74 F. average high on June 1.
72 F. high on June 1, 2012.
.06" rain fell yesterday from PM instability showers.
Image credit above: "First radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2 were obtained when the asteroid was about 3.75 million miles (6 million kilometers) from Earth. The radar collage covers a little bit more than two hours." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR.
America's Most Vulnerable Hurricane Metropolitan Areas. Tampa/St. Pete tops the list, Miami, New Orleans, Virginia's Tidewater region and Houston/Galveston in the Top 5. Source: Climate Central.
June Hurricane Climatology. Tropical storms and hurricanes are most likely to form in the eastern Gulf of Mexico in June, according to NHC records. Image: WeatherNation TV.
Graphic credit above: "Graphic showing that we've been in an active period of tropical cyclone activity since 1995, where the average number of named tropical storms has jumped significantly to 15.2 per year." Climate Central.
Photo credit above: "A house is engulfed in flames as water and waves inundate homes on Galveston Island as Hurricane Ike approaches the coast Sept. 12, 2008." Photo: Smiley N. Pool, Staff / Houston Chronicle.
NOAA Satellite May Be Back Online Soon, Official Says. Climate Central has the story - here's an excerpt: "A vital weather satellite that blinked out on May 22 may be back in service as early as June 5, according to an official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The satellite, known as GOES-13, suffered from an unexplained change in its orientation toward the Earth — what NOAA calls an “attitude disturbance” — that caused its instruments to shut down automatically. So far, engineers working to restart the satellite have not found any signs of damage, nor have they found an explanation for the satellite’s sudden shift..."
Image credit above: NOAA. "GOES East image taken on May 31, 2013 by the backup satellite, GOES-14."
The Climate Change Guilt Trip. It's easy to get depressed some days, especially when you second-guess efforts to reduce your carbon footprint. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed at The Los Angeles Times: "...Of course, it wasn't really about me. What my friend expressed was climate guilt, a feeling that many of us who care about environmental issues experience every day. I am not immune. We feel guilty about driving cars and watching TV and turning on lights, as if that makes us personally responsible for this gigantic threat that looms over us. For years, caring governments and thoughtful corporations have communicated the idea that we're all in this together, that if we each just do our bit we can solve this global warming mess. Duke Energy, a utility company that depends heavily on coal, points out that "saving the environment can be as easy as changing a light bulb." It's a gentle, brotherly tone. But there's something in the subtext here too — a warning: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone..."
Photo credit above: "Oil companies have made up the most powerful industry on Earth for the last 50 years." (Michael Nelson / EPA)