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7.11.2005

It's getting hot, hot, hot

Well, we have been in the 90's temperature range in Wisconsin for the last four days and the humidity in this state, for those who don't know, can be oppressive. Mixter, you know what I'm talking about. Just this weekend I was at the beach on Lake Michigan, and I have never really felt the lake be that warm before, ever!! Usually it is so cold you can only dip yourself in for about ten seconds, and then get the heck out. The lake only gets warm enough to swim in by mid-August, usually. But not this year. On to other matters though, something that does not involve my weekend at sunburn and sand...

I've been looking at the recent reports from the West regarding wildfires and it seems that the ground is itself warming up and starting its own fires...
Mysterious Hot Spot Sparks Fire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Scientists are puzzled by a mysterious Los Padres National Forest hot spot where 400-degree ground ignited a wildfire.

The hot spot was discovered by fire crews putting out a three-acre fire last summer in the forest's Dick Smith Wilderness.

"They saw fissures in the ground where they could feel a lot of heat coming out," Los Padres geologist Allen King said. "It was not characteristic of a normal fire."

Fire investigators went back to the canyon days later and stuck a candy thermometer into the ground. It hit the top of the scale, at 400 degrees.

With the help of an air reconnaissance flight and thermal infrared imaging, scientists found that the hot spot covers about three acres. The hottest spot was 11 feet underground, at 584 degrees.

They found no oil and gas deposits or vents nearby and no significant deposits of coal. The Geiger counter readings were normal for radioactivity, and there was no evidence of explosions or volcanic activity.

One possible explanation still under study is that an earthquake fault may be the source of the heat.

"We can't rule out anything definitely yet," King said.


As if the West didn't have enough problems with normal wildfires, the ground has to literally turn into a frying pan. Hmmm, a metaphor?

Another report is saying that temperatures in the North Atlantic Ocean have reached a record high.

Sea ice off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador was below normal for the tenth consecutive year and the water temperature outside St. John's Harbor was the highest on record in 2004, according to a report released Wednesday by the federal Fisheries Department.

The ocean surface off St. John's averaged almost two degrees Fahrenheit above normal, the highest in the 59 years the department has been compiling records.

The Newfoundland data is another wake-up call on climate change, say environmentalists.

Anchorage, Alaska, has seen annual snowfall shrink in the past decade, high river temperatures are killing off millions of spawning salmon in British Columbia and northern climates around the world have noticed warming.

Meanwhile, ocean temperatures have risen around the globe, and species are already dying, said Bill Wareham, acting director of marine conservation for the Vancouver-based David Suzuki Foundation.

"I don't think there's a question about whether these changes are happening," Wareham said.

But "everyone's quite shocked at the speed at which these things are changing."


Yes, they are "shocked"!! Well, any objective analysis will show that climate change is not something new. It's just that now the affects are so extreme that people can no longer shove it under the rug. And in their attempts to explain their ignorance they portray themselves as being surprised that this is happening!! Well, it's not too surprising considering that so many mainstream outlets stuck their head in the sand about climate change that any scientist with two neurons firing will toe the company line. Gotta keep that job, ya know. America is a savage world, I tell ya.