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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 09, 2017, 04:42:37 PM »
Renault launches its own new energy subsidiary to develop grid products
“The creation of Renault Energy Services marks an important step forward. Investing in smart grids is key to both reinforcing the lead we enjoy in the European electric vehicle market and accelerating the EV industry’s scale-up.”

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 09, 2017, 04:39:24 PM »
JinkoSolar and Fraunhofer ISE break solar efficiency records for everyday solar panels
Solar panel manufacturer JinkoSolar has broken the record for solar cell efficiency for the most commonly used type of solar cells – 22.04% for a P-type multicrystalline product. Near concurrently, solar research facility Fraunhofer ISE has broken the record for n-type multicrystalline solar cells with an efficiency of 22.3%.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 08, 2017, 09:52:30 PM »
Less than 2¢ per kWh!

How is Saudi Arabia setting solar pricing records? Is it sustainable – repeatable?
“What most people suspect, including us, is that there is some sort of subsidy, either direct or indirect, within the PPA that makes this price possible,” said Benjamin Attia, an analyst in global solar markets at GTM Research. “Or they’re going to lose money on it. It’s very unlikely in my mind that Masdar is making money on an unsubsidized 1.79¢ (USD) bid.”

When what's new is old: a look back at Rolling Stone magazine's coverage of the planet.

50th Anniversary Flashback: Reporting the World's Biggest Environmental Stories
From oil spills and nuclear waste to climate change, covering the environment has long been a crucial part of the magazine's mission

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 08, 2017, 07:41:31 PM »
Hurricane Nate.  Just a typical hurricane.  NBD.  :o

Summary of #Nate's rapid track from the Caribbean into the Southern United States. One record broken, but otherwise not an atypical storm.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 08, 2017, 07:13:59 PM »
A weakening Nate brings burst of flooding, power outages
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast before weakening rapidly Sunday, sparing the region the kind of catastrophic damage wreaked by series of hurricanes that hit the southern U.S. and Caribbean in recent weeks.

Nate — the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina in 2005 — quickly lost power, with its winds diminishing to a tropical depression as it pushed northward into Alabama and toward Georgia with heavy rains. It was a Category 1 hurricane at landfall outside Biloxi early Sunday.

The storm surge from the Mississippi Sound littered Biloxi’s main beachfront highway with debris and flooded a casino’s lobby and parking structure overnight.
More than 100,000 residents in Mississippi and Alabama were without power Sunday morning, but no storm-related deaths or injuries were immediately reported in those states or in Louisiana.
Mississippi Department of Transportation crews had to remove over 1,000 pumpkins blown onto Highway 90 in Pass Christian.

Edit:  about those pumpkins....

MDOT crews are removing 1K+ pumpkins from HWY 90 in @passchristianms that were blown onto the road due to #highwinds. #HurricaneNate #mswx
Another image at the link.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 08, 2017, 07:07:53 PM »
Hurricane #Nate's peak surge was >6ft, coming almost exactly at high tide in Mississippi. Inundation of ~8ft.

Potentially severe inland heavy rainfall event underway with #Nate and it's remnants in the Carolinas. 10 inches possible.

Day 1-2 QPF

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 08, 2017, 06:57:34 PM »
Puerto Rico

Pleas for help from San Juan mayor now being "filtered out" as "political noise" by FEMA.

About 4am Sunday @CarmenYulinCruz sent out 3 desperate tweets, 2 that slammed the @fema response in PR. This is how @FEMA_Brock responded:
Video at the link.

Day 18:
Increasingly painful to see an American mayor desperately pleading for help to anyone who will listen.
Do not ignore this.


Desperate San Juan Mayor takes to Twitter after Trump administration ignores requests for help

Policy and solutions / Re: Boring, boring ol' Elon Musk...
« on: October 08, 2017, 05:37:43 PM »
Boring tunnels.  Easy as 1-2-3.  ;)

Simple math is why Elon Musk’s companies keep doing what others don’t even consider possible

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 08, 2017, 05:12:00 PM »
2025 CAFE standards for cars is 54.5 MPG and 50 for light trucks.  Just sell an EV for every 30 MPG ICEV and Bob's your uncle.

