Biography

RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

When it's warmer, it's 'climate'; when it's colder it's 'weather'

Just about this time last year, speaking out from its vast well of scientific wisdom, the Lincoln Journal Star opined editorially that the warm spring was an indicator of climate change.
Nonetheless, on a 91-degree March afternoon, it was difficult to believe that some still deny that global warming is real.
Tonight is predicted to set a cold temperature record for the date, the second time this has happened in a week. So far this month in Lincoln has been the coldest April on record. So let's make some minor tweaks to the above:
Nonetheless, on a 24-degree April night, it is difficult to believe that some still argue that global warming is real.
Both statements are equally stupid.
It's now a 34 degree May evening, and the rain-snow line is moving inexorably across Seward Co. towards Lincoln. The Weather Channel is forecasting 3 - 7 inches by tomorrow evening, but no one really knows, because May snowfalls are, well, rarer than snow in summer. Or late spring, anyway.

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