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Record Setting Chill in Anchorage This Summer; Global Temperature Continue Decline

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 27, 2008

The coldest summer ever? You might be looking at it, weather folks say. Right now the so-called summer of ‘08 is on pace to produce the fewest days ever recorded in which the temperature in Anchorage managed to reach 65 degrees.
That unhappy record was set in 1970, when we only made it to the 65-degree mark, which many Alaskans consider a nice temperature, 16 days out of 365.This year, however — with the summer more than half over — there have been only seven 65-degree days so far. And that’s with just a month of potential “balmy” days remaining and the forecast looking gloomy.

Source: Watt’s Up With That?

it’s been a cool summer here in my valley…I have yet to turn on my air conditioning this summer, and several mornings have been in the upper 40’s, forcing me to wear a jacket on my way to the office.

And I guess this would be a good time to point out the July Update on Global Temperature that came out a couple of days ago (and duly shared via my Google Reader) that shows a continued cooling trend. While June was the 9th warmest June on record, it was part of a trend of ever cooler Junes after the peak in 1998. You won’t hear the fear mongering Legacy Media report that fact.

I am also working on adding a Climate News section to West Carolina Report, and an RSS Feed to go with it.

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Time Lapse: The Southern Lights

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 14, 2008

Time-lapse footage of the Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights.
This is the Southern Hemisphere equivalent of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
Filmed during the Antarctic winter in the general vicinity of McMurdo Station and Scott Base, where the sun is below the horizon for 4 months of the year.
Most of the individual clips here were each taken over about a 10 minute period to give you an idea of how much they were moving in real time.

Source: Frostbytes

I have some local time lapse footage to put up, and while I was researching methods of converting my material into a video, I ran across this. One day, I’d like to see aurora in the sky first hand. That would be cool.

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Foggy Sun

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 11, 2008

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Island in the Fog

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 1, 2008


Looking west into Macon County at sunrise.

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Winter Weather for Parts of WNC

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 7, 2008

**update** 03-08-2008 5.45pm. All we got was flurries. No wonder people get killed by floods and hurricanes…the forecasters are wrong so often, no one listens.


Winter Storm Warning

Winter Weather Advisory

Short term Forecast


National Weather Service

Well, the forecast is for 1 to 2 inches in the Winter Storm Watch areas, and 3 to 4 (or more) for the areas under a Winter Weather Advisory to the south of us. Seems like we’re gonna get missed again, even if it does come a good snow, I think the ground is to warm for it amount to anything even with temps due to drop to 18 degrees Saturday night…after the snow has moved out.

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Weather Alert: Heavy Weather for the Carolinas

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 4, 2008


Tornado Watch

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Flash Flood Watch

National Weather Service GSP Page

I have the regional radar loop at the bottom of this post.

**update** 4.02pm I am at WCU in Cullowhee, and have heard a crack or two of thunder, and one good lightning strike, which I believe I caught on video.

Wunderground has an excellent Radar Feature that allows you to track storms.

There is one that could be coming through in 30 minutes or so…

**update** 4.37pm The storm came though. Nothing much here. Will have photos and maybe an edited video by 7pm. I have to leave here at 5pm, and won’t get home until 6pm.

Tornado Watch

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 96
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1205 PM EST TUE MAR 4 2008

TORNADO WATCH 96 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 PM EST FOR THE
FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

NCC021-039-043-075-087-089-099-113-115-173-175-050000-
/O.NEW.KWNS.TO.A.0096.080304T1705Z-080305T0000Z/

NC
. NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BUNCOMBE CHEROKEE CLAY
GRAHAM HAYWOOD HENDERSON
JACKSON MACON MADISON
SWAIN TRANSYLVANIA
$$



Severe Thunderstorm Warning

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC 316 PM EST TUE MAR 4 2008 NCC075-113-173-042045- /O.CON.KGSP.SV.W.0007.000000T0000Z-080304T2045Z/ MACON NC-GRAHAM NC-SWAIN NC-

316 PM EST TUE MAR 4 2008 …A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 345 PM EST FOR SWAIN…GRAHAM AND WESTERN MACON COUNTIES…

AT 316 PM EST…A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WAS REPORTED CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 10 MILES WEST OF NEWFOUND GAP TO 4 MILES NORTH OF KYLE TO 16 MILES SOUTHWEST OF RAINBOW SPRINGS…OR ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF GATLINBURG TO 11 MILES EAST OF ROBBINSVILLE TO 10 MILES SOUTHEAST OF HAYESVILLE… MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR…

NEWFOUND GAP AND BRYSON CITY BY 325 PM EST…
FRANKLIN BY 330 PM EST…
OTTO BY 335 PM EST…
A TORNADO WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES WITH LITTLE OR NO ADVANCE WARNING. SEEK SHELTER IN AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST LEVEL OF A HOUSE OR OTHER STURDY STRUCTURE IF A TORNADO IS SPOTTED.





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Record Breaking Cold Weather in Vietnam

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 19, 2008

Hanoi – Record-setting cold weather has killed more than 8,000 cattle and 100,000 hectares of paddy rice in northern Vietnam since mid-January, officials said Tuesday. Most of the cattle have died in northern mountainous provinces, where temperatures during the month-long cold spell have sometimes dropped to below zero Celsius, a rarity in Vietnam.

“We fear that the number of cattle killed by coldness and shortage of food in northern provinces will keep rising in the coming days,” said Hoang Kim Giao, director of the Ministry of Agriculture’s Livestock Department.

The cold spell, which the National Hydrometeorology Forecast Center says is the longest ever in Vietnam, has also killed up to 100,000 hectares of the winter-spring crop of paddy rice throughout the northern provinces.

Source: Gateway Pundit

That ain’t the half of it, Canadian Scientists think we may be in for a cooling trend. And given the curious lack of sunspots, and the tardiness of Solar Cycle 24 beginning…we may very well be in for some very cold weather:

Accompaning this lower state of the sun called a ‘solar minimum’ by the solar physics community, will be a prolonged cold era according to the SSRC. This next climate change to many years of a slowly cooling Earth environment, is predicted by the SSRC to begin within the period 2010 to 2021 with lowest temperatures during the bottom around the year 2031. The SSRC refers to this dramatic change in climate as a ‘solar hibernation’ because of the depths of cold that are associated with it based upon many hundreds of years of repeating cycles with similar recorded cold eras, as discovered by the SSRC.

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As Another Snow Approaches, Dreams of Spring

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 19, 2008

The current forecast calls for a snowstorm to skirt us in western North Carolina, and hit South Carolina, where the first conservative state has it’s primary…hopefully, this will keep the moderates at home.

Anyhow, I have updated my war page, and national page on West Carolina Report, and have this photo from Thursday to share. The exposure was 4 seconds long since I took it while it was still relatively dark. Notice the snow was already turning to slush under the merciless assault from a cruel light rain that lasted until about 10 or so that morning.

My internet connection gave out, so I couldn’t post it then, and forgot yesterday. I’ve already got spring fever, and am planning my garden with fevered anticipation. I have been too busy for the past ten years to have one, and I can’t stand it any longer…this year, I’m back in the garden! Even if I have to just work part-time to have the time to play in the dirt, and raise something good to look upon, and something good to eat.

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Snow Day Blogburst

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 17, 2008

It is a snow day today, so I’ll make my rounds from home instead of in person. While Ive waiting for everyone to wake up, I’ve been checking out the local situation in western North Carolina.

First, let’s see what’s on the local blogs:

Winter weather
With an impending storm, but no actual precipitation falling, WLOSers had to do the “storm prep” story. They hit us up with Mike Cuevas in the weather center calling for the veritable “mixed bag” of precip – snow, sleet, rain, freezing rain. All that means is he really doesn’t know what’s going to happen. He said it was snowing in Atlanta.

Source: Ashvegas, who also has a story about the
Pauleroid Blimp, which they use in a fashion like the Carolina Stompers tried last year with a commercial on WLOS. The resultant firestorm was designed to shut down speech that was disagreeable to the left. Funny how the lefties aren’t trying to shut these people down. Maybe I should start taking donations, and kick this blog, and my other efforts up to the next level, using the Carolina Stomper and Pauleroid Blimp donation plan. Of course, the Pauleroids are useful to the left…so they (ahem) can continue to fly under the radar.

Anyhow, that brings me to Tony, who, along with Bernard Carman,
got to ride on the blimp recently.

That is all I can do for now, so on to the photo section…

I checked out several webcams (always a risky proposition from a dial-up connection) and here are a few of the sharable ones:


Train tracks at Spruce Pine


Downtown Franklin

And some pix from Southwestern Community College in Sylva:


And then a few shots from the house, after it started raining at about 4 am, starting the inevitable melting process:


The truck


The sideyard


Why put it in the fridge when it’s cold outside?

Anyhow…my java has somehow been turned off, and I must attend to it.

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Winter Weather For WNC

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 16, 2008

Winter Storm Warning

Winter Weather Advisory

Click on the links above to see what’s forecast for your area of the mountains.

Source: National Weather Service

According to the forecast for my little corner of WNC, I can expect anywhere from 1 to 2 inches of snow, and up to a quarter inch of ice, which will be lovely if it doesn’t interrupt my power.


So, if I ‘m not posting tomorrow, you’ll know what’s up.

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