Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Greenhouse Blues [I'm not singing, I swear]

The singing climate scientist is back, enjoy!

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  1. For what it's worth, after that video YouTube suggests your video on determinism and Piet Klocke - Hiphop für Angestellte (2). (Dig that sax solo at 13:38 by Fräulein Angelika Kleinknecht!)

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  2. @Bee it was a regular introduction, not a swearing :-D
    Apropos the song (intentionally?) omits the main ingredient of the fever: love.

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    1. What's with swearing? I'm not sure I can follow, sorry.

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    2. Blame the English language. Swear has various meanings and for non English speakers it would be easy to read the title to mean "I'm not singing, I'm swearing" instead of "I promise it's not me singing" which is the intended meaning.

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    3. Of course, if the intention were that Sabine is singing instead of swearing, that should be "I'm not singing, I'm swearing". So, as it stands, the intent is clear, "I swear" meaning "I promise". Of course, the two meanings aren't really different, "I swear" meaning that one swears an oath that it is true, which often involves "so help me God" or whatever, not that far from taking the Lord's name in vain, as in "Jesus!" as a general exclamation. (That other words unrelated to oaths are also deemed swearing is due to the broadening of the meaning of the term.)

      Note that the British "bloody" was originally "by Our Lady". Euphemisms abound, such as gosh, golly, etc. for God, jeez for Jesus, Judas Priest for Jesus Christ, shoot for shit, and so on.

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  3. Please send some of that sunshine and greenhouse warmth to our neck of the woods. Here in New England we are running about as much below average in temperatures as England and continental Europe are running above average. Sunshine has been in short supply and just a few days ago the northern half of New England was clobbered by over a foot of snow in many areas. But by early next week we're finally trending towards more average temps.

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    1. Someone must already have sent it, as the temperatures here have suddenly dropped by more than 10 degrees and it's been windy and cloudy in the past two days.

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  4. "it's a gas." Yep methane is a heat trapping gas.

    Based on how things of late have been going I think maybe George Carlin might have the right perspective

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W33HRc1A6c

    Just keep thinking about the "Great Electron."

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  5. Also, you can listen "Greenhouse" by The Yellowjackets on youtube; it's great

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  6. Ugh, Spring continues to be on hold. Woke up to light snow and a white landscape this morning. At least I filled the bird feeder yesterday afternoon, so the newly arrived migrants from the south don't need to dig through the snow to find food. The pesky dip in the jet stream over the midwest and east is to blame. Some greenhouse green, like in tree leaves and grass, would be a welcome sight. Will just have to wait a little longer.

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  7. Nice. Quite illogically, I find myself more favorably disposed toward scientists who can play guitar and something similar to those who play bongo drums and perhaps even carry a tune.

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  8. At the Climatereanylzer site the bulk of the cold Arctic air is pooled over southeast Canada, shown as purple splotches. This is giving us Northeast US inhabitants a case of the Ice Age Blues, rather literally, as outdoor activities can make you blue in the face. Yesterday's high of 62 in Keene, NH, was marred by really strong winds that nearly toppled my bike as I was caught in a crosswind. The remainder of April is running about 7 to 10 degrees F. below average. One interesting tidbit: as I was reentering Keene, after a long bike ride, I noticed a sign that said Keene was the partner city of Einbeck, Germany. Looked it up on the map, and it was about 75 kilometers south of Hannover, in the state of Lower Saxony.

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  9. At last the jet stream gave us a brief reprieve from the persistent polar air invasion this weekend. Keene, New Hampshire hit a glorious 77 degrees yesterday allowing me to rack up 75 kilometers of biking between Saturday and Sunday, without heavy clothing. Even got a sunburn on arms and legs.

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  10. The wild swings in the jet stream, this Spring, are truly astonishing. While western Europe is way above average in temperature, as high as 77 F. (25 C.) in Britain this weekend, the eastern half of the US is experiencing record cold. For the first time in 80 years, New York City had an April without a single day of 70 F. (21.11 C) or above. Meanwhile Fairbanks, Alaska will be reaching 80 F. (26.7 C) on Mother's Day. Many cities in the eastern US are set to break low temperature records this weekend. Despite the miserable weather I managed to log 966 kilometers of biking. Can't wait till the jet stream flips or flattens, so we can have our share of greenhouse warming. But, gauging by the pattern so far I fear we will have an exceptionally cool summer, perhaps record breaking.

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  11. I’m beginning to feel sympathy for our avian migrants from the south as greenhouse warming, so prominent elsewhere, eludes our snow blanketed landscape, on this 9th of May. After their long journeys it has to be a daunting prospect to contemplate returning to their winter sanctuaries on those tired wings. But with all their frequent flyer miles they should be up for some free seats on carriers that service Florida and the sunny south. They just have to wear masks.

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