Monday, May 17, 2021

Summer and time to let the warmies shine


I'm leaving the world of physics and enjoying the summer.  It was so hot at the cottage, but you get frostbite with one finger in the water.  The blackflies can lift the dog.  It's horrible.

But now is the season when every storm, wildfire, drought, heat wave, etc. is 'due to climate change'.  Since everybody has abandoned the Scientific Method and gone to "Just So" stories, there is no 'debating' this.  I will read them out as campfire ghost stories.  :)

The UK is going to get a 20C heatwave soon.  Yeah for them!  

ps.  speaking of the dog being lifted, we have a huge colony of peregrine falcons on our cliff.  One of the young ones must have been mobbed by two blackbirds.  You can mob hawks, ravens and crows but you DO NOT mob a p-falcon.  He chased them across the lake and kept knocking them down to skip like stones on the water.  I think they made it to the forest.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Cottage blackfly report

 Today, all shields have failed.  I have 4 ultrasonic blasters, 2 insect lamps and a big electric swatter.  I can kill hundreds and an ocean pours in.  They all try to bite right away.

Work is impossible in the heat, with a blackfly net, and they penetrate all clothes.  This is official blackfly hell (bfh).  It will go on until the end of May when our dragonflies come out.

I haven't seen a true bfh since the 70's when we always went canoe camping on the long weekend.  You had your nets on, but had to 'breech' to eat, and other things.  Yum, yum, a spoonful of bfh.

ps went home early.  Super sunny hot, with clouds of blackflies.  The water is freezing.  blah.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Tropical plumes miss UK, muck around in Europe


A while ago I made the prediction that the UK would now be Labrador.  That's because the Gulf Stream has gone away.  You'll never find that in the regular group-think, because it is too painful to think of.

When we had the gs, you could see the plume channel up and always hit UK directly.  They lived in an unstable Fool's Paradise.  Just like California, but only in warmth.

ps.  today is the start of the lake trout season.  A few boats out, doesn't look like anybody is catching anything.  Neighbour has a fancy new scanner showing huge lakers all hanging at 50 feet, and they never bite at that depth, they just sleep.

pps.  yeah, a lake trout showed up in our kitchen.

more. since I am freezing this morning at the cottage, I've decided to let the warmies have the summer.