Hold The Presses: Winter Outlook Just Released Maybe it's the way we're wired – part of the human condition. We…
Hold The Presses: Winter Outlook Just Released
Maybe it’s the way we’re wired – part of the human condition. We tend to fear change, and there is a very real fear of the unknown. Take winter in Minnesota, for example. “Paul, is it going to be a fierce winter this year?”
How ’bout those Vikings! I’m sorry, I could not hear you above the sound of my teeth chatting.
You may find some solace in NOAA’s latest winter outlook. Based on a brewing El Nino mild phase in the Pacific Ocean, odds favor a milder than average winter season for the northern and western USA, including Minnesota ̵
1; with the greatest warm bias predicted for the Pacific Northwest.
Confidence levels are low, but an El Nino winter often means stronger “zonal” winds blowing from Seattle, keeping some of the coldest air bottled up north of Minnesota.
We will have snow. We will experience eye-watering cold fronts. Will it be a harsh, pioneer winter? The writing on the wall suggests no.
The arrival of a blustery clipper turns on the wind machine today; flurries race past your window Saturday, but next week looks quiet with highs near 50F – some rain by late next week.
File photo above: NOAA.
Milder Winter For Much of the USA? Place your bets. Based on a brewing El Nino NOAA is predicting a milder than average winter, with the best chance of a mild bias in the western USA: ” A mild winter could be in store for much of the United States this winter according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. In the US Winter Outlook for December through February, above average temperatures are most likely across the northern and western US, Alaska and Hawaii. Additionally, El Nino has a 70 to 75 percent chance of developing. “We expect El Nino to be in place in late fall to early winter, “said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.” Although a weak El Nino is expected, it may still affect the winter season by bringing wetter conditions across the southern United States , and warmer, drier conditions to parts of the North … “
Whispers of El Nino? The winter precipitation forecast from NOAA (above) carries all the hallmarks of an El Nino winter, with a wet bias from southern California into the deep south, and a slight dry tendancy for many northern states.
Saturday Coating? Flurries are likely Saturday, even a few heavier snow showers. Temperaturen bør være over 32F over størstedelen af staten under dagstidene, men en dusting eller coating kan ikke udelukkes i nogle få steder. Note the lake-effect snow bands forecast to set up southeast of Lake Superior. Map: WeatherBell.
Why Am I Even Showing This? Confidence levels are very low with the 2-week GFS forecast of 500mb winds. Yesterday’s solution carved out a huge trough across from the Great Lakes into much of the eastern USA; Today’s forecast shows more of a solar solution with a warm start to November for much of the USA. Place your bets.
Designers Are Reinventing Hurricane Maps For An Era Of Extreme Weather . To this day, many people still misinterpret NHC’s “cone of uncertainty”, as pointed out in a post at MIT Technology Review: “… First, people assume that the cone delineates the area under threat, and that its boundaries indicate How big the storm will grow. Second, people realize that the cone represents a 67% confidence interval-a detail disclosed within the map’s documentation rather than on the map itself. Third, people often believe that the white and dotted regions signify something more For det meste, for eksempel, tror de dots angiver det område som vil blive påvirket af kraftig regn. Fjerde, folk forstår ikke forskjellen mellem kikker og advarsler, eller om man er mere alvorlig Image credit . . ]: Hurricane Ha rvey. NASA / NOAA GOES Project.
Fighters Downed by Hurricane . How vulnerable is the military to extreme weather events, in the USA and abroad? Here’s an excerpt of an Op-Ed from The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: ” Hurricane Michael did terrible damage in Florida last week, and that may include some of the world’s most capable military aircraft left in its path. But why can Air Force F-22 jet fighters, or all things, escape a storm? Answer: They lack the parts to be operational and so were stuck in hangars to take a beating. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Sunday that the damage to an Unspecified number of F-22s on Tyndall Air Force Base was “less than we feared.” But maintenance professionals will have to conduct a detailed assessment before the Air Force can say with certainty that the planes will fly again. Press reports estimate that at least
Photo credit : ” Photo: Jonathan Bachman / Reuters.”
Hurricane Michael Damage: Up To $ 3 Billion In Georgia Agricultural Losses .
