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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #650 on: March 27, 2015, 08:58:32 PM »
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Wow that is amazing.  To have that kind of rain in the driest desert on Earth is something.
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« Reply #651 on: March 28, 2015, 01:43:13 PM »
I am nearly 60 years old, have always lived in the upper Midwest of the U.S. and can only say this is one screwed up weather forecast. The weathermen use to predict the movement of fronts across the country, bringing with it alternating periods of cool, warm, wet and dry periods. Now they talk about stationary ridges and locked in jet streams and how they  might flip.

We have broken the weather.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/mid-april-weather-pattern-change-milder-northeast-california-rain/44615205


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« Reply #652 on: March 28, 2015, 07:34:35 PM »
I agree, Shared Humanity.  In Minnesota, the defining feature of our spring and fall weather had been being underneath the undulating jet stream, on either side as fronts pass back and forth, bringing steady alternating bouts of sunshine and precipitation.  Now it just doesn't work like that anymore.  In the last five years I can count on my hands the number of times we've been under a regime like I just described.  I can see where in the southern US where they don't see the jet stream as often that they might not recognize climate change as easily as us, but for those in the northern tier living under the jet stream day in and day out (not anymore!) it's impossible to miss.  These persistent blocky patterns are like nothing I recognize.

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« Reply #653 on: March 31, 2015, 10:07:30 PM »
The big high pressure ridge that brought extreme cold to the eastern US this winter is also responsible for the extreme lack of tornadoes (16% of normal!) in the middle of the country.

A quiet year for severe weather...so far
http://www.gensiniwx.com/2015/03/a-quiet-year-for-severe-weatherso-far.html
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« Reply #654 on: April 01, 2015, 02:23:59 PM »
And then this happened:
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A 1,000-mile stretch of the [U.S.] South was battered by a ferocious mix of wind, lightning, and baseball-sized hail in some areas on Tuesday.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/south-pelted-hail-wind-lightning-midwest-could-be-next-n333771
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« Reply #655 on: April 01, 2015, 04:15:21 PM »
With amazing photos of Super Typhoon Maysak from the International Space Station.
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Super Typhoon Maysak has already set records by achieving its high intensity, marking the first time there have been two major typhoons of Category 3 or above before April 1.

The typhoon is the third of the year so far in the Western Pacific, which sets a record for the most typhoons so early in the Western Pacific typhoon season. Typically, the most active period in this ocean basin is from May through October.
http://mashable.com/2015/03/31/space-station-photo-record-super-typhoon/
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« Reply #656 on: April 01, 2015, 06:01:24 PM »
A quiet year for severe weather...so far
http://www.gensiniwx.com/2015/03/a-quiet-year-for-severe-weatherso-far.html

I disagree. Out here on the west coast, the lack of weather has resulted in extreme drought. Out there on the east coast, the lack of a break in the weather has led to some extreme snow build ups. The events themselves (or lack thereof) may not be extreme, but the change in periodicity is.

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« Reply #657 on: April 01, 2015, 06:38:39 PM »
A quiet year for severe weather...so far
http://www.gensiniwx.com/2015/03/a-quiet-year-for-severe-weatherso-far.html

I disagree. Out here on the west coast, the lack of weather has resulted in extreme drought. Out there on the east coast, the lack of a break in the weather has led to some extreme snow build ups. The events themselves (or lack thereof) may not be extreme, but the change in periodicity is.

Quite so.  In the linked article, the only "severe weather" they examine is tornadoes.
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« Reply #658 on: April 01, 2015, 11:24:53 PM »
Severe is not the same as extreme and one location is not universal. The Atlantic has been quiet this year as regards to hurricanes, the midwest as far as tornadoes. But for Boston to have multiple times more snow than Alaska? For there be such a strong east west delineation between hot and dry and cold and snowy? For the Arctic to be inundated with multiple simultaneous cyclones over a lengthy period of time? For South America to have such a reversal of weather conditions from normal expectations?
The article is right about severity, but the message is totally wrong when you add in the extreme factor. This is the problem of how you present your message. This is also the problem of climatologist trying to convey what is to come. A person can understand a jump from a category 2 to a category 4 hurricane. Where questions start coming about reliability is that the experts can not tell you with any confidence is if, where and when, any specific type of weather events will occur.
I am in no way a denialist, but for the day to day person on the street, all they want to know is what are things going to be like where I live 30 years from now and if what I am doing today will make any difference?  Washing hands means less sickness (that is if I can get any clean water in the first place). Paying for schools means my kids get an education, paying for health care means I have access to a doctor, paying for police means I am protected from the bad guys. By the way paying for roof solar cells may or may not pay off financially in the long run and unless the majority do the same thing really will not make a difference in the outcomes, then add to that the question of understanding what the outcomes are actually going to be, that is when the message gets really muddy. It is for that reason I believe the only reliable long term action must come from government, because then the man on the street has no choice. The problem is that big money right now owns the government.
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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #659 on: April 02, 2015, 07:01:27 PM »
Given that the blog is "A Diary of Storm Chases, Trips, and Weather Events," from a college professor in Illinois, no doubt the article was directed at people living in Tornado Alley, to whom "severe weather" primarily means severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, which is the data the article cited.  It's a local weather discussion, not a national or global climate analysis.  To people who live with the almost year-round threat of deadly weather, the "tornado drought" of 2015 is indeed a "quiet year...so far."


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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #660 on: April 03, 2015, 01:45:30 PM »
In any case, severe weather has now returned to the country's midsection.

Storms Bring Rain, Floods and Tornadoes to Missouri, Kentucky
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/storms-bring-rain-floods-tornadoes-missouri-kentucky-n335076
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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #661 on: April 04, 2015, 01:54:05 AM »
An unusually large number of people in the U.S. couldn't work in March because of bad weather.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-03/here-s-why-the-march-jobs-report-wasn-t-as-bad-as-you-think
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« Reply #662 on: April 04, 2015, 03:36:01 PM »
In any case, severe weather has now returned to the country's midsection.

Storms Bring Rain, Floods and Tornadoes to Missouri, Kentucky
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/storms-bring-rain-floods-tornadoes-missouri-kentucky-n335076

This  is  completely  normal for this time of  year. Chicago got some  heavy rains on Thursday.  A normal spring  will deliver many  more.

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« Reply #663 on: April 04, 2015, 04:24:14 PM »
The absence of severe weather up until this point has been rather abnormal though.  I'm used to reading tornado reports all throughout March.

Spring continues its early arrival here in Minnesota.  When we've had frost as late as Mother's day, I'm a little nervous about my perennials breaking bud already.  Gooseberries and currants are already broken while grapes and raspberries are beginning to swell.  Grapes are among the latest breakers of bud, so it's interesting to see them swelling already.  Iceout on all the local lakes is about 9 days earlier than average.  Maple syrup season has come and gone already in March, with most trees producing poorly due to the extreme early warmth and nighttime lows above freezing.  Our typical syrup season is in April.  We also continue to be abnormally dry.  El Nino years tend toward warm, dry springs here, so none of this comes as a shock, but it is interesting to observe.

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« Reply #664 on: April 06, 2015, 06:55:34 PM »
Record-smashing cold in Maine.  The latest: this morning, nearly half of the state woke up to sub-zero [°F !] temperatures.
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Maine has endured a brutally cold and long winter. February was the coldest month on record for Bangor, which had an average temperature of 6.1 degrees [F]. What was most impressive about the record was by how much it surpassed the old. Bangor’s average temperature in February was 5.2 degrees lower than the previous record-cold February (1993), and 2.3 degrees lower than the previous all-time record cold month, January 2014. Typically, all-time monthly records are broken by mere fractions of degrees.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/04/06/still-in-winters-grip-sub-zero-cold-sets-all-time-april-record-low-in-maine/
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« Reply #665 on: April 07, 2015, 02:09:27 AM »
Major Severe Weather Outbreak Possible This Week in U.S. Midsection.
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The atmospheric ingredients are aligning for what could be intense severe weather this week, especially on Wednesday and Thursday. A powerful upper-level low is expected to bring the storminess to the Plains, Midwest, and South as it slowly makes its way eastward. The low is now pushing into California, where its power is being put to good use: providing much-needed snow in the Sierras and rain at lower elevations.
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The system may also bring additional rain to flood-hammered parts of Kentucky. According to the Weather Channel’s Nick Wiltgen, Louisville, KY, saw its fourth-wettest calendar day on record last Friday, April 3, with 5.64” at Standiford Field (the city’s official reporting site) and 8.03” at the Louisville NWS office. The city has received more than a foot of rain and melted snow since March 1. More than 100 water rescues were carried out in the Louisville area, and Kentucky governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency on Saturday.
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2952
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« Reply #666 on: April 09, 2015, 06:55:25 PM »
Incredible photos from flood-ravaged northern Chile.
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According to Reuters, Chile's President Michelle Bachelet says it will cost at least $1.5 billion to repair the damages caused by the flooding and mudslides that left a toll of over two dozen people dead and nearly another 140 missing.
http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/04/devastating-floods-hit-northern-chile/390024/
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« Reply #667 on: April 10, 2015, 09:57:41 AM »
See,the video :
http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/video/2015/04/09/des-nuages-aux-allures-de-gigantesques-vagues-recouvrent-la-caroline-du-sud_4613133_3244.html
It says there was some clouds named stratocumulus between Georgia and south carolina.
Nothing worrying, just anectodotal (certainly)

