Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to BenWilson,

    eclectic motors...

    That’s a truck, not a car!

    Sorry, point taken, but I just thought 'car' derived from carriage...

    Meanwhile back on Orwell's Automotive farm,
    the thinking is "four wheels good..."

    :- )

    Crappy day here, flooding again in Flockton Lagoon and Heathcote
    - Hope Hebe and family (and others) are okay.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4221 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Getting closer, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    this'll help...

    ...the thistle seems to have some kind of web-like stuff around it catching them.

    The Scotch are notoriously tight...
    :- )

    But seriously, the web-stuff seems to be part of the process, here is the portal to the full story...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4221 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to BenWilson,

    (re: electric cars) ….the current novelty of the vehicle

    they’re old hat in Chchch… The Walker Electric Truck, 1918

    There are many debates in the 21st century about the viability of electric vehicles, but in the early part of the twentieth century they were a common sight on Christchurch streets.
    One of the most prized examples of motoring heritage in New Zealand, the Walker half-ton electric truck is still in the ownership of the Christchurch Electricity Network Company, now called Orion NZ.

    Hat tip to Paul Kean and Joe Wylie for pointing me there

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4221 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    “we have found that the winter air temperature in Indianapolis, Indiana, is well correlated with the frequency of noctilucent clouds over Antarctica.”

    The Guardian reports on similar findings…

    China’s air pollution could be intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean and altering weather patterns in North America, according to scientists in the US. A team from Texas, California and Washington state has found that pollution from Asia, much of it arising in China, is leading to more intense cyclones, increased precipitation and more warm air in the mid-Pacific moving towards the north pole.

    One effect, the study says, is an “intensification of the Pacific storm track”, a narrow zone over the ocean where some storms that pass over the US begin to gather.
    “Mid-latitude storms develop off Asia and they track across the Pacific, coming in to the west coast of the US,” said Ellie Highwood, a climate physicist at the University of Reading. “The particles in this model are affecting how strong those storms are, how dense the clouds are, and how much rainfall comes out of those storms."

    …and we seem to be getting more of these storms here, perhaps they are pushed down here by the larger ones crossing the pacific – patterns and presentations are changing….

    This might be a very good long lost weekend to think about it...

    Maybe we can blame those pesky butterflies…

    Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4221 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to henry laurensen,

    they are all intertwined to a greater or lesser extent.

    coupled with this new finding - things start to stack up...

    Earth's poles are separated by four oceans, six continents and more than 12,000 nautical miles.
    Turns out, that's not so far apart.
    New data from NASA's AIM spacecraft have revealed "teleconnections" in Earth's atmosphere that stretch all the way from the North Pole to the South Pole and back again, linking weather and climate more closely than simple geography would suggest.
    For example, says Cora Randall, AIM science team member and Chair of the Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado, "we have found that the winter air temperature in Indianapolis, Indiana, is well correlated with the frequency of noctilucent clouds over Antarctica."
    Noctilucent clouds, or "NLCs," are Earth's highest clouds. They form at the edge of space 83 km above our planet's polar regions in a layer of the atmosphere called the mesosphere. Seeded by "meteor smoke," NLCs are made of tiny ice crystals that glow electric blue when sunlight lances through their cloud-tops.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4221 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day,

    Chchch Record Shop day events:
    http://galaxyrecords.co.nz/Galaxy Records has X-Ray Charles live in-store on Saturday 19th.

    Whereas Penny Lane Records is celebrating it on Anzac Day April 25
    at their Sydenham, Riccarton and Eastgate stores…

    </snap Kebabette>

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4221 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The full list of interim approvals is here. I think we can expect it to start shrinking rapidly in the face of adverse response reports.

    I’m sorry, but put that way,
    it looks like Russian Roulette….

    I’ve often wondered what those lab test babies,
    they used in nappy ads on the telly, grew up into…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4221 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The purpose of science and its limits, in reply to DeepRed,

    Tony Abbott’s impending CSIRO cuts

    No ASIO cuts though, I'd wager...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4221 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The purpose of science and its limits, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    we can rename the funding agencies again...
    Nobody will notice we haven’t actually made a bit of difference

    Me Sir, me Sir, I know, I know!
    How about - DSIR - Department of Scientific Irrelevance Reduction

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4221 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to DeepRed,

    comes in 5 easy pieces...

    And what became of Jack Nicholson’s hydrogen car remains a mystery.

    Something to do with the amount of platinum needed for the hydrogen fuel cells, or some such.. source

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