Remarkable week-long March heat wave hitting U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:02 PM GMT on March 14, 2012

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A highly unusual week-long heat wave is building over much of the U.S., and promises to bring the warmest temperatures ever seen so early in year to a large portion of the Midwest. The exceptional heat will also be exceptionally long-lasting: record-breaking temperatures 20 - 30 degrees F above normal are expected today through next Wednesday for much of the Midwest and Northeast U.S. The weather system responsible is a large upper-level ridge of high pressure that is "stuck" in place--a phenomenon known as a "blocking pattern." The jet stream is bending far to the south over the Western U.S., then bending far to the north over the Rockies and into Canada, and lies far to the north of the eastern U.S. Since the jet stream acts as the boundary between cold air to the north and warm air to the south, the current looping pattern is bringing colder than normal temperatures and snow to the mountains of the West, and summer-like warmth to the Eastern U.S. It is common for the jet stream to get stuck in a blocking pattern for a period of a week or more, but not in to this extremity. If the current model forecasts prove correct, a high pressure ridge over the U.S. bringing heat this intense and long-lasting in March will be unprecedented in the historical record, going back to 1872.


Figure 1. Is this March or June? Predicted high temperatures for Wednesday, March 14, 2012 over much of the Midwest are more typical of June than March.

Here are the hottest all-time recorded temperatures measured prior to March 20 for some selected U.S. cities. All of these records will be seriously threatened during the coming week:

Madison, WI: 77°F on March 7, 2000
Milwaukee, WI: 77°F on March 7 - 8, 2000
Minneapolis, MN: 73°F on March 7, 2000
Des Moines, IA: 82°F on March 11, 1972
Chicago, IL: 81°F on March 12, 1990
Detroit, MI: 80°F on March 8, 2000
Lansing, MI: 79°F on March 8, 2000
Muskegon, MI: 73°F on March 8, 2000
Grand Rapids, MI: 78°F on March 8, 2000
Flint, MI: 80°F on March 8, 2000

As you can see, the expected warm temperatures during the coming week will rival those recorded on March 8, 2000, when most of the Upper Midwest set all-time records for the warmest temperature ever measured so early in the year. That warm surge was caused by a ridge of high pressure that was not as strong as the one expected to build in during the coming week, and the March 8, 2000 ridge did not stick around long enough to generate more than two days of record-breaking high temperatures. A powerful low pressure system moved through Northern Wisconsin on March 8, 2000, dragging a cold front through the state that triggered a thunderstorm that spawned the earliest tornado ever recorded in Milwaukee County.


Figure 2. New daily high temperature records were set at 208 locations yesterday, according to our new Extremes web page, with data from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.

Hot days in Minneapolis
In Minneapolis, Minnesota yesterday, the high temperature reached 67°F, which is the 7th warmest temperature measured so early in the year, and 27°F above the normal high of 40°F for the date. Since weather records in the city go back to 1872, we can expect that Minneapolis will experience a temperature of 67°F or higher this early in the year once every 20 years, on average. What's really remarkable is that the forecast for Minneapolis calls for a high temperature of 70 - 75° every day for the next seven days. Since 1872, there have only been nine days that the temperature has gotten to 70°F prior to March 20, with 73°F on March 7, 2000 being the hottest day. So, over the course of the next week, we are likely to break the all-time high for so early in the year, and add nearly double the number of 70°F-plus days. The situation is similar for much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and surrounding states. With temperatures already averaging at least 5°F over much of the Midwest this month, it's very likely that this month will be the warmest March on record for at least seven states.

Unusual snows on the Oregon coast
As is often the case, record heat in one part of the country means that another part is experiencing unusual cold, due to a kink in the jet stream. On Monday, 6.0" of snow fell at Newport, OR, and 8.5" at Tillamook (about halfway up the coast between Newport and Astoria). According to statistics at the Western Regional Climate Center, the Newport snowfall was their greatest March snowfall on record (previous was 2.0" in March 1906) and the their 3rd greatest snowfall of any month since records began in 1893. The latest-greater snowfall at Newport was 11.0" on Dec. 3-4, 1972. This tied with another 11.0" snow in January 1943 as their greatest snowfalls on record. For Tillamook it was the biggest snow since 9.0" in January 1971 (but well short of their all-time snowfall of 19.0" in March 1951).

Jeff Masters

Too soon. Too soon for flowers. (Fieldofflowers)
Uh Oh. After a couple record breaking highs and a week of 60+ degree days in forecast, our spring flowers are springing out really early. This rain storm is only going to make this columbine and other things grow even more.
Too soon. Too soon for flowers.
CoastalSnow!! (kristinarinell)
after a day of high winds, high surf we now get snow!!!
CoastalSnow!!
Robin in Maple Buds (gardner48197)
Robin in Maple Buds

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Quoting Xyrus2000:


:D

That reminded me of the sad joke of a movie 2012. Neutrinos are one of the least effective particles for influencing anything, let alone heating a planetary core to the point of massive tectonic shifts.

They had one hell of a special effects budget though.


The earth Mantle-Core effect in charge-asymmetries for atmospheric neutrino oscillations
Auteur(s) / Author(s)
BERNABEU J. ; PALOMARES-RUIZ S. ; PEREZ A. ; PETCOV S. T. ;
Résumé / Abstract
Earth medium effects in the three-neutrino oscillations of atmospheric neutrinos are observable under appropriate conditions. This Letter generalizes the study of the medium effects and the possibility of their observation in the atmospheric neutrino oscillations from the case of neutrinos traversing only the Earth mantle, whey the density is essentially constant, to the case of atmospheric neutrinos crossing also the Earth core. In the latter case new resonance-like effects become apparent. We calculate the CPT-odd asymmetry for the survival probability of muon neutrinos and the observable muon-charge asymmetry, taking into account the different atmospheric neutrino fluxes, and show the dependence of these asymmetries on the sign of Δm231, and on the magnitude of the mixing angle θ13. A magnetized detector with a sufficiently good neutrino momentum resolution is required for the observation of the muon-charge asymmetry generated by the Earth mantle-core effect.
Revue / Journal Title
Physics letters. Section B ISSN 0370-2693 CODEN PYLBAJ
Source / Source
2002, vol. 531, no1-2, pp. 90-98 [9 page(s) (article)]
Langue / Language
Anglais

Editeur / Publisher
Elsevier, Kidlington, ROYAUME-UNI (1967) (Revue)

Localisation / Location
INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 9425 B, 35400010094655.0110

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Quoting hydrus:
Swan looks to be hauling a$$. I wonder how fast that thing is moving.
the closer it gets the faster it will become
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Well I'm not sure he experienced those outbreaks and the April 27 outbreak was so incredible it makes others seem like not that much. I have to say 2 EF5 tornadoes is pretty noticeable though.

Thanks for the comeback. My best guess is Henry Margusity meant to say "big tornado outbreaks" not "big tornadoes" when he stated, "Last year, all the big tornadoes were in the Tennessee Valley and South."
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
the little neutrinos are all hpyer for sure just buzzing around inside the big old earth


:D

That reminded me of the sad joke of a movie 2012. Neutrinos are one of the least effective particles for influencing anything, let alone heating a planetary core to the point of massive tectonic shifts.

They had one hell of a special effects budget though.
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What if Black Sabbath met Kubrick?
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Quoting PlazaRed:
Noting:-161. KEEPEROFTHEGATE
The Inner Movements Of Blue Marble!
Looking a bit lob-sided on the old Pacific Theatre there Keep?
Might just get a complementary shock over the other side of the blue yonder. Or maybe this is the forerunner to another big readjustment off the East Coast of Japan?
The Eastern seaboard of the Pacific does look a bit left out of the picture at the moment though.


Nope, were good here without any extra activity.
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Evolution of The Moon.

video and images from the NASA (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter)

YouTube Link

Cold-hearted orb that rules the night
Removes the colors from our sight
Red is grey and yellow white
And we decide which is right
And which is an illusion?


- The Moody Blues (Justin Hayward)
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Quoting JNCali:
Must be the increased pressure from all the recent solar flares ?!


The tidal forces exerted by the moon have far more effect on tectonic stresses than even the strongest CME. Currently there is no scientific link between solar activity and earthquakes.
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Quoting NativeSun:
What precentage of the atmosphere is made up of CO2?


Approximately .0392% by mass (pre-industrial was .028% by mass), or 392 ppm (pre-industrial 280 ppm).
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
seems a little quiet things may change always does

Que Sera, Sera!
What will be, will be!
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Quoting PlazaRed:
Noting:-161. KEEPEROFTHEGATE
The Inner Movements Of Blue Marble!
Looking a bit lob-sided on the old Pacific Theatre there Keep?
Might just get a complementary shock over the other side of the blue yonder. Or maybe this is the forerunner to another big readjustment off the East Coast of Japan?
The Eastern seaboard of the Pacific does look a bit left out of the picture at the moment though.
seems a little quiet things may change always does
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Broke a record today in Kalamazoo, MI by getting above 80F.
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Noting:-161. KEEPEROFTHEGATE
The Inner Movements Of Blue Marble!
Looking a bit lob-sided on the old Pacific Theatre there Keep?
Might just get a complementary shock over the other side of the blue yonder. Or maybe this is the forerunner to another big readjustment off the East Coast of Japan?
The Eastern seaboard of the Pacific does look a bit left out of the picture at the moment though.
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Quoting Patrap:
from solarham.com

The comet named "Swan" is now visible in Lasco C2 images and continues on its trek towards the Sun where it will soon burn up.

Swan looks to be hauling a$$. I wonder how fast that thing is moving.
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thursday of next week shows the east coast ridge still here
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Quoting Patrap:
from solarham.com

The comet named "Swan" is now visible in Lasco C2 images and continues on its trek towards the Sun where it will soon burn up.

well we will know if it makes it all the way it will set off a flare event seen it before
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from solarham.com

The comet named "Swan" is now visible in Lasco C2 images and continues on its trek towards the Sun where it will soon burn up.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Severe Thunderstorms in South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, have been in Missouri...

Yeah, definitely summer-like.

Let me add Florida to that list.
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Severe Thunderstorms in South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, have been in Missouri...

Yeah, definitely summer-like.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
there are atomspheric changes taking place no matter if we believe it or not

everything changes nothing will stay the same


I worked with a guy from Alabama once and he used to say:-
"Ya'll a'int seen nuthin yet!"

I'm sure somebody will be able to spell his words better than me?
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Japan has seen 4 Quakes in less than 24 hrs,

Asia Region/USGS EQ
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Quoting JNCali:
Must be the increased pressure from all the recent solar flares ?!
the little neutrinos are all hpyer for sure just buzzing around inside the big old earth
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Time Size Location County State Lat Lon Comments
1938 150 4 ENE FINGER MCNAIRY TN 3538 8855 PING PONG BALL SIZE HAIL WAS REPORTED 4 ENE OF FINGER IN MCNAIRY COUNTY. (MEG)
2027 100 N MT HOPE LAWRENCE AL 3446 8748 QUARTER SIZE HAIL WAS REPORTED. (HUN)
2035 100 ADAMSVILLE MCNAIRY TN 3523 8839 PEA TO QUARTER SIZE HAIL REPORTED ON HWY 22 1 MILE FROM THE INTERSECTION WITH HWY 64 NEAR ADAMSVILLE. (MEG)
2055 100 SEDGEWICKVILLE BOLLINGER MO 3752 8991 QUARTER SIZE HAIL REPORTED. (PAH)
2112 125 MILLERSVILLE CAPE GIRARDEAU MO 3742 8980 HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL REPORTED. (PAH)
2112 100 OAK RIDGE CAPE GIRARDEAU MO 3750 8973 (PAH)
2117 175 6 S WAVERLY HUMPHREYS TN 3601 8779 (OHX)
2120 100 LORETTO LAWRENCE TN 3508 8744 (OHX)
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Another, Japan now.

Magnitude 5.2 - NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
2012 March 14 21:38:56 UTC

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Maps
Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude
5.2
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 21:38:56 UTC
Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 06:38:56 AM at epicenter
Location
35.549°N, 141.678°E
Depth
34.6 km (21.5 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
141 km (88 miles) SE (130°) from Mito, Honshu, Japan
175 km (109 miles) E (94°) from TOKYO, Japan
183 km (114 miles) SSE (157°) from Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 15.4 km (9.6 miles); depth +/- 4.3 km (2.7 miles)
Parameters
NST=144, Nph=145, Dmin=320.6 km, Rmss=1.09 sec, Gp= 86°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=9
Source
Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID
usb0008hc1
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Quoting 7080734:

Well, if you're talking about Hurricanes, I guess heat would affect the Gulf, but if you're talking about thunderstorms and tornadoes, I think that shear and the jet-stream affect those more than heat, right?

