81 F. average high on August 7.
82 F. maximum temperature at KSTC on August 7, 2016.
August 8, 1930: A record high of 102 is set at Redwood Falls.
Look Up: Some of the Best Weather in the USA
We've always had floods, heat waves and droughts, but a warmer (wetter) climate is turning up the volume, making the extremes more extreme, worldwide.
Oh, to have the Dairy Queen concession in Death Valley, California. July brought an average temperature of 107.4F, making it the hottest month ever recorded in the United States. Details here.
A heat wave in southern Europe, nicknamed "Lucifer", is igniting wildfires, sparking water rationing and devastating crops. Sardinia, Italy recorded a heat index of 122F last week.
New Orleans just saw massive flooding from 10 inch rains (200-year flood) while Tropical Storm Franklin tracks south of Cancun, promising severe flooding for parts of Mexico.
We are counting our atmospheric blessings with free Canadian A/C, highs in the 70s; little risk of severe weather anytime soon. Showers and T-storms arrive late Wednesday and Thursday; maybe a few more puddles on Saturday, but this is a pretty nice pattern overall.
The summer stickies may return later in August. I'd bet a pickle-on-a-stick we'll see sticky 80s & 90s in time for the fair.
* Photo credit from Lake Ossy: Pete Schenck.
* Tropical Storm Franklin is expected to take a southerly track, impacting Mexico with tropical storm-force winds and flooding rains. The latest from NOAA NHC is here.
Tropical Storm Franklin Could Reach Hurricane Strength Before Hitting Near Cancun. USA Today has more details on storm potential: "Tropical Storm Franklin could reach hurricane strength before it slams into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula late Monday or early Tuesday, dumping a massive amount of rain and pushing a dangerous storm surge into the coast. Up to a foot of drenching rainfall is possible, with the potential for life-threatening flash floods, the National Hurricane Center warned. A storm surge of up to four feet — accompanied by large, destructive waves — is also possible as the storm slams into the shoreline. Damaging wind gusts of 40-60 mph are also possible. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the storm's center..."
Excessive Rainfall Potential. 10-15" rains are likely along and near the track of Franklin in the coming days, with a potential for serious flash flooding and mudslides across Mexico. Map: Aeris AMP.
Image credit: "An American Airlines flight bound for Philadelphia experienced severe turbulence on July 5. Upon landing, three passengers and seven crew members were hospitalized." (Reuters).
Around the Mediterranean, the Fire This Time. The New York Times reports on the epic heat wave and drought gripping southern Europe and the Balkans: "...While forest fires are a normal feature of summer in Mediterranean Europe, the frequency and intensity of the blazes this summer are exceptional. The unprecedented heat that has stoked them, and caused droughts like the one that led to water rationing in Rome, is a harbinger of what climate change will bring, scientists say. In the past week winds from North Africa - which the Italians aptly call Lucifero - have caused hellish temperatures across Italy. The heat index (what the temperature feels like) reached a record 50 degrees celsius, or 122 degrees Fahrenheit, in Sardinia last Tuesday..."
Europe Swelters Under a Heat Wave Called "Lucifer" The New York Times has more perspective on the relentless heat: "...Sun-kissed Italy has become sun-cursed. With temperatures in recent days regularly rising north of 100 degrees, a nationwide drought leaving rivers and mouths dry and countryside kindling and arsonists combining to ignite the landscape, Italians are, well, boiling. Farmers are lamenting more than $1 billion in revenue lost to drought and singed fields. Firefighters are busy. Packs of gum are melting in their wrappers. In Rome, the heat wave has coincided with a meltdown of public services, including public transport..."
Can Congress Bring the National Flood Insurance Program Above Water? As long as people are incentivized to keep rebuilding in increasingly flood-prone regions the program is destined to fail. Here's an excerpt at The Atlantic: "...As problematic government programs go, the NFIP is a doozy. Established in 1968, it handles some 5 million policies nationwide. Unfortunately, these days it collects less in premiums and surcharges than it shells out in claims and other expenses, leaving the Treasury Department—read: taxpayers—to plug the holes. Which means every time some neighborhood in Galveston or Daytona winds up underwater (Texas, Florida, and Louisiana account for more than half of all policies), the rest of the nation effectively bails them out. Not that coastal areas bear all the blame—rivers have a nasty habit of overflowing as well. Last August, an ugly storm parked itself over Baton Rouge for several days, dropping upwards of 20 inches of rain that caused $10 billion in damages. All told, the FEMA-managed NFIP is neck-deep in debt to the tune of $24.6 billion..."
