July 1, 1964: Tyler picks up over 6 inches of rain in 24 hours.
It's a Miracle: A 4th of July Weekend To Remember
Talk about great timing: a fresh transfusion of cool, comfortable Canadian air sets the stage for an amazing stretch of weather into Monday. About as good as it gets at this latitude.
Good news for humanoids, but chances are your favorite canine friend will be very stressed into next week. A recent New York Times article suggested at least 40 percent of dogs suffer from "noise anxiety". They run away, hide, jump into laps - in a desperate attempt to get away from flashing lights and noise. A worst-case scenario is fireworks AND thunder.
It seems dogs may be extra-sensitive to winds and electrical fields within a T-storm. Make sure they have a "safe spot", as shielded as possible from booming explosions.
I'm happy (and somewhat amazed) to be able to predict a lack of atmospheric firecrackers into Monday, with the possible exception of the Red River Valley. Comfortable September-like air today gives way to slow warming over the weekend; just warm enough for the lake, beach or pool. Mid 80s are expected on the 4th; maybe 90F by midweek.
A dry pleasant 4th of July weekend? Miraculous!
Accumulated Precipitation by 1 PM Sunday. NOAA models continue to hint at a few spotty, convective showers and T-showers over the Red River Valley Saturday and Sunday PM, and a few of these could, in theory, drift into the Brainerd Lakes area. Most towns and lakes should stay dry into Monday thought, which is nothing short of Divine Intervention. 4 KM NAM (WRF) precipitation outlook: NOAA and AerisWeather.
Graphic credit: Bloomberg.
Greenbrier Resort Opens Doors to West Virginia Flood Victims. Here's an excerpt of a story at Golf Digest: "The Greenbrier Resort was suppose to host the world's best golfers next week. Instead, the White Sulphur Springs estate is serving as home to victims of the deadly West Virginia floods. Though the resort is officially closed, the hotel has opened a limited number of rooms to those who have lost their homes. "Due to all of the damage we received from the storm, we aren't able to provide The Greenbrier experience that our guests expect," said Jim Justice, owner of the resort. "But we can certainly provide a comfortable room for those who are hurting and need a place to go..."
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Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter's Atmosphere. NASA has the amazing details: "Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is best known for its colorful storms, the most famous being the Great Red Spot. Now astronomers have focused on another beautiful feature of the planet, using Hubble's ultraviolet capabilities. The extraordinary vivid glows shown in the new observations are known as auroras. They are created when high-energy particles enter a planet’s atmosphere near its magnetic poles and collide with atoms of gas. As well as producing beautiful images, this program aims to determine how various components of Jupiter’s auroras respond to different conditions in the solar wind, a stream of charged particles ejected from the sun..."
Image credit: "Astronomers are using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to study auroras — stunning light shows in a planet's atmosphere — on the poles of the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter." Credits: NASA, ESA, and J. Nichols (University of Leicester).
Photo credit: "Researchers say the power grid could handle the increased demand by electrifying the U.S. vehicle fleet, though it would take utility planning."
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Facebook, a News Giant That Would Rather Show Us Baby Pictures. Ironic - FB has morphed into the largest news site on the planet, but it appears news is not much of a priority, according to a New York Times story: "...Though it is couched in the anodyne language of a corporate news release, the document’s message should come as a shock to everyone in the media business. According to these values, Facebook has a single overriding purpose, and it isn’t news. Facebook is mainly for telling you what’s up with your friends and family. Adam Mosseri, the Facebook manager in charge of the news feed, said in a recent interview that informing and entertaining users was also part of the company’s mission. But he made clear that news and entertainment were secondary pursuits..."
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TODAY: Hello September! Bright sunshine, light winds. Winds: N 3-8. High: 74
FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear and comfortably cool. Low: 57 (40s up north!)
SATURDAY: Sunny, still spectacular. Risk of a shower or T-shower Brainerd Lakes into the Red River Valley. Winds: SE 5-10. High: 79
SUNDAY: Plenty of sun, lake-worthy weather. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 60. High: 81
4TH OF JULY: Sticky sunshine, probably dry. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 62. High: 84
TUESDAY: Humid, scattered T-storms. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 67. High: 88
WEDNESDAY: Hot and sweaty, isolated storm. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 69. High: 90
THURSDAY: Steamy, more numerous T-storms. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 72. High: 87
Are West Virginia's Floods The Result of Climate Change? Did an increase in water vapor increase the odds of another 1-in-1,000-year flood? Here's an excerpt from Forbes: "For a state that has been racked with recession and unemployment, the flash floods that have ravaged West Virginia don’t help much. But the key question to ask — no matter how unpleasant — is whether the coal sector there shares some of the blame. At issue is the concept of climate change and whether the warmer atmosphere is holding more water and therefore intensifying the storms. To that end, West Virginia’s prime industry has been coal, a fuel that when burned is responsible for a third of all human-induced carbon emissions. Even more, the surface mining that has occurred is lopping off whole mountaintops and removing the vegetation, leaving the landscape vulnerable to erosion..."
File photo credit: "In this June 25, 2016, file photo, West Virginia State Trooper C.S. Hartman, left, and Bridgeport W. Va., fireman, Ryan Moran, wade through flooded streets as they search homes in Rainelle. A rainstorm that seemed no big deal at first turned into a catastrophe for the small town in West Virginia, trapping dozens of people whose screams would echo all night." (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File).
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Combating Climate Change Crucial to Global Security. This Op-Ed at the San Diego Union-Tribune resonated; here's an excerpt: "...Even more, let's honor their mission by preventing the very conflicts that they could be called upon to fight. To do so, we must combat climate change. It’s not just an environmental issue; it’s a global security crisis. The Department of Defense, in its long-term planning documents, has identified climate change as an “urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources.” As a “threat multiplier,” climate change increases the likelihood of conflict while also hindering military readiness. Like gas on a fire, it inflames smoldering conflicts in regions least able to extinguish them. That often means putting American service members in harm’s way...."
Photo credit: "Hurricane Sandy sent 8-year-old Avery Solan out to play in the flooded streets of Norfolk, Virginia, in October 2012. The city is trying to prevent worse flooding as sea levels rise, and at the same time grow new industry in a region currently dependent on military jobs." Credit: Rich-Joseph Facun/Reuters.
Photo credit: AP. "Trekkers make their way to Dingboche, a popular Mount Everest base camp, in Pangboche, Nepal, Feb. 19, 2016."