I had the profound privilege to work closely with him at Good Morning America and then at the cable TV Weather Channel. For GMA, John often worked all through the night, helping to put together a quality product for the viewers including a minute feature with the goals of informing and educating. He believed the more the viewers understood, the more capable they would be of utilizing the weather to their benefit.
The seeds of ‘The Weather Channel’ was a dream I first heard about in 1980 that became more and more real in the stillness of the night as while we worked together at Good Morning America in 1980 and 1981. I cherish the memory of long discussions and the promise of a mission that seemed, at times impossible. But John was driven to see his dream happen.
While I hope everyone stays safe and returns to the regular routine soon, I would like to see that plans are being made to prevent future cold-related power-outages and other weather-related problems. As I noted in a previous post, it is suspected that a decline in sunspots means a decline in solar activity.
Here is a link to another reference on induction generators (in Adobe PDF form):
And yet another:
None of these links work anymore.
See that hotspot in the Sydney Basin? That is a localized effect of downslope winds from the highlands to the west which causes enhanced warming of the air, as well as bushfires. It clearly does not represent what is happening across Australia as a whole. Australia is exceedingly hot this time of year anyway, heat which is made even worse since the sun is closer to the Earth in January than in July (leading to a 7% range in solar radiation reaching the Earth).
The best book I have found for designing and correcting induction motors for use as induction generators is a small book:
Intermediate Technology Publications Ltd.
103-105 Southampton on Row
London WC1B 4HH, UK.
ISBN 1 85339 286 3
Printed in the UK by The Russell Press Ltd.
This book is packed full of practical, hands on, real world construction advice and still technical enough for one to be able to design and trouble shoot your own system.
1100 gallons of water weighs 9130 lbs (1100 x 8.3 lbs/gallon). A BTU is the energy to raise 1 lb of water 1 degree F. So a drop of one degree per pound of water would be a release of 1 BTU.
Fans are rated on their CFM (or cubic feet per minute of air flow) and as a generally rule you need one CFM for each ft3 of greenhouse space: -ft2 x peak height or 24 ft x 12 ft x 12 ft=3456 cfm
Yes, but a Passive Solar Greenhouse does not use an artificial heat source such as propane but rather utilizes the sun to heat water, concrete, or some other heat holding material.
The term “bomb” was coined by meteorologist Fred Sanders in 1980 to refer to a non-tropical low pressure area that intensifies at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. They happen every year, and are usually centered offshore in the winter where cold continental air masses meet warm oceanic air masses, providing maximum energy to the intensification process.
In fact, the last four growing seasons (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) had higher yields than any previous years. The last time that happened was in 1964.
The trouble is that neither of these two events are exceptional from a meteorological perspective. That is, they have happened before (Sydney’s 117 deg. F peak was exceeded in 1939), and they will happen again.
While the global warmmongers continue to wring their hands over rising temperatures hurting yields (the Corn Belt growing season has indeed warmed slightly since 1960), improved varieties and the “global greening” benefits of more atmospheric CO2 have more than offset any negative weather effects - if those even exist.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that it will cost the world $7.4 trillion by 2040, and Bjorn Lomborg estimates that it will cost from $70 to $140 trillion by 2100 if all nations comply with the Paris Agreement.
Has several papers, pictures/schematic, brochures online
TEST-TUBE STIRLING ENGINE
Description of operation, Photos & Sketches, Etc.
THE LITTLE ENGINE PAGES
Thermoacoustic Stirling Engine
Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory
Energy-efficient engine with no moving parts.
Looks like a metal baseball bat.
Noble Physics 1928
The prize was reserved and awarded in 1929 to:
Richardson, Owen Willans, Sir, Great Britain,
What does all this money buy us? Estimates assuming that CO2’s warming effect is large range to as much as a 1.5-degree centigrade reduction in global average temperature at the end of this century. But the most credible figure, generously based on the IPCC’s own assumptions of CO2’s warming effect, seems to be under 0.2 degrees centigrade. That is a lot of money for an insignificant result.