May 20, 1876: A tornado touches down near Ft. Ripley.
Forecast Calls for Blue-Ribbon A+ Weekend Weather
The only predictable thing is change. That applies to the weather, and the last time I checked there isn't a thing we can do about it. We try and predict it but we'll never control it.
I've heard some of the conspiracy theories about weather-weapons, but the amount of energy required to alter weather on a large scale is staggering, beyond the scope of any energy-source available today.
The weather is impacted by volcanoes, water temperatures in the Pacific and rapid warming of the Arctic, which may be affecting the speed and configuration of the jet stream, worldwide.
Moisture from a southern storm turned off the sun for a few hours yesterday (people were indignant!) and more cumulus may sprout today, but the weekend still looks phenomenal. Saturday features blue sky and light winds. Stronger southerly winds may kick the mercury up to 80F Sunday afternoon. Models pull a showery front into town Monday; I'd bet a stale bagel the weekend after next will be much wetter.
GFS guidance from NOAA hints at a heat bubble by early June. Hazy, lazy, sticky days are on the way.
Image credit: "Departure from average for the global January-through-April temperature for the years 1880 - 2016. This year has seen by far the warmest temperatures on record for each of the four months." Image credit: NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
Image credit: "Year-to-date global average temperatures compared to previous record warm years." Image: NOAA/NCEI.
Photo credit above: Photo: Marie D. De Jesus, Staff. "Master Sgt. Ed Scherzer shows how a spring-loaded cannon with small tubes and packed with instruments, known as dropsonde, is dropped into a hurricane."
Image credit: "This simulation was created by NCAR scientist George Bryan to visualize what goes on inside a tornado. The animation is the "high swirl" version in a series that goes from low, to medium, to high. Click to enlarge." (Courtesy Goerge Bryan, NCAR.
Billion Dollar U.S. Weather and Climate Disasters. Here's an excerpt from the National Centers for Environmental Information: "The graphic below helps to visualize how the different types of identified U.S. Billion-dollar disaster events have changed over time. Caution should be used in interpreting any trends based on this graphic for a variety of reasons. For example, inflation has affected our ability to compare costs over time. To reflect this, the graphic also shows events with less than $1 billion in damage at the time of the event, but after adjusting for Consumer Price Index (inflation), now exceed $1 billion in damages. Continued assessment of these data are in process, as there are other factors as well that affect any rate of change interpretation. Comparison of events in most recent years is most reliable..."
Ebola Czar: America Failing on Zika. POLITICO has the story - here's the intro: "The man who led the successful White House response to the Ebola outbreak says the Zika virus is a slow-motion public health disaster — and Congress is to blame. Ron Klain, who served as White House Ebola czar and as Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, told POLITICO's “Pulse Check” podcast that Congress has failed to heed the lessons of the Ebola epidemic and that the Zika funding battle has become unforgivably partisan in the face of such dire human costs, including severe brain defects in infants..." (Image: Climate Nexus).
Storing The Sun's Energy Just Got a Whole Lot Cheaper. Joe Romm explains at ThinkProgress: "With prices dropping rapidly for both renewables and battery storage, the economics of decarbonizing the grid are changing faster than most policymakers, journalists, and others realize. So, as part of my ongoing series, “Almost Everything You Know About Climate Change Solutions Is Outdated,” I will highlight individual case studies of this real-time revolution. My Monday post discussed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) report that in the first quarter, the U.S. grid added 18 megawatts of new natural gas generating capacity, but 1,291 MW of new renewables. But one of FERC’s “Electric Generation Highlights” for March deserves special attention as a leading indicator of the revolutionary new economics of solar plus storage.."
Graphic credit: GHCN-M & ICOADS Data Sets Provided by NOAA. GRAPHIC: Blacki Migliozzi
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Photo credit above: "A massive plume of smoke, from a wildfire north of the city, stretches over Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada Wednesday evening, May 5, 2016." Courtesy Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Handout via Reuters
- See more at: http://www.cpr.org/news/newsbeat/noaa-global-warming-effect-emissions-37-percent-1990#sthash.ZZrufp6O.dpuf
Climate Change Puts 1.3 Billion People and $158 Trillion at Risk, World Bank Says. The Guardian reports; here's the intro: "The global community is badly prepared for a rapid increase in climate change-related natural disasters that by 2050 will put 1.3 billion people at risk, according to the World Bank. Urging better planning of cities before it was too late, a report published on Monday from a Bank-run body that focuses on disaster mitigation, said assets worth $158tn – double the total annual output of the global economy – would be in jeopardy by 2050 without preventative action. The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery said total damages from disasters had ballooned in recent decades but warned that worse could be in store as a result of a combination of global warming, an expanding population and the vulnerability of people crammed into slums in low-lying, fast-growing cities that are already overcrowded..."
Photo credit: "The mayor of Coral Gables, Fla., worries that the continued rise in sea levels could sink the property values of waterfront neighborhoods." PictureWendy/Flickr.