Sweet Holiday Weekend Relief
Not sure about you but I'm enjoying my complimentary virtual vacation in Manila. I should be serving towels with this forecast. Five straight days of 90s and jungle-like dew points in the 70s is quite enough, thank you.
"But can't you DO something about this weather?" a teacher asked during a speech yesterday to the Buffalo School District. Short answer: nope. And even if I could I wouldn't be able to afford the lawyers. Nudging storms and fronts to cool it off or make it rain? A sneeze in the breeze - not going to happen anytime soon.
The best chance of T-storms today comes north of the Twin Cities; precious little rain for parched fields over southern Minnesota.
The worst of the suffocating heat is behind us now, but if there's even a glimmer of sun temperatures top 90F into Saturday, the best day to take a dip in your favorite lake.
T-storms late Saturday herald the arrival of sweet relief; Canadian winds drop dew point into the 40s by Labor Day - meaning HALF as much water in the air.
Highs hold in the 70s Sunday and Labor Day, as free A/C pours south of the border. Lows in the 40s late next week? Remind me to never bad-mouth Canada again.
Thank you Manitoba!
Stressed Crops - Paranoid Farmers. Every summer is challenging for farming, between flash floods, hail, heat spikes and the specter of drought. This summer was especially challenging, a very late start to spring planting (it was still snowing in May). Rain fell early in the season, then we had a month of unusually cool weather, followed by a heat spike (and dire lack of rain stretching for over 3 weeks). No wonder the corn and bean crop is showing signs of stress. We take a look at an unusually tough summer for farming in today's edition of Climate Matters: "WeatherNationTV Chief Meteorologist Paul Douglas looks at some of the troubles facing framers near the end of the growing season. Snow in May pushed back planting and a lack of rain has some farmers worried."
Image credit above: "The plume of carbon monoxide pollution from the Rim Fire burning in and near Yosemite National Park, Calif., is visible in this Aug. 26, 2013 image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua spacecraft." Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.
Photo credit above: "Mark Cochrane, senior scientist at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence, surveys damage from the Antelope Complex Fire in Plumas National Forest in northern California. Sparked by lightning, the 2007 fires were fueled by an abundance of dead trees and brush on the forest floor."
Image credit above: Bastien Lecouffe Deharme.
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* The new Nature paper from Scripps scientists looking at "Hidden Heat" is here.
Graphic credit: NASA. "Cooler waters in the equatorial Pacific are linked to cyclical events such as La Nina."
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