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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2012, 08:56:00 PM »
These summer nights are Awesome!


P.S. Oh shite, I didn't know 30 were dead because of the heat alone in the U.S. Mostly the elderly :crying
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/record-setting-heat-wave-leaves-30-dead-across-the-us/article4398115/  And as one of the comments suggests, this is Year One.
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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2012, 09:12:01 PM »
Quote
as one of the comments suggests, this is Year One.

Denial ain't just a dried up river in Egypt.
It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity. It is when we all play safe that fatality will lead us to our doom. It is in the "dark shade of courage" alone that the spell can be broken.
-- Dag Hammarskjöld

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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2012, 04:26:07 PM »
Oh. My. Goodness, this rain is sooo needed and what a relief! Turned off the AC for the first time in days, placed the stand up fan outside on the balcony with an extension cord to bring in the fresh air, it's wonderfool!
I'm also getting my 2 watering cans full of nitrogen rich rainwater for all my balcony plants. The farmers must be thrilled, not that it will lower the prices for corn etc., this August.


Yesterday at the pool with my daughter, final swim before she got the train home, an older woman who is often seen in the community with her old, limping dog, fainted on the park grounds and the dog just fell in a heap beside her. Called 911 with a woman's iphone who didn't speak English (kid left hers in my apt_. I must say it took rather a long time for the first medics to arrive, but I got the lifeguards to take their kit to her and I got water for the dog. A neighbour from her building took the dog in and the medics took her inside ambulance to deal with her heat exhaustion. Poor things. I'm re-arranging my schedule so I don't have to go outside on Tuesday which promises a blazing 42 Humidex, ugh. Hope all are well.


Daughter dragged me in protest to a morning talk show on Friday, Marilyn Dennis. Yowzers such expensive gifts we got, some kind of hair straightener/styling tool that retails for $210  :o  Watch (with no second hand), dinner ring, year mag sub on beauty/fashion, a diet book called OMG, no shit that is what it is called, some very expensive hair shampoo/conditioner and mousse for aging hair, no shit that's what it says on the bottles. Q10 or something. Other than the tool and Q10 I've given it all to the young woman down the hall who was most happy to receive.


P.S. Holy Crap 17 people injured in lightning strike in Whitby, at the Ribfest  :o  They closed it down.
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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2012, 07:40:43 PM »
Toe, what an update! We finally have rain and cooler temps (figures after the landlord installed the A/C on Friday evening). But seriously, these extraordinary high temps are so dangerous for so many. So glad you were able to help that woman and her dog. I heard about the lightening hit in Whitby - not often you hear of multiple injuries with a lightening strike - so strange. Massive flooding/mudslides in southern Japan due to relentless pounding rain with casualties (20 people or more). Then there is that landslide in BC - luckily it is still considered a rescue mission for those 4 people.

What a weird assortment of goodies for that taping. I guess the gifts are targeted to a certain demographic. But seriously, mousse for aging hair. :o
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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2012, 11:35:12 AM »
Jeebus I just went to Farms.com and things are very bad. Nebraska just had water shut-off notices (July 16th) for irrigation.  http://www.farms.com/news/nebraska-farmers-receive-water-shut-off-notices-53819.aspx
They are already trying to decide how to ration the corn crops that do come in. And our farmers think there is some silver lining in this when it comes to their corn prices.


Farmers south of the border will see just a fraction of the corn they expected in the spring when the ground was seeded, the U.S. Department of Agriculture warned earlier this week.That prediction sent the price of corn through the roof – up by about 30 per cent compared with just three weeks ago. Almost all other grain commodity prices are higher as well.If the better growing conditions hold in most major regions of Canada over the rest of this month, farmers will cash in, said Mr. Krahm.http://www.farms.com/news/canadian-farmers-see-silver-lining-in-u-s-europe-s-drought-53777.aspx

Won't that depend on what August has in store?

The U.S. Drought Monitor map (July 10th) shows at least 60% of the corn belt is totally lost. (can't find the Can. equivalent)
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/


http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/midwest-corn-hinges-on-next-30-days/67906 tries to project for August, but the comments say the corn crops is lost. Some good maps. You'll notice that article in accuweather says - Only areas that rely on irrigation, such as portions of Kansas and Arkansas have been spared the worst.
And good gaw, but field mice are over running central German crops  - ]Millions of field mice are overrunning the central German states of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, much to the concern of local farmers. The rodents are devastating food crops, cutting yields by up to 50 percent. Getting birds of prey to hunt the critters didn't help, and now farmers want to be allowed to use a banned rat poison. http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/mouse-plague-hits-central-germany-a-843811.html

Haven't checked the rest of Europe. Back to Ontario where the cattle are being tormented by horn flys, which sucks the blood out of young cattle. http://www.farms.com/news/northern-ontario-cows-stressed-by-hot-weather-flies-53768.aspx


Corn and its by-products which are so many are going to be very expensive come fall, but jobs are going to be affected as well. All in all it is a disaster happening right before our eyes.


