A Spoon-fed Career
I flew east this weekend to celebrate my dad's 83rd birthday. He's largely responsible for my deep dive into meteorology. Between a tropical storm (Agnes) and weather merit badge in the Boy Scouts I was curious about weather. Dad knew this - and had a stack of newspaper & magazine clippings ready for me at the breakfast table every morning. Now he's graduated to sending e-mail links to stories on his iPad. His daily clipping service continues (without the morning bowl of Wheaties).
His secret? Two brisk walks a day, salads for lunch and tracking (and lowering) his cholesterol. That, and a warped sense of humor. May I be so lucky.
If you thought summer was winding down you're in for a rude surprise. Comfortable 80s will give way to a streak of 90s from Wednesday into next weekend. ECMWF guidance hints at mid-90s with dew points ranging from 60-70F.
An isolated T-shower may pop over northern Minnesota Monday, another swarm of storms Thursday could pass north of MSP. Portions of Minnesota are drying out again, and although I don't expect a rerun of the 2012 drought a few pockets of moderate drought may return by September.
I'm looking forward to sweating out the State Fair next Saturday - spending most of my time at the deodorant-on-a-stick booth.
One Hot Week. ECMWF data (above, courtesy of WeatherSpark) shows highs near 90 by Tuesday, then well into the 90s Wednesday, again late in the week. Today will be the last day of comfortable dew points (rising thru the 50s). Bu Thursday the dew point may exceed 70, fueling a few T-storms - especially north of the Twin Cities. Humidity levels drop off a bit late in the week, but 90s may spill over into next weekend.
Gulf Coast Fizzle. The tropical depression that tracked over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula can't seem to get it's act together (too much dry air and wind shear) and will probably drift back into mainland Mexico as a weak tropical wave. The risk to south Texas has dropped considerably; NHC says only a 10% risk of tropical storm formation in the next 48 hours.
Photo credit above: "A sunshine warrior." Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
40 Maps That Explain The World. I thought this was interesting and visual, one of 40 maps that put global trends into perspective, courtesy of The Washington Post. Here's an excerpt: "Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled “40 maps they didn’t teach you in school,” one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to contribute our own collection. Some of these are pretty nerdy, but I think they’re no less fascinating and easily understandable. A majority are original to this blog (see our full maps coverage here), with others from a variety of sources. I’ve included a link for further reading on close to every one..."
Graphic credit above: "This NASA moving image, recorded by satellite over a full year as part of their Blue Marble Project, shows the ebb and flow of the seasons and vegetation. Both are absolutely crucial factors in every facet of human existence — so crucial we barely even think about them. It’s also a reminder that the Earth is, for all its political and social and religious divisions, still unified by the natural phenomena that make everything else possible."
Image credit above: "The Royal Palace of Amsterdam in the Netherlands -- called Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam -- joins a long list of places blurred on Google Maps related to the Dutch royal family, including the Royal Stables and another residence called Huis ten Bosch."
Photo credit above: " Photo: ASHLEY COOPERS/ALAMY.
Earth has 'low-grade fever'
“God’s creation is telling us it’s running a fever—a low-grade fever,” she said. People traditionally view weather patterns like a driver whose eyes are fixed on the rearview mirror, without considering changing conditions, she said. The climatological history of the High Plains demonstrates cyclical change between hot and cold, wet and dry..."
Photo credit above: "Herb Grover, dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences at Wayland Baptist University, moderates a forum on the Plainview campus featuring Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University." (PHOTO/Wayland Baptist University)
Photo credit above: "Men take a rest by an exhaust outlet of a building during a hot summer day in Beijing, China Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Heat wave hit several cities, mostly in the south and east of China as temperature went up above 40 degrees C (104 F) in some parts." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
File photo above: "Pres. Jimmy Carter speaks against a backdrop of solar panels at the White House, Wednesday, June 21, 1979, Washington, D.C. The panels catch the suns rays and warm water used in parts of the Executive mansion." (AP Photo/Harvey Georges)
Would Things Be Different If The Public Had Perfect Information On Climate Science And Solutions? Here's a portion of a Joe Romm post at Think Progress: "Last week, I wrote about the important Dunlap-McRight paper that found organized climate change denial “Played a Crucial Role in Blocking Domestic Legislation.” Although this is a pretty obvious conclusion to objective observers, the false-equivalence bunch, led by blogger Andy Revkin, couldn’t bring themselves to report on it without giving the professional disinformers equal time. John Rennie, the former editor in chief of Scientific American, slammed Revkin’s piece in a must-read post, “Revkin’s False Equivalence on Climate Message Machines.” Rennie was particularly critical of Revkin’s equating the climate denial machine with a laughable “climate alarmism machine” (whipped up by an Australian disinformer), which equates those who spread outright anti-scientific disinformation (often funded by fossil-fuel interests) with the serious work of climate scientists and governments (and others) who make use of that genuine, scientific work..."
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