21 days/row above 85 F. in the Twin Cities, second most on record.
84 F. average high for July 18.
98 F. high temperature on July 18, 2011.
90+ F. highs expected from Friday thru Thursday of next week.
35+ days above 90 F. this year seems more likely than ever by late September in the Twin Cities.
.83" rain fell at Twin Cities International Airport in the 24 hour period ending 7 pm yesterday.
2.42" rain has fallen so far in July, .12" more than average, to date.
This Thing Isn't Over Just Yet. The NOAA map above shows the projected maximum heat index next Tuesday, from 100-105 F. in the Twin Cities, closer to 110-115 at Sioux Falls, a big area from South Dakota to St. Louis to the Carolinas sweltering under a 105-110 F. heat index. Click here to see the 3-7 Day Heat Index Outlook, courtesy of NOAA.
Sweltering Bulls-Eye. NOAA's CPC shows the center of the heat wave over the Midwest through most of next week. There are some signs that the worst of the heat/drought may shift into the Central Plains by the first week of August. Map above: Ham Weather.
106 F. at St. Louis Wednesday, marking the 8th day this summer of 105+; record is 10 days back in 1934.
1,500. Average number of Americans who perish from the heat every year in the USA. That's more than die in floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards combined. In many of these deaths, heat is a force-multiplier, compounding and aggravating other heart or respiratory conditions that ultimately result in death. Details from NOAA below.
5 million tons. The average U.S. family releases 50 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, annually.
9 billion tons of carbon is released into the atmosphere, globally, every year - as CO2. Source: PBS NOVA.
70% "In a poll taken July 12-16, 70 percent of respondents said they think the climate is changing, compared with 65 percent in a similar poll in March. Those saying it’s not taking place fell to 15 percent from 22 percent, according to data set to be released this week by the UT Energy Poll." - details from Bloomberg Businessweek below.
"...They tell me that the warmest twelve-month periods in the original 48 states since 1895 have all been in the last 17 years. The warmest in 117 years was from July of 2011 to June of this year. The bleeding hearts say this is a bad thing. I see it as an opportunity. The hotter it is, the more swimming pools and air-conditioners are needed. The more that are needed, the more workers are required to build and install them. That's right. Global Warming is a job creator." - from a very tongue-in-cheek Op-Ed at sturgisjournal.com; details below.
"Climate change solutions will create more wealth than any other sector over the next decade." - Virgin CEO Richard Branson, in an hour-long NOVA TV documentary "Power Surge".
121.3 F. high temperature on July 17 at Marrakesh, Morocco - hottest (reliable) temperature ever recorded. Details from Weather Underground.
- DO - Slow down, and reduce strenuous activity. Mow the lawn or garden in the early morning or late evening instead of midday.
- DO - Dress in lightweight, nonrestrictive, light-colored clothing.
- DO - Drink plenty of water or other nonalcoholic fluids.
- DO - Eat light, easy-to-digest foods.
- DO - Seek out shade if you have to be outdoors for extended periods. Spend more time in air-conditioned places.
- DO - Check on elderly neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure they are okay.
- DO - When outside, take frequent dips in the ocean or pool, or mist yourself with a water bottle. When inside, take frequent cool baths or showers and use cold compresses to cool off.
- DO - Apply high-SPF sunscreen frequently when outdoors.
- DO - Seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms of heat illness. (See chart below for symptoms, likely conditions and treatment.)
One Week: 832 Warm Weather Records. What's impressive isn't just the scope of record highs, but the trends at night - we're seeing far more (warm) nighttime low records nationwide. Map: Ham Weather.
Photo credit above: "People walk past longnose gars and a catfish on a sand bar at the Platte River near the Louisville state recreation area in Neb., Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Low water flow due to lack of precipitation has exposed large areas of the river bed." (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
* Farms told to stop using surface water for irrigation
* Surface water used in only 10 pct of irrigation systems
* Nebraska corn 70 pct silking, when water need is higher
* Crop conditions drop due to worsening drought (Updates with Kansas restrictions)
"More than 1,100 farmers in Nebraska have been ordered by the state's Department of Natural Resources to halt irrigation of their crops because the rivers from which they draw water have dropped due to a worsening drought.
The orders come as the central United States is enduring the worst drought in a quarter century, which has parched corn and soybean crops and sent prices of both commodities to near-record highs."
