I've grown a beard, cans of rations and MRE's piled up nearby, a single lightbulb illuminating my fallout shelter. Did I cancel the papers? Ugh, I should have paid the bills. Next apocalypse.
I'm always wary of conspiracy theories, whether it relates to the Mayan calendar or climate change. Maybe it's in our DNA to fixate on wild rumors. Like bad reality TV - it helps us (temporarily) forget our own issues.
With any luck you're reading this column, and life (warts and all) goes on - all of us swept up in The Holiday Swirl.
Iowa and Wisconsin are digging out from the biggest storm in 3 years. Winds ease today, giving road crews a chance to excavate some 2-4 foot drifts. If you can delay your trek across I-94 or I-35 until tomorrow you'll have less of a white-knuckle drive.
Good news for travelers: no big storms are brewing into New Year's Day. The sun comes out today; highs stuck in the teens and 20s the next 8-10 days. Old Man Winter may pull his punch a little: it doesn't look as numbing for early January; maybe a night or two near zero in the metro. OK.
In today's weather blog: 2012 will be the second costliest year for weather disasters in the USA; second only to 2005. Details below.
Photo credit above: "The Casino Pier's wrecked Jet Star roller coaster in Seaside Heights, N.J., Nov. 28, 2012. A month after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc along the Jersey Shore, the area is slowly starting to recover." (Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)
349 Americans lost their lives due to extreme weather so far in 2012, 131 of them in Hurricane Sandy. Source: NOAA.
Map: NOAA, National Climatic Data Center.
Graphic credit: "Projected warming even with (an unlikely) low climate sensitivity of between 1.5°C and 2.0°C from Michael Ring et al 2012. A WSJ op-ed that cites this work absurdly concludes “Evidence points to a further rise of just 1°C by 2100.” Not even close."
Photo credit above: "Researchers have discovered a strong historical link between global temperature increases and increases in volcanic activity." (Photo: Shutterstock)