107 F. heat index late afternoon yesterday (factoring in a dew point of 77 F).
F. average high on August 27.
F. high on August 27, 2012.
Excessive Heat Warning in effect Wednesday.
Half as much water in the air by Labor Day (dew points drop to near 50F).
The Wild, Wild West. The contrasts out west are remarkable, a sharp dividing line separating drought from flood. Throw in a few Los Angeles-size wildfires and an occasional haboob and you have all the meteorological bases covered. In today's edition of Climate Matters I examine the extreme contrats, and how smoke from the Rim Blaze at Yosemite is showing up as far north as Minnesota (and Canada).
Photo credit above: "The California Rim Fire seen via satellite in the visible and infrared. The growth is obvious. The city at the top is Reno, NV." Photo by NASA/Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon/Sumi-NPP
Map credit: tornado touchdowns since January 1, courtesy of NOAA SPC.
Graphic credit above: "This infrared image from NOAA's GOES-East satellite on Aug. 20 shows the Global Hawk crossing the low-level remnants of Erin. Erin's low-level clouds appear as a faint circulation. The green path is the direction the Global Hawk came from. The red line represents the path the aircraft would follow." (Credit: NASA/NOAA).
Photo credit above: "Safest large city in America? Syracuse, New York". Source: whiotv.com.
Photo credit above: "Chaser With Fluffy." Dan Nosowitz.
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WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear and warm. Low: 72
Photo credit above: "A section of the Petermann glacier in Greenland, photographed by the 'heli-cam', a remote camera attached to a small single engine helicopter, triggered from inside the cockpit by remote control." Photograph: Nick Cobbing/Greenpeace.
Photo credit above: "Many household devices continue to draw power even when they are not in use, adding unnecessarily to electricity bills." Photograph by Marc Wuchner, Corbis.