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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Season's Greetings to you all

Sou | 2:41 PM Go to the first of 34 comments. Add a comment
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas, or happy holiday - whatever you are celebrating.

34 comments:

George Montgomery said...

Have a peaceful and happy Christmas Day with your loved ones, Sou.

Sou said...

Thank you George. You too :)

John Russell said...

Season's Greetings from Devon, UK. And a Merry Christmas to all!

Happy Heyoka said...

Eat too much Pavlova, read a good book, get sunburned playing backyard cricket, take your chances with a dodgey prawn cocktail from the RSL...

MightyDrunken said...

Thank you Sou. Happy Christmas and merry New Year from Blighty.

Victor Venema said...

Thank you for all the good work and for providing sceptical people with the information they need to assess the quality of the blog posts at WUWT.

Enjoy your well deserved sunny Christmas break.

adelady said...

Hope Sou and all the rest of you have a safe and happy Xmas.


Tokodave said...

Seasons Greetings from Montana! As Tamino says...I'll continue to do what I can come hell or high water. Expect both

http://tamino.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/hell-and-high-water/

Keep up teh good work!

David vanHarn said...

Feliz navidad from the town of Boquete in the mountains of western Panama, a tourist/farming/ranching community. This is a land of eternal cool spring-like weather and daily rainbows in the dry season. It is the home of many expats who have come here to spend their last years or hopefully - decades.

Thank you for your contributions to debunking denialist blather and propaganda, Sou.

KR said...

Happy Solstice related holiday, everyone! Into the new year...

Jammy Dodger said...

Merry Christmas one and all!

FLwolverine said...

A happy Christmas from SW Florida, where it's much too warm for December.

rumleyfips said...

Thanks for your energy Sou you have earned a break.Merry Christmas from Nova Scotia, Canada where Christmas Day is to be sunny and 10C.

Bert from Eltham said...

Thank you Sou for all you have done this year. The Large Magellanic Cloud is high at this time of year.

It has taken a lot of nights and work and here is the result. 43MB

http://d1355990.i49.quadrahosting.com.au/2015_12/LMC_6P_MosaicM.jpg

Here is an image labelled using Atrometry.net 20 MB


http://d1355990.i49.quadrahosting.com.au/2015_12/LMC_6P_Label.jpg

When contemplating our relative insignificance I wonder about our ability to actually contemplate the vastness of our Universe. The fact we can decide to say we do not know or comprehend will do me. Regards Bert

PG said...

+1. And one without bush fires.

Rattus Norvegicus said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you Sou from fridged Montana. Unlike most of the USA, we actually have snow on the ground!

Raymond Arritt said...

Merry Christmas from flyover country. At least we can boast a white Christmas this year -- take that, El Niño!

Sou said...

Thanks everyone for your good wishes.

It's a beautiful day here today. 33C and sunny. Not too hot and not too cold.

...and Then There's Physics said...

Merry Christmas everyone.

Bernard J. said...

Just pipped you Sou - we had 36C, with 30-50km/h breezes in the afternoon that really sucked the moisture away. A lot of lawns and hay stubble turned crispy brown in hours, and I had to hose the horses down three times - they're not used to such high temperatures in our corner. Usually we don't resort to hosings or swims for the equines until late January...

With an hour of Christmas left I'm waiting for the thermometer to drop below the 26C where it's stubbornly hovering, so that I can go to sleep. It's doing my head in, as someone whose first few Christmases were white!

Anyway, happy festive season everyone! See you on the other side.

Sou said...

Unfortunately it's not to be. There's a dreadful fire in southern Victoria on the famed Great Ocean Road, a favourite holiday destination at this time of the year. At least 50 homes lost so far, and it's heading toward the resort town of Lorne. My niece and her two young children who live in Anglesea are staying the night in Melbourne rather than trying to get home. Longer story - but it's very close to home for them. Lorne is less than 30km east of Anglesea and the fire is currently heading east.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-25/towns-evacuate-as-bushfire-burns-near-great-ocean-road/7054028

The fire up my way is now said to be contained, thankfully.

Sou said...

It got hotter here as the day progressed, Bernard - the car reported 38C later in the afternoon. Still a very pleasant day unless you were living or holidaying at Wye River or Lorne (see my other comment).

It's the warmest Christmas Day we've had for a long time, but not as hot as earlier this week.

Not a good start to the summer fire-wise - and the hotter months are still to come.

Bernard J. said...

Ugh, no thanks. I'm happy to hand the baton back to you!

Given that we're almost halfway from the equator to the pole, these temperatures (and higher, and which are all too common over the last few years) are wreaking havoc on a lot of agriculture, horticulture and ecology, especially with the relatively meagre 500 mm of rain that we've had this year to date.

"Pleasant" for us is anything below the mid twenties. Too much of your "pleasant" and we'll start losing* species and crops left, right and centre.


[*Some are already on the way out. It's just a matter of time. :-( ]

Captain Flashheart said...

Thanks for all your work this year Sou, and I hope your family get home safely. I hope this year the world has turned a corner towards sorting this threat out, though I doubt it. Let's hope that when the history of this carbon disaster is written it has a positive outcome, and people like you get a small mention!

palindrom said...

Bert, I didn't download your image because I have a terrible internet connection, but I've seen the LMC from South America and it is magnificent. I've also had the incredible good fortune to be a professional astronomer for my whole adult life, which gives me the privilege of thinking about the rest of the universe pretty much all the time.

I long ago came to the conclusion that we're pretty much stuck with the planet we've got, and that we'd better not screw it up. That's one reason I lurk on these boards (largely on the guardian) and try to do my bit to fight off outrageous nonsense.

BBD said...

Happy Christmas everyone and especial thanks to Sou for the astonishing amount of work put into this project over the last year. Greatly appreciated :-)

metzomagic said...

Happy holidays Sou, and thanks for all the great effort you put in over the past few years to help keep the forces of un-reason at bay... well, as much as that's possible.

Sorta OT, but it has rained for all but two days this entire December here in jolly ol' Ireland. And we haven't had a single frost day all year. It's the New Normal, doncha know.

Sou said...

Thank you for the wonderful photograph, Bert. It is the best Christmas present :)

Millicent said...

I am missing commenting here terribly: over at the Guardian every climate change denier sockpuppet is parroting the line that we can never ever possibly have exceptional flooding because some houses are built on flood plains.

numerobis said...

Merry Christmas!

Today we had our first snowstorm in Montreal, and the temperature was only slightly above the monthly norm. Tomorrow we get our first cold snap. In a couple decades this will be normal I guess -- depressing for winter sports fans like myself.

Michael said...

Sou,

OTT - but maybe worth a visit. One Fed MP going the full denier with awesome incompetence.

https://www.facebook.com/CraigKellyMP/posts/472141116313861

Bernard J. said...

FFS, who prepared this rubbish for Kelly? It reeks of corporate marketing propaganda, with the scientific ignorance disguised only to the ignorant.

This sort of demonstrably false public disinformation should be a crime, especially when the disinformer is an elected member of government.

Bernard J. said...

Maurice Newman is at it again, too:

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/dec/28/climate-sceptic-maurice-newman-says-world-leaders-embracing-junk-science

Contrail Chook said...

Yes, but Newman is well-known to be a raving loony. Does it really matter what he says?