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Not only has the data shown the first half of 2012 to be the hottest year ever recorded, but the annual climate report for 2011 has scientists referring to 2011 as "the year of extremes".  

On Tuesday, the NOAA released the 2011 State of the Climate Report which was compiled by 378 scientists from 48 countries around the world and examined the extreme weather events that took place in 2011.

For the first time, this report was accompanied by a separate analysis explaining how climate change likely influenced a selection of key events from droughts in the U.S. and Africa to extreme cold and warm spells in Britian.

"2011 will be remembered as a year of extreme events, both in the United States and around the world," said Kathryn Sullivan, deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"Every weather event that happens now takes place in the context of a changing global environment," she said, adding the reports shed light on "what has happened so we can all prepare for what is to come."

As sobering as that report may be, I fear it will be nothing compared to what we have seen in the first half of 2012.  

The average temperature in June in the United States was 2° above the 20th century average with a jaw dropping 170 high temperature records tied or broken which contributed to the warmest 12 month period the nation has experienced since recordkeeping began in 1895.

Florida enjoyed 6.17 inches above average rainfall which was entirely due to tropical storm Debby.  Maine, Oregon and Washington also had a wet June.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of July 3rd, 56% of the contiguous U.S. experienced drought conditions which marked a record for the 12 years record keeping of the monitor.

The very dry, warm, and windy weather created ideal wildfire conditions. Nationwide, wildfires scorched over 1.3 million acres, the second most on record during June.

The US Climate Extremes Index (USCEI) which tracks the highest and lowest 10% of temperature, precipitation, drought and tropical cyclone extremes across the U.S. showed a record large 44% between January - June 2012.  This represents over two times the average value.

My source for most of the above information came from NOAA - State of the Climate

Not all weather related news is dire.  Wheat crop looks golden despite ongoing drought:

“If there’s a bright spot this year, it’s the wheat,” said Dave Nelson, insurance specialist with 1st Farm Credit Services, Oregon. “The yield and other indicators have been above average.”

The reason is, Nelson said, that the rains came when the wheat needed it most — early this season.

Wheat is planted in the fall and grows in the spring.

“It needs moisture early. With the early spring it got that,” he said. “Wheat is a dry land crop and can handle the drought.”

Crop technology helps limit corn losses in drought:
Almost a third of the nation's corn crop has been damaged by heat and drought, and a number of farmers in the hardest hit areas of the Midwest have cut down their crops just midway through the growing season. But the nation could still see one of the largest harvests in U.S. history, thanks to new plant varieties developed to produce more corn per acre and better resist drought.
This year's loss, so far, is expected to be half that — one reason why people like Bill Gates believe better crop technology will be the key to feeding the world as the population grows and climate changes.

Jeff Schussler, a senior research manager for DuPont Pioneer, said the company's studies show corn hybrids today can produce 50 percent more bushels of corn per inch of water than those of 50 years ago. Working with genes that affect root and leaf development and plant reproduction, scientists also have created much more stable corn plants that can withstand a wider variety of climate conditions, he said.

"All these hybrids that have been produced in the last few years are built for drought tolerance so we have a little more hope that they will be able to withstand some of this heat, more so than they would have say 10 years ago," said Garry Niemeyer, who grows corn and soybeans in Auburn, Ill., and is president of the National Corn Growers Association.

Soybeans still hanging on:
Soybean plants on most fields remain in a “holding pattern” with leaves retaining their color but with few flowers forming pods in the drier fields. “It will be a few weeks before we can get a handle on what pod numbers might turn out to be,” Nafziger said.
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  •  Wake Up, Wake Up You Sleepyheads! (23+ / 0-)


    Have a wonderful (and hopefully not too hot) day everybuddy ;~D

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 05:47:54 PM PDT

  •  Plumeria, Xerkibub, Begonia, and Tubby.... (7+ / 0-)

    I tweaked and added shadows on these four. I'm still trying to figure out how to make them look more like Corben.....

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 03:43:13 AM PDT

  •  Good morning... feel terrible for... (6+ / 0-)

    the all the farmers who won't have their crops.  :-(

    “For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country.” President Obama 1/24/12

    by BarackStarObama on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 03:45:06 AM PDT

  •  Good morning, JaxDem and MOTfolks! (10+ / 0-)

    It is 71 degrees here and expected to get to 95 degrees. We are in a heat advisory through Tuesday night when there is a slight chance for a thunderstorm to cool us down to the mid 80s. Then back to 90 degree heat.

