Photo credit above: "Ronnie Sharp, left, and Brandy Birdwell of Imperial Painting, spray turf paint on a drought ravished lawn outside a auto repair shop in Indianapolis, Friday, July 20, 2012. Without cutting the color will last four to six months." (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
* I have DirecTV, entered my e-mail and password and it worked like a charm. Kudos to NBC for taking a calculated risk and making events live to subscribers on their terms
13.05% of the state is in a severe drought, up from 7.32% of Minnesota a week ago.
Photo credit above: "Grain bins are silhouetted against approaching storm clouds that unfortunately contain very little water Thursday, July 26, 2012 in Pleasant Plains, Ill. The widest drought to grip the United States in decades is getting worse with no signs of abating. This week's U.S. Drought Monitor report highlights that the drought's severity is rapidly expanding across the nation." (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Photo credit above: "In this July 13, 2012 photo, the Memphis Queen riverboat moves down the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tenn. A year after nearly record floods, the Mississippi River level has dropped so low that it's beginning to affect commercial operations. Port managers worry that their passages to the river could fill up with silt, and barge operators may have to lighten their loads." AP Photo: Nikki Boertman.
Photo credit above: Travis Long/The News & Observer, via Associated Press. "Emergency repairs on a highway that buckled in triple-digit temperatures last month near Cary, N.C."
"The Twin Cities went from having an average of 13 cool summer days to 9, from 7 dangerously hot days to more than 11, and from 2 heat waves to 3 each summer."
- Heat waves lasting three days or more have become more common over the last six decades. St. Louis has approximately four more three-day heat waves each year than it did in the 1940s.
- On average, hot humid days have increased more rapidly in frequency, while hot dry days have increased in temperature more rapidly across the Midwest since the 1940s and 1950s.
- The meteorological characteristics of these weather types are also changing. In general, hot air masses have become hotter and more humid during nighttime hours.
- In some cities, average nighttime temperatures within some air mass types have increased as much as 4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (˚F) over the six decades.
- Relief from heat is harder to find—all of the cities studied now have fewer cool, dry days in the summer.
- The results aren’t due solely to an urban heat island effect on major cities. Less urban neighboring locations showed similar increases in hot summer air masses.
The advantages of "dual pol"?
* Better estimation of total precipitation amounts.
* Better estimation of the size distribution of hydrometeors (raindrops, snowflakes, hailstones, drizzle).
* Much improved ability to identify areas of extremely heavy rainfall that are closely linked with flash floods.
* Improved detection and mitigation of non-weather related radar echoes (chaff, smoke plumes, ground clutter).
* Easier identification of the melting layer (helpful for identifying snow levels in higher terrain).
* Improved ability to classify precipitation type.
Photo above courtesy of Reid Wolcott.
Photo credit above: Reuters.
Photo credit above: "Drivers and their vehicles are stranded on a flood road following a heavy rain, in Tianjin, China Thursday, July 26, 2012. Residents impatient for official updates compiled their own death tolls Thursday for last weekend's massive flooding in Beijing and snapped up survival gear following new forecasts of rain, reflecting deep mistrust of the government's handling of the disaster." (AP Photo)
"Hello Paul and everyone - attached should be a photo from (Thursday night), looking north from Isle Bay on Mille Lacs Lake. I was watching a Tyler Perry movie (his latest, really good), glanced over and wow, ran out to the neighbor's deck for the best shot. Being Up North, of course, had to make sure the dog didn't get her clock cleaned by a tomcat that had killed a careless teenage robin in the bushes, and a half hour later, watching the fading scene again from the house, a stinky skunk walked under the window, fortunately Herself the Princess dog was inside. Smelled a bear at the beach this morning too.
Just wanted to pass on some beauty and enjoyment of nature. It's so easy to get down with the climate changing before our eyes. Keep up the great work you guys."
Ruthann - thanks for a spectacular photo (and I'm glad your dog is OK). One of the things I love about Minnesota (one of many) is that we get a free show in the sky every day. I see more (wild) cloud formations here than any other spot in the USA. I'm amazed how every sky, every sunset and sunrise, can look so different. "Sky Therapy" can drop your blood pressure and help you get through a rough week. Appreciate the note.
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"You decided to sell your car? Here are 6 simple tips that will help you turn your used car into cash.
- Know the market. Price your car competitively. Use Edmunds Appraisal tool or Kelley Blue Book to determine the fair value of your car. Ask for slightly more money than you are actually willing to accept.
- Evaluate your car. Take it to a mechanic for a thorough inspection. If you choose to get the car inspected first and disclose the findings, you’re being honest and upfront.
- Give your car “curb appeal” by cleaning and detailing it."
* photo above courtesy of the Key West, Florida office of the National Weather Service.
Summer to Remember
This is the summer where 80 F. became a "cool front". It's felt like a Washington D.C. summer. D.C. was built on swampland neither Virginia or Maryland wanted - some things never change.
"This is just like an Atlanta summer" said Ham Weather developer Lee Huffman, shaking his head in wonder.
1602 warm weather records in the last week, nationwide. 2012: 26,150 high temperature records, 21,427 records for warmest nights; many of these records going back well over a century.
New research suggests that droughts may increase the chance of record warmth; the two obviously go hand in hand.
Minnesota's Red River Valley is running an 8 inch rainfall deficit, closer to 4-6" near the Iowa border. That's a bit misleading, because during a drought soil becomes hard - almost impenetrable. Most rain from T-storms runs off into streets and streams; it doesn't sink into topsoil where it's needed.
Shocking news: another hot front is approaching, capable of a few T-storms tonight. We top 90 F. Sunday; mid-90s possible next midweek. Deja vu, all over again.
So, one more steamy, 90-degree week is shaping up - but long range guidance shows a REAL cool front after August 5.
We can only hope.
* photo above courtesy of Danny Kurily.
Image above: NASA Earth Observatory.
Photo credit above: "A pedestrian walks across a bridge above a main road on a day with high air pollution in Beijing June 6, 2012." Credit: Reuters/David Gray.
Photo credit above: "A thunderstorm rumbles through Kansas (file picture)." Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic
Map credit above: "In this chart you can see that a very strong area of high pressure (in red shading surrounding Greenland) set up shop over Greenland during July, providing warmer than average air temperatures and clear skies to enhance surface melting." Credit: NOAA via Joe Witte.