The Summer Solstice is a little over a month away, at least on paper. The tendency to tan (or burn) has nothing to do with air temperature, and everything to do with the sun angle overhead. Yes, it is theoretically possible to get a painful burn with temperatures in the 40s or 50s.
I'm so confused. So is the atmosphere sloshing over North America. A frost advisory in the metro, snow in Duluth? Flooding rains east of the Mississippi, while California endures the worst drought since the 1920s and Texas muddles through one of the 5 worst droughts in 500 years.
The United States of Extremes.
Dr. Mark Seeley says 73 percent of the days in 2014 have been cooler than average. If we don't see 80s until June it would be the first time since 1983.
Look at the bright side: our weather has to get better, and it will. The sun peeks out today; 60s Sunday and 70s on Tuesday. T-storms are likely Monday, but we should dry out by midweek with temperatures closer to average. Memorial Day weekend comes early this year. I'm happy to report it won't snow, in fact ECMWF models shows 70s next Friday, Saturday and Sunday with blue sky - maybe a few T-storms by Memorial Day.
Better late than never.
* file photo above courtesy of St. Olaf.
* latest California U.S. Drought Monitor details here.
Photo credit above: " " Marcio Jose Sanchez—AP.
Photo credit above: "Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News. "The Red Cove Marina still floats on water as Medina Lake levels continue to drop, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014."
Image credit above: "A map showing ocean height anomalies in early May 2014 compared to early May 1997. Reddish brown indicates ocean heights that are higher than normal while green indicates lower then normal ocean heights." Credit: NASA Earth Observatory.
Photo credit above: "The fiddler."
Warning Signs. Why The Struggle Over Climate Is Moving To The Executive Branch. National Journal has the article; here's the introduction: "Miami will likely be underwater before the Senate can muster enough votes to meaningfully confront climate change. And probably Tampa and Charleston, too—two other cities that last week's National Climate Assessment placed at maximum risk from rising sea levels. Even as studies proliferate on the dangers of a changing climate, the issue's underlying politics virtually ensure that Congress will remain paralyzed over it indefinitely. That means the U.S. response for the foreseeable future is likely to come through executive-branch actions, such as the regulations on carbon emissions from power plants that the Environmental Protection Agency is due to propose next month. And that means climate change will likely spike as a point of conflict in the 2016 presidential race..."