On Memorial Day the National Weather Service issued a rare "Flash Flood Emergency" for life-threatening conditions near Austin, Texas. NOAA has been using this terminology for only 7 years. Like a "Tornado Emergency" it implies an even greater danger and urgency than a warning.
Much of Texas is experiencing historic flooding; the same counties that were in a severe drought just 3 weeks ago.
When skeptics say "What's a few degrees among friends?" or "CO2 is plant food, Paul!" I point them to new research showing a growing link between rapid Arctic warming and weather-whiplash, along with shifts in the jet stream.
There's early evidence that weather systems are deeper, moving slower, especially during the summer months. Storms and fronts seem more prone to getting "stuck". When weather stalls bad things can unfold, debilitating droughts, stronger heatwaves and mega-floods.
Yesterday's storm stalled over Minnesota, putting another big dent in our drought. If this keeps up most of Minnesota may be drought-free by mid-June.
Get ready for a summer-sandwich: 80s today & Thursday; again much of next week. Sandwiched in-between: a cooler, drier, sunnier weekend is brewing.
Photo credit above: "Flood waters cover Memorial Parkway near downtown Houston, May 26, 2015. Flooding brought Houston to a near-standstill Tuesday and killed as many as five people, sending normally tame rivers and bayous surging past their banks, inundating streets and homes, and leaving roadways littered with thousands of abandoned, ruined cars." (Michael Stravato for The New York Times).
Photo credit above: "The cement stilts of the home belonging to the Carey family of Corpus Christi, Texas, are all that remain the home was swept away by the Blanco River early Sunday morning during a flash flood in Wimberley, Texas, on Monday, May 25, 2015. The Carey and McComb family, from Corpus Christi, Texas, have been missing since." (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Photo credit above: "With downtown Dallas in view, water from the Trinity River floods the area below the Sylvan Avenue bridge Monday, May 25, 2015, in Dallas. Several people were reported missing in flash flooding from a line of storms that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes." (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News via AP).
Rubbing Salt in the Wound. Now Mother Nature is just piling on - no mercy for residents of Texas and Oklahoma anytime soon as a nearly stationary weather system sparks additional rounds of heavy showers and T-storms. GFS guidance hints at another 3-6" for Tulsa and Oklahoma City by the weekend; some .5 to 1"+ amounts possible across Minnesota and Wisconsin on Friday of this week. Source: NOAA and AerisWeather.
Floods Bring Death and Destruction to Texas and Oklahoma. The New York Time reports.
Photo credit above: "In this aerial photo a barn with a Texas flag painted on its roof is surrounded by water near Martindale, Texas, after the San Marcos River flooded, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee." (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman via AP).
Photo credit above: "Residents navigate a flooded street in Houston." (David J. Phillip/AP)
Photo credit above: Ramiro Gomez, Reuters.
Image credit above: "Charles Hatfield (on the ladder) and his younger brother built a 20-foot tower in the woods east of San Diego and began what one city official would later call “an incantation aimed at wringing moisture from the air.” What followed was a destructive downpour."
8 days of record-breaking heat in Canada's Yukon. The CBC has details.
* More details on India's heatwave can be found here, courtesy of Huffington Post.
Hospitals are on alert to treat victims of heatstroke and authorities advise people to stay indoors with no end in sight to the searing conditions.
In the worst-hit state of Andhra Pradesh, in the south, 551 people have died in the last week as temperatures hit 47C on Monday.
- See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2015/05/26/india-heatwave-kills-800-as-roads-melt.html#sthash.XKI2zr9B.dpuf
Image credit above: "Rendering of Niami's under-construction mansion in L.A.’s Bel Air neighborhood." Source: McClean Design via Bloomberg.
TODAY: Instant July. Touch of fog early, then warm sunshine. Winds: W 5-10. High: 84
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy - feels like summer. Low: 63
THURSDAY: Sticky sun, T-storm at night. High: 81
FRIDAY: Lingering showers & T-storms. Wake-up: 62. High: 73
SATURDAY: Comfortable sunshine, cooling off. Wake-up: 49. High: 62
SUNDAY: Pass the sunscreen. Cool start. Lot's of sunshine. Wake-up: 45. High: 69
MONDAY: Some sun, sticky humidity levels. Wake-up: 51. High: 75
TUESDAY: Steamy sun, T-storms up north. Wake-up: 60. High: 83
Photo credit above: "Polar explorer Thomas Ulrich skis across a melt pond on sea ice near Champ Island, in Russia's Franz Josef Land, in 2009. Climate change is making Arctic ice melt faster, making it more perilous to cross." Photograph by Borge Ousland, National Geographic.
Photo credit above: "Experts say South Beach could be underwater in 100 years." Photo by Marc Averette, used under a Creative Commons license.
Photo credit: AP. "Certain neighborhoods like this one in Miami regularly experience flooding during heavy rains and extreme high tides. National and regional climate change risk assessments have used the flooding to illustrate the Miami area’s vulnerability to rising sea levels."