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In statehouses all over the country, there's a growing movement by industry front groups to undermine net metering and other renewable energy incentives. These front groups include the Edison Electric Institute, the utility industry’s trade association, and outfits such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Americans for Prosperity, both of which are funded by the Koch brothers. These groups scored recent victories against net metering in Indiana and Maine, and have turned the renewable energy mandate for utilities in wind-rich Kansas — known in the industry as a Renewable Portfolio Standard — into a toothless voluntary goal.
Industry groups and the politicians they effectively buy claim that distributed solar energy imposes costs on customers who don’t install solar panels, because solar users don't pay their fair share of the costs of maintaining the grid..." (File photo: Walmart).
- Create stunning solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage
- Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments
- Develop a self-driving capability that is 10X safer than manual via massive fleet learning
- Enable your car to make money for you when you aren't using it
Toyota and Mazda Join Forces on Electric Vehicles. Is This the End of the Road for Gas Cars? Not so fast. As excited as I am about saving money and cleaning up the air with electric vehicles I suspect a slow fade of gasoline-powered vehicles in the years and decades to come; it won't happen overnight. But the trends are unmistakable, according to The Washington Post: "...Dudenhöffer said Tesla, the largest American manufacturer of electric vehicles, poses a formidable challenge. “To have invented the technology means you’re Apple. Everyone else catching up is Samsung,” he said. Germany’s response cannot be to “clean up a 20th-century technology,” said Greg Archer, director of clean vehicles at the Brussels-based advocacy organization, Transport & Environment. The aim instead, he said, should be to shift to “zero-emission vehicles.” “France and the U.K. are paving the way on that, and Germany along with its carmakers seem to be lagging behind,” Archer said. “The danger for Germany is that it continues producing cars that the rest of the world no longer wants. Just 5 percent of the new cars sold outside Europe are diesels...”
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Money Won't Make You Happy. Here's What Will, According to Science. A story at Inc. was an eye-opener: "...If you want to increase your happiness levels, then be altruistic. Help other people. This is one of the interesting findings of research in positive psychology. Most people actually think of pleasure, not happiness. They think of the pleasure of eating an ice cream or of going to the movies. But your happiness from these activities looks very much like a square wave. You are happy during the event, but half an hour later it has very little effect on your current state of happiness. However, humans are wired for helping others. We get a nice long tail of happiness: Days later, you can close your eyes and get a warm, happy feeling as you remember helping your friend with something that mattered to him or her. Either that or you've just peed yourself..." (File photo: someecards.com).
TUESDAY: Sunny, spectacular. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 81
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear and mild. Low: 62
WEDNESDAY: Clouds increase, few T-storms by afternoon. Winds: SW 7-12. High: 79
THURSDAY: Wettest day: more showers and storms. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 63. High: 75
FRIDAY: Sun returns, potentially pleasant. Winds: N 5-10. Wake-up: 59. High: 77
SATURDAY: Mild sun, stray late PM T-storm. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 60. High: 77
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, still comfortable. Winds: NE 5-10. Wake-up: 61. High: 79
MONDAY: Sunny. Too nice to work. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 60. High: 80
* Photo credit above: Steve "Lars" Larson from Apple Valley, who writes: "Paul, this is a picture I took of the “Dense Fog” on a metro lake I was fishing at 6:30AM Monday Morning. Probably should not have been fishing in those conditions, but it was a “Kodak Moment”, and the fish were in a feeding frenzy!"
- Deaths caused by extreme weather could rise from 3,000 a year between 1981 and 2010 to 152,000 between 2071 and 2100..."
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Attribution. According to climate scientists the link between a warming climate and weather is strongest when it comes to temperature extremes, followed by drought intensity and rainfall rates/amounts. There is less confidence connecting the dots with severe local storms, hurricanes and wildfires. Graphic: National Academy of Sciences.