Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Key West Images Available

Look around. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Irma Prompts Postponement Of Planned Rocket Launch From Vandenberg AFB

Hurricane Irma isn’t just impacting the southeastern U.S.   The hurricane prompted the postponement of a planned rocket launch from Santa Barbara County.  The United Launch Alliance delayed its planned Thursday launch of an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The rocket was set to carry a classified military payload into orbit.  ULA officials say some key members of the launch team are from Florida, and they wanted them to be able to be with their families. Some team members also helped secure the company’s launch facilities at Cape Canaveral in Florida in advance of the hurricane.
 We live in an increasingly connected world.  Almost all for the good. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Precision vs Accuracy & Considering Confidence

The weather people are doing their best.  They are doing good.  They aren't perfect.  This time they are even on the edge of being called wrong.  That is not criticism.  It is the nature of both science and prediction.  The upper picture shows the Thursday projection and the storm now is not where it was supposed to be or when it was supposed to be.  Amazing job nonetheless.  We need more GEOS satellites.  We need more funding for weather research. 

Friday, September 08, 2017

Twofaced Napolitano

The University of California filed a lawsuit Friday against the Trump administration charging that the federal government’s efforts to sidetrack an anti-deportation program for young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally unconstitutionally violates the rights of the university and its students.

SacBee breaking story.  

“Neither I, nor the University of California, take the step of suing the federal government lightly, especially not the very agency that I led,” said UC President Janet Napolitano, former President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security director for four years.
Translation: "I should know better but this has never been about rule of law."  

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Oroville Finger Pointing Begins

The team of forensic experts, commissioned by the state Department of Water Resources to study the February crisis, issued a report saying the spillway failure was likely caused by long-standing problems with the drainage system underneath the dam’s concrete flood-control spillway. The experts said the once-a-year visual inspections of the spillway weren’t sufficient to find these flaws.
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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Sustainable Cities Report

The U.S. Cities SDG Index aims to help urban leaders address the many sustainable development challenges affecting their cities. The Index covers the 100 most populous cities (measured as Metropolitan Statistical Areas, or MSAs). It synthesizes data available today across 49 indicators spanning 16 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were agreed upon by all countries in September 2015. The data provides a more holistic and comprehensive assessment of sustainable development challenges faced by U.S. cities than available through other metrics. Results show that all U.S. cities, even those at the top of the Index, have far to go to achieve the SDGs.

I'm always leery whenever I see words like "holisitic." 

Interesting results.  An absolute must read for people worried about the sustainable agenda.  Interesting that Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura ranks so high.  O-TO-V ranks number 2 of the 100 MSAs for "Zero Hunger."  How is that measured?  Obesity, low birth weight and infant mortality.  Fascinating.  And who has the best education score?  Los Angeles.  Where does that come from?  Percent Enrollment, dropout rate, quality of higher ed, percent with college degree.  Not sure about that. 

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Florida's Land Boom of the 1920's

Florida History Org,  Land Boom

In the 1920's Florida was the focus of one of the greatest economic and social phenomenon in American history as hundreds of thousands of Americans of all types of financial strata poured into the Sunshine State and forever changed the global image of Florida. There were similar movements in the south of France during the 1920's, but the Florida story was so vast and complete in changed the entire scope of the state.
Two important elements played roles in the Florida Land Boom. For the first time Americans had the time and money to travel to Florida to invest in real estate. For the educated and skilled working American, the 1920's meant paid vacations, pensions, and fringe benefits unheard of during the Victorian Era. The United States also had the automobile: that indispensable family transportation that allowed you to travel to Florida. This "welfare capitalism" of time and money contributed to the arrival in Florida of a new kind of tourist - middle class families.

It was also important that millions of Americans were captured by the materialism and prosperity of the times, which seemed to indicate that anyone could become rich by simply investing in the proper instrument of instant wealth. Florida land appeared to be in 1921 one of those instruments of future success. It didn't matter if you lacked the money, credit was easy to obtain, with economic prosperity and a good job. 

Good thing we are past that nonsense.  

Monday, September 04, 2017

Irma Gonna Go Someplace

The "spaghetti models" keep shifting ever westward but look at all those models running straight up the State.  Keep a weather eye open. 

Friday, September 01, 2017

Off the Grid but Not the Sauce

 Quite the interesting drama.  Excerpt from the Napa Valley Register:

The Caves at Soda Canyon relies on a generator, not Pacific Gas & Electric, for power. It recently learned that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District won’t give a permit for the existing generator and that it needs a newer, larger model, a county report said.
“In our county code, we do not have a requirement that says, ‘Thou shall be hooked up to PG&E,’” county Supervising Planner Charlene Gallina replied.
That story begins in 2006, when the Planning Commission originally approved the winery. Commissioner Terry Scott, the only current commissioner who participated in that decision, recalled the generator as being a temporary measure pending a PG&E hookup.
Greenwood-Meinert said the winery has tried over the years to bring PG&E power to the location. PG&E required an easement across a neighbor’s property and the neighbor wouldn’t grant it unless the power line was underground.
“That undergrounding cost north of a million dollars,” Greenwood-Meinert said. “So that’s cost prohibitive at this point.”

If I end up building raw I too will be off the grid. 

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