6.20" rain so far in August.
3.44" normal rainfall for August, to date.
August 25, 1976: The Roy Lake Fire results in 2,600 acres burned during a drought.
August 25, 1875: A tornado strikes near Hutchinson.
The question comes up fairly often: what is the biggest challenge for meteorologists? It's a loaded question, and every forecaster you ask will have a different answer.
Recovering From Katrina: Will New Orleans Become the World's Climate Beacon? Deutsche Welle has an interesting read; here's a clip: "Vitally, too, the city has become a testing ground for innovative water management projects, including the construction of river gates to mimic flooding and create sediment. These will hopefully replace some of the 2,000 square miles of Louisiana's wetlands ecosystem that have disappeared due to erosion. In addition, the astounding Lake Borgne Surge Barrier - a 26-foot-high, 1.8-mile-long concrete- and steel-wall nicknamed by locals "The Great Wall of Louisiana" - was constructed to block deadly lake surges. "What's really resulted from Katrina is that now we have a better water management program," Musso said. "I believe that in a post-Katrina world, the right people turned up. I think that the city is going to be better in the future than it's ever been..." (File photo: Wikipedia).
The American public is somewhat conditioned to perceive a named or higher-category storm as more of a threat. The meteorological conditions that produced the Louisiana floods never received an official “name.” One NOAA Weather Prediction Center discussion actually referred to it as ”sheared inland tropical depression” or a monsoon depression. While this is meaningful to the meteorological crowd (maybe), this certainly is not going to resonate with the average citizen. Whatever it “was,” more rainfall fell in parts of Louisiana than some cities in California have seen in three to five years..." (File image: NOAA).
Graphic credit: NOAA, "La Niña developing." (@latimesgraphics)
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TODAY: Some sun, cool breeze at the Minnesota State Fair. Winds: W 10-15. High: 73
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clearing and cool. Low: 54
FRIDAY: Early jackets. More sun, less wind. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 74
SATURDAY: Unsettled, a few showers in the area. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 58. High: 72
SUNDAY: More sun, milder day of the weekend. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 60. High: 79
MONDAY: Plenty of sun, warming up. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 63. High: 85
TUESDAY: Less sun, stray T-storm possible. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 64. High: 83
WEDNESDAY: Sticky with widely scattered storms. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 65. High: 85
This Chart Shows Why Insurers Are Climate Change Believers. When people ask if "I believe" I tell the the truth: I believe in God, I acknowledge and continually test the science surrounding climate volatility and weather disruption. Here's an excerpt at Fortune: "Whether they’re paying for hurricane cleanup or reimbursing farmers for lost livestock and crops, insurers foot much of the bill for disasters associated with climate change. The chart below shows just how big that bill can get; the cost of insured weather catastrophes has been soaring far faster than inflation. Just about every company in the property and casualty insurance business carefully tracks climate data these days (the data for the chart above, for example, comes from Swiss Re)..."
Photo credit: "Russia has invested in new Arctic ice breakers." (Pic: Christopher Michel/Flickr).
Photo credit: "Flooded homes are seen in St. Amant, La., on Aug. 15, 2016." Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman.