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If ordinary cooling ceased, the pool would take 25 hours to reach the boiling point, he said, giving the operators ample time to take corrective steps.
White House just announced Obama will tour NJ with Christie tomorrow.
And risig sea levels has nothing to do with that, despite the dreams of Pinko McIgnorant who was posting up thread.
Battery Park gauge data: Peak surge arrived within 24 minutes of high tide, exacerbating flooding in NYC. A nearly perfect alignment.
This is one way of getting around.
So, just to be clear: it's your contention that the height of sea level has absolutely nothing to do with the amount of flooding caused by a storm surge?
Scientists have long taken a similarly cautious stance, but more are starting to drop the caveat and link climate change directly to intense storms and other extreme weather events, such as the warm 2012 winter in the eastern U.S. and the frigid one in Europe at the same time. They are emboldened because researchers have gotten very good in the past decade at determining what affects the variables that create big storms. Hurricane Sandy got large because it wandered north along the U.S. coast, where ocean water is still warm this time of year, pumping energy into the swirling system. But it got even larger when a cold Jet Stream made a sharp dip southward from Canada down into the eastern U.S. The cold air, positioned against warm Atlantic air, added energy to the atmosphere and therefore to Sandy, just as it moved into that region, expanding the storm even further.
Here’s where climate change comes in. The atmospheric pattern that sent the Jet Stream south is colloquially known as a “blocking high”—a big pressure center stuck over the very northern Atlantic Ocean and southern Arctic Ocean. And what led to that? A climate phenomenon called the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO)—essentially, the state of atmospheric pressure in that region. This state can be positive or negative, and it had changed from positive to negative two weeks before Sandy arrived. The climate kicker? Recent research by Charles Greene at Cornell University and other climate scientists has shown that as more Arctic sea ice melts in the summer—because of global warming—the NAO is more likely to be negative during the autumn and winter. A negative NAO makes the Jet Stream more likely to move in a big, wavy pattern across the U.S., Canada and the Atlantic, causing the kind of big southward dip that occurred during Sandy.
Speaking of that -- I was just back up at Promontory Point in Lake Michigan on my lunch break, and the waves have gotten extremely impressive, I'd guess 20 feet at times. There are surfers out, most at the 57th Street Beach but a couple surfing by the Point itself. This seems astonishingly moronic as the Point is surrounded by a battered limestone seawall that features a lot of broken-off and half-submerged blocks. A successful ride will carry you into a rock and concrete face, while aborting a ride early might entail smashing into an underwater boulder. I mean, it's fine if you want to die, but it'd suck if someone drowned while trying to save you.
there's no evidence of a significant sea level rise in NYC
Last night's surge was emphatically not a anthropogenic phenomenon; only ignorant fools argue so, and those ignorant fools and their ridiculous assertions are the ones that allow the idiot deniers to stick around, because when you make stupid, ill-supported arguments and the deniers shoot it down, you increase the "creditability" of what they say.
Surfers do their thing at Fort Point in San Francisco all the time, and it looks equally crazy.
You have to really know what you're doing, and then maybe get killed anyway.
I'd trust the experience and skills of a surfer in California far more than I would trust those of a surfer in Illinois.
that the increased sea levels that have resulted from global warming increased the height of the surge
Or maybe we can somehow connect all the exercise equipment in the world to the power grid. Everybody could exercise and provide more power! Solve the obesity and energy problems at once! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
I'm now firmly convinced that instead of knowing next-to-nothing about surfing, I actually know nothing about surfing. So thanks, everyone.
I'd imagine the bike sellers in the city are about to be making more money.
In DC, the storm sewers are connected to the regular sewage system, so when a storm overwhelms the system, you're more or less flushing your toilet directly into the Potomac. Drink up, down stream users.
CNN the latest to spout nonsense about "Atlantic City's historic Boardwalk being destroyed."
Not. Even. Close.
I doubt Congress would overturn DC's spending more $$ in that area.
Has anyone posted about the Wall Street d-bag who was deliberately spreading false information on outages and such?
Though the NBA had said Tuesday night the game would go on as planned, Bloomberg asked the league that it be called off.
I need LaGuardia undelayed Wednesday. The forecast indicates that is likely.
Yeah, so that didn't happen.
Presumably it will only be a problem once somebody gets blown up.
Kim Bosso introduced the governor to her son, who has cystic fibrosis. He has been cut off from his breathing machines since the power went out, and the utility company told her she’s not a priority case while her insurance won’t cover her if she goes to a hospital.
“This is my lawyer,” Christie said, introducing her to Charles McKenna, his chief counsel. “He’s going to take care of you.”
In the Roaring ’20s, when Nick Carraway came to life in the pages of “The Great Gatsby,” a train ride from West Egg to Manhattan took him past a desolate stretch of ground in Queens.
Tucked into a few lines is a clue to long-forgotten chapters in the natural history of New York City.
Looking out the window, Carraway describes the scene: “This is a valley of ashes — a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.”
The valley of ashes evoked by F. Scott Fitzgerald was, in history, the Corona Ash Dump, a receptacle for incinerated garbage; not long after the novel was published, Robert Moses, the shaper of 20th century New York, bought the dump, hauled off millions of tons of garbage, and staged the 1939 World’s Fair there. Today, it is Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where the United States Open is played.
But before it was anything shaped by humans, that ground was the kind of natural place that, this week showed, we urgently need: salt marsh, a living bumper that would protect the lands behind it by absorbing the force of surging tides.
About 300,000 acres of tidal wetlands around New York City have been filled in by human development in the 19th and 20th centuries. All that remains are 15,500 acres, according to a 2009 report prepared by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey....
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