The People’s Climate Change

I’ve been trying to explain to my science-oriented friends who complain about climate change denial that a lot of people who have doubts about global warming are not so much anti-science as they are suspicious of scientific claims coming from people with an ideological agenda. Imagine for a moment that your least favorite right-wing pundits […]

The Opposite of Boiling Water

Here’s something to think about if you’re in Chicago like me, and you’re thinking of going outside: Go to your kitchen and fill a pot with water. Put it on the stove and turn the burner up to high. Bring it to a boil. That water is now at about 212°F. Given that your internal […]

17 Degrees Below Zero

I have to drive to a client’s office today. They say it’s -17° F outside today. (For my non-U.S. readers, that’s -27° C.) That means the air is 115° below my body temperature. If it suddenly got 45° warmer, it would still be 4° below the freezing point of water. I am really, really glad […]

Hurricanes and Bad Luck

Hurricane Ike turned out not to be as bad as predicted. Aside from a lucky shift to the east just before landfall, it also appears that the computer models made an inaccurate prediction about the height of the surge around Galveston. Now some people are complaining that Ike was over-hyped by the major news media, […]

Those That Remain

I’m reading stories that up to 24,000 people may have decided to stay on Galveston Island. There are rumors that fires have broken out. Ike’s storm surge is huge. The last time a surge this big struck Galveston, 8,000 people died. That’s about 20% of the population. Building construction is a lot better now—lots of stilt […]

The Texas Tornado Meets a Texas Hurricane

They call Chicago the Windy City, but that was always a reference to members of our political class, not our weather. This weekend, the real windy city is going to be Houston, Texas, which is going to be hit hard by hurricane Ike. When I was a kid, I used to wonder if we could […]

Wind and Rain!

In the time-honored journalistic tradition of running with a story because we’ve got pictures, here are a few shots I took on my 3-hour drive home after the storms we had yesterday. Update: John Ruberry got some good shots of the damage.