August 17, 1946: A tornado kills 11 people in the Mankato area around 6:52PM. A 27-ton road grader is hurled about 100 feet. Another tornado an hour later destroys downtown Wells.
This time Louisiana won the Unlucky Lotto of Weather Misfortune: over 31 inches of rain near Baton Rouge; a thousand-year rain event. I saw a "precipitable water" value of 2.8 inches, literally off the charts. Coming after the warmest July on record.
Photo credit: "A vehicle is submerged in floodwaters in Youngsville, La., Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016." Image: Scott Clause - The Lafayette Advertiser/AP.
2016 Is Already a Year of Historic U.S. Weather Extremes. West Virginia, Houston, now Louisiana. Here's the intro to a review from Huffington Post: "Just a little over halfway into 2016 and this year is shaping up to be another defined by extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change. As of Tuesday afternoon, at least eight people have died in catastrophic flooding in south Louisiana after heavy rains that started Friday submerged entire communities: More than 20,000 people needed to be rescued. “Nothing has ever happened like this before. We didn’t think it was going to do this,” Baton Rouge resident Emily Henderson, 63, told The Huffington Post..."
Photo credit: "Max Becherer/ASSOCIATED PRESS. "An aerial photo over Amite, Louisiana, shows homes flooded by heavy rains, Aug. 13, 2016."
NOAA Launches America's First National Water Forecast Model. NOAA has details: "Launched today and run on NOAA’s powerful new Cray XC40 supercomputer, the National Water Model uses data from more than 8,000 U.S. Geological Survey gauges to simulate conditions for 2.7 million locations in the contiguous United States. The model generates hourly forecasts for the entire river network. Previously, NOAA was only able to forecast streamflow for 4,000 locations every few hours. The model also improves NOAA’s ability to meet the needs of its stakeholders — such as emergency managers, reservoir operators, first responders, recreationists, farmers, barge operators, and ecosystem and floodplain managers — with more accurate, detailed, frequent and expanded water information..."
Image credit: "How temperatures across the globe differed from average in July 2016." Credit: NASA.
* The paper is at The Lancet.
Photo credit: "Audi’s Q7 model will test ‘vehicle to infrastructure’ technology in the US." Photograph: Audi.
* The paper referenced in the Ars Technica article above is here.
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TODAY: Warm sunshine - no red blobs on Doppler. Winds: SW 3-8. High: 85
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear and mild. Low: 66
THURSDAY: Partly sunny and sticky with a risk of T-storms. Winds: S 8-13. High: 88
FRIDAY: Muggy with lingering T-storms likely. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 70. High: 82
SATURDAY: Early hints of Autumn. More clouds than sun, brisk. Winds: N 10-20. Wake-up: 61. High: 68
SUNDAY: Better day. Partly sunny, comfortable. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 56. High: 72
MONDAY: Lot's of lukewarm sunshine. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 57. High: 79
TUESDAY: Some sticky sun, stray T-shower. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 59. High: 81
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Illustration credit: Andrew Colin Beck.
Photo credit: "Pollution from a power plant smoke stack." Credit: Ray Slakinski/flickr.