Day 141 June 9, 2011 - History

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10:25AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office

11:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors
Oval Office

4:45PM THE PRESIDENT meets with President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon
Oval Office

The longest, strongest heat wave: D.C. records 9th straight 95+ day

This record is just one of countless extraordinary heat records established over the course of the last three summers.

Unrivaled flurry of summer heat records

Consider all of the following heat records which have been set since 2010 (and it’s possible I’m missing some).

* The hottest two summers on record (2010 hottest and 2011 second hottest)

* Two of the top four hottest Junes on record (2010-warmest and 2011-tied for 3rd warmest with 1943)

* Hottest June day and tie for second hottest June day (2012 at 104, and 2010 at 102 tied with June 9, 1874)

* Hottest two Julys (2011 and 2010)

* Most 90+ degree days in a month (July 2011, 25 days)

* Earliest 100-degree reading in a day (July 6 2010, before noon)

* Longest uninterrupted stretch of temperatures above 100 (July 6, 2010, 7 hours)

* Longest uninterrupted stretch of temperatures above 80 (July 21 to 24, 2011 - over four days)

* Most and second most nights above 80 degrees (7 in 2011 and 4 in 2010)

* Warmest low temperature (84 on July 23 and 24, 2011 tied with July 16, 1983)

* Hottest days so early (102 on June 9, 2011, tied with June 9, 1874) and late (99 on September 24, 2010) in the season

* Most 90+ degree days in calendar year (67 in 2010, tied with 1980)

That’s quite the (dirty) laundry list.

Warm in winter, spring and fall, too

But wait. We’re not done. Not only have recent summers been unusually hot, but warm weather records are falling year-round. Consider these additional records in the last 3 years:

* Warmest and second warmest spring (2012 and 2010)

* Warmest first six months of year (2012)

* Third warmest winter (2011-2012)

* Earliest last freeze (February 27, 2010, even after snowiest winter)

* Third latest first freeze (December 7, 2011)

Could all of these warm weather records over such a short time span be a coincidence? I have my doubts.

An undisputed local factor in increasing heat records in Washington, D.C. is urbanization. Since records began in the late 1800s, the population has grown, and an expanding radius of land surfaces have been built on and paved over. In other words, an ever increasing portion of the region has been covered by dark, heat-absorbing surfaces expanding and intensifying the so-called urban heat island effect.

The heat island effect has its greatest impact on night time temperatures, essentially trapping the heat in the urban core rather than allowing it to escape into space. So the recent tendency towards more record high nighttime temperatures is strongly related to this phenomenon.

Increasing greenhouse gases

Coinciding with the increasing heat island effect, heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the burning of fossil fuels have risen to levels in the atmosphere unprecedented in at least 800,000 years. Global and U.S. temperatures have warmed over the last 100 years, and most publishing climate scientists believe the increase is largely related to GHG trends, although there is a small minority who dissent.

Attempting to sort out how much of D.C.’s high temperature records are related to the urban heat island, GHG warming, and possible other factors is very involved. Scientists - for the most part - have not tackled this. Not to mention, in Washington, D.C., the official weather observing station has changed location from near downtown (prior to the 1940s) to the airport - which further muddies the water.

Last year, I took a stab at analyzing D.C.’s summer temperature records. To try to get a handle on the GHG warming effect, I examined records in D.C. that had removed the urbanization effect and calculated a summer warming rate of 1.4 degrees F. per century - which one might conclude is related to GHGs (and/or other factors). But - on closer inspection - I noticed little warming (after removing the urban effect) over the period from the late 1970s to present - the time during which we’ve established many of the heat records listed above.

That finding might call into question GHGs are strongly influencing local temperatures. On the other hand, we don’t know how temperatures would have evolved had GHGs not been increasing. In the absence of rising GHGs, perhaps D.C.’s temperatures would have cooled.

Some global warming skeptics are fast to point out D.C.’s hottest recorded temperature of 106 occurred on August 6, 1930 and July 20, 1918 well before GHGs ramped up. They may also mention the record for most 100 degree days in Washington, D.C. occurred in 1930. But - overall - records from first half of the 20th century are vastly outnumbered by the records since 1980.

The bottom line is that we’re just not in position to tease out the size of the observed global warming signal (from GHGs) in Washington, D.C. But the more records we set, the less likely they are happening by chance.

The messy discussions about the recent course of D.C.’s temperatures notwithstanding, the recent onslaught of heat records is eye-opening.

Assuming climate scientists are right, and global, regional and local temperature substantially warm in the coming decades, the kind of summer we’ve recently experienced will occur at greater frequencies and potentially get worse.

In 1894 “The Whitney” became home to the family of lumber baron, David Whitney Jr., the wealthiest man in Detroit at the time.

Today this iconic turn of the century, romanesque revival mansion turned restaurant retains all of its charm and refinement while appealing to contemporary tastes. You will find award-winning cuisine, unique presentation and flavors to never be forgotten.

Metro Detroit is ripe with opportunities for outdoor drinking and dining. Arguably, though, none is better than the gardens at the Whitney.

All the splendid houses which have been erected before and which adorn the broad avenue of town (Woodward) are fairly eclipsed, and the new home enjoys the distinction of being the most pretentious modern home in the state and one of the most elaborate houses in the West.

The stunning location makes for a sophisticated dining experience, while the private dining rooms provide add to the intimate ambience.

Magnificent Whitney continues its great dining glory.

The Whitney offers award-winning cuisine that is elegantly American. Our unpretentious wine cellar can provide the ideal libation to compliment any of tantalizing entrées from the land, sea or garden. Enjoy some of the world's finest dishes prepared by master chefs. We invite you to plunge into our dinner and brunch menus.

Mansion Tea Service

Mansion Tea service at The Whitney transforms you to a time when mid-day was meant for relaxing. Put on a beautiful hat, leave your cares behind as you sip Champagne upon arrival. Then enjoy The Whitney lifestyle over tea, scones, strawberries in double cream, canapes, warm hors d'oeuvres and pastries. Live piano with Joel completes the elegant afternoon.

*Due to the nature of this event, we cannot accommodate menu/dietary restrictions or substitutions.

Paranormal Dinner Tour

The 1st & 4th Sunday of every month we "pull back the curtain" and our Paranormal Hosts guide you through the history and legends of The Whitney family and estate. Beginning at 5:00, this evening includes a Historical Champagne Tour of the Mansion, a 4 course dinner with selected spirits, followed by the Paranormal expedition through the Mansion, Gardens and Carriage House. Reservations limited to 20 guests, 21 and over only..

Tickets are now SOLD OUT through the end of June, Paranormal Dinners will resume in the fall..

**Tickets are transferable, but non-refundable. In the unlikely event of another governmental shutdown, all events will be rescheduled as quickly as possible, and all ticket holders will have the option to attend the rescheduled event, or receive a 100% refund in the form of a Whitney Gift Card for future use.

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A recent article concluded that zopiclone 7.5 mg caused a significant impairment of driving performance for at least 11 hours after administration. These effects did not differ between males and females and did not increase with age 1 .

Concomitant intake of even small amounts of alcohol is also known to increase the risk of zopiclone adversely affecting a patient’s driving ability 2 .

In the last 10 years, the Centre of Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM) has received 15 reports of psychomotor impairment experienced within 24 hours of taking zopiclone. The reported reactions include impaired concentration, somnolence (sleepiness), headache and hangover.

In adults, the usual dose is 7.5 mg shortly before bedtime for a maximum of 2–4 weeks 2,3 . Due to poorer metabolism, the dose for older people is reduced to an initial dose of 3.75 mg 2,3 ­— taking a full dose will increase the risk of next-day impairment. To reduce the risk of next-day impairment, this dose should not be exceeded.

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I generally do not post funeral sermons. I am, however, posting this one with the permission and encouragement of Janice, Brian’s mother. Brian was forty-three years old when he died and is survived by his parents and two brothers.

“What God creates God loves, and what God loves God loves everlastingly.”

I hope you will listen closely to those words, cling to them, and let them sink deeply into your life and into your heart. Let them echo through this day and carry you into the next. They are the thread that runs through everything I will say to you. They speak a truth about Brian and about you. If there is anything that overcomes and sees us through death it is love, a “love stronger than death.”

“What God creates God loves, and what God loves God loves everlastingly.” Those words were true for Brian before he died and they are true for him today. They were true for you before Brian died, they are true for you today, and they will be true for you tomorrow.

While I believe the truth of those words and the strength of God’s love I also know those words do not take away the grief, dry the tears, or answer the questions we bring today.

I think we come here today with two main questions. Our first question is the same one Thomas asks in today’s gospel (John 14:1-6). “How can we know the way?”

How can a parent who outlives his son, a parent who outlives her boy, possibly know the way? We can’t. How can we know the way when a loved one or friend dies and life gives us what we never asked for or wanted? How can we know the way when death shatters our world and nothing makes sense anymore? We can’t. We don’t.

As difficult as this first question is, there is another. I think many of us bring a second question to this day. Some of you may have asked it aloud and others may have struggled with it silently. Why didn’t he tell us?

Why didn’t he tell us he was sick? Why didn’t he give us the opportunity to be there, to help, to love him through this? I don’t think it’s so much a question we are asking Brian but a question we are asking ourselves. It’s a question that comes from a deep and profound grief, a grief that causes us to wonder or believe, “I should have known. I should have seen something. I should have picked up on something he said. If only I had figured it out I could’ve done something. I would’ve said this or done that. I could’ve made a difference.”

I’ve thought a lot about this second question. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Brian but over the last few weeks I’ve heard stories about him, learned what he was like, and gained more information about how he died and what happened. As I did, I realized that Brian had made a decision. He was intentional about how this would go. This was not unplanned. He had something in his mind and in his heart.

Janice, I gained even more clarity about this when you told me that you all had chosen John 14 for today’s gospel, that story about the many rooms in the Father’s house and Jesus’ promises to prepare a place for us and to be with us in that place. What I have come to believe and understand is that Brian was not depriving anyone of anything. He was not depriving you of helping and loving him through all this this was his way of helping and loving you through all this. You were the ones in his mind and in his heart. He was saying to you, “I know the way. I am already ok.”

Brian chose a room in the Father’s house over a bed in a hospital. Now that’s someone who knows the way, someone who is ok within himself, someone who knows the many rooms of the Father’s house: rooms of life, healing, light, and love rooms of hope, mercy and forgiveness rooms of beauty and generosity. Brian knew what Thomas and we do not. He knew the way and he knew he was ok. Grief has hidden that from us but not from Brian.

Brian did this his way. It was his way of loving and reassuring you. It may not be the way we would choose for ourselves or would have chosen for Brian, but it was his way and we need to trust and honor that.

When I say that Brian did this his way I don’t mean Brian did it his way in the sense of that old Frank Sinatra song. Brian’s way, from everything I can see, was grounded in his love for you, grounded in the everlasting love of God, grounded in the promises of Christ, and grounded in the knowledge that his life was daily being renewed even as his body was dying.

We who remain might be able to name the day or maybe even the hour of his death. Brian, however, never knew the moment of his death. He simply passed from this life to the next life. He knew the way.

I need you to trust me and work with me on what I am going to say next. It won’t seem true but it is. Brian’s love, his life, and his presence are as real today as before he died. I know it doesn’t look like that and it sure doesn’t feel like that. I know that your grief and tears are saying that it’s not true. But I promise you it is. It is the gospel truth. His love, his life, and his presence are different today but just as real. That means we must learn to listen, to see, and to speak differently.

It means we must listen with the ears of our heart. We must listen for his voice when it seems that silence is all we hear. We must trust that his voice has never grown quiet. In a few minutes we’ll come to that place in the prayers where we say that we are “joining our voices with the Angels, and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven.” “All the company of heaven.” That means Brian’s voice and the voices of all those we love who have died. Their voices and our voices become one voice offering praise and thanksgiving to the God who creates and gives life, the God who renews and heals life, the God whose love overcomes death. So when we get to that place in the liturgy slow down, open the ears of your heart, and listen. Listen for Brian’s voice. It’s there with the Angels, and Archangels, and all the company of heaven.

We must be willing to see more than we think is there. We must be willing to let ourselves be surprised. We must look for Brian’s presence in new and different ways. We must keep the eyes of our heart open — because you never know when a redbird might show up.

Finally, tell the stories about Brian and speak his name. Tell the stories of how his life intersected yours. Tell about the joys and laughter, the sorrows and losses, the successes and failures. Tell how, as I read on Facebook, Brian could in one breath bless you and in the next cuss you. Tell the ways in which he touched your life and made a difference. Never stop telling the stories. Those stories are not simply words, they create and call forth presence. So when you tell the stories about Brian speak not so much with your lips but with your heart. Those stories are not just a recollection of past events, a recitation of history. They are the never-ending story of Brian’s life.

None of this will end the grief you have today and it won’t undo what has happened. I know that. Instead, it renews our hope and our confidence that there is a way forward even when we can’t know the way, even when we don’t see it, and even when we don’t believe it. You see, life is far too sacred and the love of God and the love of Brian are far too strong, for death to have the final word.

Life has changed, not ended. And that’s why on this day, “even at the grave, we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.”

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  1. Baron

    Which I didn't say.

  2. Macbride

    Excuse, that I can not participate now in discussion - there is no free time. But I will be released - I will necessarily write that I think on this question.

  3. Hania

    In my opinion, you are wrong.

  4. Karlis

    I am ready to help you, ask questions. Together we can come up with a correct answer.

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