Comments: Weather is not climate!

Interesting. This report calculates ice melting rates based on sea water temperature, as measured with actual thermometers in the water. By comparison, a 2009 story cited in this one reported that a NASA satellite "weighed" the Antarctic ice shelf mass variation by inference from changes in gravitational attraction. I really wonder, does it take a scientific mind to understand which of these methods is more precise? The new study's conclusion contradicts the 3-year old "star wars" calculation by a somewhat significant 57 billion tons of ice melt annually.

And speaking of the former Vice President, is he busy? I watched Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in a live interview last night say that if there were some kind of executive order he could sign to cause a rain storm he would do it on the spot. The Guv may not have that kind of influence on the planet but if fellow Democrat Al Gore were to visit the front range right now I think we would all welcome him.

Posted by johngalt at June 27, 2012 12:37 PM

Indeed. Come home, Al, we need you!!!!!

Posted by jk at June 27, 2012 12:48 PM

Friends--any idea if the historic Heinlein house at 1776 Mesa Ave in Colorado Springs is in danger of being burned down? The Heinlein community is asking. Thought one of you might have access to details that I don't.

Posted by Robert at June 27, 2012 12:53 PM

The short answer is no. That address is on the mountains side of I-25 so it is at risk from forest fire but the fire now burning is all north of Manitou Springs, according to Wundermap. (Search for the address then click the "FIRE" option box. Turn off smoke. Zoom out.)

The Heinlein home is just a quarter mile west of the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort. If it's ever in danger that is the landmark that will be mentioned.

Posted by johngalt at June 27, 2012 2:09 PM

Thanks. I did track down a map from the Denver Post a little while ago that was reassuring on this point--if not for thousands of other people and their homes.

I only read the 1952 Scientific American article about the house for the first time a couple of months ago and am hoping it's still there when I visit. Colorado is my Dad's adopted home state and I am a big fan.

If you can take me by Galt's Gulch when I visit that would be a bonus!

Posted by Robert at June 27, 2012 5:05 PM

CORRECTION: The article was in Popular Mechanics. I don't know what I was thinking but I was way off. You can see it here:

Posted by Robert at June 27, 2012 5:34 PM

No, I think it was Vougue® . . .

Very, very cool. Anybody who fails to click will forever regret it.

Posted by jk at June 27, 2012 6:15 PM
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