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Postby Daisy » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:26 am

Conor Dary wrote:CNN really does their temperatures in Celsius? What is next? Doing their broadcasts in Latin?

I hate to be a pedant here, but I think you mean Esperanto. The latin equivalent of temperature scales is sticking your hand out of the window. :wink:
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Postby Conor Dary » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:37 am

Daisy wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:CNN really does their temperatures in Celsius? What is next? Doing their broadcasts in Latin?

I hate to be a pedant here, but I think you mean Esperanto. The latin equivalent of temperature scales is sticking your hand out of the window. :wink:


Well it depends on your time period. Back in Newton's day, Latin was the esperanto of the times. Anybody who was anybody, be they French, English, German or whatever wrote in Latin. And since we are talking Celsius the temperature, along with Kelvin, of the scientists, I do mean Latin.

I don't believe I have ever seen a mathematical paper in esperanto, but I have read plenty in Latin, or at least tried.

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Postby Daisy » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:44 am

Conor Dary wrote:I have ever seen a mathematical paper in esperanto, but I have read plenty in Latin

That is because latin is from the past, like fahrenheit. :)
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Postby Conor Dary » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:45 am

The best thing about the Celsius scale, apart from it making more sense...

This really is not true. If anything Fahrenheit is more accurate since it is 180 units from freezing to boiling as opposed to 100 for Celsius. :lol:
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Postby Conor Dary » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:47 am

Daisy wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:I have ever seen a mathematical paper in esperanto, but I have read plenty in Latin

That is because latin is from the past, like fahrenheit. :)


Well whose fault is that? :lol:
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Postby Daisy » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:48 am

Conor Dary wrote: The best thing about the Celsius scale, apart from it making more sense...
This really is not true. If anything Fahrenheit is more accurate since it is 180 units from freezing to boiling as opposed to 100 for Celsius. :lol:

I believe that was the third iteration of the fahrenheit scale. They were already desperately trying to make it relevant even back then. Similar to Microsoft trying to copy everything MAC and google. :)

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Daisy wrote:That is because latin is from the past, like fahrenheit. :)

Well whose fault is that? :lol:

Not the Luddites, for sure. 8-)
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Postby Conor Dary » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:59 am

I believe that was the third iteration of the fahrenheit scale. They were already desperately trying to make it relevant even back then. Similar to Microsoft trying to copy everything MAC and google.

The third? Well at least they knew enough to try to fix it.

But it is still relevant. If I say it is 72F outside, (I wish) you know exactly what I mean.

As for Microsoft, Fahrenheit and His Friends will certainly be relevant long after those jokers in Redmond are gone.

Though I have to say I like Windows 7.
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Postby Daisy » Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:02 pm

Conor Dary wrote:But it is still relevant. If I say it is 72F outside, (I wish) you know exactly what I mean.

But will anyone else in the world? It's great that you all understand each other though. :twisted:
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Postby Conor Dary » Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:08 pm

Daisy wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:But it is still relevant. If I say it is 72F outside, (I wish) you know exactly what I mean.

But will anyone else in the world? It's great that you all understand each other though. :twisted:


Well I suppose if Bengladesheses were watching the Weather Channel on satellite, they might be confused.

72! man that is HOT!
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Postby Pego » Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:14 pm

Daisy wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:But it is still relevant. If I say it is 72F outside, (I wish) you know exactly what I mean.

But will anyone else in the world? It's great that you all understand each other though. :twisted:


I got used to thinking in the Fahrenheit scale a lot quicker than the imperial measurements.

And yes, I also like Windows 7.
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Postby Daisy » Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:15 pm

Conor Dary wrote:72! man that is HOT!

Which reminds me of a amusing story. A friend went to China last spring. He was out in a T-shirt enjoying a warm day. One comment he got, this fellow was still wearing his winter coat, "but what are you going to wear when it's summer!"

Pego wrote:I got used to thinking in the Fahrenheit scale a lot quicker than the imperial measurements.

And yes, I also like Windows 7.

I see. You old farts all stick together. :roll: :twisted:
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Postby tandfman » Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:31 am

The debate continues:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/scien ... imate.html

Headline: U.N. Climate Panel and Chief Face Credibility Siege
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Postby SQUACKEE » Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:54 am

10-20 inches of snow and blizzard conditions starting here tonite and continuing thru Thurs morn.

Squack is taking Wed. off work. Will be home recording music and drinking beer and watching movies! :D Many others taking day off.

Work place will be a Ghost town, tumble weeds have already been seen in the parts of the building. :P
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Postby lonewolf » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:05 am

While I am firmly in the camp of those who believe "climate change/global warming" is a naturally re-occuring event, unaffected and unopposable by man, I also believe the unusal amount of snow this winter neither refutes nor reinforces climate change.
It happens. You can average temperature and precipitation and if a year happens to hit the average, it just happens to hit the average. No year is normal
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Postby Daisy » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:12 am

Lonewolf, there is a big difference between challenging the existence of climate change and not being convinced it is caused by man's activity.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:31 am

Daisy wrote:Lonewolf, there is a big difference between challenging the existence of climate change and not being convinced it is caused by man's activity.


I think the term climate change is a little sneaky. The only change we have been told we have to worry about is the climate eventually getting warmer, not colder.

I do understand that the Earth can have global warming in its future but still suffer some cold spells along the way. But long term the only real threat being argued is warming, correct?
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Postby Daisy » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:38 am

SQUACKEE wrote:The only change we have been told we have to worry about is the climate eventually getting warmer, not colder.

Not the climate but the average global temperature. Local weather will change in a less predictable way.

One thing I read is that in the global warming model the arctic air is more likely to head south. That means we might all be freezing but the arctic is relatively balmy. Hence, the global average temperature could be still be higher even while we freeze our butts off.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:40 am

Daisy wrote:
SQUACKEE wrote:The only change we have been told we have to worry about is the climate eventually getting warmer, not colder.

Not the climate but the average global temperature. Local weather will change in a less predictable way.

One thing I read is that in the global warming model the arctic air is more likely to head south. That means we might all be freezing but the arctic is relatively balmy. Hence, the global average temperature could be still be higher even while we freeze our butts off.


Thanx Daisy, that explains a lot.
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Postby guru » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:52 am

Daisy wrote:
SQUACKEE wrote:The only change we have been told we have to worry about is the climate eventually getting warmer, not colder.

Not the climate but the average global temperature.



http://tinyurl.com/q82h8b
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Postby Daisy » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:59 am

How does he explain all the melting glaciers? Except those in PA of course.

Ice melts. Glaciers are always calving. This is what ice does. If ice did not melt, we'd have an ice-covered planet. The fact is that the ice cover is growing in the southern hemisphere even as the ice cover is more or less shrinking in the northern hemisphere. As you and I are talking today, global sea ice coverage is about 400,000 square kilometers above the long-term average - which means that the surplus in the Antarctic is greater than the deficit in the Arctic.


So ALL the glaciers melting is not a problem? Seems like this guy is hoping that a cooling antarctica is going to save us. Does this sound normal to you?
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Postby guru » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:02 am

Daisy wrote:How does he explain all the melting glaciers?


Did you read it completely?

I know you think there's been something of a hysteria in the media about melting glaciers. Could you explain?

Ice melts. Glaciers are always calving. This is what ice does. If ice did not melt, we'd have an ice-covered planet. The fact is that the ice cover is growing in the southern hemisphere even as the ice cover is more or less shrinking in the northern hemisphere. As you and I are talking today, global sea ice coverage is about 400,000 square kilometers above the long-term average - which means that the surplus in the Antarctic is greater than the deficit in the Arctic.
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Postby Pego » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:03 am

lonewolf wrote:While I am firmly in the camp of those who believe "climate change/global warming" is a naturally re-occuring event, unaffected and unopposable by man, I also believe the unusal amount of snow this winter neither refutes nor reinforces climate change.
It happens. You can average temperature and precipitation and if a year happens to hit the average, it just happens to hit the average. No year is normal


This position, while not agreeing with, I can appreciate. Those that deny a climate change is occurring is plain lunacy.
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Postby guru » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:11 am

Daisy wrote:So ALL the glaciers melting is not a problem? Seems like this guy is hoping that a cooling antarctica is going to save us. Does this sound normal to you?



The guy is a highly respected scientist, with no agenda, and with no financial conflicts of interest. His points regarding how climate data is traditionally collected(and how ever-increasing development skews those numbers) are valid and make sense.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:11 am

Pego wrote:This position, while not agreeing with, I can appreciate. Those that deny a climate change is occurring is plain lunacy.


There has never been one time in the 4.54 billion year history of the Earth when the climate was not changing. Facts should not be debated.
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Postby Daisy » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:18 am

guru wrote:
Daisy wrote:So ALL the glaciers melting is not a problem? Seems like this guy is hoping that a cooling antarctica is going to save us. Does this sound normal to you?