I'm off to the docs because I know I have a Sinus Infection with the need of anti-B's, can't believe it because summer is usually the season I have no sinus issues at all.
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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2012, 12:33:28 PM »
A farmer friend of mine writes from Ontario:  "Our pastures are so dry they are burning off and the hay field I walked through tonight seemed more like grain stubble. No second cut there. Springs are drying up that provide the source of water for our cattle. We may need to sell a lot of cattle just to get down to a herd size we can feed. This is a bad, costly drought."

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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2012, 03:32:05 PM »
On CNN right now: 26 states, including "America's Breadbasket", have been declared a natural disaster due to drought - comparable to the 'dust bowl' of the 1930s. And they probably continue to deny global climate change.  :p

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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2012, 03:48:00 PM »
I suspect all food items except maybe fish and rice will go up tremendously in price this fall. Time to change our diets and go to something simpler.

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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2012, 08:25:37 PM »
HuffPost today: The USDA has declared 1,000 counties in 26 states as disaster areas -- the largest declaration in history.

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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2012, 10:12:45 AM »
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/17/us-geoengineers-spray-sun-balloon


Two Harvard engineers are planning to spray thousands of tonnes of sun-reflecting chemical particles into the atmosphere to artificially cool the planet, using a balloon flying 80,000 feet over Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

The field experiment in solar geoengineering aims to ultimately create a technology to replicate the observed effects of volcanoes that spew sulphates into the stratosphere, using sulphate aerosols to bounce sunlight back to space and decrease the temperature of the Earth.

David Keith, one of the investigators, has argued that solar geoengineering could be an inexpensive method to slow down global warming, but other scientists warn that it could have unpredictable, disastrous consequences for the Earth's weather systems and food supplies. Environmental groups fear that the push to make geoengineering a "plan B" for climate change will undermine efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Now that's interesting, geo-engineering is Plan B. So am I to assume Plan A (Rio summits) were never meant to succeed in the first place?


Check out the world map of Geo-engineering Earth System Experimentation. The map guide has the orange box which represents Hotspots. Notice all
of North America is a Hot Spot?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/graphic/2012/jul/17/geoengineering-world-map?intcmp=239
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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2012, 12:14:34 PM »
It's not the first time that's been tried, as I remember seeing stories like this in previous years - using chemical stuff to reflect the sun back to itself. Crazy - those chemicals will undesired effects I am sure.

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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2012, 03:54:31 PM »
Prolly, but Plan B seems all that we've got. Today is the Hottest Day so far. 36C and 44Humidex with a storm watch in effect, but at only 40% chance. Fingers crossed we get wet.


P.S. Shite, tornado warnings in effect, take cover peeps wherever you are. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/07/17/ott-tornado-warning-cornwall.html
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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2012, 06:31:35 PM »
We have another severe thunderstorm watch. Perfectly ripe conditions for tornadoes.  Again.  It's about 1/week these days.  Watched the Tornado Hunter the other day, as he chased a couple of systems near to the monastery I visit for writing retreats.  He spotted 5 funnels that day!
Never retreat, never explain, never apologize--get the thing done and let them howl.  -- Nellie McClung

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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #28 on: July 22, 2012, 11:15:58 AM »
Waiting to hear from Berlynn. Meantime check out this amazing photo taken from a Delta flight over NYC. I simply cannot stop staring at it.


http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/stunning-nyc-thunderstorm-photo-goes-viral


P.S. I should add, since last Wed. 'summer' has been so kind to change the wind from my little perch. Wed. and Thurs. was the first time I noticed something 'different'. At first I couldn't put my finger on it, then suddenly I realized I was hearing waves crashing against the water break, while sitting at my computer. I have a lovely view of the water from this spot; the wind change went on all day Wed./night/ThursDay/Night and I marvelled. It changed I guess thru the early hours of Fri. But the wind has been absolutely divine, just enuf to keep ev. cool with visitors from other side of bldg. jealous, ha! But the wind change and the waves, was it just me? No, I saw a video on the weather network from just east of me at the next inlet who was out with his cam corder, but he was jazzed by the tri-blues of the waves. The colours didn't so much as impress me, as the sound. There is a high spot on the break wall where people can have a fire and bring lawn chairs. I staked it out for one night after buying a bag of wood and taking my beach chair along with a couple of coolers and a friend. It was wonderfool.
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Re: July: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves..
« Reply #29 on: July 22, 2012, 12:50:52 PM »
The storm fizzled.  We got nuttin!  But conditions are ripe again today.  It's just unending this year...
Never retreat, never explain, never apologize--get the thing done and let them howl.  -- Nellie McClung

 

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