Death Toll From Michael Rises: Headlines and Links via Climate Nexus: ” The Official Death toll from Hurricane Michael Rose to at least 26 Florida officials said Bay County, where the storm first made landslide, had at least 12 deaths, and rescuers caution that more bodies may be found as the Dozens are still missing in hard-hit areas like Mexico Beach as cell service remains spotty and residents return to survey the extensive damage. Before Tuesday, the national death toll from the storm was at 18 . ” (New York Times $, CNN, USA Today, AP. Background: Climate Signals)
Dr. Lackey said he and Mr. King, who jointly own the Mexico Beach house, did not even refer to the minimum wind resistance required in Bay County. The sand palace to withstand 250 miles-an-hour winds. The house was fashioned from poured concrete, reinforced by steel cables and rebar, with additional concrete bolstering the corners of the house. The space under the roof was minimized so that wind could not sneak in underneath and lift it off. The home’s elevation, on high pilings, was meant to keep it above the surge of seawater that usually accompanies powerful hurricanes … “
Photo Credit : “ The elevated house that the owners call the Sand Palace, on 36th Street in Mexico Beach, Fla., Came through Hurricane Michael almost unscathed .” Credit Credit Johnny Milano for The New York Times.
Tornadoes Are Spinning Up Farther East in U.S. and scientists do not know why . Fluke or a trend? NBC News has the story: ” Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting – decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists are not Tornado activity is increasing most in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and parts of Ohio and Michigan, according to a study in Wednesday’s journal Climate and Atmospheric Science. There has been a slight decrease in the Great Plains, with the biggest drop in central and eastern Texas. Even with the decline, Texas still gets the most tornadoes of any state. .. “
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Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab World Needs Most is Free Expression . This is the last column Jamal Khashoggi wrote for The Washington Post before he was murdered. Here’s an excerpt of that column, which was just published: ” I was recently online looking at the 2018″ Freedom in the World “report published by Freedom House and came to a grave realization. There is only one country in the Arab World that has been classified as “free.” That nation is Tunisia. Jordan, Morocco and Kuwait come second, with a classification of “partly free.” The rest of the countries in the Arab world are classified as “not free.” As a result, Arabs living in these countries are either uninformed or misinformed. They are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives. A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, .
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Nebraska’s Message for Tourists: It’s Not For Everyone. Gotta give them points for candor and honesty. Personally, I think it’s brilliant. Here’s a clip from AP: “… The slogan, which the Nebraska Tourism Commission unveiled Wednesday at a Nebraska City conference … State tourism director John Ricks told the Omaha World-Herald that because Nebraska consistently ranks as the least likely state Tourists plan to visit, the marketing campaign needed to be different. “To make people listen, you have to hook them somehow,” Ricks said. “We had to shake people up ….”
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72 F . Maximum temperature in the Twin Cities Thursday.
57 F . Average high on October 18.
73 F . High on October 18, 2017.
October 19, 2000 : The warmest October 19th in Minnesota history occurs for many towns. Many cities had highs in the 80s, with the twin cities hitting 84. Appleton in Swift County reported 90 degrees.
October 19, 1972 : A cold snap moves through Mi nnesota, with lows or 1 above in tower and 9 in st. Peter and Luverne.
October 19, 1916 : Redwood Falls receives a record setting 7 inches or snow.
FRIDAY: Early shower, a blustery day. Winds: NW 15-30. High: 62
FRIDAY NIGHT : Patchy clouds, cold wind. Low: 34
SATURDAY : Touch of November. Gusty with flurries. Winds: NW 15-30. High: 39
SUNDAY : Blue sky, kinder and gentler. Winds: SW 10-20. Wake up: 29. High: 53
MONDAY: Partly sunny and pleasant. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 40. High: 57
TUESDAY: Bright sunshine, less wind. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 33. High: 54
WEDNESDAY: Clouds slowly increase. Winds: S 8-13. Wake up: 36. High: 52
THURSDAY: Light rain and drizzle possible. Winds: E 10-15. Wake up: 38. High: 48
Photo courtesy or Pat Collins, a 7th grade Life Science Teacher in Lindstrom, Minnesota, who snapped this at Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy, near Osceola Wisconsin. 19659053] Climate Stories ….
