May 25, 2008: An EF-3 tornado strikes Hugo, MN. 1 fatality and 9 injuries are reported.
The National Weather Service has upgraded the intensity of the tornado that ripped across northern Wisconsin on May 16, destroying a mobile home park near Chetek. It was an EF-3, with winds up to 145 mph. On the ground for 83 miles it was one of the longest-track tornadoes on record in Wisconsin's historical record, which goes back to 1950.
Huge Landslide Buries More of Scenic California Highway. Huffington Post as the details: "A massive landslide covered a section of California’s famous Highway 1 last weekend that’s been beset by falling rocks and debris this year. Video footage released by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department on Monday shows a 35-40 layer of dirt and rock atop a 1/3-mile stretch of the roadway in Big Sur. “Mother nature hard at work,” said a tweet from Caltrans, the state’s transportation department. Images recorded from the sheriff’s department’s plane shows that the debris reshaped the shore beneath the highway..."
Image credit: "The Doppler on Wheels (DOW) scans a severe thunderstorm in eastern Colorado while a Scout vehicle equipped with tornado pods waits instruction."
Photo credit: Kristan Lieb - Missourian File Photo. "An area of the city of Joplin lies in shambles on May 24, 2011, after an EF5 tornado flattened a mile-long swath of Joplin and killed 161 people two days earlier."
Graphic credit: "Artist's rendition of Earth's magnetosphere." Source Wikipedia, image in public domain.
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Photo credit: Abita Springs, Louisiana.
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TODAY: Some AM sun, shower late. Winds: SE 8-13. High: near 70
THURSDAY NIGHT: A shower or sprinkle. Low: 56
FRIDAY: Peeks of sun, stray shower or thundershower. Winds: W 7-12. High: 73
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, pop-up shower late? Winds: W 10-15. Wake-up: 57. High: 76
SUNDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, lukewarm. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 56. High: 72
MEMORIAL DAY: Mostly cloudy, cooler - few showers. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 53. High: 63
TUESDAY: More clouds than sun, still brisk. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 50. High: 59
WEDNESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, where's spring? Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 47. High: 63
Pope Lends Weight to G-7 Push to Bind Trump to Climate Deal. Bloomberg reports: "Pope Francis joined an international chorus urging Donald Trump to meet U.S. commitments on climate change in talks at the Vatican Wednesday. Francis gave the U.S. president a copy of his 2015 encyclical calling for urgent, drastic cuts in fossil-fuel emissions after a half-hour meeting in his private study. Francis’s choice of gift suggests he is adding his voice to those pressing Trump not to renege on the Paris accord, which is the cornerstone of global efforts to limit climate change. The Vatican said in a statement that the talks focused on international affairs and the promotion of peace, with particular emphasis on health care, education and immigration..."
Warming Has Increased U.S. Growing Season by 13 Frost-Free Days. The Independent has details: "The number of frost-free days in the northern United States has increased by more than 13 days in the past 100 years, according to new research. The other main areas of the mainland US also saw significant increases in the number of days without frost, essentially the growing season – 10.7 days in the west, 8.6 in a central region and 7.7 days in the south. Global warming was one of the reasons for the trend, but the researchers also found changes to local cloud cover and atmospheric circulation patterns played a part..."
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Photo credit: "Hurricane Sandy floods a street in Lindenhurst, Long Isoland." Jason DeCrow/CC by SA/2.5"
NATO Lawmakers Warn Climate Change May Worsen Middle East Security Risks. Reuters has the story: "Climate change will worsen food and water shortages in the Middle East and north Africa, and risk triggering more conflict and mass migration, with serious implications for the wider world, lawmakers from NATO's Parliamentary Assembly said Monday. "The long-term prospects for food and water security in the MENA region are dire," said Osman Askin Bak, a member of the Turkish Parliament who will present the draft report on Saturday at the Parliamentary Assembly - a gathering of senior parliamentarians from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's 28 member states. "Climate change will worsen the region's outlook," he added..." (File image: NASA MODIS).
Why Scientific Consensus is Worth Taking Seriously. Here's a clip from Bloomberg View: "Following the pack is not part of the scientific method. The point is to follow the evidence. And that leaves room for ambiguity in interpreting the survey results showing that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is real and that human-generated greenhouse gases are a major cause. The National Academy of Sciences, American Physical Society, American Chemical Society and other relevant scientific organizations all agree, too. For some, this consensus proves that climate change is real and that humans must take immediate action against it. But others, citing history, say the consensus view has been wrong before. Why should we believe it now? For example, scientists once believe the earth was headed into an ice age. So why should we trust them when they say the globe is warming?..."