Environment

Happy New Year

Nancy Mace will be sworn in Monday as our new Congresswoman. You can almost see the oil drilling platforms through the fog. She won office by promising to support Donald Trump in his fight to do whatever. I assume that means assisting in fighting whatever Joe Biden proposes.

Lindsey Graham continues to defend Donald Trump. He has come out in favor of the big check. In doing so he opposes Mitch McConnell and the little check. We heard Mitch mention taking money from our kids. He used that a lot during the Obama Administration. We are robbing future generations again. That is after almost 8 trillion that Donny has over spent in only one term. I guess we know when Mitch has had enough.

Covid is winning South Carolina, and many other states that surround us. New Year’s Eve on King Street was a mass of young people sans masks or distancing. Everyone was smiling and happy. Young girls dressed to shine. Guys showing their hunky-ness. Statistics now point to an increase in cases for the under forty crowd. But for one brief shining night, there was no plague. But there is, and it loves to party with us.

Clemson took a beating against an opponent most people dissed for even being in the playoffs. That is unfortunate. Team sports in a pandemic has been less than what we hoped for. Let it go. Next year is here.

Best morning reads

If you don’t follow the SC State Climate Office, you are missing a daily email that amuses and informs. Mark Malsick turns out a nice letter that you will want to read, especially during the hurricane season. The climate office is part of SCDNR, which has developed a good web presence over the years. Enjoy!

Good Morning,

The Cyclone of the Week offering today is Tropical Depression 11. At 5 AM this morning, no one cares but, TD 11 was 2520 miles east-southeast of Bucklick SC sashaying west-northwest at the prescribed 15 mph in the southern reaches of the subtropical high. The maximum sustained winds are guestimated at 35 mph. 11 is better organized this morning with a hint of spiral banding, upper outflow to the south, and an impressive morning burst of cold cloud tops, all indicating strengthening. The National Hurricane Center Cyclonoids make this a tropical storm in the next 36 hours and are scrambling to find the appropriate unpronounceable Aramaic name.

The latest model runs have TD 11 on a recurving fishstorm track into the central Atlantic and falling apart near Bermuda by next Wednesday. Given the big ocean theory, the Prudent Mariner keeps a weather eye to the east until TD 11, or its remnants, are passed and opening or, … in France. Elsewhere over the North Atlantic, Caribbean and GoMex untoward tropical storm formation is not expected in the next 5-7 days. -Mark Malsick

Hurricane Matthew – 10-5-16

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

Tropical storm or hurricane conditions could affect Georgia,
South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week or this weekend,
even if the center of Matthew remains offshore. It is too soon to
specify what, if any, direct impacts Matthew might have on the
remainder of the U.S. east coast farther to the north. At a
minimum, dangerous beach and boating conditions are likely
along much of the U.S. east coast later this week and weekend.

Matthew – 10-3-16

The evening report on Monday

Tropical storm or hurricane conditions could affect portions of
Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week or this weekend, even if the center of Matthew remains offshore. It is too soon to specify what, if any, direct impacts Matthew might have on the remainder of the U.S. east coast. At a minimum, very dangerous beach and boating conditions are likely along much of the U.S. east coast later this week and weekend.

Lyme disease: A ticking time bomb

Of any ranked list of nasty diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas in the Western world, Borrelia burgdorferi, would have to lie near the top. These bacteria cause Lyme disease, which was first recognised in the US in the early 1970s among patients in Lyme, Connecticut. However, the oldest known case was the Tyrolean Iceman, a 5,300-year-old Copper-age mummified individual, discovered in the Italian Alps.

Source: Lyme disease: A ticking time bomb

The Link Between Mosquito Spraying and Autism — TIME

A new study finds a correlation between the aerial spraying of pesticides to kill mosquitoes and an increased risk of developmental delays and autism among kids. In the new findings, presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 meeting, researchers looked at the rates of autism and developmental delays from eight zip codes in a region…

via The Link Between Mosquito Spraying and Autism — TIME

South Carolina considering law to block bans on plastic bags | The State

The plastic bag industry is safe from assault by heartless environmental groups that wish to deprive honest plastic bag workers from making a decent living just to save a species or two. Plastic bags need litter our highways and pollute our waters, and they contribute to the deaths of a lot of wildlife.

Eric Bedingfield, R-Greenville, and House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, introduced legislation this year that would protect the plastic bag industry from cities and counties that want to curb the use of the bags.

Source: South Carolina considering law to block bans on plastic bags | The State