Monthly Archives: December 2010

Let it Snow!

The Eastern Shore of Maryland around Ocean City doesn’t typically get a lot of snow during winter, due to the fact that the storm tracks usually bring warmer air and moisture from the Gulf Stream over this area. Areas further west usually get the snow, we get rain. In this area 3 inches of snow being fore-casted brings out the panic buying of milk & bread. The roads typically get closed since the state doesn’t have enough equipment to keep anything but the most major of highways open. Last year we had back to back major snow storms that each dumped a foot plus on the area and this storm is doing the same. Winds are whipping out, there is already a good 6-8 inches on the ground and it is still falling as can be seen clearly in the accompanying photos:

The second picture was taken no more then 15 mins after I cleared a pathway out for our 4wd Escape in case of emergency’s and you can see it is already rapidly filling back in. Boy what fun it’s going to be to clear this mess out when it’s all said and done.

People Don’t Kill People, Candy Canes Do!

No this is not a joke, at least to one public school in the state of Virginia:

Skylar Torbett, also a junior, said administrators told him, “They said the candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them.” He said neither he nor any of their friend did that.

I came across this while perusing Instapundit ( http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/ ), which led to the main article where you learn that a group of 10 students known as the “Christmas Sweater Club” was handing out 2 inch candy canes to their fellow students before school started . From there the Commissar Principal of the school makes the usual noises about punishing these vile hoodlums that handout dangerous weapons to the impressionable young. However it looks more like the usual of discriminating against those that try to enjoy the Christmas season:

Mother Kathleen Flannery said an administrator called her and explained “not everyone wants Christmas cheer. That suicide rates are up over Christmas, and that they should keep their cheer to themselves, perhaps.”

You can read the full article here:

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=126671&catid=188

Pictures of the Lunar Eclipse

I decided to stay up and get pictures of the Lunar Eclipse and I’ll be updating in according to a chart about the phases of the eclipse I saw here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40754925/ns/technology_and_science-space/?GT1=43001 and with any good shots I can find.

First Photos are from around 12:30 am EST

NOTE: Click on photos to get full size pictures.

The second batch is from around 1:15 am EST

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The Religion of Peace

As shown on Skynews a video of a woman being whipped for a crime. What was her crime you ask? Wearing a pair of pants under her Islamic garb.

Here is a link to the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve_JJFF5X-g&feature=player_embedded#!

Now bleeding heart libtards like Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behr say that only Islamic extremists are terrorists and condone violence, but this video shows that is not the case. Not only does the government condone this stuff, they have a special police force that perpetrates this sickening violence. They draw a good crowd as they whip this woman and as shown it is great fun as one official laughs out loud on camera. So for all you Libtards out there get it through your heads: The ones you label as Islamic extremists are not the minority of the Islamic faith they are the majority and to them this is not extreme. This is what they want to do to every woman, in every country around the world.

World Record Railgun Test!

In a lot of popular science fiction stories one of the favorite weapons that are used is the Railgun. Well the US Navy has been testing out Railgun technology and has a test gun in Dahlgren Va. In 2008 the set a Railgun muzzle energy record of 10 Mega Joules. Just recently they broke the record with a record of a 33 Mega Joule shot which can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BfU-wMwL2U&feature=player_embedded

According to the USN they hope to have a 64 Mega Joule Railgun ready to go and onboard ship by 2025. See the article here:

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/12/10/5626100-railgun-shot-heard-round-the-world?gt1=43001

Do We Really Know What The Temperature Is?

How many times have you seen temperature graphs similar to this:

Figure 1

In figure 1 it is a graph of the average yearly anomaly’s for the USHCN Raw dataset for the station located at State College Pa, but it could just as well be a station record from GISS or from GHCN or from any place around the world and the basic properties of the graph would be the same. You would have start and end dates, data points, a possible trend line and so forth. It all looks fine except for one little problem that I have yet to seen addressed in Climate Science: Instrument Error.

Every device that man has built to measure something has a built in error range and it is something that can only be accounted and know if you compare your device against one of known value or against something of a known physical property. For Thermometers they typically compare them to the known freezing and boiling points of water. This is called calibration and even after that there is still a error band, which is the accuracy of the thermometer. With today’s technology we can whittle down that error band sometimes as low as +/- .001 but for something like that it takes a lot more money so typically you won’t get near that level. However what about in the past? How accurate were those thermometers back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s? What was the accuracy of ones even in the 40’s and 50’s?

If you look around the internet you find that Liquid in Glass (LIG) are still for sale and they have error ranges as much as .5°, others at .3° and you can buy Platinum Resistance Thermistors (PRT) that have accuracy’s of .1°, which brings us back to what was it like back in the olden days before the people taking these readings were worried about raises in temperature of a fraction of a degree.  So would it be reasonable to assume that early Max/Min thermometers had a +/- accuracy of at least .5°? I would say yes.

Now you may ask what does that got to do with anything?  The answer is a lot. You see that +/- rating of .5° means that when you see a daily max/min temperatures in those old records it isn’t exactly true. Example if it is written that the Max was 50°F and the Min was 39°F that means that the Max could actually be up to 50.5° and as low as 49.5°, with the Min being actually between 39.5° and 38.5°. This in turn affects the mean for day  and consequently the average mean for the month by the same amount. Here is an example: Lets say that the Thermometer in State College Pa during the year of 1939 had an accuracy of +/- .5° F . Below you will see how much that can affect the means. Read more of this post