"In the long dusks of summer we walked the suburban streets through scents of maple and cut grass, waiting for something to happen" wrote Steven Millhauser in "Dangerous Laughter".
Graph credit: "Total solar irradiance data (red) and linear trend (orange) since 1950 from the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics Solar Irradiance Data Center at the University of Colorado." Illustration: Dana Nuccitelli.
Photo credit: "Grand Caillou Elementary School is surrounded by floodwater in September 2008 after Hurricane Ike. Repeat flooding forced the school to close and move to higher ground." The Courier and Daily Comet/File.
THURSDAY: Unseasonably cool, heavy rain likely. Winds: NE 10-15. High: 64
FRIDAY: Drier, mix of clouds and sun. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 56. High: 76
SATURDAY: Some early sun, few PM showers. Winds: SW 5-10. Wake-up: 57. High: 73
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, late PM shower. Winds: N 7-12. Wake-up: 56. High: 77
MONDAY: Sunny and pleasant. Winds: SW 7-12. Wake-up: 58. High: near 80
TUESDAY: Warm sunshine, feels good. Winds: SW 7-12. Wake-up: 61. High: 82
Map credit: "Estimates for mortality due to fine particulate matter in 2100. Orange and red shading indicate areas where mortality will increase by thousands or tens of thousands, respectively. Light blue and dark blue show where mortality will decrease by thousands or tens of thousands, respectively." Map by Silva RA et al., Nature Climate Change, 2017.
Mysterious Craters Blowing Out of Russia Could Mean Trouble For the Entire Planet. Again, what could possibly go wrong? Here's an excerpt from MSN.com: "In northern Siberia, rising temperatures are causing mysterious giant craters — and even more dire consequences could be in store, say climate scientists. The Russian province's long-frozen ground, called permafrost, is thawing, triggering massive changes to the region's landscape and ecology. It could even threaten human lives. "The last time we saw a permafrost melting was 130,000 years ago. It's a natural phenomenon because of changes in the earth's orbit," said professor of earth sciences at the University of Oxford, Dr. Gideon Henderson. "But what is definitely unprecedented is the rate of warming. The warming that happened 130,000 years ago happened over thousands of years … What we see happening now is warming over decades or a century..."
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