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FearlessF

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #546 on: August 09, 2018, 03:56:00 PM »
In June, the Iowa Utilities Board verified that MidAmerican Energy Company delivered more than half – 50.8% – of our electricity from renewable sources in 2017. 
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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #547 on: August 09, 2018, 07:13:57 PM »
Iowa still gets over half its electricity from coal.

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #548 on: August 10, 2018, 09:30:24 AM »
yup, converting the coal plants to natural gas now

assuming this report is the portion that MidAmerican Energy Company delivers to Iowa
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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #549 on: August 10, 2018, 09:42:32 AM »
The new economist magazine focuses on climate change.... if anyone is interested...

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #550 on: August 14, 2018, 12:23:15 PM »
Some pics from in front of my house last Thursday of the Holy Fire. Named because it started in "Holy Jim Canyon". There a nice hiking trail back there that takes you to Holy Jim Falls, and then with an offshoot to get to Santiago Peak, the highest elevation point in Orange County.

Apparently the fire was started by a resident back there. There are a couple of historic cabins along the beginning of the hiking trail. Supposedly a resident was upset with a neighbor, and started a fire. Sadly, in addition to all those historic cabins being burned, apparently due to it being deemed a fire/flood risk there can be no reconstruction. So some jacka$$ is now responsible for putting all his neighbors out of home.

Thursday was the worst day of it near me. We don't live close enough to the wilderness that we were ever in real danger, but on Thursday the wind shifted and blew the smoke our direction. After Thursday, the wind shifted back to the typical direction (coming onshore from the West) and pushed the fire back towards the East.

The fire is now only 59% contained, and threatens housing in Riverside County in the Lake Elsinore area. 

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Looking West.

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #551 on: August 14, 2018, 12:25:01 PM »
has that neighbor been arrested yet?

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #552 on: August 14, 2018, 12:33:31 PM »
has that neighbor been arrested yet?
The arsonist has been arrested, yes.

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #553 on: August 14, 2018, 12:46:59 PM »
I'd burn him at the stake
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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #554 on: August 14, 2018, 12:47:31 PM »
I assume "Holy Jim" was a man of the cloth?
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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #555 on: August 14, 2018, 01:26:08 PM »
I assume "Holy Jim" was a man of the cloth?
Nah... Revisionist history. His original nickname was &quot;Cussin' Jim&quot;.
His original nickname was "Cussin' Jim". 

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In 1888, decidedly unsaintly Union veteran James Smith bought land in a remote canyon between Santiago Peak and Trabuco Creek. He lived there with his wife, Hat, and raised bees. Although reasonably even-tempered, Smith swore frequently, loudly, long-windedly, creatively, and without regard for the company he was in. Historian Jim Sleeper wrote that Smith could “cuss the devil into a bottle and screw on the cap.” Smith usually sported a hat with an upturned brim, a walrus mustache, a jacket with a big plug of tobacco in the pocket, and no shirt. He earned the nicknames “Greasy Jim” and “Cussin’ Jim.” In 1900, government cartographers named the canyon for its best-known resident, but some bureaucrat in Washington undoubtedly changed “Cussin’ ” to “Holy.” About eight years later, Smith retired to Santa Ana. As an old man, he’d get lost downtown and sheriff’s deputies would give him a lift. Jim swore all the way home.

The way I've read it, apparently even the use of the term "Cussin'" was considered cussing back in those days, so they changed it. 

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #556 on: August 14, 2018, 02:29:28 PM »
great find on that story... lol

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #557 on: August 14, 2018, 03:31:50 PM »
some bureaucrat in Washington was screwing things up since 1900
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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #558 on: August 14, 2018, 05:13:55 PM »
great find on that story... lol
Yeah, I was already familiar with the story... I've done that hike a few times to the falls. It's a great little hike with kids, because it's only about 1.5 miles out, 1.5 back, without huge elevation gain. 
I think it's probably now going to be closed--maybe for years--while the canyon recovers.
So if I find that arsonist, I'm gonna go "holy" on him lol...

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #559 on: August 14, 2018, 05:51:18 PM »
I heard on the radio that he stands to be punished with life in prison.


It would be better to burn him, if found guilty.
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