83 F. average high on July 29.
79 F. high on July 29, 2013.
July 29, 1971: Cool spell across Minnesota with frost in north and freezing temperatures reported as far south as Pipestone.
Many residents of Revere, Massachusetts, about 5 miles northeast of Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, were shocked that an EF-2 tornado could strike at 9:30 AM on a Monday morning. It was on the ground for 2 miles, ripping up 100 homes and businesses - a blunt reminder that tornadoes can hit cities and close-in suburbs.
A little concrete & asphalt doesn't protect you from nature's most fickle wind. The urban heat island and drier air over metropolitan areas may inhibit small tornadoes, but large twisters pull in moisture & energy from a 5-10 mile radius. A few high-rise buildings won't stop them from forming. A tornado is more of a process than an object. If you see large hail or rotation, even in the morning in a major city, start looking for an underground shelter.
July has been the deadliest month for U.S. tornadoes since 1978.
The next unusually strong southward bulge in the jet stream may treat us to 60s and 70s by the end of next week. Another premature puff of autumn.
Enjoy 80s into Sunday; the best chance of T-storms late Friday, again Monday. No sizzling heat or controversial dew points.
It's been an amazing week. And no, I take nothing for granted these days.
Photo credit above: "Master Auto manager Marie Annaloro, left, and Victoria Ohlson,right, sweep glass and debris in the service garage where the roof blew off in Revere, Mass. Monday, July 28, 2014, after a tornado touched down. Revere Deputy Fire Chief Mike Viviano says the fire department in that coastal city has received dozens of calls reporting partial building and roof collapses, and downed trees and power lines. Viviano says there are no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries." (AP Photo/Elise Amendola).
Photo credit above: Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff. "A look inside N.C.'s Auto Service in Revere after the storm on Monday."
Image credit: Courtesy of WCVB-TV in Boston. "Security cameras at a Revere school captured the moment a tornado hit the city Monday morning when trees were knocked down by winds from an EF-2 tornado."
* More details on the Revere EF-2 tornado from The Boston Herald.
Photo credit above: "Michelle Ellison, left, is among those looking through debris from her home Monday, July 28, 2014, near LaFollette, Tenn. The National Weather Service confirmed a F-3 tornado packing winds of 140 mph slammed into the community Sunday night, leveling 10 homes and and a business." (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, J. Miles Cary).
Image credit: Aeris/HAMweather.
The tornado had a path length of two miles and a path width of 3/8 of a mile. Maximum wind gusts were estimated at a range of 100 MPH to 120 MPH.
- See more at: http://www.publicsafetyreporter.com/2014/07/29/ef-2-tornado-in-revere-massachusetts-damage-and-debris-but-no-serious-injuries/#sthash.gIcdGYFC.dpuf
File photo above: "This Oct. 30, 2012 file photo shows Sveinn Storm, owner of Storm Bros. Ice Cream Factory measuring flood waters outside his store in Annapolis, Md. in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that passed through the East Coast. A new federal report says that along much of America’s coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years. And scientists blame rising seas, saying this is one of the ways global warming is changing everyday lives. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studied nuisance flooding, where no one is hurt but people have to deal with flooded roads and buildings." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File).
* NOAA has more information on the increase in nuisance flooding along the coast here.
City / Percentage increase
Annapolis, Md. 925%
Atlantic City, 682%..."
Looking Back at Hurricane Andrew, Over 20 Years Later. KBTX.com takes a look back at a small but fierce Category 5 storm that struck just south of Miami in August, 1992; here's a clip: "Hurricane Andrew made landfall in South Florida in August of 1992. The community of Homestead, south of Miami, was one of the locations hardest hit by the Category 5 storm. According to the Miami - South Florida National Weather Service office, Hurricane Andrew caused an estimated $26 billion in damages -- making it the most expensive natural disaster in United States history, at that time. Andrew came on land on August 24th, with a sustained wind of 175mph. The storm caused 65 deaths, destroyed over 23,000 homes, and is estimated to have damaged an additional 108,000 more between South Florida and South Central Louisiana, where it made a second landfall after moving back into the Gulf of Mexico..."
Fukushima Study: Think About Unthinkable Disasters. From TMI to Fukushima to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 it's usually a cascade of unintented consequences, a domino effect of events that nobody could anticipate or model in advance, that magnify the impacts of a disaster in unimaginable and unpredictable ways. Here's an excerpt of a story from AP and NBC40.net in South Jersey: " A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. That means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storms, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly unusual, according to Thursday's National Academy of Sciences report. Those kinds of things triggered the world's three major nuclear accidents. "We need to do a soul searching when it comes to the assumptions" of how to deal with worst case events, said University of Southern California engineering professor Najmedin Meshkati, the panel's technical adviser. Engineers should "think about something that could happen once every, perhaps 1,000 years" but that's not really part of their training or nature, he said..."
File photo above: "In this March 12, 2011 photo provided by GeoEye, Fukushima, Japan is shown. Japan's nuclear crisis intensified Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple reactor meltdowns and more than 180,000 people evacuated the quake- and tsunami-savaged northeastern coast where fears spread over possible radioactive contamination."
TODAY: Lukewarm sun, pleasant. Dew point: 55. Winds: NW 10. High: 80
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy skies. Low: 61
THURSDAY: Plenty of sun. Hard to concentrate. High: 81
FRIDAY: AM sun, late PM T-storm? Dew point: 60. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
SATURDAY: Warm sun, very nice. Dew point: 58. Wake-up: 62. High: 84
SUNDAY: Sun fades, late-day T-storm risk. Wake-up: 67. High: 84
MONDAY: Front stalls, T-storms linger. Wake-up: 65. High: 78
TUESDAY: Still unsettled, scattered T-storms. Wake-up: 63. High: 77
Photo credit above: "General Mills, one of the world's largest cereal brands, also promised not to contribute to deforestation in supply chains such as beef, soy and sugarcane where deforestation has been rampant. That expands on the company's existing pledge not to purchase palm oil from deforested land." (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press).
Image credit above: "What might cause global warming to increase in the next few decades? It could be water vapor. Color enhanced satellite image of upper tropospheric water vapor." (Photo : NASA)
Photo credit above: "A fracking operation in Mead, Colorado." (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley).