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It would be nice if someone on twitter asked McKibbon to produce just 10 consecutive years of that long lost stability…
Let’s not forget the Palm Sunday tornadoes of April 1965 that killed 271 people in the Midwest. Or the great Iowa Blizzard of April 1973, which brought 16 foot snow drifts and 65 mph winds. Stable, predictable Midwest weather indeed!
I hope some Midwest farmers call out McKibben to tell him just how UNstable the climate of the Midwest is! If there was ever any doubt about McKibben’s credibility, it is now completely down the toilet.
What planet is he on? Midwest weather is barely “stable” except for a fair guarantee of four seasons, and hardly predictable: maybe three days predictable, tops.
McShitten is insane and is simply blowing more crap out his rear end.
He needs medication quite badly…
McKitten is neither stupid nor insane. He is paid, yes paid, to stir the shit, to provoke argument in the hope of finding a morcel to bite on. He wants to find something with which he can publicly beat the sceptics. The best thing to do with him is to ignore him. It will really hurt because he needs responses, he needs argument and he needs publicity. Just ignore him.
what planet is that guy from!!!
What I found compelling about Steinbeck was his portrayal of how helpless the characters were in the face of a natural disaster and how helpless they were in the face of a hostile reaction by those not devastated by the natural disaster.
On an Australian note Bill should also read Dorothea MacKellar
“I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!”
Nothing like a nice stable climate !
I grew up near the Fox River in the Chicago suburbs which has a long history of flooding.
I quickly found one article to show it’s nothing new:
He he. Where I live, the weather is the most variable from November through May. The variability declines slowly from June through August, then starts to rise in September and October (not counting years with lots of tropical systems ;), of course). Flooding is most common during the rainy season (November through May), but predicting a flood in any one year is more difficult because the rainfall, while typically averages between 4 and 5 inches during those months, varies all over the place and in one particular year, was highest in June (wettest June in my lifetime).
We have two tornado seasons here. A small one in November/December and the big one in March/April. Nevertheless, a bad outbreak can occur in any month when the conditions are right. The most recent bad outbreaks were in March/April, but other than the ones in 1932, 1974, and 2011, we have mostly been spared.
Droughts here are relative, for the average yearly rainfall is 55 inches a year. A ‘dry’ rainy season plus a ‘hot’ Spring (April/May/June) = a ‘drought’ for our crops are water tolerant/intensive and don’t handle ‘dry’ very well. I don’t think we have had a real ‘Dust Bowl’ drought, but we have had soil erosion problems (that’s one reason why there’s so much kudzu here).
Bill McKibben can’t have been out doors for a very , very long time.
He obviously didn’t watch the Wizard of OZ either. Dorothy and the tornado. Or maybe he thinks the Yellow Brick road is what the World should be like. 🙂
My mother, who grew up in southern Oklahoma in the 30’s, likes to tell the story of how her family spent so many nights huddled in the root cellar waiting for the tornadoes to clear. I’ll have to tell her how wrong she is and she can’t tell that story anymore. There were no tornadoes in southern Oklahoma in the 30’s under the new contrived history of weather.
If the Midwest were stable, then several towns wouldn’t have built or reinforced their levee systems, and there wouldn’t have been a need for the Shelterbelt Program.
“…In response to the “Dust Bowl” conditions in the Great Plains between Texas and North Dakota during the early 1930’s, the cooperative Prairie States Forestry (Shelterbelt) Project was begun. This unique windbreak project, an idea of President Franklin Roosevelt, began in 1934…”
Our weather is certainly far more stable than McFibben.
Talking of stable climate here is a blast from the past.
How did he ever get his PHD?