After battering Haiti, eastern Cuba and parts of the Bahamas with hurricane force winds and exceptional rainfall, Matthew is now on track to impact the Southeastern U.S. later this week and weekend. Latest forecasts have Matthew sustaining Major hurricane status (category 3 or higher) as it nears Florida by Friday.
Take a look at this video that Terry Virts @AstroTerry posted as he flew over Hurricane Matthew from aboard the International Space Station midweek.
See the video HERE
Hurricane Watches and Warnings have been posted for parts of Florida and Georgia in advance of Matthew as it continues to slowly drift northwest toward the Peninsula. Latest forecast tracks take this along the east coast of Florida later this week/weekend ahead with significant impacts. Mandatory evacuations have already been order for parts of the state as Matthew threatens.
After a dry start Thursday, another surge of cold rain moves in Thursday night. Some models are even hinting at a few wet flakes mixing in across the international border early Friday morning. Yes, SNOW!
Meanwhile, Hurricane Warnings have been posted for parts of Florida in advance of Hurricane Matthew, which will impact the region later this week. Mandatory evacuation have already been issued for a number of locations as strong winds and flooding rains look to batter the Southeast through the weekend.
Extended forecasts are unclear. Some bring Matthew out to sea, while some circle it back into Florida for another heavy blow next week. Good grief!
1987: Snow falls over the Arrowhead region.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average Low: 43F (Record: 25F set in 1873)
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~4hours and 11mins
1.9 Days Before First Quarter
...SUMMARY... SCATTERED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF WIND...HAIL...AND ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE EXPECTED THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING ROUGHLY FROM EASTERN KANSAS INTO SOUTHWESTERN IOWA. LOCALIZED HAIL AND WIND IS ALSO POSSIBLE IN A MORE ISOLATED MANNER FROM CENTRAL OKLAHOMA INTO NORTHWEST TEXAS. ...SYNOPSIS... AN IMPRESSIVE SHORTWAVE TROUGH WILL MOVE ACROSS THE CNTRL AND NRN PLAINS ON THU WITH AN INTENSIFYING MID TO UPPER LEVEL SPEED MAX DEVELOPING LATE IN THE DAY FROM KS INTO THE UPPER MS VALLEY. AT THE SFC...LOW PRESSURE AHEAD OF A DEVELOPING COLD FRONT WILL MOVE FROM CNTRL KS AT 18Z INTO IA BY 00Z. PRECEDING THE LOW WILL BE A WARM FRONT WHICH WILL LIFT NWD INTO SERN NEB AND IA BY LATE AFTERNOON. TO THE S OF THESE BOUNDARIES...A MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIR MASS WILL DEVELOP WITH UPPER 60S F DEWPOINTS BENEATH COOL PROFILES ALOFT. THIS SHOULD RESULT IN A CONCENTRATED AREA OF SEVERE WEATHER BEGINNING DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON FROM ERN KS INTO IA. TO THE SW...OTHER SCATTERED STORMS WILL ALSO DEVELOP ALONG THE COLD FRONT FROM NRN OK INTO NWRN TX...BUT WITH A LESSER SEVERE WEATHER THREAT AS SHEAR PROFILES WILL NOT BE AS FAVORABLE AS POINTS N.
"Our kids are screwed thanks to climate change: scientist"
"The Earth is the hottest it’s been in 115,000 years, and it’s going to cost future generations trillions to effectively lower greenhouse gases, a top climate researcher warns in an alarming new report. Climate change is real and “we are running out of time,” according to former NASA climate scientist James Hansen, who is calling on President Obama and other world leaders to create a global tax on fossil fuel emissions. Hansen’s paper, titled “Young People’s Burden: Requirement of Negative CO2 Emissions,” has not yet been peer-reviewed but the outspoken climate researcher chose to release it on Tuesday to raise the alarm for future generations that will be forced to “clean up the mess.” Over the past 45 years, the heat has been rising at a rate of 0.18C per decade, explains the article in in Earth System Dynamics journal. The global temperature hasn’t been this steamy since the Eemian period during which the earth’s sea levels were 20 to 30 feet higher than they are today and there was much less ice than there is now."
See more from NYPost HERE:
__________________________________________________________________"Climate change could be a boon for crayfish and other freshwater creatures"
"British rivers could be set for an explosion of crayfish and other crustaceans as global warming pushes up inland water temperatures, new research predicts. While similar sea-based species are set to suffer from climate change, their freshwater counterparts are likely to benefit from a warmer habitat. Previous research involving land-based vertebrae has found that the diversity of a species tends to increase with warming and that this is a general trend across habitats."
See more from Telegraph.co.uk HERE: