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Looking back at the Trump
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/30/2017 12:55:02

Good Morning.

There's really one incident that seems to be pushing TriSec over the edge here. I think I've made a strong point recently about what it means to be a Bostonion, but one of the lesser-known bits of our psyche is an obsession with weather. You've no doubt heard the saying, "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute, it'll change?" That has its origins in the unpredictable and highly variable New England weather systems. It's not uncommon for us to start a day cloudy and below freezing, get snow and rain along the way, and have it all clear out and be up over 60 by sunset.

It's the most natural thing in the world for us to get a weather report for another city, especially if one of our sports teams is playing a significant game there, even in an indoor stadium. It's just part of who we are.

Mr. Trump is allegedly a New Yorker, but living in his sanitized, hermetically-sealed world has cut him off from such concerns. It's very easy for him to jump on an airplane (Now at taxpayer expense!) and wing his way to places where such things mean little. Of course, he has to open his big mouth and jam a foot in it.

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that "we could use a little bit of that good old global warming" in response to the bitter cold hitting the East Coast this week, but seems to confuse weather with climate.

The Trump administration has proven time and again that it ignores science, including the recently released, Congressionally-mandated National Climate Assessment, which found "no convincing alternative explanation" for climate change over the past 100 years other than "human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases."

NASA makes this distinction: "weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere 'behaves' over relatively long periods of time."

Dr. Marshall Shepherd, director of the University of Georgia's atmospheric sciences program and former president of the American Meteorological Society, has said that "weather is your mood; climate is your personality," meaning a single weather event like a heat wave cannot be linked to climate, but long-term trends are better indicators of a changing climate.

Weather Underground's Bob Henson notes that localized cold and heat waves will continue despite human-induced climate change. Globally, this has been one of the warmest years on record.

From January through November, this year’s average U.S. temperature was the third warmest in records going back to 1895. The only warmer years for January through November were 2012 and 2016, according to NOAA. As of Dec. 24, NOAA reported more than 33,000 daily record highs this year, but only about 9000 daily record lows.

In fact, cold snaps in the East have been linked to global warming.

"Several groups of scientists have found that warming in the Arctic and the resulting loss of sea ice are making it more likely that the jet stream will take dramatic wintertime dips and push intense cold outbreaks into midlatitude areas, such as the eastern U.S.," Henson said. "These cold waves aren’t enough to compensate for the overall warming of the climate across the whole planet."

Henson notes that while some parts of the eastern U.S. are expecting bitter, record-breaking cold for New Year’s Eve, it "doesn’t mean human-produced climate change is something we’ve put behind us," adding that the eastern U.S. occupies less than 1 percent of the world’s surface.

"Most of the planet is expected to be warmer than average over the next few days. But the coldest departures from average will be located over the eastern United States and Canada, so it’s easy to focus on that one part of a much bigger picture," he said.

In other parts of the U.S., temperatures will be above average for New Year's Eve. Las Vegas, Phoenix and Albuquerque will each get within a few degrees of their warmest New Year’s Eve on record.

"The unusually warm, dry weather of early December fed into the catastrophic wildfires that struck Southern California," Henson said. "Meanwhile, Alaska is having one of its mildest Decembers on record, causing problems for transportation."

Noting that climate is about long-term trends and not short-term weather events, Henson stresses that "two weeks does not a winter make."

"Most of December was warmer than average over the central and eastern U.S. Looking ahead, NOAA’s 3- to 4-week temperature outlook calls for above-average temperatures to prevail across much of the nation in mid- to late January," Henson said.

So as 2017 draws to a close, we here at the AAV offices have taken that look in the rear-view mirror, and we have managed to come up with some thoughts on year one of Mr. Trump.

1.Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

2.A few clowns short of a circus.

3.An experiment in Artificial Stupidity.

4.The wheel's spinning, but the hamster's dead.

5.All foam, no beer.

6.Has an IQ of 2 but... it takes 3 to grunt.

7.Warning: Objects in mirror are dumber than they appear.

8.Couldn't pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.

9.As smart as bait.

10.Chimney's clogged.

11.Sharp as a bag of wet mice.

12.Her sewing machine's out of thread.

13.His antenna doesn't pick up all the channels.

14.If he had another brain, it would be lonely.

15.Proof that evolution CAN go in reverse.

16.Receiver is off the hook.

17.Skylight leaks a little.

18.Too much yardage between the goal posts.

19.In the pinball game of life, his flippers were a little farther apart than most.

20.He's a few sandwiches short of a picnic.

21.His elevator doesn't stop at every floor.

22.He's not wrapped too tight.

23.He's a few beers short of a six pack.

24.The lights are on but nobody's home.

25.She's a few French fries short of a happy meal.

26.He's a few singers short of a barbershop quartet.

27.Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

28.Got into the gene pool while the lifeguard wasn't watching.

29.A room temperature IQ.

30.Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold them together.

31.A photographic memory, but the lens cover is glued on.

32.A prime candidate for natural deselection.

33.Bright as Alaska in December.

34.During evolution his ancestors were in the control group.

35.Fell out of the family tree.

36.Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming.

37.Has two brains; one is lost and the other is out looking for it.

38.He's so dense, light bends around him.

39.If he were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week.

40.If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean.

41.It's hard to believe that he beat 100,000 other sperm.

42.Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, but he just gargled.

43.Takes him 1.5 hours to watch "60 Minutes".



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