Some tornaoes in Illinois
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/09/tornado-northern-illinois_n_7037746.html?utm_hp_ref=green&ir=Green
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« Reply #668 on: April 14, 2015, 08:51:59 PM »
Deadly wildfires sweep across Siberia, scorching entire towns.
A dry winter combined with a changing climate that has made Russia increasingly susceptible to large wildfires may be driving up the fire danger this year.
http://mashable.com/2015/04/14/deadly-siberian-wildfires/
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« Reply #669 on: April 17, 2015, 03:21:04 PM »
Things are looking increasingly bad around Chita and the Trans Baikal Region according to the Siberian Times. Lots of suffering and loss of life with one fire encompassing over 100,000 hectares. The problems seem to be crossing the border into China. Harrowing pictures:
http://siberiantimes.com/ecology/casestudy/news/n0187-fire-rages-on-as-death-toll-from-two-blazes-reaches-33/



 

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« Reply #670 on: April 21, 2015, 01:02:19 PM »
Ongoing severe weather around Sydney, NSW east coast...
http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/04/21/05/54/nsw-coast-lashed-by-wild-storms

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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #671 on: May 01, 2015, 09:06:51 PM »
April Heat Records Fall as Temperatures Soar in Japan, China, Korea
http://www.weather.com/news/climate/news/japan-record-april-heat-wave-china
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« Reply #672 on: May 02, 2015, 01:01:53 AM »
April Heat Records Fall as Temperatures Soar in Japan, China, Korea
http://www.weather.com/news/climate/news/japan-record-april-heat-wave-china

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« Reply #673 on: May 03, 2015, 05:28:58 PM »
The extreme heat in Asia this week is discussed in this excellent presentation by Peter Sinclair from Climate Crocks.  This video is at the tail end of a presentation he made about the presentation of climate facts in an environment of disinformation.

It is absolutely the best summary of the extreme weather and climate induced impacts during 2012 and 2013 and what we face into the future.

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« Reply #674 on: May 06, 2015, 12:50:25 PM »
Don't know if it is that weird...
Tornado as violent storms batter northern Germany
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32601555

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« Reply #675 on: May 06, 2015, 02:59:26 PM »
http://www.stripes.com/military-life/tornadoes-not-a-uniquely-american-phenomenon-europe-gets-its-share-too-1.11130

According to this we can expect an F3 in Germany every 40 to 50 years........ now if we see another this year of a similar strength then maybe we'd wonder if things are changing?
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« Reply #676 on: May 09, 2015, 03:53:48 PM »
Somewhat weird weather coming up for the coast of the Carolinas:

http://econnexus.org/early-start-to-2015-atlantic-hurricane-season/

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« Reply #677 on: May 09, 2015, 08:46:33 PM »
 A map of Earth showing its average cloudiness.
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That gorgeous picture was made using data from the Aqua satellite, which observes the Earth to measure its water cycle. That includes keeping an eye on air moisture, precipitation, ice (both on land and sea), snow and, obviously, clouds.

This image was made by taking over a decade’s worth of observations — from July 2002 to April 2015 — and getting the average value for the cloud cover at each location on the planet. These were then translated into colors: dark blue for no cloud cover, white for cloudy all the time, and shades of blue in between.
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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #678 on: May 10, 2015, 01:57:25 PM »
Wild weather across the U.S. this weekend:

Tropical Storm ANA makes landfall near Myrtle Beach, SC as the second earliest land falling tropical storm on record   http://t.co/kqHVIfEsnt

Multi-day tornado outbreak in the plains.
http://www.weather.com/storms/tornado/news/tornado-severe-hail-storm-damage-updates-may-8

And a winter storm (and more) in the mountain West.
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Wet, wild weather swept through widespread parts of Colorado on Saturday, with hail pounding Pueblo and Manitou Springs as watches and warnings were posted for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, flash floods and winter weather.

At one point, Elbert County and Colorado Springs were under five different sorts of warnings or advisories. While a tornado was on the ground south of Ellicott, snow was falling less than 50 miles away on U.S. 24.
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At about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, U.S. 24 was closed in both directions in Manitou Springs around the Cascade/Cave of the Winds interchange, as stalled vehicles caused safety concerns and cars slid on 3 inches of fallen hail.

