OMG: What if the Weather Stopped?

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No, this is not a joke.

The WaPo has an interesting story about how satellite data issues are causing some problems with forecast quality for the NOAA Weather folks.

The good news is that the data is starting to come back online:

NCEP IS NOW RECEIVING THE FOLLOWING NESDIS SATELLITE DATA FOR 00Z MODEL INGEST.. NPP – CRiS AND ATMS DATA GOES SATELLITE DERIVED WINDS GOES RADIANCES GOES SOUNDING PRODUCTS THE FOLLOWING DATA TYPES CONTINUE TO BE UNAVAILABLE FOR THE MODELS.. MODIS IR AND WV WINDS OMI OZONE DATA AIRS HYPERSPECTRAL SOUNDER DATA COSMIC GPS-RADIO OCCULTATION DATA NESDIS CONTINUES TO WORK ON RESTORING ALL THEIR SATELLITE DATA PRODUCTS.. IT IS DIFFICULT TO ESTIMATE THE EXACT IMPACT OF THE SATELLITE DATA OUTAGE ON NUMERICAL GUIDANCE AT THIS TIME.. BUT THE DEGRADATION OF THE MODELS INCREASES WITH AN EXTENDED OUTAGE..

Regardless of the data feeds, we expect the weather will continue.  Maybe a few more bumps flying the transcons, but whatever.

Weather forecasts are becoming an important commodity.  Just think: The whole developing climate change industry depends on weather continuing. 

Pretty soon, I expect the climateers will expand again and begin censoring history books.  Can’t have people knowing that climate related landmarks (like the most deaths from flooding) happened back in 1931.

Or, while we’re at it, we might want to look at the History Channel piece on how the hottest day in history was when?  A hundred years ago. 

Shhhh!  Don’t tell anyone.  People will accuse both of us of environmental heresy and you’ll be branded a loon.  Science it good, and all, as long as it gives a marketable number.

That5’s why government scientists can speak freely anymore.  There are gag orders when comes to talking to the press.  Which bring us to the second definition of the word “gag”  doesn’t it?

Speaking of Weather…

Keep an eye on the Sun this week for possible major flares.  Wonder if the partial eclipse tonight will help or hurt?

Speaking of Market Numbers

The Dow drooped 153 yesterday but the futures are calling for a hundred point bounce at the open this morning.

But you really should have known that:  A 153 point decline times the Fibonacci number (0.618) suggests 94 points somewhere along in today’s session.  I’d say “dead cat bounce” but Zeus the Cat (our editor who we keep so we can still win spelling arguments) finds it offensive.  Me?

If this wasn’t the ever-exciting take the garbage out morning, I’d have stayed in bed.  Yeah, the financial picture is that boring….

My Body, the Chem Lab

My latest experiments in vitamins will be starting next week:  This time we’ll bw seeing how phosphatidylserine works.  There’s a write up on it over on WebMD here, and on Wikipedia.

That and 2-grams a day of blueberry extract.  From Amazon…

     

I’ll keep you posted on the experiments. 

In the meantime, high levels of vitamin C (possibly with lysine or L-carnitene as described here) might also be worth your while to look into, IF that is, you’re trying to stick around to pay taxes as long as possible.  We’re trying to avoid the move to underground housing in a serious way.

Since all humans are different and the species has wandered much further than in the past, it makes semi-obvious sense that our nutritional needs may not keep up with location, location, location.  This is why we are continuously tuning out vitamins – and while you may get most of what you need from food, we feel much better (and more energetic) with the vits than without.

You might want to read up on pterostilbene, too.  With guidance from your healthcare practitioner and all the disclaimers, denials, and appeasements about at your own risk and as you and idiot…yada, yada.

Apple A Day

Some users are claiming that Apple is double-charging them twice in their BofA accounts.  Additional background here.

I wonder how long the “Ooops! Patch” will take?

Start Your Own Reconquista Pool

With the elections 12-days out, we wonder how many offices will have Executive Amnesty announcement day pools.  My bets are clustered in the 7-14 day period after elections. 

I figure the Obamastration will give it a week so as to not be too obvious, but it will be to everyone but an idiot.

Meanwhile, USA Today has a good article on how the administration lied to congress about how dangerous some of the illegal perps were that got released in a money saving move a while back.

This is [yet another] one of those “Look Surprised! moments.  Wonder if Apple could whip up a second “Oops patch?”  It’d be a huge market for ‘em, don’t cha know.

Speaking of Election Follies

Did you see how republican votes were flagged as going to the demos up in “Cooked County” Illinois, Land of the O, Home of of the Rahm?

Of course it was just a calibration error.  But we get those from time to time…Florida in 2000…remember?

Crazy Shootings, Eh?

In the wake of the shooting by a Muslim extremist up in Canada Wednesday, the NY Times is out with a piece demonstrating the long (and despicable) tally of extremist violence of that “religion.”

If you Google “religion” its defined as…

the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

But if you Google “terrorist” the definition comes back…

a person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims.  synonyms:
extremist, fanatic

So I find myself asking a simple question:  If an organization promotes terrorism (Amadi Muslims, aside, since they actively renounce violence)  how come IRS can find time to audit other (but Protestant) faith-based political groups for tax-exempt status, why not…..oh, don’t ask, don’t tell? 

Shit, I must have missed the memo.   Again.

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