I'm more confused than usual. Not sure whether to mulch the garden, toss a football, or go Trick-or-Treating? Big decisions. THIS is why smart gardeners wait until after Memorial Day, not Mother's Day, to plant annuals.
After studying the weather map I'm not sure whether to laugh or weep. A high-amplitude jet stream pattern (big dips and bulges in the prevailing winds aloft) is creating mind-boggling extremes. Brush fires are raging across drought-baked counties in the Texas Panhandle, where Freeze Warnings are in effect. At the same time record heat sizzles southern California and skiers hit the slopes one last time in Colorado & Wyoming.
Once again weather systems have stalled, a Great Lakes low pinwheeling clouds and light showers into Minnesota by afternoon. Another pop-up shower may sprout late Friday.
Spring stages a valiant comeback over the weekend; highs topping 70F by Sunday with blue sky and a hopeful, southerly breeze.
A stalled warm front sparks T-storms much of next week; a warm, sticky and partly-thundery weather pattern lingers Memorial Day weekend, with highs closer to average.
All well and good. But tonight? Cover up those tender shoots, just in case.
- Tornadoes that occur in the nation
- Strength of the tornadoes
- Frequency of the tornadoes in a geographic area
- Damage of the tornadoes
Could Dangerous Underwater Volcano In Caribbean Cause a U.S. Tsunami? The idea may not be as far-fetched as it sounds, according to a story at ABC News; here's an excerpt: "...Ballard, the president of The Ocean Exploration Trust and the director of the Center for Ocean Exploration at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, said the Kick'em Jenny volcano has a history of explosive eruptions, which could have the potential to trigger tsunamis, the effects from which could be felt as far away as the northeastern United States. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Kick'em Jenny volcano has erupted 10 times since 1939 with the most recent eruption in 1990..."
Image above: National Geographic.
Delays on Climate Change Have Cost Us $8 Trillion. NewScientist has the study and details; here's a clip: "TIME is money, goes the saying. When it comes to climate change, two years of inaction has cost the world $8 trillion. A report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), published Monday, looks at the cost of converting to green electricity in order to keep global warming below 2 °C. The agency found that it will cost $44 trillion more than keeping the current mix, where most electricity comes from fossil fuels. The extra money will go on building wind and solar power stations, efficient grids, electric vehicles and infrastructure..."