For the third straight day, the city of Colorado Springs called out snowplows to clear deep hail from roads.
http://www.denverpost.com/weathernews/ci_28083635/weather-service-issues-new-flash-flood-warnings-across

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« Reply #679 on: May 10, 2015, 02:47:49 PM »
Tropical Storm ANA makes landfall near Myrtle Beach, SC as the second earliest land falling tropical storm on record

Hmmm? I know I have a thing about Cuba, but I've been doing my own due diligence.....

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« Reply #680 on: May 10, 2015, 06:20:04 PM »
You are forgetting that only storms affecting the USA count.

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« Reply #681 on: May 10, 2015, 06:59:25 PM »
Meanwhile as Myrtle Beach is battered by 45 mph winds.....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/feeds/32681344
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« Reply #682 on: May 11, 2015, 01:59:28 AM »
From the Weather Channel: specifying the criteria.  ;)
@StuOstro: Checked official data, & can't find any trop/subt landfalls in hist. rec. on Atlantic coast of U.S. as early as #Ana http://t.co/XWWY4G3S2L
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« Reply #683 on: May 12, 2015, 02:15:21 PM »
Now this really is weird weather!

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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #684 on: May 13, 2015, 02:04:04 PM »
More weird science from the Met Office:

http://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2015/05/13/possible-record-heat-in-spain-while-heavy-rain-and-snow-affect-the-alps/

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Possible record heat in Spain, while heavy rain and snow affect the Alps.

The hottest conditions will be across the Andalucía region of southern Spain. If temperatures reach or exceed 40C in Seville today this will be a new May record.

Meanwhile, southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and northern Italy are at risk of heavy rainfall over the coming days, with heavy snow possible on Friday across the Alps.
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« Reply #685 on: May 14, 2015, 06:46:51 AM »
More weird science from the Met Office:

http://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2015/05/13/possible-record-heat-in-spain-while-heavy-rain-and-snow-affect-the-alps/

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Possible record heat in Spain, while heavy rain and snow affect the Alps.

The hottest conditions will be across the Andalucía region of southern Spain. If temperatures reach or exceed 40C in Seville today this will be a new May record.

Meanwhile, southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and northern Italy are at risk of heavy rainfall over the coming days, with heavy snow possible on Friday across the Alps.

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« Reply #686 on: May 14, 2015, 06:05:39 PM »
As (slightly hesitantly!) predicted:

http://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2015/05/14/record-may-temperatures-for-spain/

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A new record maximum temperature for Spain was set yesterday, with many local records also broken, and the heat continues today in the southeast.

The new record of 42.6C was recorded at Lanzarote Airport in the Canary Islands, beating the previous May record for Spain by a relatively large 2.5 degrees. It also beats the Lanzarote station’s own previous highest May temperature by a whopping 6 degrees.

The previous May record in Spain was 40.1C at Cordoba on the mainland, and Cordoba itself recorded a new May station record on Wednesday with 41.2C.
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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #687 on: May 15, 2015, 02:28:58 PM »
Don"t know if it is linked to climate change, certainly not...
A Strange Underwater Landslide Causes Serious Damage In Norway
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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #688 on: May 15, 2015, 06:10:58 PM »
Nothing to do with weather but this earthflow is certainly weird:-

http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2015/04/20/bolshaya-talda-1/


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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #689 on: May 18, 2015, 07:39:16 PM »
Super Typhoon Dolphin Becomes Earth's 5th Category 5 Storm of 2015

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May 16 is exceptionally early to be getting our third Category 5 storm of the year in the Northwest Pacific. The global record for Category 5 storms is held by the El Niño year of 1997, which had twelve Category 5 storms--ten of them in the Northwest Pacific. The third Cat 5 of 1997 in the Northwest Pacific occurred on July 22, so we are more than two months ahead of that year's record pace. Dolphin is also the earliest-appearing 7th named storm of the Northwest Pacific's typhoon season; the previous record was on May 19, 1971. Super Typhoon Dolphin is already Earth's fifth Category Five storm this year, which is an unusually large number of these high-end tropical cyclones for so early in the year.
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2992
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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #691 on: May 24, 2015, 04:25:43 PM »
Historic and catastrophic flooding in Texas and Oklahoma.
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This is a historic flood," Ritchey told NBC News, adding that the San Marcos River was measured at a record 39-feet high. "The record before was 34 feet, now it is over 39 feet. That wall of water will be coming into our county."

Meanwhile, the Blanco River in Texas's Hays County rose more than 33 feet in just three hours — breaking an all-time record crest dating back to 1929 by nearly six feet, according to The Weather Channel. It said local authorities reported residents trapped on rooftops by the rising floodwaters.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/flooding-hits-oklahoma-texas-more-bad-weather-way-n363871
Watches/warnings map from NWS:  http://www.weather.gov
Radar/fronts image from WeatherUnderground's Storm app.
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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #692 on: May 25, 2015, 01:33:14 PM »
Meanwhile down-under winter arrived today:
Pressure = 935hPa!
http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/content/largest-low-earth-affecting-new-zealand-today

http://earth.nullschool.net/

Fortunately autumn returns in a day or 2 with the next high pressure system coming in from the NW.....
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« Reply #693 on: May 25, 2015, 02:42:35 PM »
Not exactly weather, but certainly weird

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"All I can say is wow, just freakin wow!" says Lisa-Ann Gershwin from Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services in Launceston, Australia.

This river in Southern Tasmania seemed to come alive this week as a bloom of Noctiluca scintillans – a type of bioluminescent plankton, also known as "sea sparkle" – washed into the region.

When it's disturbed, the organism produces light in its cytoplasm, the gel-like substance inside its single cell.

As news of the bloom spread, hundreds of people came to see the spectacle, says Gershwin. "People turned out in droves, rolled up their pant legs and danced, ran, splashed, stomped, tiptoed, you name it, people played! It was incredible!"

But there is a dark side to this impromptu festival of light. "The displays are a sign of climate change," says Anthony Richardson from the CSIRO, Australia's national science agency in Brisbane.

Until 1994, Noctiluca had not been seen in Tasmania. But global warming has been strengthening the East Australian current, which pushes warm water south towards Tasmania. "As the Southern Ocean warms, it will be warm enough for Noctiluca to survive," says Richardson.

What's more, these particular plankton have more direct impacts too. "Noctiluca is a voracious feeder on diatoms, which is the food for krill in the Southern Ocean," says Gustaaf Hallegraeff from the University of Tasmania in Hobart. Dense blooms like this can therefore starve other organisms, he says. They can also kill fish through oxygen depletion and gill irritation.

"As wondrous and entertaining as Noctiluca is, it is also a species infamous for causing fish kills," says Gerhswin. But what the outcome will be from this particular bloom remains an unresolved question, adds Hallegraeff. "Blooms can disappear within days, leaving essentially no trace."
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27565-these-sparkly-sea-organisms-are-an-eerie-omen-of-climate-change.html#.VWMX127D_bV
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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #694 on: May 26, 2015, 02:33:54 AM »
The "Wet Drought" in the northwestern U.S.:  temps are too warm to support the usual snowpack reserves.
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Wet Drought

The drought in California is one of both heat and dryness, as a persistent ridge of high pressure that parked itself over the western U.S. over the past two winters blocked much-needed storms and drove up temperatures to spring and summer levels.

Oregon and Washington, on the other hand, are stuck in a seemingly oxymoronic wet drought. The storms that were prevented from hitting California did provide rains to the Pacific Northwest, with winter precipitation in Oregon only about 30 percent below average, not even in the bottom 10 years historically, said Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Service.

But the sky-high temperatures that marked the warmest winter on record for Washington and the second warmest for Oregon meant that much of the precipitation fell as rain, and not snow. Like California, parts of both these states depend on melting snowfall to fill their reservoirs, leaving them with potential shortages this year. Elevated temperatures also meant that what snow there was melted much earlier than normal.

Three-fourths of snow survey sites in Oregon had record-low snow measurements as of April 1, and fewer than half of them had any snow on the ground, according to a report by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The snowpack across much of the Cascades Range in Washington was less than 25 percent, while the Olympic Mountains checked in at only 3 percent on April 1, an “unbelievably low”  amount, Karin Bumbaco, assistant state climatologist in Washington, said.
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/northwest-wet-drought-climate-future-18910
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Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« Reply #695 on: May 26, 2015, 11:56:04 PM »
No Major U.S. Hurricane Landfalls in Nine Years: Luck?
http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20150513/
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« Reply #697 on: May 27, 2015, 12:35:10 AM »
@EricHolthaus: The most Texas photo of the Texas floods, via @dianesweet:
http://t.co/wmwEnUhiLN http://t.co/cvAGS4sj4L
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« Reply #699 on: May 27, 2015, 07:35:17 PM »
Texas Was In a Horrible Drought Last Year. Now It’s Flooded. What Gives?
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/05/26/houston_texas_flooding_how_el_nino_and_climate_change_contributed_to_the.html
Drought followed by deluge. We were warned.  ;)