81 F. average high on August 17.
74 F. high on August 17, 2012.
90 possible by Tuesday; 90s likely the latter half of this week - possibly one of the hotter weeks of summer.
Dew points in the 50s today; rising to near 70F. by Thursday.
Gulf Coast Fizzle. The tropical depression that tracked over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula can't seem to get it's act together (too much dry air and wind shear) and will probably drift back into mainland Mexico as a weak tropical wave. The risk to south Texas has dropped considerably; NHC says only a 10% risk of tropical storm formation in the next 48 hours.
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Earth has 'low-grade fever'
“God’s creation is telling us it’s running a fever—a low-grade fever,” she said. People traditionally view weather patterns like a driver whose eyes are fixed on the rearview mirror, without considering changing conditions, she said. The climatological history of the High Plains demonstrates cyclical change between hot and cold, wet and dry..."
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Would Things Be Different If The Public Had Perfect Information On Climate Science And Solutions? Here's a portion of a Joe Romm post at Think Progress: "Last week, I wrote about the important Dunlap-McRight paper that found organized climate change denial “Played a Crucial Role in Blocking Domestic Legislation.” Although this is a pretty obvious conclusion to objective observers, the false-equivalence bunch, led by blogger Andy Revkin, couldn’t bring themselves to report on it without giving the professional disinformers equal time. John Rennie, the former editor in chief of Scientific American, slammed Revkin’s piece in a must-read post, “Revkin’s False Equivalence on Climate Message Machines.” Rennie was particularly critical of Revkin’s equating the climate denial machine with a laughable “climate alarmism machine” (whipped up by an Australian disinformer), which equates those who spread outright anti-scientific disinformation (often funded by fossil-fuel interests) with the serious work of climate scientists and governments (and others) who make use of that genuine, scientific work..."
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