November 2, 2017
From Climate Central: Octobers are warming across the U.S. with the increasing accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Since 1970, October temperatures have risen about 2°F. Warming throughout the fall is even stronger in some parts of the country, with the Northeast and the West warming the most. This warming can delay the start of some of the traditional cold season activities in cooler and mountainous climates, such as skiing. The warming trend also means first freezes occur later in the year, which can allow more insects to survive later into the year and make for a longer fall allergy season.
Since 1970, Octobers are 2 degrees warmer? No big deal?
See the caption. A lousy 2 degrees is a lot. It’s enough to:
- Reduce the number of freezing days, allowing pine bark beetles in Colorado to escape death by freezing, and thereby kill more pine trees, faster.
- Change October precipitation from snow, to rain. Rain instead of snow may cause regional flooding due to the rapid water dump; it may reduce snowpacks that provide water through the warmer months, effectively adding to drought threat.
- Keep some prairie flowers alive longer, delaying migration of butterflies triggered by reduced food supply; ultimately this could cause butterflies and other migrating beneficial insects to migrate too late in the year.
No big deal, unless you live on Earth.
“What did you do when you learned CO2 was hurting the planet, Grandfather?” our grandchildren will well ask. Got an answer?
Shake of the old scrub brush to Climate Central’s Twittering, with a clever .gif.
November 2, 2017
North Dakota’s commemorative quarter depicts the American bison, perhaps the quintessential prairie symbol.
South Dakota’s commemorative quarter interestingly focuses on human alterations to the area — the carved presidential busts on Mt. Rushmore, wheat introduced by immigrant farmers, and the Chinese pheasant, an exotic species introduced for hunting.
Residents of North Dakota and South Dakota should fly their U.S. flags today in honor of their states’ being admitted to the union, on November 2, 1889.
Most sites note simply that both states were admitted on the same day; some sites, especially those that lean toward North Dakota, claim that state is Number 39, because President Harrison signed their papers first, after shuffling to avoid playing favorites.
Does anyone really care?
How much do you really know about the Dakotas?
Dakotans, fly your flags today in honor of statehood.
- Nick Estes in Indian Country Today notes the Standing Rock Sioux defense of the Missouri River against an oil pipeline continues a controversy at least as old as Dakota statehoods
- Minot Daily News story about important journalists in North Dakota history
- Minot Daily News story about colorful characters in the history of the Dakotas
- Mike Jacobs, retired publisher of the Grand Forks Herald, argues today’s issues in the Dakotas, especially oil pipeline and Indian lands show a need to resolve old issues, carefully
- Gov. Grand Rapids Argus-Leader of South Dakota pleads for treating people with respect, despite differences of opinion, gender, ethnicity, in
- Yankton Press & Dakotan carried the AP story on the statehood anniversary — Yankton is in South Dakota
- Huge festivities in South Dakota for the 125th anniversary won’t be repeated
- The Daily Journal in North Dakota claims that North Dakota is the 39th state, and South Dakota the 40th; President Benjamin Harrison is said to have shuffled the papers before he signed them, so as not to play favorites
Yes, this is mostly an encore post. Fighting ignorance requires patience. And, confess: Do you remember this post from last year?