Journalists Without Internet Access

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Unseasonably warm weather set to make 1,000-mile Iditarod race even MORE grueling as mushers set off | Mail Online

The writer is too dumb to look up the weather forecast for Alaska.

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16 Responses to Journalists Without Internet Access

  1. R. de Haan says:

    That’s what you get if you live in the US(SR) . Propaganda and communist supporters infesting the White House.

  2. Sundance says:

    I wonder what the Vegas odds of winning are for the guy from Jamaica using Chihuahuas and Pomeranians? 😉

    • Sundance says:

      PS I met Susan Butcher years ago and fully appreciate how dangerous this race is from first hand descriptions from her. I mean no disrespect to anyone participating in this event and my imagination + funny bone overcame me after reading about the Jamaican entrant.

      • mkelly says:

        It is kinda sad that you think you have to write the PS because you thought might have offended someone. People are getting real sensitive today.

        • Sundance says:

          In this case it is not about sensitivity it’s about my own man-code with making fun of something I don’t think I have the cojones to do.

      • WJohn says:

        It will make an Oscar winning movie one day.

  3. Mike Williams says:

    And meanwhile the cyclists and runners are breaking records thanks to the frozen hard packed snow ref.

  4. lance says:

    …we don’t need no stink’n facts…..

  5. ccglea says:

    Why confuse the issue with facts?

  6. Bob Knows says:

    AP has become more lies than truth. Can’t believe anything AP says any more. If we ever could. A man of honor tells the truth. AP has no honor.

  7. Mohatdebos says:

    Mike Williams: did you read the story. It states that there is much less snow and they can’t skate because there is no ice because of the recent warm weather — have to stay on the coast, which means a longer race.

  8. Mike Williams says:

    I read the story and am an active snow cyclist…you want it cold with a hard and fast trail. The recent warm spells melted what snow there was which has now frozen into hard packed snow or ice — perfect for cyclists who don’t pull sleds (they carry their gear on the bike). The creeks and rivers are nicely frozen so they aren’t having to cross “overflows”.

    Note: 2 years ago the cycling race was cancelled before the 350 mile mark because of too much snow. The weather conditions for this race vary a lot from year to year (and even from one end of the trail to the other) the only constant is the cold.

    • Andy DC says:

      Before Mann-made global warming, the weather was always perfect every step of the way. Man and nature in perfect harmony.

  9. D o u g   C o t t o n says:

    Loschmidt was the brilliant 19th century physicist who was the first in the world to successfully estimate the size of air molecules – within a factor of 2 or so anyway. We can assume Loschmidt thought about what those molecules did, and, with the knowledge of the fact that gas molecules were far smaller than the space between them, the world saw the beginning of Kinetic Theory being applied to “ideal” gases with documented assumptions that I encourage you all to read, because Kinetic Theory was successfully used by Einstein and others, and from it we can derive the well known ideal gas laws. We can also derive (in just two lines) the magnitude of the so-called dry adiabatic lapse rate without using those gas laws or any pressure data.

    It’s not hard to visualise what Loschmidt did, namely molecules moving around at random and colliding with others rather like billiard balls. When they collide they share their kinetic energy, and as a result, we see diffusion of kinetic energy which results in a tendency towards equal temperatures in a horizontal plane. We have all observed such diffusion in our homes when warmth from a heater spreads across the room.

    But, when those molecules move in free frictionless flight between collisions the assumptions of kinetic theory include the “classical treatment” of their dynamics, noting that “because they have mass the gas molecules will be affected by gravity.” And so Newtonian mechanics tell us that the sum of kinetic energy and gravitational potential energy remains constant.

    But, as a gas spontaneously approaches thermodynamic equilibrium it is approaching a state in which there are no unbalanced energy potentials. That state is isentropic, having (PE+KE)=constant at all heights, and this means that KE varies and, as Kinetic Theory tells us, temperature also varies in proportion to the mean kinetic energy of the molecules.

    It does not matter that the final state is never completely materialised, and so entropy will still be increasing. We are considering what happens as we approach a limit, just as in calculus. Entropy will keep increasing until that limit is achieved, but it never is because, with a new day dawning more solar energy is added causing a significant disturbance to the process and moving it further away from equilibrium. Never-the-less, by the following night if there are calm conditions, the state of thermodynamic equilibrium will again be approached.

    Over the life of the planet the temperature gradient has obviously evolved on all planets with significant atmospheres, and it also occurs in sub-surface regions such as Earth’s outer crust and inside the Moon.

    The empirical evidence is that Loschmidt was right and that Maxwell erred on just this particular issue wherein molecular studies were perhaps not his specialty. The huge significance of this is that there is no need for any greenhouse radiative forcing to explain planetary atmospheric and surface temperatures. These cannot be explained at all by radiation calculations – only by the gravity gradient. The trillion dollar question is thus, was Loschmidt right?

  10. Send Al to the Pole says:

    Comments from the Iditarod site:
    “Skwentna action
    Posted by Sebastian Schnuelle
    Date: March 2, 2014 11:48 pm
    With no real internet in Skwentna, I just stayed for the first few mushers, (rather) than continue to Finger Lake, as there is better internet here. The trail over has been fast. Very fast. In my 10 years on the trail I have never seen it this hard packed, matter of fact, I did not even know how many lakes we crossed, as in the past, they were deeply covered in snow. Other years ski planes have a hard time landing and taking off, that how deep the snow can be. The trail markers also told the same tale, as many of them were so high up in the trees, that someone would have to stand on the seat of a snowmachine, to put them on. Except a few small stretches where some moose left a few big holes, the trail is as good as it gets.”

    So much for the race taking longer….

  11. stewart pid says:

    Come on Steven … there is a Jamaican sledder in this years Iditarod! How much more proof of glo-bull warming do you need 😉

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