83 F. average high for July 23.
96 F. high on July 23, 2012.
Thursday: best chance of showers and T-storms in sight.
Sweatshirts Saturday morning? We'll wake up to 40s (north) and low 50s (metro).
340 consecutive months of global temperatures warmer than the 20th century average.
Graphic credit above: "Animation of 500 mb pressure anomalies from July 12 to July 18, 2013, showing the migration of the heat dome from east to west (in orange and red) and the upper level low toward Texas (blue)." Credit: Ryan Maue for Weatherbell.com.
Image credit above: CIMSS Satellite Blog.
Among the impacted of extreme weather cited by the UN:
- Building and construction companies may find opportunities limited in some areas due to water scarcity
- Chemical companies will face increasing government regulations and consumer pressure to minimize water usage and cut waste.
- The reliability of power grids may be put under pressure by increasing heat waves.
- Food and beverage companies face depleted fish stocks and shifting agricultural zones.
- The loss of plant and animal species will limit discoveries of compounds used in health care.
- Energy-intensive data centers for information and communication companies are vulnerable to rising power prices..."
Photo credit above: Via NASA: “In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.”
Photo credit above: "Sun babies." AP Photo / Boris Grdanoski.
Photo credit above: Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette. "Rick Rowlands points out poison ivy at the Carrie Furnaces site in Braddock."
Photo credit above: "There may be a new tool for farmers. Scientists have discovered that climate data can help predict some crop failures several months before harvest. This could have huge implications for the future of farming and could allow for better preparations in the future." (Photo : Flickr.com/parker Knight)
Photo credit above: "A heavy smoke plume from a boreal forest fire." Credit: NASA
Image credit above: "The Larsen B ice shelf began disintegrating around Jan. 31, 2002, and eventually collapsed into the Weddell Sea. University of Michigan researchers have devised a new model of iceberg calving that can mirror this event." (Credit: NASA)
Photo credit: Matthew Ryan Williams for The New York Times. "Visitors leaving the ice caves under the Mendenhall Glacier, near Juneau, Alaska. Unpredictable flood surges have elevated concerns."