In North Carolina, Hurricanes Did What Scientists Could Not: Convince Republicans That Climate Change is Real. Will a new generation of super-sized storms help to convince skeptics that weather is – increasingly – being disrupted by a wetter, more volatile climate? Here’s an excerpt from The Washington Post: “… An Elon University survey taken in early October, after Hurricane Florence hit, showed that 37 percent of Republicans believe global warming is” very likely “to negatively impact North Carolina coastal communities in the next 50 years. That is almost triple the percentage of Republicans – 13 percent – who felt that way in 2017. The percentage of Republicans who felt climate change was “not at all likely” to hurt the state’s coastal communities dropped by 10 points over the past year – from 41 percent in 2017 to 31 percent now. “That suggests to me that there is a very large minority within the Republican Party who are at least open to the first steps to accept that climate change is a possibility,” said Jason Husser, a political science professor who directs the Elon poll. “It signals some sort of tipping point …”
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Scientists er i stigende grad selvsikker på forbindelserne mellem global opvarmning og orkaner. In a warming world, they say, hurricanes will be stronger, for a simple reason: Warmer water provides more energy that feeds them. Hurricanes and other extreme storms will also be wet, for a simple reason: Warmer air holds more moisture. And storm surges from hurricanes will be worse, for a simple reason that has nothing to do with the storms themselves: Sea levels are rising. Researchers can not say, however, that global warming is to blame for the specifics of the latest storm, Hurricane Michael, which grew to Category 4 with sustained winds of 155 miles an hour, as it hit the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday. . . “
Photo credit :” A storm chaser returned to collect his things after the collapse collapsed on his car Wednesday in Panama City, Fla . “ Credit: ] Michael’s devastation of Tyndall raises the question about how well the bases are defended against the elements. “This threat is not new to the military – they have been talking about climate change for decades – and they generally learn from the latest storm,” said Lt. Gene. Arlen D. Jameson, who is retired from the Air Force and was a former deputy commander of the United States Strategic Command. “The problem is, the lessons learned will be almost too painful to wait for the next lesson.” Several factors conspired to put a tenth of the nation’s F-22 fleet at risk in Hurricane Michael. De sophisticated jets are notoriously temperamental, and at any given time, only about half of them are mission-ready, according to a recent Air Force report. The storm appeared and developed swiftly, giving maintenance crews only a few days’ warning to get as many jets airworthy as they could … “
Photo Credit :” Hurricane Michael caused catastrophic damage to the US air force base in Panama, Fla. Published On . “ Image by Terray Sylvester / Reuters.
Climate Change Policy Remedies: What Do You Favor? What policies will move the needle towards sustainable, cleaner, renewable technologies ? A price on carbon to place a definable, predictable signal in the markets? Something else? Here’s an excerpt from Countable: “… Importantly, carbon pricing schemes are technology neutral. De direkte målrettet det aktuelle problem – CO2-udledninger, der bidrager til atmosfærisk opvarmning – snarere end at favorisere en bestemt løsning, såsom solpaneler eller intelligente målere. The approach thus encourages the marketplace to develop the best possible tools and systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. pioneered market-based approaches to pollution. A program to curb sulfur dioxide, the cause of acid rain, was created in 1990 by a bipartisan Congress and launched by President George H.W. Bush. Emissies werden gesneden ongeveer twee keer zo snel als voorspeld in een fractie van de kosten van traditionele regelgeving … “
Warmer Fall Nights. Climate Central has a post about the trends: ” Warming fall nights mean more than just a delay in pulling out those comfortable sweaters and drinking hot apple cider. The lack of cool nights effectively lengthens the summer, as the first Frost of the year also comes later. While hot-weather fans may celebrate, this also means that disease-carrying pests like mosquitoes and ticks will last longer before dying off in winter. Nationally, the long-term warming trend has lengthened the growing Seasonal two weeks compared to the beginning of the 20th century. The allergy season is also getting longer, with ragweed pollen not disappearing until the first freeze of the fall. Each ragweed plant can produce up to one billion pollen grains, which can cause sneezing , itchy eyes, and worsening asthma conditions. Hospital visits related to asthma spike during periods with high pollen concentrations. .. “
Trump Slightly Revises His Views on Climate Change . The Atlantic has the story – here’s a snippet: “… On Sunday evening, in a long interview on 60 Minutes, President Trump clarified that he believes no longer climate change is a hoax.” I think something’s happening, ” he told the journalist Lesley Stahl. “Something’s changing, and it’ll change back again.” I will not think it’s a hoax. I think there’s probably a difference, but I do not know that it’s man-made. “I will say this, “he continued.” I do not want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I do not want to lose millions and millions of jobs. I do not want to be put at a disadvantage. .. ” 19659003] Photo Credit : ” Jonathan Ernst / Reuters.