By 2025, there will be plenty of full-electric SUVs and trucks with the capabilities people want -- so the market for the gas-guzzling ICE versions will collapse, regardless of CAFE standards.  The only question is whether carmakers in the U.S. will have transitioned quickly enough to remain solvent.

Consequences / Re: Global Surface Air Temperatures
« on: October 08, 2017, 04:54:53 PM »
Limited to Arctic air temps in the satellite era, but shows the trend beautifully.
(Also posted in 2017 Melting Season.)

Monthly Arctic air temperature (925hPa) rankings over the satellite era (from 1979)

Additional temperature graphics

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: October 08, 2017, 04:49:19 PM »
Not precisely on topic, but perhaps of interest here.  From Zack Labe:

Monthly Arctic air temperature (925hPa) rankings over the satellite era (from 1979)

Additional temperature graphics

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 08, 2017, 04:35:18 PM »
Puerto Rico: The “good” news

The USNS Comfort hospital ship has been sailing around the island, stopping at ports to render aid.

USNS Comfort responds to second hospital generator failure

#COASTGUARD aircrews deliver supplies to isolated locations in #PuertoRico. Many roads to these areas have been destroyed or blocked.
Images at the link.

FEMA:  Signs of recovery in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico as businesses reopen and power is restored after #HurricaneMaria.
FEMA Video at the link.

U.S. Department of Defense:  More than 11,000 #DoD personnel now in #PuertoRico helping with logistics, medical support and aviation
Images at the link.

Gasoline:  78%
Supermarkets: 77%
Open ports: 75%
Bank branches: 57%

Puerto Rico:  The “not so good” news

Electricity:  11%
Phone service 52%

In Humacao, a town of 80k, this was the sole aid given to people, 10days after Maria #PuertoRico
Second image below.

From Sept 28:

An update on this story:
Desiree's family, including her 90 y/o great aunt, has safely made it out of Puerto Rico.

Unfortunately, her family's farm in Lares, P.R. was destroyed.
Her dad said, "5 families lost their livelihood. It's a sad day for me."
Images at the link.

Desiree's dad, on losing their family farm: "don't know if I can rebuild again. I was told not to expect electricity for at least 1 year."

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 08, 2017, 03:03:08 PM »
After reviewing PR/VI/HI, only 3 other seasons in past 50 years with at least 4 #hurricanes making U.S. landfall.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 08, 2017, 03:00:27 PM »
Hurricane Nate weakens to a tropical storm after making US landfall twice

“#Nate Was Only a Category 1” - these kinds of impacts should hopefully remove that phrase from the media & public.
#StormSurge coming into lobby of Golden Nugget casino in Biloxi #HurricaneNate
Video at the link.

#Nate's storm surge exceeds 6ft in SE Mississippi! Here is map of peak surge levels so far #HurricaneNate #stormsurge

NWS Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina:
#Nate has moved inland and weakened to a tropical storm. We still expect heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and isolated tornadoes today/this PM.

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 08, 2017, 04:02:31 AM »
Reuters: Automakers say U.S. fuel economy standards unrealistic, cite costs and consumers

Elon Musk replied:  @Reuters You forgot to add the video version of their response
[10 hours of crying baby:]


Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 08, 2017, 03:47:53 AM »
Puerto Rico Gov.: Talking about the vulnerable situation of the Guajataca Dam and the efforts to avoid its collapse. #PRStrong
Photos at the link.

Not sure this is the best video clip to publish on Twitter....  :o

.@USMC #Marines control a single point pendant aboard a #CH53 Super Stallion while reinforcing the Guajataca Dam, #Puerto Rico.
Video at the link.

Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: October 08, 2017, 12:57:01 AM »
About 71% of oil production & 53% percent of natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut down due to Hurricane Nate

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 08, 2017, 12:50:50 AM »
Day 17:
The situation is still very, very dire in Puerto Rico.
88% w/o power
44% w/o water
56% w/o phone service
42% of banks closed


Policy and solutions / Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
« on: October 08, 2017, 12:46:54 AM »
The Indian Tesla Will Have Two Wheels
“In a country like India, electric two wheelers will be a more natural choice for consumers and will lead the way to transforming mobility,” says Tarun Mehta, co-founder of Ather Energy, a Bangalore-based startup brewing a solution to India’s urgent electric needs. Ather’s concoction so far is a prototype scooter called the Ather S340 that first cruised on-stage at the Surge startup conference, driven by Mehta himself. After an 18-month delay on the launch date, the company is presently working on certifications for the e-bike, and Mehta expects the assembly lines to be in place by December.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 08, 2017, 12:27:41 AM »
Google gets green light to fly 30 balloons over Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands to provide cellular connectivity

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 07, 2017, 10:01:41 PM »
Sea levels have risen 8 inches since 1980 in coastal Mississippi, and the rate of increase is accelerating.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 07, 2017, 09:35:45 PM »
NWS San Juan:

Flood Advisory. Advertencia de Inundaciones. Until/Hasta… 5:30 PM AST. #prwx

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 07, 2017, 09:26:50 PM »
From the CBS This Morning meteorologist:

Because of Harvey, Irma and Maria...there's hurricane fatigue. People being complacent about a Cat 2. Big mistake. Nate surge = catastrophic

An 11ft (3.35m) storm surge, if it hits Mississippi tonight, would be either the 3rd or 4th highest on record there.
Do not minimize this storm.


Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 07, 2017, 09:18:49 PM »
From the NHC 1pm update:

At 100 PM CDT (1800 UTC), the center of Hurricane Nate was located
near latitude 27.6 North, longitude 88.9 West.  Nate is moving
rapidly toward the north-northwest near 25 mph (40 km/h), and this
general motion is expected to continue through this evening.
  A turn
toward the north is forecast tonight, followed by a turn toward the
northeast on Sunday.  On the forecast track, the center of Nate will
approach the mouth of the Mississippi during the next several hours
and will make landfall along the central U.S. Gulf Coast tonight.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate
that maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher
  Strengthening is expected before landfall, and Nate is
forecast to be a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale when the center reaches the Gulf Coast.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km),
primarily to the east of the center and tropical-storm-force winds
extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km).

The minimum central pressure estimated from the Hurricane Hunter
aircraft data is 982 mb (29.00 inches).

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 07, 2017, 09:09:55 PM »
The forward speed of #Nate is really remarkable for the Gulf. This is going to come in like a wall...bring destructive winds well inland.
GIF at the link.

NWS New Orleans:  #ICYMI Our 6'6" MIC w/ 11ft pole. THAT'S how high water could get along coast MS River to [Mississippi/Alabama] line. If under evac order LEAVE NOW! #Nate

Tonight's full moon high tide will arrive around midnight in coastal MS, just as #Nate is making landfall.
A worst-case for this storm.

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 07, 2017, 04:47:19 PM »
New car-sharing service in Amsterdam uses the Hyundai Ionic EV.  Rent by the day, hour, or minute.

Hyundai launches electric car sharing service - starting with 100 Ioniq EVs in Amsterdam

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 07, 2017, 02:30:56 PM »
"The increase in EV sales is matched by a nearly 25 percent decline in sales of diesel powered cars."

Go, Norway!
Last month, 13,484 new passenger cars were registered in Norway. 29% of them were EVs!

Electric Car Sales Rise In Norway, Tesla Sales Soar
... Last month, 13,484 new passenger cars were registered in Norway. 29% of them were EVs. The numbers by manufacturer break down like this:

1. Volkswagen: 2.083 (- 0.0 percent)

2. Tesla: 2.003 (+ 136.2 percent)

3. Toyota: 1,355 (- 25.7 percent)

4. Volvo: 960 (+ 25.8 percent)

5. BMW: 872 (- 26.9 percent)

Tesla breaks delivery record in Norway – resulting in new lowest CO2 emissions ever for new vehicles
It enabled the lowest total average CO2 emissions of new vehicles registered in a month ever. Øyvind Solberg Thorsen, Director of Norway’s Road Traffic Advisory Board, confirmed that average CO2 emissions for all first-registered new passenger cars were 71 g per km in September 2017 – 17 g lower than a year ago.

