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  1. HAARP

    If there is an ingredient that can be added to jet fuel to create chemtrails, it is pretty special. Jet fuel is quite tightly specified, to burn uniformly and cleanly, with a specific energy content, so there cannot be much additive because those properties must be maintained. As an ex chemist, I can't think of a compound that would have such a substantial effect. Fortunately it is not necessary to add anything to the fuel to get lots of water vapor in the exhaust, vapor that makes 'chemtrails' that shield the earth from the sun's rays.
  2. 1/16-17 Anafrontal/Coastal Low Snows Disco/Obs

    Well, the NY Central Park reservoir is not 'solidly frozen', the western half is mostly open water. That said, it does feel cold enough to expect any snow to stick. If there is rain, things will get very slick.
  3. Jan 4th Coastal

    Insight or obstinacy? The track record is short of the former. Still, it would be nice for this to be a GFS coup.
  4. December 9th 2017 Crusha Obs

    Currently 2"+ on the cars parked at 90th and 5th in NYC. Light snow continuing. From a local perspective, the players here called it better than the WU or AccuWeather.
  5. None of the models have done well this fall here in NYC . They over promise and then under perform. Maybe this pattern change will set a new trend. ;)
  6. Have doubt this verifies any better than the storm that was forecast for the past weekend. The models have not shown much skill in this region recently.
  7. Nothing much has materialized thus far in Manhattan and the forecasts are being revised down hourly. The models clearly have a hard time with these systems.
  8. Global SST Pattern

    Thank you for the link, Stormchaser. I'd not realized that there was so much jitter in the earth's rotation. It clarifies that you're referring to the impacts of tidal and atmospheric changes on the rotation of the solid earth. It is fascinating that the sloshing of this little bit of fluid on the surface of the planet has a measurable impact.
  9. Global SST Pattern

    The earth's rotation is gradually slowing, because of tidal friction. It would be big news if some mechanism were found that speeds it up. So I value the charts, but really question the explanation.
  10. Fall Foliage 2017

    Oaks support a lot of critters in addition to squirrels, so maybe keep the chain saw on hold.
  11. Arctic Sea Ice Extent, Area, and Volume

    Do these air temperature changes have any substantial effect on the ice melting process? My impression was that melting is mostly driven by direct solar heating and increased sea water temperature.
  12. Perhaps so, but I'd guess that the main revenue source for these sites are commercial entities trying to get an advance warning of potentially disruptive weather. Those customers don't care so much about free maps. In general, wxbell has not pursued weather enthusiasts' business particularly avidly, rather the opposite. When the comments pages got too popular, they were restructured to calm down the postings back to a desultory level.
  13. Tropical Banter Thread

    If you're committed to go there, then leave tonight. It should allow you to avoid limbo at some airport. At worst then, you'll have an horrific honeymoon, with flooding and no power, which still beats being stuck at Houston International.
  14. That seems a mistaken appraisal. It surely does not help his professional standing to be labeled a denier, given that academia and the governmental bodies appear committed to the climate change thesis. You call the man super smart, perhaps he is just being stubbornly honest saying that he is not convinced.
  15. WB tried hard to bring Dr Maue to stardom. They even gave him a column to write his thoughts. Sadly he did not do so more than a couple of times. More important, at least imho, the novice user was left behind. There was never an effort to provide an introductory tutorial which would have highlighted the resources offered and Dr Maue's insights. It seems a missed opportunity, one which his new employer will hopefully act to exploit.