We're in Los Angeles for the weekend to attend a wedding and it's scorchingly hot.
I took this photo of the car's dashboard while we were at a stop light in Topanga Canyon.
It reads 109°F (43°C).
I actually saw the temperature briefly reach 111°F.
I've experienced the low hundreds before, but I don't think I've ever felt 109°F.
June was the 14th consecutive month of record-breaking global temperatures.
Even Ireland is getting in on the act,
with temperatures soaring to 30°C (86°F) the other day.
While the Northeast is being hammered with a major snowstorm,
we've enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather in the Northwest.
Yesterday, it was 63°F (17°C) in Seattle—a record high temperature.
The flowers are blooming. I smelled some glorious blossoms yesterday and today.
One friend dubbed it “sumter”.
We've had record heat in Seattle for the last two days.
It hit 91°F today.
If I wanted to live in Arizona, I'd live in Arizona.
Christy at FireDogLake has written a post about this year's hurricane season,
which officially started on June 1st.
New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf is still a disaster area:
watch the video
linked to above.
Disaster preparedness is far from where it should be.
The levee improvements are inadequate.
Reconstruction is mired in bureaucracy and stalled in incompetence.
The money promised has not materialized.
Only one-third of New Orleans residents have returned.
Christy links to a report put together by
Nancy Pelosi, detailing the incompetence and cronyism of the Republicans,
both in the …continue.
As I implicitly promised
we went to see Al Gore's new documentary on global climate change,
An Inconvenient Truth,
when it opened in Seattle last night. We brought some friends too.
Gore lays out a compelling case that global climate change is real,
that it's been happening for decades, and that it's spiralling out of
control. He backs it up with plenty of statistics and graphs.
- The ten hottest years on record have all been since 1990.
- The glaciers are in full retreat everywhere. The "snows of Kilimanjaro"
are almost gone.
- At current rates, the Arctic ocean could be ice-free by 2050.
- If either the ice covering Greenland or the ice …continue.
A front group for Big Oil is putting out ads
denying the reality of global warming, in a pre-emptive bid
to undermine Al Gore's new documentary,
An Inconvenient Truth.
The first ad portrays global warming science as a vicious smear campaign
against carbon dioxide. The ad, which despite appearances is not an SNL
parody, helpfully reminds us that carbon dioxide is “essential to life”
because “we breath[e] it out.”
"An Inconvenient Truth" opens in Seattle on June 2nd, 2006.
Will Ferrell as Dubya making a Special Announcement on
A few hours ago, Emma sent this email out to our friends:
After long thought and a lot of heart searching, George & I have decided to
take in a family from Louisiana. We are now starting to look for someone
who can help us make arrangements to get people here. Meanwhile, we need
anyone who wants to volunteer to help us clean out our basement and fix it
up to house people. We have a guest room on our first floor, but we also
need to rearrange the entire house to allow us to add 4-6 people to our
lives for up to the …continue.