Extreme weather, National Geographic

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    A very good article concerning the extreme weather that we have been experiancing.

    Extreme Weather - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

    The weekend forecast for Nashville, Tennessee, called for two to four inches of rain. But by the afternoon of Saturday, May 1, 2010, parts of the city had seen more than six inches, and the rain was still coming down in sheets.

    Mayor Karl Dean was in the city’s Emergency Communications Center monitoring the first reports of flash flooding when something on a TV screen caught his eye. It was a live shot of cars and trucks on Interstate 24 being swamped by a tributary of the Cumberland River southeast of the city. Floating past them in the slow lane was a 40-foot-long portable building from the Lighthouse Christian School.

    “We’ve got a building running into cars,” the TV anchorman was saying.

    Dean had been in the “war room” for hours. But when he saw the building floating down the highway, he says, “it became very clear to me what an extreme situation we had on our hands.” Soon 911 calls were coming in from every part of the city. Police, fire, and rescue teams were dispatched in boats. One crew in a skiff headed out to I-24 to pluck the driver of an 18-wheeler from the chest-high water. Other teams pulled families off rooftops and workers from flooded warehouses. Still, 11 people died in the city that weekend.
     
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    Anybody else figure out what the point of this thread is???:dunno:
     
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    Well, now when you are being directly impacted by the extreme weather events in your home and at the grocery store, you might take a bit of a jaundiced view of those that are telling your it ain't happening.
     
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    Lot's of rain? Obviously Global Warming!

    Better give all our money to Algore in the form of Carbon Taxes.
     
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    Lots of rain: Man made global warming
    Too little rain: Man made global warming


    Too many hurricanes: Man made global warming
    Too few hurricanes: Man made global warming

    Then of course we go to the solutions.

    WE WANT SOLAR AND WIND ONLY!!

    Um, Nuclear is carbon neutral, and while the waste issue is a challenge im sure we can figure some way of handling it.

    WIND AND SOLAR ONLY!!!

    Ok then, what about natural gas, its still a fossil fuel, but is far more efficent than coal, thus less carbon

    NO! WIND AND SOLAR ONLY.

    Ah, what about hydro power?

    THINK OF THE FISHES!!! WIND AND SOLAR ONLY
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtRvcXUIyZg]Weather and Climate Summit - Day 5, Jennifer Francis - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    You left out the HUGE Gov't subsidies which is the ONLY reason they like it in the first place! :D
     
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    I think they like it to start with because to the less informed, solar and wind look like getting something for nothing. No delivery trucks, no apparent waste products, a theoretically unlimited (human scale) supply. What they ignore is the intermittent nature of those sources, and the fact that our current power grid is reliant on the ability to match demand with supply at all times.

    I have a well educated college professor relative who is a die hard global warming believer. Unlike alot of them, however, he is a huge proponent of nuclear power as the backbone of a grid containing elements of wind/solar and hydro/tidal/geothermal.

    To some in the environmental movement he would be considered a heretic.
     
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    To most thinking people your whole post would be considered nonsense. Most of the people that post serious science here support nuclear, with serious reservations concerning the cost and waste products. A solid mix of all the alternatives to supplant fossil fuels as quickly as possible.
     
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    Rain?

    OMFG!

    When has it ever rained before?

    Rocks is this rain that you speak of the water vapor that causes 90% of the heat trapping?
     

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