A bit of sanity from NOAA researchers, and more


By Max R. Weller

Read Boulder researcher: 2013’s flood-triggering rains not caused by climate change in the (gasp!) Daily Camera. Quoting from the article below:

The historic rain that shattered records across Colorado’s northern Front Range last September was not made more likely or intense by the effects of climate change, according to a study published today that was led by a Boulder-based meteorologist.

“There’s clear evidence that, overall, our greenhouse gas emissions are making the planet warmer and moister, but we found such climate factors had little appreciable effect on the frequency of heavy five-day rainfall events in this area during September,” said Martin Hoerling, a research meteorologist in the Earth System Research Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder.

Hoerling is the lead author on “Northeast Colorado Extreme Rains Interpreted in a Climate Change Context,” to be published today in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

The study found that climate change would not make such storms more likely along the Front Range during the month of September. It also indicated they may even become less likely — even as climate models show an increase in the intensity of five-day precipitation events in other regions around the globe by the end of the 21st century.

Also, in Colorado’s limited historical weather record, the 2013 storm was not without precedent.

Researchers said it bore many similarities to a “strikingly similar” September 1938 storm, “long before appreciable climate change,” which struck this area.

In footprint and duration, it also resembled the June 1965 Cherry Creek flood, which, at about $3 billion in current-day dollars, is still the state’s most costly.

The new study made use of a NASA climate model containing information about how climate factors such as ocean temperatures, sea ice extent and greenhouse gas levels have varied since the late 19th century.

Run many times, the model produced occasional heavy September rain events in a 30-year period from 1870 to 1900, as well as the 30-year period from 1983 to 2013.

Comparing the two 30-year periods, researchers found that lower amounts of sea ice, warming oceans and added greenhouse gases did not increase the likelihood of a storm such as Colorado witnessed last year.

The report concedes that, “A weakness of our study is that results are based on a single model, and thus require confirmation using additional models.”

It’s refreshing to see such an unbiased approach along with the caveat above, rather than the dogmatic pronouncements of climate change doomsayers competing for grant money . . .

The flood that devastated Lyons and much of northeast Colorado in September 2013 was not made more intense, or more likely, by the effects of climate

The flood that devastated Lyons and much of northeast Colorado in September 2013 was not made more intense, or more likely, by the effects of climate change, according to a new study led by a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder. (Greg Lindstrom / Longmont Times-Call)

Why is U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, the Democrat, afraid to debate his token Republican opponent in November’s election? Seems to me it would be at least as entertaining as this stunt:


Here’s something that Boulder, CO should consider: A no-serve list isn’t radical if you live and work in Fairview from the Alaska Dispatch. STOP SELLING BOOZE to those who consistently abuse it, to the point of creating chaos to all those around them.

I’m very disappointed that the powers-that-be at Boulder Public Library are backing off of rules which were already less than strict, compared to other public libraries across America. It’s almost as if they sit up late at night to think of new ways to piss off the majority of library patrons. And it doesn’t seem to matter who is Boulder Public Library and Arts Director in recent years, it’s one lamebrained idea after another . . .

Consider this commentary: Sean Maher: Do we want to freeze Boulder in time? in the Daily Camera. I’d answer YES! — if the time was 1914, long before any of the dork-knobbed trust fund babies came along.

That’s all for now, folks.

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