“Don’t look for your dreams to come true; look to become true to your dreams.” – Michael Beckwith
Tuesday Severe Threat. A weak clipper-like intrusion of Canadian air may spark a few strong to severe storms from Madison to Milwaukee, Rockford and Chicago later today. Map courtesy of SPC.
“Research at Texas Tech University and elsewhere has shown that only masonry or reinforced concrete walls can protect against lethal flying debris that might be encountered during a tornado with wind speeds up to 130 mph.” from a Houston Chronicle story below.
“The best guess now is that a worst-case rise of 2 feet is no longer in the cards. The likely increase in sea level by 2100 now stands at 3 feet, with worst-case scenarios going as high as 6 feet. Three feet would threaten many coastal cities around the world with frequent, powerful floods, as the mildest of storms could send water coursing through streets and into buildings. Six feet could make large parts of major cities — Miami, New Orleans, Shanghai, Bangkok and many more — essentially uninhabitable.” – from a Climate Central article; details below.
Least Polluted Cities In The U.S. Ranked In State Of The Air 2012. Duluth came in at #19. Way to represent! Here’s a story from Huffington Post: “Are you and your neighbors breathing healthy air? American Lung Association has released their State Of The Air 2012 report, detailing cities with the least and most air pollution in America. Each city is ranked by ozone pollution, short-term particle pollution, and year-long particle pollution. Below are the report’s “Top 25 Least Polluted Cities By Year-Round Particle Pollution.” Although many problem regions still exist, the report shows that all but three of the most ozone-polluted cities improved air quality, and over 50% of the worst smog-makers were having their best year thus far.”
Photo credit above: Flickr image courtesy of kla4067
Fun Weather Fact: The windiest place in the world is Port Martin, Antarctica, which has an average wind speed over a year of 64 km/h (40 mph). It experiences gale force 8 winds (39-46 mph) for over a hundred days a year! Credit: Facebook and the Marquette, Michigan office of The National Weather Service.
Must-See Tornado Video. This is definitely worth a couple minutes of your time: “Last week a waterspout came ashore in Grand Isle, Louisiana causing damage. CAPT. KEITH “HERK” BERGERON captured this amazing video. It gets extremely intense about 4:35 in. You actually see a house get blown apart. Thankfully, Capt. Bergeron wasn’t injured getting this footage. Click here to watch the video. ”
5 Deadliest Hurricanes Wreaked Havoc. Here’s a great hurricane history lesson fromKXLY.com: “Hurricane season starts June 1 of every year and ends on Nov 30 of every year, with an average of 5.9 hurricanes forming in the Atlantic Ocean each year.Hurricanes that cause extreme destruction are rare, but when they do occur, they can cause significant property damage and/or thousands of fatalities. Below are the five deadliest known Atlantic hurricanes.”
“The deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record is the Great Hurricane of 1780. The storm passed through the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean between Oct. 10 and Oct. 16, 1780, killing more than 25,000 people. The hurricane struck Barbados with wind gusts that possibly exceeded 200 mph before it moved past Martinique, Saint Lucia, and Sint Eustatius; thousands of deaths were reported on each island.”
Photo Of The Day: “CBs”. Popular in the aviation community, the expression “CB” is slang for cumulonimbus, or thunderheads. Thanks to Edward Sklar for passing this one along – more at Facebook.
Chinese Space Station Transits The Sun. Here’s an excerpt from a story atspaceweather.com: “Solar photographers have grown accustomed to winged spaceships flying in front of the sun. For years, silhouettes of space shuttles and the International Space Station have flitted across the solar disk, producing photo-opsofrarebeauty. Now China’s space station, the Tiangong-1 (“Heavenly Palace 1″), is joining the show. On May 11th, perhaps for the first time, Thierry Legault of Paris, France, caught the newcomer transiting the sun.”
Scale Of The Universe. I’m feeling even smaller and more insignificant than usual. Nope, my wife didn’t call – I checked out this amazing web site that provides a sense of scale, from the micro to the macro, unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Thanks and kudos to Michael and Cary Huang for sharing this at htwins.net.
Redefining Cute. How cool is this, courtesy of Denali National Park and Preserve: “Traffic is picking up on the park road this week. Yield to Denali’s newcomers as they learn their way around.”
Monday, May 14th, 2012
Thanks to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park for sharing this picture on their Facebook page, see more HERE
“Our recent rain and warm temperatures has triggered many cactus blooms in some areas of the park. Come by and experience spring in the Guadalupe Mountains.”
HOT HOT HOT
The National Weather Service has issued EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCHES/WARNINGS until Tuesday for locations highlighted below. Temperatures could soar to 110°!
Forecast Highs Today
Why So Warm?
A large ridge of high pressure in the west is allowing record to near record heat to bubble as far north as Portland, OR. The forecast today calls for 88° and the record for today’s date is 86° set in 1973
The dominant ridge of high pressure out west is killing (for the most part) any severe weather chance across the Plains states. Isolated strong to severe storms may pop up across southwest Texas today.
Sunday afternoon a tornado touched down in the mountain village of Magdalena, New Mexico. Check out this incredible photo from Mark Ronchetti, Chief Meteorologist KRQE News 13 & KASA Fox 2 Albuquerque shared by the National Weather Service Southern Region HQ on Facebook.
Minor damage was reported after a tornado hit near Pensacola, Florida Saturday night.
This was taken by a friend of my sister down Old Gulf Beach Hwy in Pensacola. twitter.com/stephenbowersW…
— Stephen Bowers (@stephenbowersWX) May 13, 2012Amazing Tornado Video
This is MUST SEE video! Not sure I would get this close to a tornado to get video, but stunning none the less!
Last week a waterspout came ashore in Grand Isle, Louisiana causing damage. CAPT. KEITH “HERK” BERGERON captured this amazing video. It gets extremely intense about 4:35 in. You actually see a house get blown apart. Thankfully, Capt. Bergeron wasn’t injured getting this footage. Click here to watch the video.
“CROWN KING, Ariz. – Crews spent the weekend fighting several wildfires, including a 4½ square-mile blaze in northern Arizona that prompted evacuations in a historic mining community.”
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A wide variety of weather conditions around the nation for this Mother’s Day. Several cities held the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure this past weekend. Participants in the upper Midwest were treated to a beautiful day. Thousands of runners and walkers gathered in Minneapolis, MN. With temperatures climbing to the low 70s this afternoon, it was comfortable without being too hot.
Some photos from morning:
Picture by: @Hand2DaHairline
Picture by: @shannolan
Plenty of pink in Pittsburg, PA as well this morning. The weather here wasn’t quite as cooperative as it was in Minneapolis with a few more clouds and cooler conditions. The rain did hold off though until the later morning hours.
Picture by: @loveyoubeee
Elsewhere around the country, persistent and prolonged periods of rain continue to impact the Ohio Valley and the Southeast. Mother’s Day festivities will be moving indoors in these areas! Some stronger storms reported off the pan handle of Florida this morning. Several waterspouts were seen off the coast from this system.
The rest of the region won’t have to deal with severe storms, but most places won’t escape the rain today.
There was a report of a brief touchdown of a tornado in Escambia County, Florida this morning. No reports of any injuries or serious damage.
Turbulent skies over Florida as well.
St. Petersburg, FL
Picture by: Greg Harper
On the opposite side of the nation, temperatures continue to rise. It was a hot day yesterday and today will be even warmer and into early next week.
Phoenix will be one of the hot spots with high temperatures climbing over 100 degrees.
The National Weather Service has issued a Excessive Heat Watch for the area for Tuesday afternoon. That will be the warmest day of the week ahead with a projected high of 104°.
View of the city this morning from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
Just in case you might be disappointed about weather in your area (too hot or too rainy), here is something to lift your spirits. All the way up in Barrow, AK it is cold (as usual) and it has been cold for quite some time (as usual). The air temperature in Barrow has remained below freezing since last fall (Oct. 9 to be specific). And there is still over a foot of snow on the ground!
The view over Barrow this morning:
This camera is pointing north and, according to the website, there is a period during the summer when the coast is ice-free. It sure doesn’t seem like that will be anytime soon! Temperature at the time this image was captured on the webcam was 24°.
Now a little bit rain doesn’t sound so bad!
Happy Mother’s Day!
The sun came out in full force today across the western US. A notoriously cloudy place is Forks, WA. (Recently most famous for the setting of the Twilight series of books and movies). It is, in fact, one of the cloudiest places in the entire country. The author of this series chose the setting of Forks because of its cloudy reputation. For the folks not familiar with Forks, it is located in the northwest corner of Olympic National Park:
But no clouds in sight today:
Now for the numbers from the State Climatology office in Washington. The folks in Forks endure more rain each year than any other city in the state.
Wettest (annual): Forks (119.7″)
Wettest (month): Baring (average November precipitation: 18.94″).
Not only does that region get more than their share of rain, it also very cloudy compared to elsewhere around the nation. Each month only features a few completely clear days, on average:
Avg. Cloud Cover
Days Partly Cloudy
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the sunniest place in the country is (you probably guessed it) in the Southwest. No surprise here. Sunshine abounds in this region today as well. Yuma, AZ is the sunniest city in the country with the average of sunny days out of the year at 90%. The Grand Canyon will be heating up today as highs approach the low 80s. Hikers will need to stay hydrated!
% of Sunny Days
LAS VEGAS, NV
EL PASO, TX
Data from the NCDC.
Today will be no exception to this pattern as the southwest will be feeling the heat. The National Weather Service has already issued Excessive Heat Warning for Yuma and surrounding areas.
Even outside of the warned area, temperatures will soar into the 90s.
Moms – find a shady spot and enjoy this Mother’s Day weekend!
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