Temperature volatility affected crop yields of yesterday; it does today; it likely will tomorrow

Volatility in the stock market causes alarm, why not in the climate? It certainly does when it shows up in the weather! A couple of days ago, the American public radio broadcaster, NPR, carried a report of a centimeter or so of snow on the ground in Ft. Collins, Colorado, some 48 hours after theContinue reading “Temperature volatility affected crop yields of yesterday; it does today; it likely will tomorrow”

Physicists

From PhysicsWorld: “Members of the DarkSide experiment at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy have temporarily put their hunt for dark matter on hold in an attempt to stem the deadly tide of COVID-19. The 26-strong group of physicists from Europe and North America has designed a new, stripped-down mechanical ventilator that it hopes can beContinue reading “Physicists”

UCSB has decided to do classes remotely for the rest of winter quarter

Because of the coronavirus scare, the university’s chancellor just sent out an email, stating that: “Our campus will be transitioning to remote instruction for the remainder of Winter Quarter and the start of the Spring Quarter through at least the end of April. Given our campus’s transition to remote instruction and the possibility of additionalContinue reading “UCSB has decided to do classes remotely for the rest of winter quarter”

Some initial thoughts on the COLA demonstrations

Two Thursdays ago, teaching assistants at UC Santa Barbara collected on the lawn in front of the Physical Sciences North building to demonstrate in favor of a cost of living adjustment (COLA). Later, I watched from the library as they marched past, shouting slogans with passion. It looked fairly peaceful. Some had brought their children.Continue reading “Some initial thoughts on the COLA demonstrations”