PBS to turn NOVA science into climate propaganda machine

Watts Up With That?

Sigh, the usual suspects get another mouthpiece media outlet to blame severe weather on, complete with scary videos of weather, musical score, and wild claims. video trailer follows. h/t to Russ Steele


Two-Hour Special Premieres Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 8PM/7C on PBS
(check local listings)

BOSTON, MA – Disastrous hurricanes. Widespread droughts and wildfires. Pervasive heat. Extreme rainfall. Something is up with the weather, and scientists agree the trend is not just a coincidence. It’s the result of the weather machine itself—our climate—which is changing, becoming hotter and more erratic. But some people are skeptical of global warming, and one-third of Americans doubt humans are changing the climate. NOVA, a production of WGBH Boston, cuts through the confusion and helps define the way forward in a special two-hour documentary: DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and…

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The recent “atmospheric river” that soaked California, as seen in a forecast

Watts Up With That?

An unusual April storm system brought heavy rains to northern California during the beginning of the month. The soaking rains caused localized flooding and even melted some higher elevation snow, but also filled reservoirs in northern parts of the state.

This image shows the total precipitable water forecast to be in the atmosphere at 11 a.m. on the West Coast on April 6, 2018 using data from the Global Forecast System model run at 0600 UTC April 6 which, translates to 11pm April 5, West Coast time. What is precipitable water? It is an estimate of how much water would be present if you could snap your fingers and turn all of the water vapor in the column of air above your head into liquid.

The darker blue colors in the image show where the atmosphere was chock full of moisture, while blacker areas were regions where the atmosphere was…

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The State Of Broadband In Nevada County

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Erika Kosina, Tech Connection Writer, has an Other Voices in The Union on the state of broadband in Nevada County

Nevada County’s tech industry is poised for growth. More and more tech talent and businesses are realizing what a great place Nevada County is to live.

But before this growth can happen, we need two things: more housing and more internet.

Nevada County Tech Connection recently hosted a meeting about the latter — the status of broadband internet in our county. Kristin York, vice president of Business Innovation at Sierra Business Council, led the discussion. The audience was diverse and vocal — it included Spiral Internet CEO John Paul, self-described “impatient activist” Andrew Wilkinson and Jeff Thorsby, administrative analyst for the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

Read the full article HERE.

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Broadband Data Collection

Rural Economy Technology

With Facebook and Zuckerberg making a splash in the Senate and House, sucking up congressional staff time, there has been little discussion of rural broadband. While looking for some useful information, I came across this bit of insight. If you were to take a selfie and post it on Facebook or Instagram, you would be providing the photo and any text you used to explain the photograph, plus one more facial recognition sample. On the right-hand side of the graphic is the data that Facebook would be collecting when you post your selfie. I am not sure that everyone knows about this data harvesting.

Data Collection

Are you comfortable sharing this information every time you post a photo on Facebook?

The graphic is from the Wall Street Journal.

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California Drought Report – Worst Drought Ever?

The California Department of Water Resources released a report on CA droughts on Monday. The Sac Bee has the story:

The study largely dovetails with previous estimates that the latest drought, which was declared over last spring by Gov. Jerry Brown, was historically significant. It also suggests that while lengthy dry spells in California are nothing new, two other prolonged droughts also stand out: one starting in 1452 and the other in 1775.

“Periods of widespread drought are evident throughout the past six centuries, but most events are limited to three or four years,” the report said. The tree-ring evidence indicates the latest drought was the “worst five-year drought in the past six centuries, as measured by the percent of average precipitation or streamflow.”

As we have pointed out in the graphics below, California has a history of droughts, which the DWR report supports. If the state has a history of droughts going back to 1400, and beyond.  Why does Governor Brown continue to blame our current droughts on anthropogenic global warming?



I think the DWR report missed a few droughts in number and length.

Full Sac Bee Article is HERE.


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6 to 8 feet of snow forecast for California mountains

The latest weather model projections show significant amount of snow over the next 72 hours. This will certainly help California’s drought situation. However it’s going to completely cripple road travel over I80, Highway 50 299 32 and possibly Highway 70. The majority of snow is expected on Thursday night, and low snow levels down to 1000 feet are possible by Friday night.


It is model folks!  We will have to wait and see how accurate it was.

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Much-needed Sierra Nevada snowfall on the way! But a Miracle March? Not so fast.

From the California Weather Blog

The Sierra Nevada will be the biggest beneficiary–and may see 1-2+ feet of new snowfall from this storm (which means that the highest peaks could see as much as 3+ feet of pretty dry powder, derived from 1-3 inches of liquid equivalent, by the time all is said and done). There is still some inter-model disagreement between the GFS and ECMWF regarding how much rain makes it to SoCal with this second storm. Earlier solutions suggested the potential for a major rain event, but that now appears rather unlikely. Instead, I would expect to see some light-to-moderate accumulations over most of SoCal, but with some significant boom/bust potential. Why? This is not anticipated to be a particularly strong or moist system from a dynamical perspective; its greatest asset will be the very cold air aloft associated with it. Storms such as these sometimes “fizzle” south of Point Conception, and it’s possible that happens this week. Still, this will likely be the most significant precipitation event across most of the state over the past 6-7 weeks.

Joe Bastardi at Weather Bell is predicting this storm will be like March of 1962 on the East Coast. In Nevada City, in March 1962 the snowfall total was 6.5 inches.

The Local TV is over hyping this storm. As a Caltrans Transportation Engineer once said, “Local TV forecasters are known for their ability to turn a few random snowflakes into a raging blizzard, and the next time forecast a few raindrops when it is a real blizzard.”

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