    We had a third of an inch of rain in June and our first rain in July was last night: about a 20 second thunderstorm that probably left a thimbleful of rain. The sidewalk got wet and about 20 minutes later it was dry again.

    Our area is in a severe drought. The corn crop will be lost (maybe they are not using the drought resistant hybrids). This article from Saturday in our local paper shows that in the short time from July 3rd to July 10th the state went from 37% abnormally dry or worse to 50% abnormally dry or worse. And the bottom 5th of the state went from moderate drought to severe drought.

    I am not looking forward to getting my water bill and my electric bill this month. It is going to be a financial shock to a lot of people.

    And with the cutbacks in aid from states and the federal government, this is a terrible blow to family farms.

    Thanks for this excellent diary on an important topic, JaxDem. And have a great day!

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 03:53:53 AM PDT

    •  Your article link paints a sobering picture, Jan. (4+ / 0-)
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      It has the potential to create a big economic dent. Severe drought conditions cover less than 17 percent of the state, but that area produces a third of the state's corn, said Bob Oleson, the executive director of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association.
      Naturally, the part of the state worst hit is the one with the most to lose, corn growing wise.  

      Those farmers without crop insurance will receive nothing to help them out as there as the old Farming Bill expired and  a new one has not been written to replace can they without the funding there anyway?  

      You have a wonderful day, Jan and thanks for reading.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 04:14:15 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly. No crop insurance will devastate (3+ / 0-)
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        these family farms. The margin for error is so slim anyway.

        I am reminded of the Dust Bowl and how the weather made the Great Depression worse because of how many livelihoods were ruined by the droughts during those years.

        A man-made disaster and a natural disaster combined to make life miserable in the 30s and the repeal of the financial system protections put in place after that, and climate change exacerbated "natural" disasters now, have put us in a very bad place.

        The saddest thing is that we do not have a Congress interested in helping those who need it.

        Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

        by JanF on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 06:27:23 AM PDT

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    •  Saw the corn shrivelling in the fields (7+ / 0-)

      in southern Wisconsin earlier this month, on the family farm next to where we were staying in Walworth County. It has to be heartbreaking to watch your crops slowly dying, day after day.
      Around here in Upstate New York, the fruit tree crops were damaged by our wierdly warm early spring, followed by frost. (And now, hot weather, but nothing like the Midwest.)
      Climate change hits home when you can see it affecting what's available for us to eat.

    •  "Thimbleful," Ha! (4+ / 0-)
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         Thanks for this, brings back memories of my sweet grandma who used to say thimbleful......

         "Grandma do you want some coffee?"

         "Just give me a thimbleful...."

      Compost for a greener piles?

      by Hoghead99 on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 05:54:22 AM PDT

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  •  I wonder if the engineered strains are also... (9+ / 0-)

    resistant to higher temperatures.  Drought or high temperatures is one thing.  Drought AND high temperature is something else.  That may be what contributed to the recent HCN poisoning of a cattle herd in Texas.

    "In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it's more dangerous to lose than to win". - GBW

    by 8ackgr0und N015e on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 03:58:48 AM PDT

    •  This is interesting, 8ackgr0und. (4+ / 0-)

      I had to google HCN poisoning as I'd not read about this before.  I found this article from Wired and this one from The Examiner and they both pretty much agree :

      All of which suggests that Mr Abel’s cows were caught in a lethal interaction between some very old and very well known plant chemistry and an entrenched period of  hot, dry weather. (from Wired)
      Several factors resulted in the cattle dying, including abnormal growth patterns after drought and the fact that stressed and hungry cattle were released straight into a pasture previously ungrazed. The most significant remains that Tifton 85 can and does produce HCN--something not previously known. (from The Examiner)
      Interesting stuff.  Thanks for pointing it out for us.

      Have a good day!

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 04:24:11 AM PDT

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    •  cyanide in cassava too (2+ / 0-)
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      Cassava (tapioca) is a staple crop in most tropical areas, and is especially prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, where it can be the main source of food energy.  It naturally produces levels of cyanide that, depending on the variety, extent of processing before consumption, and dose, can cause anything from goiter, ataxia, to paralysis and death.  Even after millennia of artificial selection for sweetness (i.e. lower cyanide levels), cassava still needs extensive processing in order to make it safe to eat.

      The combination of heat, drought, and elevated CO2 levels all on their own will increase the cyanide content of the root.

      To those who say the New Deal didn't work: WWII was also government spending

      by Visceral on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 11:31:31 AM PDT

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  •  Thought we'd get rain for sure (6+ / 0-)

    yesterday, but the clouds moved right on past.  Thought we'd get our first day below 90 in a while, but the thermometer moved right on up to 91.  Mandatory water restrictions are in place with no relief in sight.  Some rain fell yesterday across IN but it was very patchy.  May, June and July are normally the three wettest months in Indiana, but in June we had less than 1/10 inch of rain and July (so far) we have had 0.  Thanks for this important post JaxDem.

    •  Thanks for reading, mary. I hope your temps (3+ / 0-)
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      stay low and rain hit soon.  

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 04:43:51 AM PDT

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    •  We tried here in Lafayette. (2+ / 0-)
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      We held the modern equivalent of a rain dance:  outdoor festivals.  There was one in the morning and another one in the evening.  The band playing at 6th and Main even said that they had a history of being rained out.  Not a drop fell.

      It wasn't a total loss.  Points west and southeast did get rained on -- we could see the line of thunderheads.  We did get in some storms' outflows, which dropped the temperatures from 89 to 82.

      We close down a good part of the downtown again next weekend for "Dancin' In The Streets".  There will be four stages, and they will be located on both sides of the Wabash.  It will cost $10 to get in (less if you buy early).  There will even be a car show complete with lots on convertibles, all freshly washed and waxed.  

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 06:15:05 AM PDT

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  •  I finally got tired of being a tough guy. (8+ / 0-)

    I fixed the AC on the old Buick and bought a unit for the house. I don't like having to do this but stuff just isn't getting done because it's too dang hot. I'm not that tough.

    We did get a bit of rain last night though most of the heavier precip missed my neighborhood, often just by a few miles. I was looking at the radar and saying, "Nooooooooo!". But all in all, it helped; I don't have to water this AM.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 04:15:11 AM PDT

    •  Good Morning, PWP (2+ / 0-)
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      I think you made a smart move there with the a/c.  Why live in misery?

      Hope you continue to get that rainfall!

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 04:45:57 AM PDT

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  •  Let me suggest that some people have no (6+ / 0-)

    sense of time
    sense of place
    sense of direction
    sense of sequence
    sense of order
    sense of circumstance
    sense of connection
    sense of rhythm
    sense of temperature
    sense of privacy

    When one or more of the three primary sense organs (eyes, ears, mouth) isn't functioning normally, it's pretty obvious.  But, when people don't smell too good, the outside world doesn't much notice.  Besides, odors tend to "disappear," when we get used to them. The sense of touch, on the other hand, seems to be pretty much ignored as the norm.  Some people are "touchy" and some people can't keep their hands to themselves, and others are really sensitive to their clothes.  But, we tend not to connect these peculiarities to our skin whose role as an organ (the largest in our body) has been largely overlooked.
    If you look at the list of senses I've enumerated, in connection to the skin, you'll see that quite a few are probably intimately related to the skin's interaction with our environment.  Take, for example, a person who's skin sensors consistently register that the environment is too hot. If that person then migrates to the northern climes or seeks out high altitudes where average temps are lower, it makes sense, but who's to know it?  What of the opposite -- a person who always "feels cold" regardless of the ambient temps?  What of the person whose skin sensors are dull?  What's to make him aware of the environmental temps?

    The sense of touch.  How is it to be satisfied?  What role do worry or rosary beads play?  What about cigarettes?  What about pocket phones? How does using a key board compare with using a pencil or pen?  Is the sense of touch in our fingers different from the rest of the skin?
    Do some people never worry about heat because they never feel too hot, even when they expire from hyperthermia?

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage"

    People to Wall Street, "let our money go."

    by hannah on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 04:15:53 AM PDT

    •  What about the aging process and how it (2+ / 0-)
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      also effects the ability to register hot/cold, not to mention the other "sense of" items you have listed.

      Interesting for sure, but I'm going to need more coffee to fully appreciate your suggestions.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 04:51:36 AM PDT

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      •  What I suspect is that the aging process, (2+ / 0-)
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        which makes people more dependent on others as their physical capacities are reduced, merely calls attention to what was missing or in over-drive before.
        People compensate for their disabilities.  People who have no sense of rhythm, for example, simply explain that they don't like to dance.  Or the tone deaf, don't like to listen to music.  Languages one doesn't understand sound like gibberish.  Which accounts for why so many people absolutely hate it when someone speaks in a foreign tongue.
        People who are partially deaf insist that people speaking to them are mumbling, especially when they don't want to hear from a particular person in the first place.
        All of these peculiarities don't matter as long as a person is capable of looking after himself or getting others to meet her demands without question. They use other people as crutches and it's hardly noticed because habit is like that.  Things we do out of habit, even submitting to an abusive authority figure, don't get noticed unless and until they become obviously detrimental or somebody calls attention to them.
        If we are used to politicians "lying," which they pretty much have to do when they're talking about the unknown and unknowable future, then their lying about the present and the past goes unnoticed, until it become egregious.

        The "tell," when you come right down to it is the half-truth.  Total falsehoods can be written off as story-telling or wishful thinking or even a memory lapse.  Half-truths, where something significant is left out, aim to deceive. Half-truths "work" particularly well because the half-truth is likely to be negative and gives the impression of truth, while the whole truth is even worse.
        We could say that the half-truth is the lesser of two evils.

        (It's what conservatives, btw, suspect of Obama's admitted illegal drug use, because it's what they would do -- tell a half truth).

        Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage"

        People to Wall Street, "let our money go."

        by hannah on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 06:03:46 AM PDT

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  •  It is 66 this morning in our valley (8+ / 0-)

    with a high expected today of 87 degrees.  

    It started out cool yesterday, and stayed quite comfortable at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.  Of course, the games are held in McRae Meadow at 4,000 feet up on the side of Grandfather Mountain, so it is always a bit cooler up there.  

    Saw Kossack Lady Blair yesterday afternoon, and we discussed literature and good books.  That was enjoyable.  Also got to spend some time with Colin Grant-Adams and his delightful wife, Dr. Julia.  What did we talk about?  Regrowth of spinal nerves.  A mutually admired friend (also a folk singer) had a terrible neck injury and is partly paralyzed.  You would think that given the place and the people, I would have done nothing but talk about the auld sod, music and history.  Oh well.  I am about to leave for the Sunday ceremonies.  This morning, they will have the Flowers of the Forest ceremony and will read my wife's name.  I am not sure how I will get through that with any degree of composure.  

    About to leave, so here is my friend Colin Grant-Adams with Letha's favorite song.


    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 04:16:01 AM PDT

  •  Can't we just turn oil straight into food? (3+ / 0-)
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    It is made of carbon.

    Seems like it would save all this trouble of having to worry about weather and rain and everything.

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

    by Minerva on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 04:29:23 AM PDT

  •  One more thing-- (5+ / 0-)

    I noticed this morning that I had forgotten what we used to call vulture capitalists.  Had to Google to find corporate raider, which was not a pejorative, if we recollect the "raiders of the lost ark."  Even "hostile takeover" and "dismantling" didn't originally have a purely negative connotation, since corporations have long had a bad reputation. That the Constitution sets up a public corporation was generally overlooked.
    That was convenient for the raiders and, in fact, continues convenient now that Willard is aiming for a hostile takeover of the U.S. of A.
    If there was ever a time for pre-emptive action, this would seem to be it. The presumptuous, presumptive candidate needs to be taken down early so Republicans can send in a substitute who can put the experience of being a candidate to good use.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage"

    People to Wall Street, "let our money go."

    by hannah on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 04:30:15 AM PDT

    •  Great minds......... (3+ / 0-)
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        (Hee-hee)....... Was thinking along those lines earlier hannah. That what Willard is attempting is a hostile takeover of our government, aided by the Citizens United decision, of course.....

         Hope you have a good day!

      Best, HH99

      Compost for a greener piles?

      by Hoghead99 on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 06:00:43 AM PDT

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  •  it's not the heat, it's the humanity.... (6+ / 0-)

    So I will head into the foothills for a bit of road biking in the nearby canyons and climbs. If I actually get moving I might finish the climb before we hit 90.  I'd go way high but this is "triple by-pass" weekend so those roads are closed except to the TBP riders.

  •  73 now..... (2+ / 0-)
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    Going up to 93. I am exercising inside today. Supposed to go see an outdoor concert tonight thinking it won't be all that cooled off by then.

