Climate Questions . . .

Today was pretty just a lunch and some errands day. After our meal at Yummy Yummy we headed up I-45 with a quick stop at our local Rudy’s BBQ to pick up another bottle of their Coarse Black Pepper.

Rudy's Black Pepper

Since I like a lot of pepper on my salads, we go through a lot of this, but this is probably our last purchase of Rudy’s pepper. For years this bottle has been $4.99, as it was back in February when we got the last one. But today the price had jumped to $10.99. Yikes!

Then it was Wal-Mart for prescriptions and ‘stuff’, and then finishing up at Sam’s Club for a couple of more prescriptions.

Questions to ask about the Climate:

1. Define the “correct” temperature range for the planet.
2. Define the “correct” humidity range for the planet.
3. Define the “correct” mean sea level for the planet.
4. Define the “correct” amount of precipitation for the planet.
5. Define the “correct” makeup of the atmosphere.
6. Define the “correct” level of CO2 for the planet. Show how you arrived at that `calculation.
7. Define the “correct” amount of sea ice at the N/S poles.
8. Define/explain past glaciation and subsequent warming without any input from humans.

One another topic under this subject is the fact that due to all the melting ice in the Arctic and the Antarctic islands in the Pacific are supposedly disappearing under the waves, and it’s even flooding in the US where it hasn’t flooded before.

As far as the sinking Pacific islands, here’s the Sydney, Australia harbor at high tide in 1878 and 2018. Note that the heading is sarcasm.

Sydney Harbor Climate Change

And here’s a high tide mark etched by Sir James Clark Ross in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1841.

British Pacific High Water Mark 2

Not a lot of change, seems to me.

In addition, modern tide gauges located at Hobart and Spring Bay on either side of the Port Arthur site, on the same coast, show no sea level rise since their installation during the 1980s.

Also I heard a guy call into a national talk show a few years ago whose family has owned land on the Atlantic Ocean north of Boston, MA since the late 1700’s. He said there’s a gazebo right at the water’s edge that’s there since the early 1800’s and the ocean is no closer now than when it was built.

And as far as the local US flooding, in many (most?) areas, much of it can be assigned to ‘subsidence’. Subsidence is where the land sinks due to the removal of too much groundwater from the aquifers underlying the area.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, parts of the Houston-Harris country area have sunk between 10 and 12 feet since the 1920’s, with some areas still subsiding as much as 2” per year. And there’s this.

“Spring Branch, where Interstate 10 and Beltway 8 meet, has dropped 4 feet since 1975. Jersey Village, along Route 290 and to the west of Beltway 8, is almost 2 feet lower than it was in 1996. And Greater Greenspoint, where Interstate 45 intersects with Beltway 8, has given up about 2 feet in the last decade alone, according to USGS data.”

No wonder flooding has increased.

Thought For The Day:

Don’t argue with an idiot. People watching may not be able to tell the difference.