Photo credit above: "The exposed bottom of the Mississippi River is baked and cracked by extreme heat and lack of rain Tuesday, July 17, 2012 near St. Louis. The nation's widest drought in decades is spreading, with more than half of the continental United States now in some stage of drought and most of the rest enduring abnormally dry conditions." (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
Photo credit above: "Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talks about the drought during the press briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2012." (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
"2) Current droughts may be hurting U.S. corn yields, but they’re not yet causing a global food crisis. The United States is the world’s largest exporter of corn and a key supplier of soybeans. And right now, U.S. corn and soy production appear to be wilting under the heat—the Department of Agriculture has cut its corn-production estimate by 12 percent. If output ends up falling, that would raise the price for corn, for biofuels, as well as for beef (since corn is used to feed livestock).
More broadly, however, analysts still don’t think we’re facing a situation like 2007 and 2008, when skyrocketing food prices triggered riots in dozens of countries from Haiti to Egypt. That’s because global wheat and rice supplies are holding fairly steady, at least for now.
3) Climate change may already be making some U.S. droughts more likely. Given that the United States experienced even more severe droughts in the 1930s and 1950s, when carbon emissions were lower than they are today, one might assume that modern U.S. droughts have little to do with global warming."
* latest interactive U.S. Drought Monitor from NOAA here.
One Week's Worth Of Storm Reports. Over 2,000 storm observations have been reported in the last 7 days, including 3 tornadoes in the Red River Valley. Map above courtesy of NOAA and Ham Weather.
"How come these big rain events always seem to cut off just north of my neighborhood or happen south of the Minnesota River? I live near 98th and Penn in Bloomington and I swear so often, when these big rain events move into the Twin Cities area, the southern cut-off to the rain seems to be just north of me, somewhere around 494 to say, around 86th street or the northern cut-off is the river. I am pretty sure there is no real reason, but I get frustrated when I hear the weather guys talk about the heavy rain "we" had today, and I get no rain or, like this morning, at best a minute or two of medium rain. Then I take a look at the radar and the whole TC area is getting heavy rain. Unless it is some huge drawn-out rain event like the 8-9" we got a month or so ago over those couple of days, it really does seem to always go north, or, sometimes, south of the Minnesota River.
As I said earlier, I am sure it is just luck of the draw, but it really seems like my house is sitting in some sort of an "arid black hole" that the rains fear to enter.
If you have any specific reason why this happens, I would be interested in hearing it. Otherwise thanks for letting me vent. :)
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Some sun, sticky. Dew point: 65. Winds: East 5-10. High: 86
THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy - humid. Low: 70
Go Jump in a Lake
Photo credit above: "Evyn Schaeffer, 4, of Scotia, cools off in a sprinkler at the Tri City BMX Track in Rotterdam, N.Y., as the mercury hit 98 degrees, one degree short of the record 99 set back in 1900, on Tuesday, July 17, 2012." (AP Photo/The Daily Gazette, Peter R. Barber)
Photo credit above: "Jason Greer volunteers in the community garden at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Greer says things like food co-ops and gardens are moving young people past the idea that caring for the earth is a "liberal" thing." Heidi Heilbrunn/staff.
Photo credit: Lloyd Garver, LloydGarver.com.
Photo credit above: Marina Montresor, SZN/Alfred Wegener Institute. "This algae, called Chaetoceros atlanticus, can bloom in the ocean when iron is added to the water. It captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and carries the carbon down underwater when it sinks."
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-profiteers-climate-arctic.html#jC10 Reasons "Clean Coal" Is Offensive. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed from Huffington Post: "According to the Washington Examiner yesterday, President Obama's campaign team is going "on the offensive to promote [the President's] support for clean coal". I am not sure if the article is using "offensive" in the appropriate way when it comes to talking about clean coal. Clean coal is nothing more than a made up marketing phrase that author Jeff Goodell best described:
"Clean coal" is not an actual invention, a physical thing -- it is an advertising slogan. Like "fat-free donuts" or "interest-free loans."It is PR spin not based in reality and President Obama and his campaign team are playing a part in trying to dupe the public again, much like they did in the 2008 election cycle. Coal is far from clean and no amount of spin or wordsmithing is going to change that."