Flick hints at city rain droplet mystery, one explained by good professor

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A videographer's fun video about Chattanooga raises a question: Is its weather natural?

A fun video about Chattanooga raises a question: Is its weather natural? (Photo Justin Hall’s “Lapsing Chattanooga”)

By David Tulis

This week two videos about Chattanooga come to our notice, with a short one drawing our attention to unusual weather patterns. The more significant video runs nearly an hour and 20 minutes and gives insights into the toils of the city’s elites, who with a charitable frame of spirit brought about what we call revitalization.

The first installment of Southern Dialogues by Robert Ashton Winslow is the greater work because it lets the viewer meet people such as Rick Montague of the Lyndhurst Foundation, Kim White of RiverCity Co., and business editor Dave Flessner who explore the transformation of the city in its form, and perhaps along the edges of its soul.

The lesser is four-minute work by Justin Hall, “Lapsing Chattanooga.”  It is not  sociological exploration, but a flight of whimsy, with sped-up riverfront fireworks, racing amusement park rides and zipping nighttime auto traffic. Just this week, the Internet world has taken notice of the work published on YouTube in 2011.

Some scenes in “Lapsing Chattanooga” show a natural sky. Two show what look to be artificially nucleated coverings, those with murky mien that appear to be the result of jet traffic. Across Mr. Hall’s plasma sky fling white jet trails. ‡

Deindustrialization set

The news cycle this week brings attention to the so-called global warming phenomenon that touches this local economy story, with the U.S. and Beijing agreeing to suppress coal and other means of creating air pollution. The U.S. will double the speed of its current pollution reduction trajectory, which has seen carbon dioxide emissions fall roughly 10 percent below 2005 levels to date, Scientific American says. “The country will now aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.” China has more coal-burning plants than the U.S., and promises to reach a pollution peak sooner rather than later.

Regular news reporting ignores the negative emissions program in evidenced in Mr. Hall’s tranquil video about life in landscape Chattanooga.

Negative emissions or sky stripes often are laid in the stratosphere here as storm fronts move in. I’ve noticed several time this year that heavy mornings of sky tattooing are followed by deep, dark storm fronts and release no rain, as if the effect of sky striping were desiccation.

Dried atmosphere, slowed gusts

A study by Stanford University funded by NASA explains that aerosol particulates floating in the air reduce rainfall and slow wind speeds. The work of managing the sun’s “heat budget” dries up rainfall.

“These aerosol particles are having an effect worldwide on the wind speeds over land; there’s a slowing down of the wind, feeding back to the rainfall too,” says civil and environmental engineering Associate Professor Mark Z. Jacobson, co-author of the study with the late Yoram J. Kaufman from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. “We’re finding a reduction of rain, and that can lead to droughts and reduction of water supply.”

A press release from Stanford explains how a sky choking with auto fumes (and other sorts). “[T]he accumulation of aerosol particles in the atmosphere makes clouds last longer without releasing rain. Here’s why: Atmospheric water forms deposits on naturally occurring particles, like dust, to form clouds. But if there is pollution in the atmosphere, the water has to deposit on more particles. Spread thin, the water forms smaller droplets. Smaller droplets in turn take longer to coalesce and form raindrops. In fact, rain may not ever happen, because if the clouds last longer they can end up moving to drier air zones and evaporating.”

In other words, spraying aluminum nanoparticulates above a storm system confuses it as the particles drift downward, and rain does not form, even though clouds are darkly burdened with droplets.

Stanford’s news release explains that “Aerosol particles floating in the atmosphere absorb or scatter solar radiation, and prevent it from getting to the ground.” In other words, are are right to notice our sweatless suns, and its extraordinary brilliance starting this year. I have never felt so blinded by sunlight as this year, a perception I attribute not to eyes a year older, but to atmospheric degradation from national weather policy.

Greens’ holy grails jeopardized

Why no objections to environmental modification from the green lobby? Its members should notice that reduced sunlight and wind damage solar panel absorption and wind farm turbine RPMs. In California, Dr. Jacobson estimates, wind speeds are 8 percent slower with its high levels of air pollution (in a state with one of the toughest anti-pollution regimes in the U.S.). “Slower gusts may reduce wind’s economic competitiveness compared to other energy sources, such as fossil fuels,” the Stanford report notes.

“Slow winds may hinder development of wind power in China, where it’s a needed alternative to dirty coal-fired plants. Aerosols’ reduction of the wind also may explain the reduction in the Asian seasonal monsoon and ‘disappearing winds’ in China, observations found in other studies. Moreover, slack air currents may hurt energy efficiency in Europe, where countries like Denmark and Germany have made major wind-power investments.

“Slower winds evaporate less water from oceans, rivers and lakes. Furthermore, the cooling of the ground provoked by the aerosol particles reduces the evaporation of soil water.

Our interest in local economy, self-determination, intelligent and personal commerce, the return of a decentralized political and economic order under the rule of law seems thwarted at every turn. At least in appearance. It seems as though federal intervention in everything from schooling to the good people’s vacuous medium of exchange makes local economy an impossible, fruity concept. To contemplate sky striping makes the ideals of local economy seem even more remote.

‡ In an essay of Prof. Michael Chossudovsky’s website Global Research  (Globalresearch.ca), Amy Worthington, in “Aerosol and Electromagnetic Weapons In The Age Of Nuclear War,” June 1, 2004, describes the lofty U.S. cloud injection program as “sunscreen” to make the skies electrically conductive, a plasma suitable for radar and radio wave transmission, a context for the generation and use of long-term extremely low frequency electromagnetic energy, global in scope. http://globalresearch.ca/articles/WOR406A.html

Maria José Viñas , “Aerosol pollution slows winds, reduces rainfall,” Stanford University News Service, Jan. 24, 2007.   http://news.stanford.edu/news/2007/january24/slowwind-012407.html

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