If this keeps up I may have to fly to Greenland, or possibly Fairbanks, Alaska to warm up. 30 days above 80F at Fairbanks so far this year, and counting. The same persistent kink in the jet stream steering winds pushing record warmth into Alaska and western Canada is nudging a family of cool fronts into the northern USA.
Maybe I'm getting senile - or the Doppler is frying my brain, but what's not to like about this weather pattern? Blue sky, low humidity, no severe storms churning overhead? Go ahead and unplug the A/C. You won't need it looking out the next 2 weeks.
While wildfires rage out west and persistent T-storms soak the south some of the best weather in America will be floating overhead into the weekend. A reinforcing puff of Canadian air may spark a lonely shower tonight, but a dry sky spills over into the weekend, highs in the mid to upper 70s. No drama.
Showers & T-storms return early next week, followed by another swipe of September-like air late next week. If you're heading north you'll need a few sweatshirts.
Keep the cool fronts in perspective. In my weather blog (below): U.S. wildfires in 2012 burned an area greater than New Jersey, Delaware & Connecticut combined.
2013 will be worse.
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Graphic credit above: "Weather pattern responsible for record warmth in southwest Greenland." (Danish Meteorological Institute).
Photo credit above: "In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, a child demonstrates how raw shrimp and an egg are fried in a pan on a manhole cover on a hot summer day in Jinan in east China's Shandong province. It’s been so hot in China that folks are grilling shrimp on manhole covers, eggs are hatching without incubators and a highway billboard has mysteriously caught fire by itself. The heat wave — the worst in at least 140 years in some parts — has left dozens of people dead and pushed thermometers above 40 degrees C (104 F) in at least 40 cities and counties, mostly in the south and east." ( AP Photo)
Photo credit above: "Kan Kil floats face-first in the cool waters of Campbell Creek, near Lake Otis Parkway, while beating the heat on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Anchorage broke a record on Tuesday for hitting 70 degrees or more for the 14th straight day." (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth)
More unusual weather across the USA. Too hot across Utah:
Meanwhile it's too dry over much of the Pacific Northwest, including Washington State:
Tell that to residents of Oklahoma City:
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* Then again the whole pressure cooker/Google story may have been made up, according to The Washington Post. I'm still going to be careful what I plug into Google, just in case.
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1. Ecotourism Green is the new black when it comes to vacations. The U.N. World Tourism Organization predicts there will be some 1.6 billion eco-inspired trips taken by 2020. But all operators are not created equal. It’s important to do your homework and find a company that works closely with local residents to benefit them. True ecotourism isn’t just zip-lining through the jungle. It helps the local economy and is sustainable. An important fringe benefit: Local residents come to appreciate the inherent value of their natural resources — rain forests, nature preserves, waterways, coral reefs — and realize that they must be protected and preserved..."
1. Meat with the Bone InSmall cuts of meat, like bone-in pork or chicken breasts, are harder to cook thoroughly because their outsides easily char. This often translates to crispy on the outside and raw on the inside. Unlike undercooked beef—say, a rare burger or a steak tartare—undercooked pork and chicken are highly dangerous and could causes food-borne illnesses.
Plus, bone-in means less meat...
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A Republican Case For Climate Action. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed from former EPA administrators who served Republican presidents at The New York Times: "...There is no longer any credible scientific debate about the basic facts: our world continues to warm, with the last decade the hottest in modern records, and the deep ocean warming faster than the earth’s atmosphere. Sea level is rising. Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected. The costs of inaction are undeniable. The lines of scientific evidence grow only stronger and more numerous. And the window of time remaining to act is growing smaller: delay could mean that warming becomes “locked in....”
From The New York Times: "The writers are former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency: William D. Ruckelshaus, from its founding in 1970 to 1973, and again from 1983 to 1985; Lee M. Thomas, from 1985 to 1989; William K. Reilly, from 1989 to 1993; and Christine Todd Whitman, from 2001 to 2003."
Photo credit above: "A Norwegian glacier melts on August 1, 2012." (Photo by Flickr user ironpoison.)
Photo credit above: "As much as 80% of the Caribbean coral is thought to have been lost in recent years." Photograph: Catlin Seaview Survey.
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