150 mph+ winds, 8 feet snow, possible from next California storm

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The wind speeds forecast would be Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, possibly Cat 5.

The National Weather Service in Reno issued their forecast discussion today for California’s Sierra Nevada, and the forecast of 150 mile per hour plus winds is confirmed, along with 4-8 feet of snow at high elevations:

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FXUS65 KREV 092315
AFDREV

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Reno NV
315 PM PST Mon Jan 9 2017

.SYNOPSIS…

The weather will remain unsettled through at least Wednesday. These
storms are colder with lower snow levels lessening the flood
threat. However, downstream areas will continue to be susceptible
to flooding through Tuesday afternoon. Aside from the flooding,
heavy Sierra snowfall with periods of rain and snow will continue
into Western Nevada. High winds are also possible Tuesday. Drier
weather is expected late week into the weekend.
&&

.SHORT TERM…

Attention shifts to incoming winter storms over…

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“Heating Empty Buildings”: Billion Pound British Biomass Subsidy Scandal

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Inside a Wood Pellet Heater. Inside a Wood Pellet Heater. By H. Raab (User:Vesta) (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.0 at], via Wikimedia CommonsGuest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Breitbart – The Times reports that a badly designed British biomass subsidy has led to a gold rush of people cashing in, by heating empty buildings.

Taxpayers face £1bn bill over green energy subsidy scandal

A botched green energy scheme that has ignited a political crisis is on course to cost taxpayers more than £1 billion.

The Treasury faces the bill after a massive overspend on subsidies encouraging farmers and businesses in Northern Ireland to run eco-friendly power schemes. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was supposed to cost £25 million in its first five years but the bill is likely to reach £1.15 billion over 20 years.

The Treasury can claw back £490 million from the block grant to Northern…

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