The Winter That Wasn't
Amazingly enough, while December 2013 started off with record low temps., and some smattering of snow, winter has never really happened. It is now February 2014 and while it just snowed a few days ago, it has been raining ever since. As mentioned months ago, this is turning out to be a "very interesting winter" and the local government is considering a drought declaration. At this point, it will need to snow in the higher elevations (and rain in the valley) a lot to catch up with what is normal for the summer water supplies.
An interesting thing to note is the number of web sites talking about sea level rise, some with goofy maps. Years ago, we included a website that you could manipulate based on whatever sea level rise the "experts" were predicting by the year 2100. For those folks who forget that 1 meter = 3.280839895 feet (to be exact), you too can figure out what your exact location will look like based on whatever meters you manipulate the graphic to. If you happen to already live there, might consider moving now.
To remind folks, here are the fire sites to watch: active fires & fire warnings for the entire USA.
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Buy products made in your country, not China. If you want to get your country back to work, you have to buy products made by your fellow citizens.
Reduce your monthly cooling bills by replacing your home's roof with white-colored material, use native plants for your landscaping instead of lawns, remove all Juniper plants (they swallow more water than you can imagine), and if you must have a green lawn (for children or pets) use an artificial material.
Go "green" by using more Metals, which may be reused easily while Plastics requires special types of equipment to process. Only buy products your area can recycle. Read labels, make a difference.
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