Courtesy of Pixabay.com The spring (March–May) average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 53.5°F, 2.6°F above the 20th century average, driven in large part by warmth during the early and middle part of the season. Much-above-average spring temperatures were observed in the Rockies, Southern Plains, Midwest, and Southeast. The May average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 60.6°F, 0.4°F above average, and ranked near the middle of the 123-year period of record. Parts of the West and Southeast were warmer than average with near- to below-average temperatures in parts of the central and eastern U.S. The spring precipitation total was 9.39 inches, 1.45 inches above the 20th century average. Much-above-average precipitation fell across the Northwest, Central Plains, Mid-Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, and Mid-Atlantic. The Northern Plains, Southwest, and Florida were drier than average. The May contiguous U.S. precipitation total was 3.31 inches, 0.40 inch above average, tying 2009 as the 25th wettest on record."
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Rainfall near Illhorn Mountain in Illgraben, Switzerland triggered a gushing stream of mud and debris. (YouTube/Pierre Zufferey)
2.) Tighten seat belts and secure your flight bag (so it doesn’t hit the roof and deposit its contents onto your head).
3.) Pitot heat, prop de-ice and/or engine anti-ice: on.
4.) Cockpit lights: highest intensity. Keep your eyes on the instruments, not on the light show outside.
5.) Slow down. Establish a power setting to maintain maneuvering speed (Va), but do not chase altitude or airspeed excursions.
6.) Extending the landing gear can help to slow and stabilize the airplane.
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(Avoid the anvil (downwind) side of a thunderstorm by at least 1 mile for every knot of wind at that flight level. Avoid any thunderstorm by at least 20 miles. Credit: Getty Images via FlyingMag)
Warmer Outlook Ahead in the Northeast!
There's a big turnaround expected for the Northeast with temperatures likely warming into the 80s and 90s across much of the area. After spending several days with well below average temperatures, this is going to feel quite warm to many! By Monday highs will be nearly 10F to 15F above average!
New York City Temperature Outlook
The New York City temperature forecast suggests temperatures finally warming up a bit by the end of the week and weekend ahead. In fact, temperatures early next week could warm into the low 90s before leveling off to more normal readings later in the week.
Minnesota Tornadoes in 2016
While June is typically the busiest month of the year for tornadoes in the state of Minnesota (averaging 18), there were only 13 tornadoes in June last year. However, there were nearly 200 severe weather reports.
Severe Weather Reports in 2010
The last time June had an above average tornado month was in 2010 when there were nearly 100 tornadoes reported. On June 17th, there were three EF-4 tornadoes and four EF-3 tornadoes, 3 of which were deadly!
Weekend Outlook: Seriously Hot and Sweaty
By Paul Douglas
Most of us gripe about the cold 6 months out of the year so I'm not about to complain about the heat. Although by Saturday afternoon "go jump in a lake!" will be helpful advice.
On a scale from uncomfortably hot to "stinking hot" to extreme, potentially dangerous heat, Saturday may fall into the danger-zone. Both NOAA and ECMWF (European) models pull a surge of desert heat into Minnesota by Saturday. Picture Phoenix heat and dew points more typical of Orlando; possibly 70F or higher. Air temperatures may surge into the upper 90s with a Heat Index ranging from 100-110F.
Don't even think about leaving a child (or pet) in a vehicle; fatal heat stroke may set in within a few minutes under such conditions.
Sunday looks just as humid but T-storms may cool us down a few degrees. I see hot, sticky weather into much of next week, although the most oppressive heat stays just south of Minnesota.
Records may fall this weekend, but this isn't necessarily a sign of a sizzling summer to come. Occasional outbreaks of free air conditioning will spill into the northern USA. Thanks Canada.
Average Low: 56F (Record: 36F set in 1885)
Daylight gained since winter solstice (December 21st): ~6hours & 42mins
Additional Daylight Gained By Summer Solstice (June 20th): ~ 6mins
1.3 Days Before Full "Strawberry" Moon
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(Known as "yukimarimo," the wind-made snowballs were first discovered in 1995 by Japanese researchers who named the objects using the words "yuki," meaning "snow," and "marimo," meaning "moss balls." Credit: C. Dangoisse/ESA)
Greenland is a key actor in the climate story. The Greenland Ice Sheet in combination with the Antarctic Ice Sheet contain about 99% of the planet's freshwater. It is about three times the size of Texas and has a notable influence on weather patterns, sea level, and climate feedbacks. According National Snow and Ice Data Center, if all of frozen water on Greenland melted, sea level would increase by 20 feet. This is the common "OMG!" fact cited by the media, policymakers and many scientists. However Greenland's freshwater melt is far from being a one-trick pony. A new study just published in the American Geophysical Union's journal Geophysical Research Letters provides a fascinating look at the complex relationships among Greenland, coastal ecosystems, and the marine food web. The lead author of the study is Professor Kevin Arrigo, a polar oceanographer at Stanford University. He told me by email: "Our research shows that as the Greenland ice sheet melts, it releases freshwater and any associated nutrients into the northern Labrador Sea. We were surprised to find that the arrival of this meltwater into coastal Greenland during the summer stimulates the dramatic growth of phytoplankton, the tiny plants at the base of the marine food web. It is possible that as the melting of Greenland’s glaciers accelerates in the coming years, that the biological productivity could increase as well, resulting in an alteration of its coastal ecosystems.""
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2.) “. . . but the long-term result has been that employees are fatigued and morale is low.”
3.) “. . . staff are getting worn down covering extra forecasting shifts.”
4.) “One operational unit manager we interviewed said staff in his unit were demoralized because they had continued to cover the workload for multiple vacancies.”
5.) “. . . staff are concerned that the agency may be intentionally leaving vacant positions open to downsize.”
6.) “NWS headquarters officials acknowledged that vacancies had created challenges and stress …”
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"Less than a year after Hurricane Matthew raked the East Coast, killing 34 people and causing $10 billion in damage in the U.S. alone, coastal areas are once again preparing for the onset of the Atlantic hurricane season. This year, forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are expecting to see above-average storm numbers in the Atlantic, despite the uncertainty of whether an El Niño will develop over the summer. The forecast is currently for 11 to 17 named storms to form, of which five to nine are expected to become hurricanes, and two to four major hurricanes. The forecast, though, “does not predict when, where, and how these storms might hit,” Ben Friedman, the acting NOAA administrator said during a press conference, as he and other officials urged coastal residents to begin their preparations."
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(Image credit: AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton via Salon.com & Climate Central)
"NOAA could become a second- or third-tier weather forecasting enterprise... It's a lousy time to be a US weather forecaster. Even as the Atlantic Ocean heats up, wind shear falls, and the potential for an active hurricane season looms, vacancies have been mounting at the National Hurricane Center in Miami and at National Weather Service offices around the country. According to a new US Government Accountability Office report, morale has sunk among forecasters, and increasing vacancies have led to an inability to provide timely severe weather information to state and local emergency managers. Instead of addressing this problem, the proposed budget released by the Trump administration late last month would exacerbate the tempest. Overall, the President's budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sought $1.06 billion for the National Weather Service, down six percent from 2017. But the devil is in the details, and some of these details are indeed devilish."
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(Image Credit: NOAA - Hurricane Matthew is seen in 2016, closing in on Florida)
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