    •  I hope you get cooler temps for that concert. (1+ / 0-)
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      It is too hot and humid down here in FL for outdoor exercise most of the year so now I get my exercise dusting the treadmill I bought ;-)

      Seriously, it does stay too hot to really get in some good exercise outdoors and once I realized that since I already had the weights at home it really made sense to drop the gym membership and buy a treadmill.  I used to use the machines at the gym, but honestly I would get too grossed out watching 100% of the people using them and never wiping them down.  I'd prefer to not get a staph infection.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 05:29:58 AM PDT

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  •  Good Morning (5+ / 0-)

    It's 72° and partly cloudy here in Concord, NC this morning. gonna be 89° with a 20% chance of rain. So the rain has moved out, no thunder boomers in the forecast ! !

    the rain the last few days saved the corn crop around here.
    it was all wilted when it started raining Tuesday. I thing we got about 1 1/2 inches of rain the last few days.

    Hope everyone has a good Sunday.

    I'm going to get out of here quickly & hide from work today ! !

    •  Mornin', eeff! (4+ / 0-)
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      Hope you make a clean getaway!

      We've got 89° in the forecast today and 60% chance of rain so your rain must be moving this way.

      I'm glad your corn crop has survived.

      I checked the price of fresh corn at the commissary (military grocery store) last week and it was .44 an ear.  I had to pop in Friday for a couple of things and it was down to .38 an ear, but it looked awful.  I wouldn't have bought it for .10 an ear, it looked that bad.

      Have a good day.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 05:19:05 AM PDT

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      •  Critters were after my sweet corn...... (2+ / 0-)
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           Big Time, until I put up the electric fence. Now, not so much........Squirrels and/or 'coons, I figure. I did electrocute a turtle, for which I feel really bad. Dang! Sorry buddy........

           Enjoyed a couple ears yesterday, I figure more tomorrow.......... Been watering all along. In fact, been watering like it's mid-August for weeks......

           I'm no farmer, but predictions of a 15% loss on field corn look way, WAY low to me. More like 50-60% to my untrained eye.........

        Best, HH99

        Compost for a greener piles?

        by Hoghead99 on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 06:08:11 AM PDT

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        •  I kind of thought the "only 15% loss" was a bit on (1+ / 0-)
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          the optimistic side, too.

          Great to see our favorite farmer (you are as close to a real farmer as we get in the MOT so you're stuck w/the label)!

          Hope you have a wonderful day, HH ;-)

          As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

          by JaxDem on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 06:25:17 AM PDT

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  •  Been raining off and on for 10 days ... (7+ / 0-)

    ... here in Nashville. We've had light sprinkles alternating with gully washers, dark clouds rolling in and dumping moisture for 20 minutes to an hour then rolling out again. Lots of intense cracking lightning and loud thunder usually accompanying the rain. We were in drought conditions through July 4, and now the flora's greened again. Farmers are hopeful that summer crops can be saved. Last night, just before dusk, we had a stunning, perfect 180 degree double rainbow in the eastern sky. Cars were pulling over and drivers whipping out their smart phones to take photos, while other folks emptied homes and stores to view the amazing sight. Concurrently in the western sky was a postcard sunset, with the vanishing rain clouds reflecting intense, vibrant reds, pinks, oranges. I don't remember seeing such a juxtaposition of atmospheric wonders before. Temps have cooled down the past week into the 80s, but are expected to climb back into the 90s this coming week with rain chances diminishing. Have a great Sunday, MOTley crew!

    Ah, my friends from the prison, they ask unto me, "how good, how good does it feel to be free? " And I answer them most mysteriously, "are birds free from the chains of the skyway? " (Bob Dylan)

    by JKTownsend on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 05:22:17 AM PDT

  •  GM MOT it's not the heat, it's the kitchen /nt (3+ / 0-)
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    JaxDem, Aunt Pat, the fan man

    Präsidentenelf-maßschach"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 05:43:09 AM PDT

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    These Republican Governors are making me sick. Those lying hypocrites should just shut the hell up. They claim to care about jobs but they are going turn down Medicaid expansion. Clearly they don't give a dam about the healthcare jobs that will cost their states.

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      Those lying hypocrites
      You want to limit that to just the Republican Governors?  

      I know, I know...makes the blood boil, doesn't it.

      Come November we're all going to petition you to change that screen name to "We Won, Again"

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 06:28:11 AM PDT

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        Good point JaxDem. Hopefully none of them will try to pull a Blagojevich "You Just Don't Give It Away for Nothing".

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          to not limit it to the GOP Governors, but to all GOP politically connected critters...but the Dem Blagojevich types work too.  We need to be fair and balanced you know ;-)

          As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

          by JaxDem on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 08:47:15 AM PDT

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