Slow Summer Fade
It's a little like saying goodbye to a dear old friend. Covering up lawn chairs and patio furniture. Packing up shorts & T-shirts, placing them (reverently) into cold storage. Performing last rites on our ski boat.
For the record: there will be more spasms of summer showing up in the coming weeks, in fact highs may hit 80F by late next week.
It's as inevitable as gravity, property taxes and snarky Twitter posts; a temperature correction is imminent. We shouldn't be shocked, considering the sun angle is as high in the sky today as it was on March 30. Longer nights are brewing up a family of progressively cooler airmasses over Canada - at least two puffs of (refreshing!) air brushing Minnesota.
September is running more than 7F warmer than average, to date, so we're due for a cool slap or two. "Good sleeping weather" returns the next few nights: 50s in the metro - 40s up north.
A second, reinforcing cool front may spark a shower Saturday night. By Monday morning kids may be stomping their feet at the bus stop to stay warm; metro wake-up temperatures in the mid 40s.
Welcome showers & T-storms may slosh into town by Tuesday; the ghost of Summer 2013 returns in 1 week.
Map credit above: "The map shows the hottest temperatures in the United States between August 25 and September 8, 2013, based on data from NOAA's Real-Time Mesoscale Analysis. Areas with higher temperatures appear red and magenta; areas with lower temperatures appear light yellow."
Map credit above: USGS. "The Active Groundwater Level Network contains water levels and well information from more than 20,000 wells that have been measured by the USGS or USGS cooperators at least once within the past 13 months. This network includes all of these wells, regardless of measurement frequency, aquifer monitored, or the monitoring objective."
* Hurricane Humberto has formed in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean. We came within 3 hours of setting a record for the latest (first) hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin.
* Humberto will not impact the USA - a series of vigorous cold frontal passages will insure a storm track over the North Atlantic.
* 8 tropical storms have formed so far in the Atlantic. Although total hurricane count will probably be lower than average, it's still too early for complacency. There are numerous examples of other hurricane seasons that got off to a very slow start, but ramped up quickly in September and October.
* Greatest risk looking out 60+ days is probably Florida and Gulf Coast.
• Encourage dialogue. Listen to your kids. Ask them about their feelings. Validate their concerns.
• Answer questions. Give just the amount of information you feel your child needs. Clarify misunderstandings about risk and danger.
• Be calm, be reassuring. Discuss concrete plans for safety. Have children and teens contribute to the family's recovery plan.
• Shut off the TV! News coverage of disasters creates confusion and anxiety. Repeated images may lead younger kids to believe the event is recurring. If your children do watch TV or use the Internet, be with them to talk and answer questions.
Photo credit above: "According to a new survey US evangelicals are less likely than non-evangelicals to believe climate change is happening and human activity is the cause." Photograph: Baz Ratner/REUTERS.
Graphic credit above: "The area burned by wildfires is expected to double in some parts of the West by 2050." Credit: Xu Yue.
Photo credit above: "A handful of corn is shown before it is processed at the Tall Corn Ethanol plant." Photograph: Charlie Neibergall/AP.
Photo credit above: "A U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization report released Wednesday said one-third of all food produced in the world gets wasted, amounting to an annual loss of $750 billion. Above, discarded bread sits along a river in Ahmadabad, India." (Ajit Solanki / Associated Press / June 5, 2013).