95 F high predicted for Thursday, dew point near 70.
Severe storms possible close to home Thursday night as a cooler front approaches.
49-54 F. dew points on tap for Saturday - half as much water in the air than Thursday.
64 days above 100 so far this summer season in Dallas/Fort Worth (record is 69 days, set in 1980)
23 consecutive days above 100 at Houston, Texas.
Signs of autumn....
Austin Camp Mabry, TX 105
Midland, TX 105
Wichita Falls, OK 109
Tyler, TX 103
Philadelphia's Record Summer:
July 2011 was Philadelphia’s hottest month on record. August 2011 is the rainiest month the city has ever had. Philadelphia on average receives 42.05 inches of rain throughout an entire year. Philadelphia broke a record for most rainfall at 13.61 inches and that was before Hurricane Irene. After the storm, new record breaking amount was 18.41 inches of rain in a single month.
* photo credit above: David Reilly, flickr.
* It's early, but right now it appears that Hurricane Katia will make a turn to the north/northeast, avoiding the east coast of the USA early next week.
Tropical Storm "Lee"? This is pure speculation - but an area of disturbed weather entering the Gulf of Mexico may strengthen to tropical storm status, even a hurricane, as early as Sunday. Right now the GFS brings this storm into coastal Alabama or the panhandle of Florida - but it's way to early to get specific.
Irene: "1 In 500 Year Flood":
Hurricane Irene caused many rivers and creeks in upstate New York to crest at near record levels, leading to severe flooding in several communities.
The Mohawk River near Schenectady was expected to crest at a record 12 feet above flood level, promising what officials called a "500-year flood."
State officials were keeping a close eye on dams, and encouraged residents near the overflowing Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware County to leave the area.
* information courtesy of the New York Daily News. (photo courtesy of NASA).
Hurricane Irene Aftermath:
- At least 41 deaths across 11 states blamed on Irene so far. (updated 8/30 2:55pm)
- A total of 2.85 million customers still are without power (updated 8/30 2:55pm)
- In New Jersey, search and rescue teams have plucked nearly 600 people from
homes in recent days with the most intense efforts on Tuesday
when the Passaic River measured 13 feet (4 metres) above flood
stage (we have youtube video of this)
- More than a dozen towns in New York and Upstate New York are cut off because roads and bridges are washed out
- 400 hundred people are stranded at Killington Ski Resort in Vermont
- Vermont began mobilizing National Guard helicopters to airlift food, water and supplies Tuesday to these small towns - (We have video of bridge repair in vermont)
- It was the worst flooding to strike Vermont in 83 years.
- Most of the state's major rivers crested Monday and the water began to recede, but the damage was already widespread, state officials said.
- Mercer and Middlesex Counties in the central part of New Jersey also hard hit with some streets under several feet of water.
- The nation’s planes, trains and buses had their first full day of near-normal service since Thursday, as most passengers stranded by Hurricane Irene slowly made their way home.
- Amtrak resumed service between New York and Boston Tuesday. Trains are still cancelled between Philadelphia and New York because of flooding. Amtrak also cancelled trains from the Northeast to cities like Miami and New Orleans.
* map above courtesy of the New York Times.
"GWEN IFILL: It was a day for clearing away the mess and calculating the cost along the path of Hurricane Irene. The scope of the wreckage was less than feared, but the storm did kill at least 35 people in 10 states and triggered ongoing floods.
Irene was long gone today, but a weekend of storm-driven downpours left behind a trail of damage, sometimes to lethal effect.
CRAIG FUGATE, Federal Emergency Management Agency: We have seen record flooding in Vermont, record flooding in New York. We still have rivers that have yet to crest. The river forecast center for the Northeast was reporting that some of these rivers may not crest for two to three days. So, the extent of impacts, we still don't know.
GWEN IFILL: Officials said the flooding in Vermont was the worst in at least 80 years. It swept away historic bridges more than 100 years old.
WOMAN: Oh, my God.
GWEN IFILL: In Upstate New York, streams turned into swollen torrents, leaving roads impassable and entire communities cut off. And in Pompton Lakes, N.J., a house exploded into flames and burned amid the floodwaters, possibly from a gas leak. The storm also knocked out power to nearly 7.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast.
Governors in Connecticut and Maryland warned today it could take some time to turn the lights back on."
Thursday Severe Threat. An approaching cool front may spark strong to severe T-storms Thursday, most likely from northern and central Minnesota southwestward to Colorado. Source: SPC.
Rainfall Trends. The best chance of showers and T-storms: Thursday night, as a cooler front approaches from the Dakotas. A few instability showers are possible with a reinforcing (second) cool front Saturday night. Right now Labor Day appears dry, with more sun, less wind, and low humidity. Early next week should feel like September.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
WEDNESDAY: Damp, gray start, becoming partly sunny and humid PM hours. Dew point: 65. Winds: S 10. High: 81
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, warm and humid. Low: 73
From Scientific American:
"Just shy of the halfway mark, 2011 has seen eight $1-billion-plus disasters, with total damages from wild weather at more than $32 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Agency officials said that total could grow significantly, since they expect this year's North Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1, will be an active one."* Irene is now the 10th billion dollar weather disaster so far this year in the USA, a new record (old record was 9 separate billion dollar disasters in 2008).