Friday, May 23, 2008

Snowing and LATE MAY!

Oh yeah, it’s really warm out there in late spring. Still snow...someone tell the lefties in Vermont that there’s global warming, and hurry! And it looks as if the liberal Northwest is having the same story...snow, snow, snow, with record-breaking ski seasons. Yep, global warming sure is a problem...and it’s almost June!

Oh that’s right...they’ve
revised their gloomy predictions on this past winter because of La Nina (10 more years of Pacific-driven cooling NOW expected to mask global warming...LOL!). How convenient...or inconvenient for them (depending on how one looks at it).

Mud, snow to greet Memorial Day hikers

There's nothing like a little fresh snow and lots of old mud to liven up an early summer hike.

Which is exactly what people are likely to find near the peaks of Vermont's higher mountains this Memorial Day weekend, due to the snowy winter and some fresh flurries this week.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, 18 inches of snow remained on the ground near the top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak. The snow cover includes some of the 3.5 inches of fresh fluff that descended on the mountaintop Monday. More light snow is likely over northern Vermont summits today and Thursday, the National Weather Service in South Burlington said.

In Burlington, the latest spring snow flurry on record came May 31, 1945, according to National Weather Service data.

No snow will fall in the valleys this week, meteorologists said. Instead, chilly rain showers are forecast with temperatures in the low- and mid-50s. That's about 15 degrees colder than normal for this time of year.

Long range forecasts suggest this weekend will turn sunnier and warmer.

Many ski areas finish with record-breaking seasons

Ski areas throughout the Northwest had such great snow in the 2007-08 winter that neither its November absence nor its road-closing, midwinter surplus could prevent a banner year for the winter-sports industry.

Several resorts - including the Summit at Snoqualmie - set new highs in skier/snowboarder visits and others, like White Pass, had seasons that ranked among their all-time best.

Snoqualmie's total of 714,000 user visits through April 30 already was more than 100,000 higher than its previous best winter. Washington's 49 Degrees North and Oregon's Mount Hood Meadows both set all-time records for skier visits, and White Pass had one of its top five years, with about 130,600 visits.

In all, Washington ski resorts will finish with about 2.1 million visits, about 50,000 off the record winter of 2001-02.

Meanwhile, the
fruitcakes in San Francisco continue to show their true colors—the fruity colors of the AGW rainbow! A pollution tax is on the way for you true believers out there to halt the global warming that doesn’t exist.

They’ll feel better about themselves soon, because you can see in the article that they’re admitting this effort is for nothing—it will do nothing
except raise taxes, which is all the liberals really want anyway. After you feel better about the tax, you San Franciscans can return to your lattes and various other socialist and liberal activities.

SF Becomes First In Nation To Charge 'Pollution Fee'

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's board of directors on Wednesday approved new rules to charge businesses a fee for the pollution they emit.

The group's board of directors voted 15-1 on unprecedented new rules that will impose fees on factories, power plants, oil refineries and other businesses that emit carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases.

The agency, which regulates air pollution in the nine-county Bay Area, will be the first in the country to charge companies fees based on their greenhouse gas emissions, experts say. The new rules will take effect July 1.

The modest fee -- 4.4 cents per ton of carbon dioxide -- probably won't be enough to force companies to reduce their emissions, but backers say it sets an important precedent in combating climate change and could serve as a model for regional air districts nationwide.

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