I am not at this stage in time talking about hurricanes, as their time has still to come!
Thunderstorms and tornadoes are and will be a pestilence, though probably more this year than usual, as we allready have seen a nasty outbreak.
What I find outstandingly significant about this winter heat wave, is that the temps in Chicago are about the same as Florida and according to the learned, will continue to remain this way for several days to come.
From my simplified way of seeing it, the warmed winds will continue to head North East across the Great Lakes and over the normally cold Eastern Canada and into Greenland. As there is very little snow coverage then the ground will heat up prematurely, giving a warmer than average spring/summer to a vast area of tundra.
As an ever present afterthought; if rains are a lot less than usual as a result of high temps, then livestock will be badly stressed.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
Lot of big earthquakes today. The latest just over half an hour ago with a 6.4 in Papua New Guinea
Must be the increased pressure from all the recent solar flares ?!
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Magnitude 6.4 - NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
2012 March 14 21:13:11 UTC


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Details
Summary
Maps
Scientific & Technical
Tsunami
Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude
6.4
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 21:13:11 UTC
Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 07:13:11 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
5.642S, 151.025E
Depth
47.8 km (29.7 miles)
Region
NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
96 km (59 miles) E of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
174 km (108 miles) ENE of Kandrian, New Britain, PNG
598 km (371 miles) NE of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
2429 km (1509 miles) N of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
Location Uncertainty
horizontal /- 13.9 km (8.6 miles); depth /- 9.3 km (5.8 miles)
Parameters
NST=251, Nph=251, Dmin=203.7 km, Rmss=1.16 sec, Gp= 43,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
Source
Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID
usb0008hb9
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Lot of big earthquakes today. The latest just over half an hour ago with a 6.4 in Papua New Guinea
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Statement as of 4:45 PM CDT on March 14, 2012

The National Weather Service in Nashville has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
southwestern Dickson County in middle Tennessee...
Hickman County in middle Tennessee...
southeastern Humphreys County in middle Tennessee...

* until 530 PM CDT

* at 443 PM CDT National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter size hail... and
damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. The storm was near
Centerville... moving east at 20 mph.

* Locations impacted include...
Centerville...

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Severe thunderstorms contain damaging winds 58 mph or stronger... or
hail one inch or larger. For your safety... take shelter inside a
building location now.
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just got my TWC text alert for severe t-storm
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
136. I'm certain Reed understands that, he lives in Oklahoma afterall.

Henry said that.
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Yeehaw! should be here in 10 minutes or so..

Radar Detected Storms
Location: Only, TN Lat: 35.96 Lon: -87.64
Type: Rotating Thunderstorm (C2)
Max Reflectivity: 64 dBZ
Severe Hail: 80% Chance
Hail: 100% Chance
Max Hail Size: 1.50 in.
Echo Top: 34,000 ft.
Vert. Integrated Liquid: 56 kg/m²
Speed: 18 mph (16 knots)
Direction (from): W (273)
Radar Site: PAH
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Yeah, maybe that 20 million bbls of Oil a day the US uses has a tad something to do with it.

But hey, datz jus my view.

; )
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there are atomspheric changes taking place no matter if we believe it or not

everything changes nothing will stay the same
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Starting to rain and boom...
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
I can see why they think that. Last winter was crazy.
maybe for you but we had no snow last winter either everything went further south and east
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120) didn't see any interior temps, so edit, than some of FL - 57 dewpoint 38% humidity - shouldn't be sticky in March!
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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0254
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0301 PM CDT WED MAR 14 2012

AREAS AFFECTED...FAR NERN MS...NRN AL...S-CNTRL TN

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY

VALID 142001Z - 142145Z

CORRECTED FOR GEOGRAPHIC REFERENCE

A MARGINAL THREAT FOR DMGG WINDS WILL EXIST LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND
EVENING ACROSS PORTIONS OF FAR NERN MS...NRN AL...S-CNTRL TN.
EXPECTED ISOLATED NATURE OF THE THREAT LIMITS THE NEED FOR A WW.

