Saturday, January 11, 2014

Psst, the weather changes, pass it on.



Summer came to 'The Peninsula' in November this season,   December delivered over five inches (130mm)  last  month. I think it was 1952 in the Amuri, no hay was made on many farms when the     weather gods sent twelve inches of rain during December, all unrequested.  But I digress.                                                                                                       


Lake Michigan, forming ice shingle and boulders from a combined polar cold and wind during the recent travels of the 'polar vortex', a phenomena not seen for some years.

The massive movement of the polar vortex that has brought devastating cold weather over much of the North American continent has highlighted for many,  how "bad weather" can be a capricious bitch.

As a child growing up in the Amuri basin of North Canterbury, memories of cold clear frosty winter  days are many. The playground of Waiau School remained frozen for successive days with the only respite being a muddy sheen by 3 00pm bus time where the weak winter sun thawed the surface leaving a treacherous slippery surface.  Areas that never saw the Low orbiting sunshine remained frozen all day.
On returning home from 4 years at college the young farm worker revelled in such times as feeding stock could be done with the 1936 V8 pickup instead of the Massey Harris tractor and trailer, faster warmer and altogether so much more fun.




Nowadays when I return to 'the home farm' to assist little bro, such weather is but a memory. The grass seems to grow every day and that is not such a bad thing in truth.

Such change has been a part of this planet for thousands of years and it will continue until the sun dies, as it will, or a catastrophic volcanic eruption plunges the place into a suffocating insulating blanket of ash  that prevents the suns rays from reaching the surface. A third and equally life ending event could be a collision with another of the gazillions of bits flying through space, one big enough to cause serious inconvenience.

  
'Buy of the week', would a bag of these be good for the logburner and cheaper than dry firewood?

Insects such as ants, bees, and others create magnificent little colonies on earth that are but microscopic replicas of human development but no one ever considers the existence of them as threatening the future of the planet we call earth, similarly massive herds of Buffalo, Bison, Antelope, Reindeer and other animals, feeding, farting, and defecating to their hearts (and bowels) content, yet disaster was averted. Was that because "man" drastically reduced the 'numbers' before calamity ensued. I don't think so.

So my question is, since man is but a larger insect on the planet,  why will our infinitesimal CO2 emissions make the predicted catastrophic doom for the planet, actually occur.
What are the so called Green house gasses again and what are the proportions in the atmosphere.
Don't plants need CO2 to grow?

I see where yet another oxygen thief, this time at The James Cook uni in Queensland has "discovered" that the Conch Snail will be gone in 86 years from the Coral Reef due to the suffocating effect of rising CO2,  the poor little buggers will be slowed by increased CO2 levels to "leap" to safety.
Mind you, to get that priceless little gem publicised, the Fiji Times was needed as a conduit.

ps around the three quarter mark of last century we, along with a few mates used to travel to the McKenzie Highland show at Fairlie with a couple of trucks of ponies and  caravans on an annual basis as an end to "the A&P show season".  Now that was on Easter Monday, a movable date from late March 22nd to April 25th with all the accompanying cooling autumn alpine weather.
Today is the Centennial show at Duvauchelle and we had many, maany warmer sunny days at Fairlie than the c2014 aficionados are enduring this morning  at the northern end of Akaroa harbour, but at least it is not raining, yet.

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