A team of scientists ... has determined that the recent widespread die-off of Colorado trembling aspen trees is a direct result of decreased precipitation exacerbated by high summer temperatures. The die-off, triggered by the drought from 2000-2003, is estimated to have affected up to 17% of Colorado aspen forests. In 2002, the drought subjected the trees to the most extreme growing season water stress of the past century.Went to NCDC for my usual 30-second disproof, but this time the effect is unquestionable, for Colorado. Summers (June/July/August) are definitely getting warmer in Colorado. Precipitation doesn't show any trend. They're correct in calling both 2002 and 2012 dry years, but not the worst dry years in the century: The temperature trend seems to be concentrated on the western face of the Rockies. Wyoming is equally bad, but the effect fades in Montana and the southern part of New Mexico. Going east into Kansas, the temp trend is already gone: (This is a mix of the three westernmost divisions of Kansas.) So the "study" is dealing factually with a regional trend. Something is causing the jet stream to focus heat on Colorado in the summer. (It's not Denver UHI, because the effect is equal in all parts of Colo.)
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.