Now Mercedes, Audi, and Jaguar all turned to Norway to sell their first all-electric cars with thousands of reservations – something that they generally don’t do with new vehicles, but they want to lock in demand early as EV demand seems to grow faster than supply in the country.

The country has the goal to reach 100% of new car sales being zero-emission vehicles starting in 2025. With those new electric vehicles and others, like Tesla’s Model 3, adding to the current EV offering in the country, it’s certainly on the right track.

Part of the reason for the big Tesla numbers in September, it must be noted, is that Tesla gangs together deliveries to different regions over time.  So volumes may vary widely from month to month.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 07, 2017, 01:48:26 PM »
#Nate has potential for water levels 10ft or more above normal along [Mississippi/Alabama] coast. Shallow coastal waters quickly become storm surge!

Hurricane #Nate racing toward landfall, bringing big storm surge concerns

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 07, 2017, 01:43:42 PM »
NWS Atlanta:  10/7 6AM: Hurricane #Nate still expected to move across NW GA Sunday. Flash flooding, strong winds and tornadoes all possible. #gawx
Images at the link.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 07, 2017, 01:40:42 PM »
Solid signal for Predecessor Rain Event (PRE) in parts of [Kentucky/Tennessee]. Fits conceptual models well. Signal in global + hi-res models. #Nate
More data/images at the link.

"Predecessor Rain Events ahead of Tropical Cyclones. ... PREs are high-impact weather events that can often result in significant inland flooding, either from the PRE itself or from the subsequent arrival of the main rain shield associated with the TC that falls onto soils already saturated by the PRE."

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 07, 2017, 01:31:58 PM »
9 consecutive Atlantic named storms have reached hurricane (Franklin-#Nate) - the most consec Atlantic NS to reach hurricane since 1893.
Radar GIF at the link.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 07, 2017, 01:28:00 PM »
@NHC_Atlantic 24h ago, #Nate was a minimal tropical storm.
Now, a quickly strengthening Cat 1 hurricane.
Officially, +35mph/24hrs is rapid intensification

SHIPS models gives a 47% chance #Nate will be a Cat 2.
10% chance it will be a Cat 3.
Rapid intensification much more likely than normal.

In a reasonable worst case scenario, New Orleans could see 5-8 feet of storm surge from #Nate.
Enough to stress levees.
Sounds serious.

@NHC_Atlantic Conditions are nearly ideal for rapid intensification to continue until #Nate makes landfall Sat night.
Only downfall is fast forward speed.

@NHC_Atlantic If a hurricane is moving too quickly over water, it can't organize as easily & central core can become tilted. Diff to reach Cat 3+ that way

@NHC_Atlantic But everything else: v. warm water, low wind shear, high humidity in surrounding environment—all point toward no holds barred strengthening.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 07, 2017, 02:42:07 AM »
Love that these arrangements begin on Twitter, rather than in secret deals.  New way of doing business?  ;D

Elon Musk and Puerto Rico Governor to talk today about ways for Tesla Energy to rebuild destroyed grid
As we reported yesterday, Elon Musk brought up the possibility for Tesla could rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid with batteries and solar.

It has now led to the CEO securing a talk directly with the US territory’s Governor who seems more than enthusiastic about the prospect of Tesla having a role to play in the reconstruction of the island’s grid.

The CEO and high-level politician linked up on Twitter. ...

Ricardo Rosello: Let’s talk today; I will be in touch. I have no doubt #Teslasolar will work w/#PuertoRico to globally showcase the power of its technology.

Elon Musk: Sounds good, I look forward to talking later today

Gov. Rosello: Great initial conversation with @elonmusk tonight. Teams are now talking; exploring opportunities. Next steps soon to follow.

Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: October 07, 2017, 02:29:14 AM »
Cross-posted frm the Hurricane 2017 thread.  Great news!

Tesla is sending hundreds of battery packs to power outage-ridden Puerto Rico
Now we learn that Tesla has been quietly shipping Powerwalls to Puerto Rico ever since the hurricane cleared. Bloomberg first reported yesterday and Tesla later confirmed to Electrek.

They have now sent ‘hundreds’ of battery packs to be paired with solar installations in the ravaged region in order to help restore power faster to a certain degree. ...


Tesla to stop Powerwall shipments to installers price gouging in Puerto Rico
“Tesla sent the battery packs, but after speaking with locals trying to get them installed, Electrek learned that local installers are difficult to reach and some are charging as much as $12,000 for a Powerwall with the installation.”

That’s a premium of as much as 50% on the price that Tesla lists on its website.

Elon Musk: "Tesla always charges the same price for a Powerwall (only taxes & shipping costs vary), so something is messed up here. I've asked my team to stop shipment to any installers charging excessive premiums."
“The internal Tesla Powerwall install team in PR is very small right now. Sending experienced installers from continental US to hire & train local team as fast as possible.”

The installation is apparently the current bottleneck for getting the Tesla Powerwall in Puerto Rico so that initiative is likely to accelerate the deployment.

There are apparently a lot of rooftop solar installations that survived the two hurricanes but they could use the home battery packs as their grid connections are currently useless.

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 07, 2017, 01:59:10 AM »
Update on many things Tesla:

Elon Musk tweeted:
Tesla Semi unveil now Nov 16. Diverting resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks & increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.

And Electrek writes three articles ;D :

Tesla pushes electric truck unveiling to Nov 16 as it focuses on Model 3 and Puerto Rico, says Elon Musk

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk elaborates on delivery timeline, production hell, and standard features

Tesla replaces Model 3 headlights, battery, seats, and more while going through ‘production hell’

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:45:54 PM »
Day 16:
The situation is still very, very dire in Puerto Rico.
89.3% w/o power
44.5% w/o water
58% w/o cell service
44.5% of banks closed

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:39:53 PM »
From the 1pm Nate update:

RAINFALL:  Nate is expected to produce the following rain
accumulations through this weekend:

Southern Honduras and western Nicaragua: 6-10 inches, max 15 inches
Eastern El Salvador and northern to central Honduras: 3 to 5 inches,
max 8 inches
Eastern Yucatan and western Cuba: 2 to 4 inches, max 8 inches
Eastern Belize and the Cayman Islands: 1 to 3 inches

U.S. Central Gulf Coast states, eastern Tennessee Valley and
southern Appalachians: 3 to 6 inches, max 12 inches

Heavy rainfall will occur over a wide area, including locations well
away from the center along the Pacific coast of Central America.
Rainfall across all of these areas may produce life-threatening
flash floods and mudslides.

Image:  3-day QPF through 00Z Tuesday

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:37:43 PM »
Nate 1pm update:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Grand Isle Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Morgan City Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border
* Northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico
* Pinar del Rio
* Metropolitan New Orleans
* Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas
* West of Grand Isle to Morgan City Louisiana

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico
* Metropolitan New Orleans
* Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas
* East of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County
* West of Grand Isle to Morgan City Louisiana

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* East of the Alabama/Florida border to Indian Pass Florida

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:11:31 PM »
Vast animal-feed crops to satisfy our meat needs are destroying planet
WWF report finds 60% of global biodiversity loss is down to meat-based diets which put huge strain on Earth’s resources
The ongoing global appetite for meat is having a devastating impact on the environment driven by the production of crop-based feed for animals, a new report has warned.

The vast scale of growing crops such as soy to rear chickens, pigs and other animals puts an enormous strain on natural resources leading to the wide-scale loss of land and species, according to the study from the conservation charity WWF.

Intensive and industrial animal farming also results in less nutritious food, it reveals, highlighting that six intensively reared chickens today have the same amount of omega-3 as found in just one chicken in the 1970s.

The study entitled Appetite for Destruction launches on Thursday at the 2017 Extinction and Livestock Conference in London, in conjunction with Compassion in World Farming (CIFW), and warns of the vast amount of land needed to grow the crops used for animal feed and cites some of the world’s most vulnerable areas such as the Amazon, Congo Basin and the Himalayas.
Protein-rich soy is now produced in such huge quantities that the average European consumes approximately 61kg each year, largely indirectly by eating animal products such as chicken, pork, salmon, cheese, milk and eggs.

In 2010, the British livestock industry needed an area the size of Yorkshire to produce the soy used in feed. But if global demand for meat grows as expected, the report says, soy production would need to increase by nearly 80% by 2050.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:01:57 PM »

October 3: "A month after Hurricane Harvey hit our area, the Barker and Addicks reservoirs are still not empty."  Addicks Reservoir 18.5%, Barker 26.5% full.

Short video, with aerial views:

Can flooded-out Houstonians win lawsuits against Army Corps?

During Tropical Storm Harvey, the federal agency released a torrent from Houston's two reservoirs, knowing it would flood properties downstream. Now, flooded property owners on both sides of the reservoirs are demanding compensation.
Whether the Army Corps had to release such large quantities of water during Harvey — which filled the reservoirs to record levels in two days — to prevent an even worse disaster such as a dam failure is sure to become a major issue in the downstream lawsuits. The agency has estimated that a dam failure would result in thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in damage.

No one is questioning whether the Army Corps made the right call when it opened the floodgates, lawyer Derrick Carson, a partner at Locke Lord in Houston, said in a podcast on the mega-firm’s eminent domain blog: “They were making rational decision for the greater good, but when they flooded few people to save the many, the question becomes: What are you going to do to compensate the few?”

Policy and solutions / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: October 06, 2017, 08:06:46 PM »
Replies to every comment it seems. Almost as if they are more interested in getting an internet presence/following than getting on with doing things?? Or is that too harsh?

They've done that since the beginning.  It's a little unusual, but they are always very polite, and I think they genuinely appreciate positive comments, given all the flack they also receive!  They don't sponsor or pay for ads, so only people who follow them (or look them up) will see the comments.  No doubt they feel they should use any opportunity to correct misinformation they come across, and spread positive news.

Consequences / Re: Places becoming less livable
« on: October 06, 2017, 01:31:04 PM »
Some tweets from Miami's Republican mayor this morning:
- Today, Miami is flooding as if a hurricane went through it.
- In Downtown Miami. The ocean is rising above the sea walls.
- I *was* wearing rain boots. Didn't help.
- Firefighter boots are above the knee. #Kingtide water rises above them. #sealevelrise #drycleaning
- Spoiler alert. It's climate change
- The #MiamiForever bond will include pumping stations, higher sea walls, new parks and affordable housing.
The mayor is surprisingly sensible (perhaps not surprising actually, as in Miami it's hard to avoid noticing SLR), but the name of the bond is funny in a sad sort of way. Some decades from here, many won't laugh at the joke.

Yes.  The "MiamiForever" name was probably necessary to get politicians to think a little further out in time than the next election.  You'll recall that Florida is the state where councilmen were forbidden to utter the words "climate change." ::)

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 06, 2017, 01:22:52 PM »
"Do you know how long some places could be without power? Up to a year." @DavidBegnaud on Puerto Rico, [last night] on @PBS

Puerto Rico's governor has reached out to Elon Musk (via Twitter, naturally) to discuss clean energy solutions for restoring PR's power grid.

Ricardo Rosello: @elonMusk Let's talk. Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your #TeslaTechnologies? PR could be that flagship project.

Elon Musk: The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too. Such a decision would be in the hands of the PR govt, PUC, any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of PR
I would be happy to talk. Hopefully, Tesla can be helpful.

Puerto Rico Has a Once In a Lifetime Opportunity to Rethink How It Gets Electricity

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 06, 2017, 01:13:43 PM »
3-day QPF through 12Z Monday, in inches.  Nate will not be another Harvey, rainwise.  But the southern Appalachian mountains (near the ”7.56”) are still recovering from devastaing wildfires last year.  Landslides and flooding will be a real risk.  And New Orleans pumps are not built to handle 6 inches (150mm) of rain in such a short time.

Policy and solutions / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:15:30 AM »
Those of you who "don't get it," please remain calm.  See what happens.

Solar Roadways posted on their Facebook page:
Exciting News: We were in Austria last week, meeting with an interested manufacturing partner there called Blue Sky Energy:

They currently manufacture environmentally safe saltwater batteries which would pair nicely with SR.

They have a huge, fantastic, open factory as you can see in the photos and they are interested in beginning the manufacturing of Solar Roadways panels there for the European market. We are now in talks with them regarding the details. If you are interested in getting involved in this European endeavor, feel free to email us for more info or request a personal introduction to Blue Sky Energy...
It’s time to get full production going around the world so we can begin to say “Yes” to the interested customers who reach out to us from all over the world every week.
Photos at the link.

Solar Roadways commented:  "Thank you Kaye Clark, we are blessed to have tons of interest from all 50 states. We are also in talks re manufacturing in Ohio and once we get going, we'll need manufacturing in just about every state. :) "

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 06, 2017, 02:27:19 AM »
Precipitation forecast through 00Z Wednesday Oct 11.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 06, 2017, 02:22:08 AM »
8pm update continues to show Nate over the New Orleans region at landfall in the U.S.
Of note is that 12 of New Orleans' 120 drainage pumps are still out of service after an August rainstorm.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 06, 2017, 02:00:30 AM »
Although moving over 'boiling hot' (not really, but definitely hot and deep) water occasionally, Nate's quick crossing of the Gulf of Mexico is likely to impede rapid intensification (there) after some amount of Yucatan (over land - perhaps limited) disruption.  I recommend to folks Levi's Tropical Tidbits for education and elucidation.

Also, due to Nate's expected rapid forward motion, rain amounts in Louisiana and parts east will unlikely be catastrophic.

The Weather Channel mentioned that parts of the Gulf in Nate's path are as hot as 91°F (32.8°C)!
Also, upper air currents in Nate's projected path over the Gulf are weak, so wind shear will be minimal.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 06, 2017, 01:55:09 AM »
Corps releases details on Guajataca Dam spillway mitigation efforts in Puerto Rico
On Tuesday, the Corps said at the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and in support of the government of Puerto Rico: The Corps, Department of Defense and PREPA are taking measures to “slow the erosion of Guajataca Dam’s damaged spillway.”
According to reports today from the Independent, aircraft are lifting concrete barriers and placing them at the damaged area of the Guajataca Dam.
According to the Corps, stabilizing the spillway to prevent further deterioration will be a two-phase operation.

The U.S. 26th Marine Expedition Unit is currently placing nearly 350 concrete jersey barriers, attaching cables from the barriers to Marine helicopters and lifting the barriers for placement at the bottom of the dam. The Corps will then strategically position the barriers into place against the damaged spillway.

Personnel from the Pennsylvania National Guard will then place hundreds of “supersacks” filled with sand to further reinforce this emergency action. On Sept. 30, the U.S. Transportation Command delivered 900 super sandbags for spillway stabilization to Aguadilla Airport, a joint civil-military airport located on the island in Aguadilla.

Corps engineer in charge of the Guajataca Dam stabilization, Lt. Col. Roberto Solorzarno, in published news reports said, “All that water is just being held by this thin line. If we get maybe another 10 or 11 inches in a few days, then we will really have an issue.”

Keeping the spillway functional, according to the Corps, is important because it channels water around the dam when the water gets too close to the top of the dam.

“We are ready to support PREPA with these Department of Defense assets to accomplish this vital mission for the people of Puerto Rico,” said Col. Jim DeLapp, commander of the Corps’ Puerto Rico Recovery Field Office. “This critical emergency measure is an important first step in stabilizing the dam to allow for further remediation actions.”

Photo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel attach cables to jersey barriers that will then be sling loaded by helicopters and placed at the bottom of the dam.

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