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Waist-High Hail In Texas -- In Colorado It's Four Feet Deep!
By Ernest Stewart

"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it."
~~~ Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), took in $295,138 from oil and gas industry in bribe money. ~~~

I wonder how the climate deniers games are going over in Texas and Colorado, don't you? Maintenance crews spent the day clearing roads after a storm dumped several inches of hail on parts of the Texas Panhandle, trapping motorists in muddy drifts that were waist-to-shoulder high! Six foot high hail drifts; imagine that!

The storm left so much hail in its wake, workers had to use snow plows to clear the piles from the road.

"It was crazy," National Weather Service Meteorologist Justyn Jackson said about the strange storm, which hit Wednesday afternoon. The hail was "real small but there was a lot of it in a concentrated area, accumulating 2- to 6- feet deep," he said.

"There were just piles of hail," said Maribel Martinez with the Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management. "Some of the cars were just buried in hail and people were trapped in their cars."

Meanwhile in Colorado, up to 4 feet of ice buried all the territory between Dakota and Alaska - streets, that is.

In some ways, it was "gi-normous," freakishly so. In other ways, it was microscopically small.

The hail that pounded the neighborhood between 10 and 11:30 p.m. Thursday turned a block of South Irving Street into a massive pile of fused and impassable hailstones that trapped a dozen cars. It required not just snowplows, but a front-end tractor to dig it out Friday morning, filling more than 30 dump trucks.

"We were scared. Oh, my God, it was so weird," said Belen Gonzalez, 42, who lives at the corner of West Dakota Avenue and Irving. "We don't understand why it happened only on this street. My husband said it was someone's enormous prank." There's actually a meteorologic term for what happened on Irving Street, just north of West Alaska Place: "plowable hail."

"The term was created following scientific studies about similar weather events around the country," said Cari Bowen, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Boulder.

"It's a very interesting phenomenon," Bowen said. "We saw the storm stall. It produced copious amounts of hail in one small area. It's a meteorological thing."

Another point about this storm is that it seeded dozens of tornadoes, which is no big thing in Tornado Alley, but a rarity in the mountains. For example, when I lived in Asheville, which is in a valley surrounded by mountains, they've had only one tornado in their recorded history. In all the time I spent at Ft. Carson outside of Colorado Springs, I never saw one; and I remember a remark made in a bar one night with a guy saying that he had moved from Tornado Alley in Oklahoma, to Colorado, to get out of having to dodge a dozen tornadoes every year; so these storms are not par-for-the-course, but something new.

So, you might think that Barry and the rest of the G-7 would want to put a stop to this global warming madness as soon as possible? You might think that; but you'd be dead wrong if you did. After much arm-twisting, the G-7 host Angela Merkel got them to agree to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century, a move hailed as historic by some environmental campaigners, and too little too late by others. So, if you're having trouble breathing, or you need to drink some water, or your neighborhood is turning into a desert, or a lake, have no fear; well, provided you can just hold on for another 85 years; things may get a little better!

On the final day of talks, Merkel announced the leaders had committed themselves to the need to "decarbonize the global economy in the course of this century." They also agreed on a global target for limiting the rise in average global temperatures to a maximum of 2C compared to pre-industrial levels -- less than half a degree from where we are now.

Environmental lobbyists described the announcement as a hopeful sign that plans for complete decarbonization could be ruled on in Paris climate talks later this year. But they criticized the fact that leaders had stopped short of signing on to Merkel's proposal, agreeing on their own immediate binding emission targets. In other words, talk is cheap; and no one signed on the dotted line.

Under the slogan "Think Ahead, Act Together," the G7 leaders agreed to back the United Nations' climate change panel IPCC's recommendations to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions at the upper end of a range of 40% to 70% by 2050, using 2010 as the baseline, which is about half of what the baseline is today! I hate to sound like a broken record; but we are so screwed!


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(c) 2015 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 13 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.

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