TEMPERATURES HAVE WARMED INTO THE UPPER 70S AND LOW 80S AND MOISTURE
ADVECTION ASSOCIATED WITH RETURN FLOW ACROSS A BROAD WARM SECTOR HAS
KEPT DEWPOINTS IN THE MID 60S. ADDITIONALLY... NEAR DRY ADIABATIC
LAPSE RATES ARE PRESENT ABOVE 700 MB. AS A RESULT...AN UNCAPPED
ENVIRONMENT WITH SBCAPE VALUES AOA 2500 J/KG EXISTS OVER THE REGION.
HOWEVER...THE SEVERE THREAT IS EXPECTED TO BE LIMITED...OWING TO THE
LACK OF STRONG FORCING AND EFFECTIVE BULK SHEAR OF 25-30 KT /LOWER
MARGINS FOR PERSISTENT STORMS/. CONSEQUENTLY...A MARGINAL THREAT FOR
DMGG WINDS IS POSSIBLE BUT THE LIMITED COVERAGE WILL PRECLUDE THE
NEED FOR A WW.

..MOSIER.. 03/14/2012


ATTN...WFO...OHX...BMX...HUN...MEG...

LAT...LON 35508877 35908799 35758668 35168634 34528643 34278695
34258776 34468840 35028897 35508877
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Quoting 7080734:

Well, if you're talking about Hurricanes, I guess heat would affect the Gulf, but if you're talking about thunderstorms and tornadoes, I think that shear and the jet-stream affect those more than heat, right?
The temp of the Pacific can be very important. I believe the warmer the waters are the farther the jet stream tends to go south.
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Quoting TheOnlyBravesFan:


Kudzu bug. Don't squeeze them. They stink and can stain clothes/carpet.


Megacopta cribraria, also called the Bean Plataspid, Kudzu Bug, Globular Stink Bug or Lablab Bug, is a shield bug native to India and China where it is an agricultural pest of Lablab beans and other legumes.[1] The bug, while harmless to houseplants and people, often enters houses. It is attracted to white surfaces such as the walls of houses or white vehicles where large numbers of the insects congregate.[2]

In the Southeastern United States M. cribraria is an introduced pest species, first noticed in northeastern Georgia in 2009. As of 2011 it was spreading rapidly into surrounding states. It gives off an offensive odor when touched or squashed. Hosted by wisteria, green beans and other legumes, the insect sucks juice from the stems of soybean plants and reduces crop yield. The insect infests kudzu appreciably reducing its growth.[2]

Wiki -

(Having grown up in the Segregated South I'm so tempted to try a joke about increased sales of non-white sheets, but I'll restrain myself.... ;o)
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Quoting PlazaRed:
Ive got a really simple question?
Its in the realms of,"Do You Think?"

Are many people in the USA and Canada taking the consequences of this winter heat wave seriously?

Apart from the few hundreds who read and contribute to this site and probably a few other similar weather awareness sites?

Well, if you're talking about Hurricanes, I guess heat would affect the Gulf, but if you're talking about thunderstorms and tornadoes, I think that shear and the jet-stream affect those more than heat, right?
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Quoting JNCali:
Nah.. most folks I talk to are glad winter was short and happy to put the heavy coats away.. "we've had bad winters and good winters, it all evens out" is a common thought around these parts.
I can see why they think that. Last winter was crazy.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


yes
a sense of something is not right
is in the air if you will say
just finish a convo with my landscaper
and he himself just said
in the 41 years
he has been in the business
he has never seen a winter
or early spring as is right now
somethings not right
Nah.. most folks I talk to are glad winter was short and happy to put the heavy coats away.. "we've had bad winters and good winters, it all evens out" is a common thought around these parts.
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136. I'm certain Reed understands that, he lives in Oklahoma afterall.
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Quoting Barefootontherocks:


What about two 190 mph EF4s and an EF5 in central OK May 24, 2011? Might May 22 in Joplin qualify? Maybe this man doesn't consider OK and MO "the Plains." Much of OK is certainly the southern Plains, at least the way SPC writes it up. Maybe just an innocent mistake by Marguisty or take on geography, though I doubt many people would consider Oklahoma or SW MO to be the TN Valley or the South.

Somebody want to send him a memo? Or what do we do these days, tweet? lol
Well I'm not sure he experienced those outbreaks and the April 27 outbreak was so incredible it makes others seem like not that much. I have to say 2 EF5 tornadoes is pretty noticeable though.
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Quoting Patrap:



In the latest Lasco and STEREO COR2 images, you can see a Comet making its way towards the Sun. This rock does not appear to be very large and should burn up on approach.

note the time stamps here..





These solar pictures are just incredible. Especially the comet one with the solar flare coming off the sun. Hard to believe there was a time when we didn't have the tools to observe any of this. The wonder of the universe keeps being shown to us. Thanks for posting these.
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