75 F. average high on June 3.
75 F. high on June 3, 2014.
.72" rain fell at MSP International Airport yesterday.
June 3, 1955: Seven people died on Lake Traverse when their boat was overturned by strong winds from a thunderstorm. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service.
Meteorologists geek out on technology and wild weather, in that order. Red, pulsating blobs on Doppler give us something to do. If you want to shake up Aunt Nancy tell her there's a good chance of electro-magnetic bipolar generators. That's another name for cumulonimbus, thunderstorms.
More lingo: "Debris Ball". New dual-polarization Doppler radar is so sensitive it can see the debris being thrown into the air by a tornado on the ground. Suddenly we're viewing the actual twister, not just the parent supercell rotating overhead.
"Tornado Emergency" is a notch more urgent than a warning. It means a confirmed tornado is moving into a heavily populated area. It means it's the real deal, and the term "emergency" can extend to flash flooding as well.
We dry out today as winds blow from the northeast, cooling us off a few degrees by Friday. We may salvage part of Saturday but another spirited round of thundershowers arrives Saturday night, with puddles spilling over into Sunday AM.
80s return next week. Very soon you'll be able to complain about the heat. Patience.
Meanwhile Hurricane Blanca threatens Cabo - and the ECMWF forecasts a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico soon.
Landfalling Hurricanes Since 1950. Here is an information-rich graphic, courtesy of NDCD in Asheville, North Carolina.
A few exceptional records set across Texas include:
Statewide — Wettest month on record (8.81 inches)
Dallas-Forth Worth — Wettest May on record (16.96 inches)
Dallas Fort-Worth — Second wettest spring (March-May, 25.05 inches)
Wichita Falls — Wettest month on record (17 inches)
Childress — Wettest month on record (13.21 inches)
May rainfall totals of 15 to 20 inches are widespread across Texas. According to the office of the Texas state climatologist, the month of May is now the wettest on record for Texas, having received an average of 8.81 inches statewide..."
Up All Night, Sleep All Day: That's How UAH Will Study Storms in National Project. Nighttime thunderstorms remain more of a mystery than daytime (instability) storms. Here's an excerpt of a story at AL.com: "...We don't know a lot about thunderstorms at night, formation and maintenance," Knupp said. "We know more about daytime systems because what's going on on the surface represents that which is going on above the surface. The surface is coupled with the boundary layer above it. "At night, that's not true. You may have this network of surface stations that don't tell you much about what's going on above the surface where the important thunderstorm initiating mechanism are going on or thunderstorm maintenance mechanisms are taking place..."
Flood Survivors Suffering From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? I see similar symptoms in tornado and hurricane survivors. Science Daily has the details.
Photo credit above: "Apple has already started to supply technology for cars – is it planning to build one itself?" Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters.
1) To understand why Musk is doing what he’s doing. He deeply believes that he’s taken on the most pressing possible causes to give humanity the best chance of a good future. I want to explore those causes in depth and the reasons he’s so concerned about them.
2) To understand why Musk is able to do what he’s doing. There are a few people in each generation who dramatically change the world, and those people are worth studying. They do things differently from everyone else—and I think there’s a lot to learn from them..."
* Part 2 of the series, "How Tesla Will Change The World" delves into electric vehicles, renewable energy and climate change, with some of the best explanations (and graphics) I've ever seen anywhere. Kudos!
File photo of Elon Musk: AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu.
Photo credit above: Maritime Heritage Minnesota. "Mark Slick volunteers on dives with Maritime Heritage Minnesota. “These guys are all about preservation and history,” he said Tuesday."
TODAY: Some sun, isolated T-storm. Winds: NE 5-10. High: 79
THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy, a bit cooler. Low: 59
FRIDAY: More clouds than sun, slightly cooler - but still pleasant. High: 73
SATURDAY: Fading sun, late PM T-storms. Winds: SE 15+ Wake-up: 58. High: 76
SATURDAY NIGHT: Showers and T-showers likely. Low: 60
SUNDAY: Wet start then slow clearing. Winds: NW 10. High: 75
MONDAY: Sunny and dry. Of course. Wake-up: 62. HIgh: 81
TUESDAY: Warm sunshine, sticky. Feels like summer again. Dew point: 62. Wake-up: 64. High: 86
WEDNESDAY: Sticky sun, PM T-storm. Wake-up: 65. High: 85
Photo credit above: "Indian children play near parked boats on the banks of river Ganges where water level has dried up in the summer in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Light to moderate rainfall in various parts of the country brought respite from the scorching sun but heat wave claimed many lives in the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, raising the overall death toll to more than 2,000 since mid-April." (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh).