Monday, August 29, 2011
  Hell wants you too, Heidi

On Point today discussed the hype over Irene. Began with a thoroughly reasonable comment from CBS reporter Jim Axelrod, who understands that the public is absolutely fed up with cable sensationalism, and clearly wants to position CBS to pick up the slack. More power to you, Axelrod! Maybe I'll even plug in the TV again to see if CBS is doing things differently.

Then proceeded to Satan's fave babe, Comrade Heidi Cullen. After two minutes of Comrade Cullen, I literally had to scream, pouring out several megatons of anger and frustration. I've never made a louder noise in my entire life. I quickly turned off the radio before I felt the need to do something more serious. Lucky for you, Comrade Cullen. Hell wants you desperately, but it won't be me who takes you there.

Comrade Cullen was saying that the drought searing the entire country is Gaia's punishment for our sins. Also, the drought searing the entire world is Gaia's punishment for our sins.

No, Comrade Heidi. Drought is NOT affecting the whole country. Drought is affecting Texas in an epic way, and Oklahoma to a lesser extent. Two states are NOT the country. Any climatic situation that damages two states is NOT global.

What we have this year is an unusually stable jet stream. All meteorologists recognize this, and even a few of the Carbon Cultists have acknowledged the fact. A stiff jet stream gives long cool and wet spells on one side and long hot and dry spells on the other side.

To see the actual effects of this, look at wheat harvests. Texas crops are lost this year. But on the other side of the jet, crops are better than usual.

From Seattle Times:
Wheat farmers might be the only people in Washington not complaining about the state's recent run of cool, wet weather.

It's giving them a late but bountiful harvest, and helping balance the paltry crops coming out of the country's drought-ravaged Plains states.

Washington is expected to leapfrog over Texas and Oklahoma in winter-wheat production this year, making it second only to Kansas, where production is down 24 percent.


Kansas is more or less on the dividing line, drier than usual this year but still getting some soaking rains.

And North Dakota's wheat crop is expected to be poor because it's too wet and cold!

Finally, Comrade Heidi, drought is not affecting the whole world either. This summer is warmer than usual in a majority of the world, but it's only the 7th warmest since good records began in 1880. If you're going to claim a steady trend of Gaian punishment, you need a steady upward trend of temperature, not a somewhat warmer than usual year in some places.

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