnight. That can't be said for at least 150 homes so far. Summer is going to be a bad one.

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Squiby

Cool Kitty
Staff member
The first snow is always so beautiful. I love living in the climate I do because we have four distinct seasons. Each one brings joy and wonder and different daily routines. Were heading into, or maybe we are now into winter. Albeit a bit early, snuggling by a toasty fire is seasonal joy while gazing out at the new landscape created by the winter wonderland.
 
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momofthegoons

Vapor Accessory Addict
Staff member
The first snow is always so beautiful. I love living in the climate I do because we have four distinct seasons. Each one brings joy and wonder and different daily routines. Were heading into, or maybe we are now into winter. Albeit a bit early, snuggling by a toasty fire is seasonal joy while gazing out the new landscape created by the winter wonderland.
I couldn't agree more! I'm pestered constantly to move to a warmer climate. And I love the area I'm in and want no part of it. While the winter season is a bit long, I wouldn't trade having four distinct seasons for a constantly warm climate. I love the snow. Especially at night.
 

Stevenski

Enter the Dragon
Staff member
Family is safe now but so many people have been affected & lost everything. Just terrible & partially avoidable with better land management.

Sydney is covered in smoky haze today so you don't want to be outside.
 

Squiby

Cool Kitty
Staff member
We have enjoyed some lovely mild weather this holiday season and it looks like it will take us through to the New Year.... Can you believe that we are days away from a new decade?!? 2020!!!

Today brought drizzling rain and an opaque heavy layer of fog developed that obscured everything a few yards ahead. Here is a pic of the edge of the forest as the fog began to lift and expose the trees hidden from view just minutes before. I love the fog!
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