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 It has been said that all news is local. Hardly any topic beats out weather when it comes to being right in the readers' backyards.

   In corollary fashion, the rising speculation among long range weather and climate forecasters that an El Niño of moderate to perhaps large...

 It has been said that all news is local. Hardly any topic beats out weather when it comes to being right in the readers' backyards.

   In corollary fashion, the rising speculation among long range weather and climate forecasters that an El Niño of moderate to perhaps large intensity is brewing in the tropical Pacific gets coverage in a very different fashion in Australia and southern and southeast Asia than it does in California. Or Peru. Or India. The US's Nat'l Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration puts chances of one occurring at 50-50 during the summer or fall. It's not much, but a significant one has not gotten odds that high for years. A paper in PNAS put the chances at 3 in 4. So it is news.

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  Gotta give a shout-out to veteran writer Michael Specter for his story "Climate by the Numbers" in the New Yorker...

  Gotta give a shout-out to veteran writer Michael Specter for his story "Climate by the Numbers" in the New Yorker's November 11 issue. It provides a distinctly different slice through the world's climate problems. Specter provides an intense, detailed, and long account of a gang of San Francisco-based geeks in private industry who are selling crop and disaster insurance to farmers. But they also provide to their customers a jaw-dropping, entrepreneurial aggregation, re-packaging, and innovative integration of weather and climate data so that they can better avoid waste of money on fields that might be too dry, too wet, too immature, or too anything for picking, fertilizing, planting, or whatever. It thus describes how the realities of climate change and their impacts, even...

I feel sorry for Dylan Byers, a media blogger at Politico, and, from what I read, an entertaining and competent writer.

I'm embarrassed for David...

I feel sorry for Dylan Byers, a media blogger at Politico, and, from what I read, an entertaining and competent writer.

I'm embarrassed for David Brooks, a conservative columnist at The New York Times and a smart guy who writes about human nature in addition to politics.

As for Joe Scarborough, I'm always happy to catch a few minutes of his intelligent msnbc morning show, Morning Joe, when my kids aren't watching Phineas and Ferb. But I'm cringing at his remarks...