Big Birds

As I prepared to shut down the computer yesterday afternoon I saw a jet’s contrails through my window. Flight Radar 24 identified it as a Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker flying from Zweibrucken to an unknown destination. It seems Zweibrucken ceased scheduled commercial operations in November 2014. Passenger services began there after the military air base closed following Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

A few minutes after setting out for an afternoon walk this flew over…

Returning after tyrant-allowed exercise, I discovered this plane’s transponder was off and it hadn’t been tracked by Flight Radar. I think it is a C-17 Globemaster III.

I’m wondering if both aircraft are USAF, heading for the new storm that is building across “the drink”. Monkey Werx US offers sitreps. The last one, uploaded yesterday, was an “Overwatch” of 15 January. He described Europe as “quiet” but expects “shenanigans galore in the next five days”. Over twenty thousand armed National Guard in Washington DC seems excessive for the “virtual inauguration” of a tinpot president. Maybe forces other than American patriots will be active in the coming week or months.

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Crescent Gardens

Update 18 January

Screenshot from Zero Hedge article 17 Jan 2021 Armed Protesters Begin To Arrive At State Capitols Around The Nation.

Distractions

Moving house is supposed to be one of the most stressful life events but I think the world turning upside down, inside out and back to front is the main reason I can’t get back into the old routine. I spend too many hours a day trying to understand what is going on around me.

I noticed this on Church Walk yesterday.

That’s Covid dealt with.

Now for the Climate Emergency. There seems to be agreement that 2011 to 2020 was the warmest decade in the “persistent long-term climate change trend”, with 2016, 2019 and 2020 the three warmest years.

We are almost half-way through the first quarter of the 2021 meteorological year and, if my Ten Stations are to be considered representative of the globe, change is in the air.

I am tracking the running average daily mean temperatures and comparing this year’s figures with the average for the four years 2018 to 2021.

At the end of Week 6 only four stations are warmer than the 4 year average. The 5-station hemispheres and 10-station globe are cooler this year-to-date. Of course, this could change for the warmer over the next 46 weeks. (I have thrown “local” station Durham Tees in for good measure.)

Note the stand-out cold place is currently Koltsovo but the Yekaterinburg district has experienced mean temperatures six degrees centigrade above pre-industrial recently, so when it comes to “warming rates” (averaged over the last four years) it still leads the pack.

An IPCC unit is the amount the mean temperature must rise each year to reach the Climate Change Panel’s projection of 1.5°C above pre-industrial by 2040. That my five southern stations are now contributing to a global cooling is interesting. Maybe there is no need for a Great Reset to address the Climate Crisis.

At the end of Week 6 this year, the 10-station global mean temperature is 0.09°C cooler than the IPCC’s projection made in 2017. This has now reached 1.0677°C above P-I, though Bloomberg suggests Earth burned through the 1.2 degree mark last year.

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Men in Drink

Gathering notes and sources together for Wiki Tree  “profile people” is time-consuming. Writing their biographies likewise.

Charles Waters SCRIVENER, surgeon, was visited with a variety of misfortunes in the late sixties and early seventies of the 19th century. His second child died not long after her birth in 1868, he declared himself bankrupt the following year and in April 1871 his wife Jane died. Six months before that, in the process of getting a valuation on a watch from Nathaniel (aka William) COOPER, he was assaulted in the Refreshment Room at Filey Station by a drunken carriage proprietor. John RICHARDSON believed the surgeon had a monetary debt to repay.

The debt in today’s money is about £290 and John’s fine plus costs a little over a third of that. I’m sure I have seen John in court before but his pedigree contains some solid citizens in Filey Genealogy & Connections. His representation on FamilySearch is minimal. He married twice but neither spouse is recorded on the Shared Tree.

Watchmaker Cooper has three footholds the Shared Tree, twice as Nathaniel, once as William – the pages generated by his own christening and those of his two daughters.

 Charles’ friend, William THORALD, may be the Reverend William THOROLD who is buried in Manor Road Cemetery, Scarborough. He has a brief biography on the Yorkshire Chess History website and it is interesting to note that “William was accused by his congregation in Weeton of being a drunkard, and was removed from active pastoral care”.

I hope to put Charles on Wiki Tree tomorrow.

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