The guy is a highly respected scientist, with no agenda, and with no financial conflicts of interest. His points regarding how climate data is traditionally collected(and how ever-increasing development skews those numbers) are valid and make sense.


Well if he wants to talk about the details and exact figures, fair enough. But if he wants to say that there is no global warming problem, shouldn't he fit all the data into his argument?

I just read that wiki bio. He agrees there is global warming. What is your point here guru?
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Postby guru » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:25 am

Daisy wrote:I just read that wiki bio. He agrees there is global warming. What is your point here guru?



I've never said there's not global warming. But it's certaainly not the catastrophy in waiting as advertised, and the data being presented to back that view is flawed. That is his point as well(with a helluva lot more gravitas than I have).
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Postby SQUACKEE » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:28 am

Daisy wrote:I just read that wiki bio. He agrees there is global warming. What is your point here guru?


I think his point is that there is global warming but New York city wont be under water in 30 years.
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Postby Daisy » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:29 am

My only point has been do not doubt there IS global warming. It is clear the consequences for civilization are less predictable. But it is not something to ignore. It's so easy to spend all ones times criticising the details and miss the elephant on the room.
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Postby lonewolf » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:33 am

Daisy wrote:Lonewolf, there is a big difference between challenging the existence of climate change and not being convinced it is caused by man's activity.

I am not challenging climate change. It happens continually. I am convinced man is insignificant, one way or the other. Some disagree.
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Postby lonewolf » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:42 am

Daisy wrote:[That means we might all be freezing but the arctic is relatively balmy. Hence, the global average temperature could be still be higher even while we freeze our butts off.

Exactly! Weather is local. Average don't mean squat. It is gonna happen and there ain't nuthin we can do to cause it or stop it. imo.
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Postby donley2 » Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:57 pm

Record single calendar day (as opposed to 24 hour period) snow of 9.4 inches at Dallas-Fort Worth airport today as of 9:00 tonight and it is still snowing. I have lived here 25 years and pretty sure I have never seen more than 2 or 3 inches in a day.
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Postby Marlow » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:02 am

Weather forecast for some areas in Florida today . . . . snow! :shock:
Where's global warning when ya need it? I didn't move hear to deal with that nasty stuff! Where's my parka - haven't seen it since we moved here in 1993! :twisted:
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Postby Daisy » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:23 am

Marlow wrote:Where's global warning when ya need it? I didn't move hear to deal with that nasty stuff!

Has one of Marlow's students hijacked his login details?
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Postby SQUACKEE » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:46 am

Daisy wrote:
Marlow wrote:Where's global warning when ya need it? I didn't move hear to deal with that nasty stuff!

Has one of Marlow's students hijacked his login details?


It looks like i hijacked it, but even i know its here not hear! :shock:

The difference between us is im not teaching english! :lol:
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Postby donley2 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:58 am

donley2 wrote:Record single calendar day (as opposed to 24 hour period) snow of 9.4 inches at Dallas-Fort Worth airport today as of 9:00 tonight and it is still snowing. I have lived here 25 years and pretty sure I have never seen more than 2 or 3 inches in a day.


We shattered all previous single day and 24 hour records with 11.2 inches before midnight and 12.5 in 24 hours. Had a great snowball fight with the kids though.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/productview.php?pil=PNSFWD
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Postby gh » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:12 am

Have a friend who lives in the hills between Monaco and Nice; yesterday she couldn't get to her house even in a 4x4 there was so much snow!
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Postby Marlow » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:32 am

SQUACKEE wrote:
Daisy wrote:
Marlow wrote:Where's global warning when ya need it? I didn't move hear (sic(k)) to deal with that nasty stuff!

Has one of Marlow's students hijacked his login details?

It looks like i hijacked it, but even i know its here not hear! :shock:
The difference between us is im not teaching english! :lol:

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Postby Daisy » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:41 am

Marlow wrote:Cumpooters gots spelckek fer that!

You have one for homophones?

"Global warning" is not really a homophone, is there another word for that, similar to a freudian slip?
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weather or not

Postby Bijan » Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:51 am

12" of snow in Dallas. Mobile and Pensacola got some 'fall. BWI-Marshall Airport (Balt.) has 80" this winter, DC has received six feet of snow, averages 15" per winter.

Washington had a 16" snowstorm bef. Xmas, 30" last weekend, and 12"-21" more this Tues/Wed. Mail hasn't been delivered all week, colleges were closed (Howard only one open today, two hours late), no school here or surrounding jurisdic. since last week.
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