Waiting for El Nino

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Last fall, Californians were warned by “the experts” to prepare for El Nino. We were told where to get our sandbags, how to prepare an emergency kit – which most Californians have anyway, and to make sure we had alternate escape routes planned – just in case. Time to build an ark!

Well, the rain finally came.

The reservoirs are full, the Sierras have snow, surfs been up, and the hills are green. Everybody’s happy even though the rain stopped several weeks ago.

The other day, while watching the weather report, the presenter told us “Even though it looks like a storm front is headed our way, don’t expect rain because it was a “dry storm.” Huh?

Who knew a storm could be dry?

Anyway, the “dry storms” have brought us daytime temperatures in the high 80’s, Santana winds are beginning to blow and I’m getting shocked by static electricity every time I touch metal.

It looks like El Nino has left town and the “experts” have just told us to get ready for “La Nina.”

In the meantime, enjoy Sting singing Heavy Clouds No Rain:

12-21-2012

Zack Schnepf

Photo by Zack Schnepf

First Day of Winter
On December 21, 2012 at precisely 4:11 a.m. PST, the sun will be directly over the equator. At that moment, winter will begin in the Northern Hemisphere and summer will begin in the Southern Hemisphere. Ahhh, Australian summer.

Some interesting events that took place on December 21 in history:

  • December 21, 1620 – the Mayflower pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Mass.
  • December 21, 1970 – Elvis Presley paid a visit to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House.
  • December 21, 1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater in Hollywood, CA.
  • December 21, 1991 – The Soviet Union formally ceased to exist and was dissolved into Russia and fourteen other independent countries.

As we count down the days for winter to arrive, enjoy Kathryn Tickell and Peter Tickell performing with Sting from his Winter’s Night album at Durham Cathedral in 2009:

Green Tourism – Abu Dhabi Style

The Green Weenie – Maurice Strong
Just when we thought we had heard the last from the disgraced former under-secretary general of the United Nations, Maurice Strong showed up at the first ever World Green Tourism Conference in Abu Dhabi.

It was back in 2005, while serving as the personal envoy to UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, that Strong had endorsed a check for $988,885, made out to “Mr. M. Strong,” issued by a Jordanian bank.

It was reported that the check was hand-delivered to Mr. Strong by South Korean businessman, Tongsun Park, who in 2006 was convicted in New York federal court of conspiring to bribe U.N. officials to rig Oil-for-Food in favor of Saddam Hussein.

During the inquiry, Strong stepped down from his U.N. post and moved to China. Not long after arriving in Hong Kong, Strong and one of his partners in crime, George Soros, attempted to push the Chinese made ‘Chery’ cars and SUVs on the America car buyer in hopes of putting US carmakers out of business. So far, no Chery cars are in the US.

In 2010 Strong and his partner in the now defunct Chicago Climate Exchange, Al Gore, made millions from their carbon trading company. That wasn’t the last time we would hear about Maurice strong and a scheme to make money off the climate.

In December, the 82-year-old “godfather of global warming” popped up in the middle eastern desert selling his latest climate snake oil scheme to the Arabs – ecotourism. Yes, Maurice Strong and his friends want to reduce the carbon footprint of tourism by creating policies and guidelines for the travel industry. If the¬†ecotourism creators get their way, expect to pay a lot more for your future vacations.

In the meantime, enjoy Sting, with Cheb Mami, performing Desert Rose:

Full Moon on the Bay

Cruising San Diego
Now that we are getting closer to tourist season, we’ve been enjoying getting out and about before the crowds descend on San Diego. The weather was great yesterday so we decided to take my dad and brother on a 2 hour cruise on the bay.
When we got out near the breakwater,¬† I had to adjust my camera so I could take a nice shot of the skyline. In the meantime a sailboat pulled up alongside our cruiser and one of the woman on the sailboat dropped her drawers and mooned everyone on the starboard side of our boat. I didn’t see the event. Anyway, the captain of the boat/ship said that bare bottoms are nothing compared to what they see during the summer months! Yikes!

My dad said if he had known women did that kind of thing, he would have taken the cruise a lot sooner!

Since we have a ‘moon’ theme going here, and we’ll have a full moon in 2 days, enjoy Sting and the Police performing Walking on the Moon: