82 F. average high on August 3.
80 F. high on August 3, 2015.
August 4, 1898: Storms dump 4 and a half inches of rain on Montevideo.
No, Meteorologists Don't Study Meteorites
For a "media-rologist" the worst fear is anonymity. "Maul Muglas? I'm sorry. Never heard of you. Please go away." For the better part of a generation I've heard: "You hype the weather for ratings!".
Uh no. But I'd rather be accused of hype than missing a big storm altogether, and having to answer "Paul, why was there no warning?" As a profession we tend to err on the side of caution and paranoia.
Meteorologists study "meteors", defined as anything in the air: hydrometeors (clouds), electrometeors (thunder & lightning) and luminous meteors (rainbows and coronas). But not the shooting star kind.
I'm handcuffed to the Doppler again today; a line of strong to severe T-storms may flare up along the leading edge of temporary relief. Dew points drop back into the 50s Friday and Saturday. Good sleeping weather! Weekend weather looks very nice with ample sunshine, reasonable humidity levels and highs near 80; just a slight chance of thunder south of MSP Sunday afternoon. 80s return next week but more free A/C from Canada may arrive by mid-August.
No extended streak of 90s brewing. For now.
Is The Heat Index Real? The short answer is yes. More context from Mental Floss: "...The heat index is the temperature it feels like to your body when you factor in both the actual air temperature and the amount of moisture in the air. If the heat index is 103°F, that means that the combination of heat and humidity has a similar physical impact on your body as it would if the actual air temperature were 103°F. Even though it’s tempting to think of the heat index as an exaggerated temperature that only exists to make the heat sound worse than it really is, scientists came up with the measurements after decades of medical and meteorological research devoted to studying the impact of heat and humidity on the human body. It’s the real deal..."
Image credit: "Improved resolution of newly announced NOAA weather forecast model." Courtesy of NOAA.
Photo credit: "African countries like Uganda are among the world's most ethnically diverse, and they are also vulnerable to climate change. New findings suggest peace will be harder to achieve and maintain in places like Uganda as the climate changes." Credit: AMISOM Public Information/Flickr
Planning for Disaster. Jacobin Magazine has an interesting post focused on the fairest, most equitable way of paying for the treadmill of disasters, current and future. Here's a clip: "...But when its eventual effects come to batter our door they will arrive at an exact address: floods and heat waves are intensely local disasters, and their history tells us that we are very much not in it together. Anywhere they strike the poorest residents are often hurt the most, lacking both the resources to rebuild and the protections that accrue to richer areas. If billions are being committed to fighting the effects of climate change, we should rightly be asking where they’re going, and who benefits. And we should ask now because the ball is already moving on local adaptation projects..."
Photo credit: "A home after Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island, NY in 2012." John de Guzmán / Flickr.
Our Consumption of Earth's Natural Resources Has More Than Tripled in 40 Years. What would sustainable markets, sustainable capitalism look like? Huffington Post has the details: "Limestone and steel for our homes, wheat and vegetables for our dinner, fossil fuels for our industries: we rely heavily on our planet’s natural resources to survive. Yet we’re using up these resources at such an unsustainable pace that we may be “irreversibly” depleting some of them ― and critically damaging our Earth in the process, according to a new United Nations report. The report from the International Resource Panel, part of the UN Environment Program, said extraction of primary materials has more than tripled in 40 years. Rising consumption driven by a rapidly growing middle class is fueling the rate..." (Image credit: NASA).
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TODAY: Very humid with T-storms, some severe. Winds: SW 8-13. High: 87
THURSDAY NIGHT: Evening thunder, then clearing and cooler. Low: 63
FRIDAY: Sunny and comfortable. Winds: NW 10-15. Dew point: 56. High: 79
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and very pleasant. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 61. High: 80
SUNDAY: Warm sun, stray T-shower southern MN. Winds: SE 3-8. Wake-up: 61. High: 82
MONDAY: Hazy sun, sticky again. Wake-up: 65. High: 83
TUESDAY: Muggy, best chance of T-storms. Wake-up: 68. High: 86
WEDNESDAY: Tropical, just "hot enough" Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 71. High: 90
Photo credit: "Waterfront properties on Lake Union in Seattle." (Photo via Shutterstock).
* Download State of the Climate in 2015 from the American Meteorological Society.
Image credit: "Ocean heat content in 2015 and trends over time." Credit: NOAA
Photo credit: "Park visitors eating dinner at Cracker Lake, a glacial-fed lake in Glacier National Park's backcountry." Credit: Jacob Frank/National Park Service.
Photo credit: "Workers gather by street damage after Saturday night's flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland on, Sunday, July 31, 2016." Image: Kevin Rector/The Baltimore Sun via AP.
Photo credit: "Reindeer in eastern Siberia." Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg.
Photo credit: 'I was informed about the death of the boy in our hospital. There are no words to express my condition. I feel sorry, I pass my condolences to his parents'. Picture: Press Service of Yamalo-Nenetsk Governor's Office.
Illustration credit: Sam Dodge for Bloomberg.