One of the local news channels in Los Angeles touts "Megadoppler", which is ironic, since most summer days the only thing their Doppler is detecting is dust, drizzle, wildfire plumes - maybe an occasional L.A. Laker?
Doppler has revolutionized tornado prediction, allowing us to zero in on rotating T-storms most likely to spin up a twister. The problem: not every twisting storm will tornado. In fact 70 percent of tornado warnings wind up as false alarms.
It's always good to err on the side of safety & caution but too many false alarms & people tune out.
If these rains keep up you'll need a machete to cut your jungle-like lawn this weekend. We've gone from dry, dusty topsoil to farmers unable to get into their muddy fields, all in the span of a few months. A remarkable turn-around.
The core of the jet stream is creeping farther north, allowing warmer, more summer-like air to push into Minnesota. Dew points may hit 70F today: tropical jet-fuel for strong storms tonight and Wednesday; another chance of T-storms late Friday into Saturday morning. Sunday looks like the drier day to salvage some sunscreen-time on the bike, boat or deck.
Amazingly, you may even be able to work up a minor sweat!
Photo credit: "Rob Korff, a corn farmer who planed about a month late this year after heavy rains that have made growing difficult, in Norborne, Missouri, June 7, 2013. In many areas of the Midwest, one extreme has given way to another, as flooded pastures have delayed planting or washed away young shoots." (Steve Hebert/The New York Times).
* Flood zone will cover roughly 1/4 of New York City metro by 2050s. The New York Times has details here.
Photo credit: "A sign warning against insurance fraud is displayed as heavy equipment is put to use removing debris from a home destroyed by the May 20th tornado in the Plaza Towers neighborhood of Moore, Okla., Friday, June 7, 2013." (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Photo credit above: AP. "Lightning strikes from a storm illuminate a home damaged by a tornado on Hyde Park Lane at Country Club Rd. in Cleburne, Wednesday night, May 15, 2013."
I'd Watch This. Thanks to Lorange Blog for sharing this. I'm suddenly hungry for big bites of weather information.
Graphic credit above: "Projected return period (in years) in the 21st Century for river discharges matching what in the 20th Century were 100-year floods." Dr Sujan Koirala