Photo credit above: Jim Urquhart / Reuters. "A tanker helicopter drops water as a firefighter works to douse a hot spot at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey, Idaho, on Saturday."
Photo credit above: "A helicopter descends in the Golden Eagle Subdivsion to refill with water from a pond while battling the Beaver Creek Fire on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 north of Hailey, Idaho." (AP Photo/Times-News, Ashley Smith).
Quiet In The Tropics - For Now. Here is an excerpt of an Alerts Broadcaster briefing that went out Sunday morning:
Summary: the potential for tropical storm formation has dropped close to zero for South Texas, but moisture from that dying tropical wave is fueling very heavy thunderstorms, which have temporarily stalled near Mobile and Pensacola, setting up a scenario for serious flash flooding today and Monday. Otherwise the tropics are (temporarily) quiet with no major risks looking out 7-10 days, but hurricane potential may heat up after September 1. Meanwhile portions of China and Russia are experiencing the worst flooding in over a century. We'll keep you posted.
Photo credit: ITAR/TASS. "An aerial view of a flooded village in the Amur region in Russia's Far East on August 14."
Photo credit above: "Flood waters sweep the Bolshoy Ussuriysky island near the city of Khabarovsk." (RIA Novosti/Vitaliy Ankov). Courtesy of RT.com.
MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and warm. Low: 71
* photo above: AP, Kansas City Star, David Eulitt.
Map credit above: Tim McDonnell/Climate Desk.
Photo credit above: "Summer ice cover in the Arctic has dropped by more than 40% over the last few decades." Photograph: Goncalo Diniz/Alamy.
Photo credit above: "A view of North America's tallest peak, Mount McKinley, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, from the Stony Dome area of Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska." (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer).
Photo credit above: "The United Nations this week will weigh an agreement to regulate activity in international waters outside the jurisdiction of any country. Above, a sea turtle swims near a coral reef in the Pacific Ocean." (Steve De Neef / Greenpeace/EPA )
Photo credit above: " Photo: ASHLEY COOPERS/ALAMY.
Earth has 'low-grade fever'
“God’s creation is telling us it’s running a fever—a low-grade fever,” she said. People traditionally view weather patterns like a driver whose eyes are fixed on the rearview mirror, without considering changing conditions, she said. The climatological history of the High Plains demonstrates cyclical change between hot and cold, wet and dry..."
Photo credit above: "Herb Grover, dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences at Wayland Baptist University, moderates a forum on the Plainview campus featuring Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University." (PHOTO/Wayland Baptist University).