The Texas State Board of Education is looking a bit saner after Republican primaries yesterday.
Thomas Ratliff upset State Board of Education member Don McLeroy in a Republican primary nail-biter… Appointed board chairman in 2007, McLeroy has been the poster-child for the board’s conservative bloc with his affable tone but strident ideology. [more]
Speaking of El Nino, the forecast is definitely for a moderate event at least this winter. Some groups are calling for a large event.
This is great news for us here in south-central Texas, and where drought conditions are currently extreme. It’s been six weeks of remarkably hot and dry weather even by local standards. [more]
I was at a remarkable citywide organizational meeting of various environmental groups today. The “Al Gore curse” didn’t apply, in that it did not snow.
107 F. Nearly 42 C. That’s the official high at Austin TX today. Unquestionably the hottest day of my life, and it’s only June. Not only a local daily record, but only one degree shy of the local monthly record. [more]