Response President Trump’s Comments from the American Meteorological Society:
Mediterranean World Heritage At Risk of Coastal Floodi ng and erosion due to sea level rise . Here’s a recent paper from Nature Communications: ” UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS) located in coastal areas are increasingly at risk from coastal hazards due to sea level rise. In this study, we assess Mediterranean cultural WHS at risk from coastal flooding and erosion under four sea-level rise scenarios until 2100. Based on the analysis of spatially explicit WHS data, we develop an index-based approach that allows for ranking WHS at risk from both coastal hazards. Here we show that of 49 cultural WHS Until 2100, flood risk may increase by 50% and erosion risk at 13% across the region, med betragtelig højere stigninger på individuelle WHS. Våre resultater gir en første-ordinær vurdering av hvor tilpasning er mest presserende og kan støtte politikere i styring lokalskala forskning til at udarbejde passende tilpasningsstrategier for hver W HS … “
Map credit: UNESCO.
Book Your Vacation Now: Book your tickets soon, according to Climate Nexus, which links to the following headlines / links:” Några av verdens mest vigtige historiske steder, inklusive Venedigs kanaler, Dubrovnik gamle bydel i Kroatien, og mange romerske ruiner, er at alvorlig risiko for ukontrolleret klimaforandring, ifølge ny forskning. A study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications finds that of the 49 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Mediterranean, 40 are vulnerable to the impacts of unchecked climate change, including sea-level rise and coastal erosion. “It’s our heritage-things that are signs of our civilization,” lead author Lena Reimann told the Washington Post. “Det kan ikke egentlig bli satt i tal. Det er mer et etisk spørgsmål, et moralsk spørgsmål.” Vi vil ikke være i stand til at erstatte dem, når de er gået . ” (Washington Post $, CNN, New York Times $)
Explaining climate change and how it can affect weather is only going to grow more urgent and painful, especially in Miami. For now, anthropogenic warming remains context for how storms fit study published in April found that home values along Miami’s coveted waterfront are starting to suffer. King Times, a term for exceptionally high times , are flooding the city even on sunny days . And even if, down the road, scientists and policymakers discover a safe and reliable way to deploy geoengineering – chemically cooling the environment, sucking carbon dioxide out of the air or spraying light-reflecting aerosols into it – it will not help Miami. The city is located atop a porous limestone. This water is not only coming from the shore, it’s rising from below the city itself. “This is an exist ential threat, “he said.” Someday we’ll need to retreat from Miami Beach. But nobody gives it the serious level of thought … “
IPCC Report: Going From Climate Theory to Reality. Here’s a link to an interview I gave to Ali Velshi at MSNBC Sunday morning from Washington DC: ” The Hurricane Michael devastation is highlighting climate change, with meteorologist Paul Douglas telling Ali Velshi, ‘We’ve had four Category 4 or stronger hurricane strikes in the US in the last 14 months, “because of,” additional warming from greenhouse gases . “
Is Extreme Weather Really Becoming More Common? Some perspectives from SciLine: “… The scientific consensus is” yes, “although details vary from region to region around the globe. Among the documented increases: Since 1991, the number of US extreme downpours has increased by more than 30 percent compared to the 1901 to 1960 average, contributing to increased flooding. Extreme heat waves and droughts in Europe have more than doubled since 1980. Atlantic hurricane frequency, intensity (Category 4 and 5 storms) and duration have increased significantly since The early 1980s; North Atlantic tropical storms over the years 2000 to 2013 increased by about 50 percent compared to the long-term (1966 to 2009) average … “