May 21, 1960: A downpour at New Prague dumps 10 inches of rain in a 48 hour period.
A Weekend to Remember - Memorial Weekend Preview
"Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them" said John Shirley. The weekend weather forecast can be a meteorological mirage. Things look great on Tuesday, but often by Friday those little smiling sun symbols have frowns and lightning bolts. It's maddening for you - it's craze-inducing for meteorologists.
So why does the forecast change so much? We receive 4 new model updates every day. As new balloon, ocean buoy, airport and satellite data arrives it powers the computer simulations of what the atmosphere should look like in the future. New data; fresh observations can result in a radically new forecast, especially beyond Day 3.
A high pressure bubble parked directly overhead results in a stunning Saturday; increasing south winds tug the mercury up to 80F Sunday. Garden-variety thundershowers arrive Monday. A series of stormy swirls eject across the Plains into Minnesota next week. The best chance of rain: Wednesday and next Saturday.
Skies may try to clear by Sunday and Monday of the Memorial Weekend as temperatures warm up again.
Today: Postcard Weather. Blue sky, low humidity, mid to upper 70s by late afternoon, and (unusually) light winds with the center of high pressure close to MSP; sustained winds forecast to remain in the 5-10 mph range this afternoon. Graphic: Aeris Enterprise.
Map credit: Probability of warmer than average temperatures, June thru August, courtesy of NOAA Climate Prediction Center and AerisWeather.
Map credit: "Misery Index showing temperatures plus dewpoint levels across India on May 19, 2016." Image: Earth Simulator.
* The BBC has more details on record heat in India here.
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."
Remarkable Tornado Footage. Here's a link and story excerpt from For The Win: "In this terrifying footage captured on May 9th, a tornado rips through the towns of Katie and Wynnewood, Oklahoma..."
Photo credit: Overdrive Magazine.
If no shelter is available, every emergency official interviewed said being outside of the vehicle in a low-lying area was still safer than staying in the cab of the truck, although they cautioned to make sure that the low-lying area wasn’t an immediate risk for flash flooding.
- See more at: http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=31201#.Vz-awr4fgkc
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).
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, warmer & windier. Winds: S 10-20+ High: 81
MONDAY: Showers likely, rumble of thunder? Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 60. High: 76
TUESDAY: Some sticky sun, warmer. Winds: SW 5-10. Wake-up: 61. High: 83
WEDNESDAY: Rain likely, possibly heavy. Cooler. Winds: E 10-20. Wake-up: 62. High: near 70
THURSDAY: Glimmers of sun, temporarily drying out a bit. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 55. High: 77
FRIDAY: More showers, possible T-storms. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 59. High: 74
Carbon Dioxide's 400 ppm Milestone Shows Humans are Rewriting the Planet's History. Here's an excerpt of a post at The Guardian: "...So when was the last time the planet had CO2 levels like this, and what sort of a world was it? Dr David Etheridge, a principal research scientist at Australia’s CSIRO, told me: “We know [levels of CO2 in the atmosphere] from the air extracted directly from ice cores and we can go back to about 800,000 years ago. It is inconceivable that there would be any lasting concentration of CO2 much above about 300 parts per million in that record.” He says analysis of sea sediments can push our estimates of historic CO2 levels back even further – to about two million years. Those records also show today’s levels of CO2 are higher..." (Graphic credit: NASA).
Researchers Help Miami Community Plan For Sea Rise, Climate Change. Here's an excerpt from The Miami Herald: "...In a recent op-ed, Merleaux wrote about the project and explained environmental problems facing Miami, South Florida and the world. According to her findings, “scientists predict between 4-6 feet of sea level rise here by the end of the century. These changes will require people to make some very difficult decisions as they prioritize how to invest and what to protect.” Although she has only lived in Miami for six years, the mother of two said she is concerned for her family, neighborhood and the global community..."
What are Donald Trump's Views on Climate Change? Some Clues Emerge. Here's an excerpt from The New York Times: "...In an interview, Mr. Cramer said he wrote in the briefing paper that a growing number of Americans wanted action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. And he outlined a broad energy policy that embraced all types of fuel sources — including coal, oil, solar, wind and hydropower — that he called an “all-of-the-above, America-first energy message.” Mr. Cramer, from a heavy coal- and oil-producing state, said it was important that any policy does not “punish coal” or other fossil fuels..."
Photo credit: Wikipedia.
Graphic credit: GHCN-M & ICOADS Data Sets Provided by NOAA. GRAPHIC: Blacki Migliozzi
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