40 days above 100 in Dallas (all-time record is 42 days in 1980)
Saturday: Mix of clouds and sun, north wind at 10-20 (choppy on area lakes). Slight chance of a late PM instability shower or T-shower. Dew point: 60. Highs: 73-78 (hint of September in the air).
Sunday*: More sun, less wind (southeast wind at 5-10 mph). Dew point: 56. Odds favor dry weather. Highs: 77-82
* Sunday will probably be the nicer day of the weekend, considerably less wind than Saturday, a few degrees warmer, and dry across most of Minnesota.
Broiled, Steamed Or Grilled? More records falling across Texas:
- Waco, TX consecutive 100°+ streak reached 42 days Wednesday, tying the #1 spot in 1980.
- Dallas, TX consecutive 100°+ streak reached 40 days Wednesday. Currently #2. #1 is 42 in 1980.
- Wichita Falls, TX consecutive 100°+ streak reached 50 days Wednesday. #2 is 42 in 1980.
- Oklahoma City’s consecutive 90°+ streak reached 71 days Wednesday, tying the #1 spot in 1980.
It's Official: Second Worst Drought In Texas History. It's the worst 1-year drought on record, and (overall) it's now the worst drought for the Lonestar state since the 1950s. More details from the Sacramento Bee:
- Texas is officially in the midst of its second-worst drought on record.
- National Weather Service meteorologist, Victor Murphy, said that this year's drought has now surpassed one that ended in 1918 as the second-driest period in the state.
- Texas' most severe overall drought remains one that persisted from 1950-1957.
- The state climatologist last week declared the current drought the state's most severe one-year drought on record.
- Texas saw less than an inch of rain statewide in July, and more than 90 percent of the state already is in the two most extreme stages of drought.
- It has endured its driest 10 consecutive months on record.
Texas Plant Will Turn Sewage Into Drinking Water. Mmm. Mmm. Good. Just hope they don't bottle it and try to sell it elsewhere. The details from Fox News:
"FORT WORTH, Texas – In parched West Texas, it's often easier to drill for oil than to find new sources of water. So after years of diminishing water supplies made even worse by the second-most severe drought in state history, some communities are resorting to a plan that might have seemed absurd a generation ago: turning sewage into drinking water. Construction recently began on a $13 million water-reclamation plant believed to be the first in Texas. And officials have worked to dispel any fears that people will be drinking their neighbors' urine, promising the system will yield clean, safe water. Some residents are prepared to put aside any squeamishness if it means having an abundant water supply."
* photo credit above: GreenWorld Energy Foundation.
Measuring Somalia's Lack Of Rainfall. The newest generation of NOAA GOES weather satellites can estimates rainfall amounts - here's a summary of recent findings from NOAA: "Prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa along with political turmoil has created a dire situation in Somalia. The Horn receives the majority of its precipitation during two wet seasons: one in the fall and another in the spring. The spring rains are especially critical, as the water is needed to last throughout the brutal sub-Saharan summer. This past year has been especially dry. Both wet seasons have failed to produce the rainfalls necessary to sustain crops and livestock, leading to widespread food shortages and famine. In many areas around the world, even the U.S., rain gauge data can be sparse. Nevertheless, accurate rainfall estimates are needed for weather models and hazard warnings, so NOAA has developed techniques to augment rainfall measurements by including infrared and microwave data from geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites."
New "GOES-14" Satellite. GOES-14 has been turned on for testing; comparisons with GOES-11 and GOES-13 showing stratus clouds near Los Angeles, courtesy of the University of Wisconsin CIMSS blog. The new satellite is the middle loop, showing a new level of resolution.
Here is an excerpt of the "Anonymous" post:
Attention citizens of the world,
We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows:
Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy.
Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world. Some of these so-called whitehat infosec firms are working for authoritarian governments, such as those of Egypt and Syria.
Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your "privacy" settings, and deleting your account is impossible, even if you "delete" your account, all your personal info stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time. Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more "private" is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family. http://www.physorg.com/news170614271.htmlhttp://itgrunts.com/2010/10/07/facebook-steals-numbers-and-data-from-your-iph.... "
Still Betting On The USA. Dan Rather has a timely Op-Ed at Huffington Post. No minimizing how tough the current situation is (really worldwide), but Americans have a long, rich history of coming back from adversity: "The news is grim, and you don't have to be a newshound to know that. It seems that all trend lines are pointing in the wrong direction -- whether it's economic disaster (domestic and international), mounting death totals in Afghanistan (and even Iraq), London in flames, the promise of the Arab Spring becoming a summer of bloody stalemates, a drought-stricken American heartland, and on and on. We're not in complete panic yet, but most of us are starting to feel mighty queasy. There's a real sense out there, even amongst people not prone to hyperbole, that perhaps our nation's best days are behind us. I guess it matters how you define "best days," but I, for one, am not buying it. To be sure, there are millions of Americans who are struggling for the basic necessities of life: keeping a roof over their heads, food on the table, their children on the path to an education. Their pain and needs must be a priority, for elected officials setting policy and for those of us who can afford to lend a hand. But when faced with the challenges of the present, we cannot allow ourselves to be so demoralized that we lose the strength of perspective that can lead us to a more hopeful future." (photo: nndb.com).
CNN Feature's 10 Year Old's iReport, Honoring His Father, Who Died In Afghan Helicopter Crash. A sad and moving tribute from a son to his father, courtesy of CNN: "In one of the more touching iReport submissions in recent memory, 10 year old Brayden Nichols submitted a photo of his father, Bryan Nichols, who was killed in Afghanistan in teh attack that took down a helicopter carrying a team of Navy SEALs and Afghan soldiers. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer featured the photo–and the story–on his program."
One Good-Looking August Day. Under a mostly sunny sky the mercury climbed to 76 in Duluth and Hibbing, 81 at St. Cloud and the Twin Cities, 82 at Redwood Falls. A few instability T-showers popped up near Brainerd and Lake Mille Lacs by late afternoon, but a dry sky prevailed over most of Minnesota.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
With Climate Change Some Birds Are Taking Off For Migrations Sooner, Not Reaching Destinations Earlier. Science Daily has the story: "Migrating birds can and do keep their travel dates flexible, a new study published online on January 28th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, reveals. But in the case of pied flycatchers, at least, an earlier takeoff hasn't necessarily translated into an earlier arrival at their destination. It appears the problem is travel delays the birds are experiencing as a result of harsh weather conditions on the final leg of their journey through Europe. The discovery may in a sense be good news as far as birds' potential to cope under climate change, but it also highlights the vulnerability of long-distance migrants to environmental conditions in general." (photo credit: topnews.in).
Fox News Gives Science Lesson On Why Humans Aren't Causing Global Warming. I went to Penn State with Joe Bastardi - excellent forecaster and a gifted meteorologist, but he should limit his comments to something he knows a lot about: weather. Recently on Fox News he demonstrated how precious little he knows about climate science. Here's an excerpt from Treehugger and Media Matters: "As of late, Fox News has been particularly egregious in it's never-ending quest to sew doubt about the unequivocal scientific consensus that humans are causing the climate to warm -- see the SpongeBob SquarePants debacle, the moon volcano proof, the heat index nonsense, the list goes on. But this one takes the cake: Fox had the gall to get Joe Bastardi, the network's resident global warming "expert" (he works for the WeatherBELL meteorological consulting firm), to do a segment called "Why CO2 Can't Cause Warming" that was explicitly staged to explain that humans could not possibly be contributing to climate change. It was, as one climate scientist retorted, "utter nonsense". As in, not the kind of nonsense that belies traditional climate skepticism -- skeptics usually focus on some outwardly plausible concept and twist the evidence to sew doubt (sun spots! the climate's not that sensitive to CO2 concentrations! it's natural cycles). No, this is the level of nonsense that requires you to check your Physics 101 textbook at the door. Or, more accurately, I suppose, pretend that it never existed.
Here's Media Matters:
Joe Bastardi ... declared that the theory of human-induced climate change "contradicts what we call the 1st law of thermodynamics. Energy can be neither created nor destroyed. So to look for input of energy into the atmosphere, you have to come from a foreign source."
It's not clear what to conclude from this except that Fox and Bastardi are not familiar with the greenhouse effect. Climate scientists aren't claiming that humans are creating energy. They're saying that humans are trapping more energy by increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere."