Extreme 111° heat hits Texas; floods kill 9 in Haiti

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:25 PM GMT on April 26, 2012

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Another round of unprecedented April heat hit the U.S. yesterday, and this time it was Texas' turn to see large sections of the state with the hottest April temperatures in over a century of record keeping. Seven major airports in Texas set all-time April high temperatures yesterday:

Amarillo, TX: 99° (old April record 98° on 4/22/1989 and 4/22/1965)
Lubbock, TX: 101° (old April record 100° on 4/16/1925 and /22/1989)
Dalhart, TX: 96° (old April record 94° on 4/22/1989)
Borger, TX: 99° (tied April record set on 4/22/1965)
Midland, TX: 104° (old April record 101° on 4/21/1989)
Abilene, TX: 104° (old April record 102° on 4/16/1925)
Childress, TX: 106° (old April record 102° on three occasions, most recently on 4/3/2011)

According to wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt, both Texas and Oklahoma came within 2°F of their all-time April state high temperature record yesterday. Altus, Oklahoma hit 104°, falling 2° short of the April state record of 106° set at the Magnum Research Station in 1972. In the Texas Mesonet, it hit 111° at Knox City 3NW, which is just 2° short of the Texas April state record of 113° set at Catarina in 1984. According to Mr. Burt, What is amazing is that Knox City is in the north-central part of the state, not down in the Rio Grande region like Catarina. The 111° would probably be pretty close to whatever the all-time hottest temp for ANY month might be in that location (probably around 115°). On Sunday this week, Nevada just missed setting their April state high temperature record, when the mercury hit 105° in Laughlin (April state record: 106° in 1989.)


Figure 1. At least 36 of the roughly 400 major U.S. cities that maintain automated weather sensors at their local airports (8%) have set or tied all-time April high temperature records so far this month. The records set yesterday in Texas are not yet in the database, and are not included on this map. Image taken from our new Record Extremes page.

Earlier this week, all-time record April heat hit large portions of Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. At least 36 of the roughly 400 major U.S. cities that maintain automated weather sensors at their local airports (8%) have set or tied all-time April high temperature records so far this month; no all-time April cold records have been set. The U.S. has been on an extraordinary pace of setting high temperature records so far in 2012. During March 2012, an astonishing 32% of all the major airports in the U.S. set all-time March high temperature records. For the year-to-date, there have been 184 new all-time monthly high temperature records set at the major airports, and 6 all-time monthly low temperature records. Not surprisingly, the period January - March this year has been the warmest such period in the U.S. since record keeping began in 1895.



Figure 2. Total precipitable water (in mm) for this morning shows a surge of moisture moving westwards though the Caribbean. Precipitable water values in excess of 51 mm (2 inches, orange colors) are capable of generating heavy flooding rains. Image credit: University of Wisconsin CIMSS.

Heavy rains kill nine in Haiti
The rainy season has begun on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, where heavy rains that began on Monday have triggered mudslides and floods that killed nine people. Nearly 500,000 people are still homeless in Haiti from the January 2010 earthquake, making the country highly vulnerable to flooding disasters. Heavy flooding was also a problem this week in the neighboring Dominican Republic, where 11,000 people were evacuated; no deaths were reported there, however. Precipitation forecasts from the GFS model suggest that the worst is over for Hispaniola, with the axis of greatest moisture expected to move west of the island today. This surge of moisture will bring heavy rains to Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and South Florida during the remainder of the week.

Jeff Masters

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Frankly I've never understood why some folks would prefer to think that an asteroid or comet could produce life more easily than the Earth. All of the various "explanations" for the hypothesis smell more of bad*fundamentalist religion -- "Life came from Above" -- than science via Occam'sRazor.

* I do distinguish between good and bad fundamentalism: a bad version doesn't make any sense, sometimes especially doesn't make any sense, even if one were to accept all of its tenets.
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Quoting RitaEvac:


The truth is.........nobody is allowed and will ever know.....ever, until your dead, when you cross into the next dimension, and we go there.....is a mystery that no one knows either. It's as if all life forms are on planet earth, think about it, from people to bacteria all on one planet. We may just be the first living things in the universe and it's up to us to move out into the cosmos to spread life. If we don't, then the whole process starts over, until that intelligent species succeeds.
someone long ago told me pretty much the same thing.. we were and are, meant to expand out into the universe....then he really thought about what we are doing to THIS planet and said..we move out as a disease..planet destroyers....well now 2012, i read the newspapers and back in the 1950's he could have been right
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Quoting LargoFl:
amazing when you think about it...where exactly..did the very FIRST..spark of life..come from? religion aside....maybe from an asteroid?
Ballistic panspermia is a pretty wild idea, but it passes the small test, at least so far. It's humbling and awesome and almost poetically beautiful to consider the possibility that life on this planet arrived here by meteorite. Imagine: the presence of every living thing on Earth--the dinosaurs, sea-dwelling phytoplankton, you, your dog--could be nothing more than the result of random interstellar/interplanetary cross-contamination.
Quoting LargoFl:
yes i would agree with you there, if we find any life at all, just once out there...then we arent alone..never were, just did not know it...millions upon millions of planets out there..there would be a very high likelihood of it being out there, what form it would be in, that's anyone's guess
Not mere "millions and millions", but millions of millions. There are more stars in the Universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches on our planet, and it's estimated that the majority of stars are circled by multiple planets. While there's no empirical proof either way, it boggles the mind to think that this little provincial backwater planet was the sole winner of the life lottery. Or as the late, great Carl Sagan so eloquently put it: if we're the only life there is, it sure seems like an awful waste of space...
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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:
We are receiving a copious amount of rain in the Turks and Caicos today... : )


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Things are staring to warm up a bit...
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a copious amount of rain... may fall in the area of the Bahamas over the next week.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Where did the life on the comet come from?
actually Mars was in the distant past, better suited for life before it lost its water, which we do know was there..earth at the time was a molten planet and had been hit with a HUGE asteroid big enough to make a moon out of what was blasted away..mars was the place back then but something bad happened, all water was lost..even later on..earth was all water and no dry land..but something really amazing took place...what...we may never know
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We are receiving a copious amount of rain in the Turks and Caicos today... : )
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127. wpb
New Spanish-Language NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter for South Florida now on the
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Quoting Grothar:

Just got tested for appendicitis, Having some major stomach issues this week, So what we got there?
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Quoting LargoFl:
gee that system is looking real good, but its getting sheered probably miss florida entirely


Yep, there is a little shear in the area. But it still could drop a lot of rain over the Bahamas.

A cookie to the first person who writes "a copious amount of rain"


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Quoting jeffs713:

And in related news, sales of aluminum foil have skyrocketed, apparently in connection with the latest fashion trend only known as "tin foil hats".

Honestly tho... while it is good to contemplate the origins of life, without proof (EITHER WAY), what is the point?

Also, bear in mind that while DNA (or RNA) is required for life as we know it, who is to say there are not alternative methods of genetic storage? Or even genetic metabolism? Sulfur-based or Silicon-based metabolism, for example, instead of carbon-based. Look at the variety of what we know as "life" around us... who is to say that in a different environment, such as an ammonia atmosphere, an equally complex biosphere could form?


The truth is.........nobody is allowed and will ever know.....ever, until your dead, when you cross into the next dimension, and we go there.....is a mystery that no one knows either. It's as if all life forms are on planet earth, think about it, from people to bacteria all on one planet. We may just be the first living things in the universe and it's up to us to move out into the cosmos to spread life. If we don't, then the whole process starts over, until that intelligent species succeeds.
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Quoting SteveDa1:
If we find bacteria on another body in our solar system (ie: Europa, Mars, Titan) I think this is going to tell us for sure that life is exceptionally abundant in the cosmos.
yes i would agree with you there, if we find any life at all, just once out there...then we arent alone..never were, just did not know it...millions upon millions of planets out there..there would be a very high likelihood of it being out there, what form it would be in, that's anyone's guess
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Is that the blob of the day?


Hey, it's the best I could come up with at the moment. I am now contemplating where life came from. Right now I am looking at a bunch of jets flying over my house. I think they are getting ready for the air show. I really hate those things. Anyone else in Broward hearing them? They are really flying low.
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the Euro spins up something along the SC coast and takes it to bermuda.





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Quoting Grothar:
gee that system is looking real good, but its getting sheered probably miss florida entirely
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Quoting jeffs713:

And in related news, sales of aluminum foil have skyrocketed, apparently in connection with the latest fashion trend only known as "tin foil hats".

Honestly tho... while it is good to contemplate the origins of life, without proof (EITHER WAY), what is the point?

Also, bear in mind that while DNA (or RNA) is required for life as we know it, who is to say there are not alternative methods of genetic storage? Or even genetic metabolism? Sulfur-based or Silicon-based metabolism, for example, instead of carbon-based. Look at the variety of what we know as "life" around us... who is to say that in a different environment, such as an ammonia atmosphere, an equally complex biosphere could form?
excellent point made there
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Quoting Grothar:

Is that the blob of the day?
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:



The secret service is out and about.
The governments of the world could cover up aliens.
You would never know a thing.
They would probably have secret monitoring systems on all people who knew about the programs related to extraterrestrial life and would probably also be authorized to use lethal force to prevent the dissemination of information.

And in related news, sales of aluminum foil have skyrocketed, apparently in connection with the latest fashion trend only known as "tin foil hats".

Honestly tho... while it is good to contemplate the origins of life, without proof (EITHER WAY), what is the point?

Also, bear in mind that while DNA (or RNA) is required for life as we know it, who is to say there are not alternative methods of genetic storage? Or even genetic metabolism? Sulfur-based or Silicon-based metabolism, for example, instead of carbon-based. Look at the variety of what we know as "life" around us... who is to say that in a different environment, such as an ammonia atmosphere, an equally complex biosphere could form?
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Where did the life on the comet come from?


That, I can't tell you. Probably sore random combination of amino acids and proteins in a collision. I don't know.


I want to be a meteorologist, not a microbiologist...
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Quoting SteveDa1:
If we find bacteria on another body in our solar system (ie: Europa, Mars, Titan) I think this is going to tell us for sure that life is exceptionally abundant in the cosmos.


there are so many places in the universe beyond where we know.
You never would know what is how may chances a random event would have.
An extremely rare event could still happen countless times if it gets enough chances.
(my religion aside)
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If we find bacteria on another body in our solar system (ie: Europa, Mars, Titan) I think this is going to tell us for sure that life is exceptionally abundant in the cosmos.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


If there is any sort of alien life in the solar system right now, it's either:

A. Bacteria or maybe small bug size creatures on Mars
B. Bacteria or fish-like creatures on Europa
C. Some sort of weird extremophile on any of the other planets or moons.

It's not orbiting the sun or building temples on Mars or Mercury, and they are not flying in and out of our atmosphere at will unnoticed, because someone would have said something by now if the government had a cover up of this size. If they can't even hide a scandal in the Secret Service, they can't hide proof of aliens. All these conspiracy theorists need to take off the tinfoil hats and get back to reality.

One YouTube video does not proof of aliens make.



The secret service is out and about.
The governments of the world could cover up aliens.
You would never know a thing.
They would probably have secret monitoring systems on all people who knew about the programs related to extraterrestrial life and would probably also be authorized to use lethal force to prevent the dissemination of information.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


That's what I think happened. Some comet with bacteria on it went in the ocean and some survived and thrived. Now here we are today.


This raises a few questions. Where did it come from? How did it get on the asteroid?

In my opinion life was created on earth due to a random sequence of events. Water was necessary to carry the formed amino acids and other building blocks of life. I like to think that this random sequencing has probably happened thousands of times in our galaxy. Bacterial life is probably abundant but intelligent life? I'd have to say it's extremely scarce at best. So many events must come together to allow life to thrive like it does here on the earth.
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Quoting LargoFl:
amazing when you think about it...where exactly..did the very FIRST..spark of life..come from? religion aside....maybe from an asteroid?


Yes, yes, but where did the life on the asteroid come from? Random fragments of amino acids (from an asteroid or wherever) joining together, replicating, then making something as complex as friggin DNA to replicate itself perpetually is a pretty profound idea worthy of intense scrutiny. How did this happen? Why haven't other asteroids hit the earth with a different scheme for life? Is life innate in the universe (like the laws of physics in our galaxy)? IE- is this an inevitable occurance on life supporting planets with enough time or is this unique to our planet? This is THE profound question IMO though I have my "religious" ideas.
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105 LargoFl: NASA has verified [blah blah blah]

blog280comment273 Xyrus2000: Post links please. [emphasis mine]
Just based on your post, I would say at least some of the info is incorrect :
The sun doesn't really have any fixed poles. It has many poles and they move about quite frequently.
The poles on Earth are always moving as well. They don't change nearly as quickly as the sun, but they poles don't really stay fixed.
Pole reversals on Earth do happen but the take a long time to occur. They don't happen in the span of a year.
Also, even during a pole reversal sequence the Earth still has plenty of magnetic field. It's weakened to be sure, but it is still there, and it is more than enough to keep the planet adequately shielded.
And even if it went away entirely the Earth's relatively thick atmosphere would still provide protection.

[About the only modifier I would add is that if the magnetic field were to collapse completely for an extended period of time, atmospheric hydrogen (ionization-stripped out of water vapor) would be lost to space relatively quickly in terms of geological time, then the oxygen and nitrogen components would follow much more slowly.]
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


That's what I think happened. Some comet with bacteria on it went in the ocean and some survived and thrived. Now here we are today.


Where did the life on the comet come from?
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Quoting OrchidGrower:



I believe "thinking outside the box" may indeed be what's needed here. There are trees that produce an inferior grade of wood but which grow phenomenally quickly, several feet a year (a few which even grow metres per year). Many are invasives and should normally never be considered for deliberate plantings. But one could argue the Haitian situation is so dire, even hillsides full of eucalyptus or leucaena trees would be better than hills of flowing mud every rainy season.


They would still cut these down for firewood. They need alternative energy sources and a lot fewer people before they will quit stripping the environment.
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Quoting LargoFl:
amazing when you think about it...where exactly..did the very FIRST..spark of life..come from? religion aside....maybe from an asteroid?


That's what I think happened. Some comet with bacteria on it went in the ocean and some survived and thrived. Now here we are today.
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NASA has verified that there is now positive magnetism energy appearing in the south pole, which is normally supposed to be in the north pole only. The South pole is supposed to only have a negative magnetic charge. In the past 150 years, there has been a migration between the north and south poles and their respective magnetic charges of positive and negative magnetic reversal. Another thing that NASA has observed is that the sun literally reverses its poles every 11 years at the peak of each sunspot cycle. The solar pole shift will happen again in 2012 exactly. There is some concern about the extra solar activity that will be happening in the sun during this cycle, solar cycle 24, but there is some comfort in the fact that 2012 is just another normal time for the solar cycle to happen. It is natural.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


If there is any sort of alien life in the solar system right now, it's either:

A. Bacteria or maybe small bug size creatures on Mars
B. Bacteria or fish-like creatures on Europa
C. Some sort of weird extremophile on any of the other planets or moons.

It's not orbiting the sun or building temples on Mars or Mercury, and they are not flying in and out of our atmosphere at will unnoticed, because someone would have said something by now if the government had a cover up of this size. If they can't even hide a scandal in the Secret Service, they can't hide proof of aliens. All these conspiracy theorists need to take off the tinfoil hats and get back to reality.

One YouTube video does not proof of aliens make.
amazing when you think about it...where exactly..did the very FIRST..spark of life..come from? religion aside....maybe from an asteroid?
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Quoting LargoFl:
The Last hurricane to directly the Tampa bay was in 1921.........................Link


Wow, quite the tale of the school children! I couldn't imagine. Glad you posted this. Rare though they might be, they do hit that part of Florida. The more awareness the better.
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71 Cotillion: Suspected tornadoes have struck two areas of England...

What did one tornado say to the other?
"Toto... I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
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Quoting LargoFl:
Serious question..if this DID happen, would I..then be living is South America, because the globe would Have to flip would it not??....alot of smart people in here, maybe get a good answer...................2012 is a significant year from an historical and astronomical perspective. According to astronomers the Poles of our Sun will reverse towards the end of 2012. Under the right conditions this could have a serious knock-on effect on Earth. A sudden twist in the orientation of the Sun’s poles could also reverse the Earth’s poles as well.


Watched Secrets of the Sun last night, the sun's magnetic field switches about every 11 years. Why would this one be special from all the previous ones?
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This band is great to see the heaviest convection...GOES Imager Spectral Difference
Apr. 26, 2012 - 16:45 UTC
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Quoting RitaEvac:
UFO spaceship orbiting the sun, or a camera glitch?




UFO hunters have spotted a curious object near the sun in a new NASA image. It is, in the words of a blogger for the website Gather, "what looks like a metallic, jointed spaceship with a gigantic extension, perhaps a boom arm, anchored off its lower end."

The YouTube video drawing attention to the object has quickly made its way to discussion forums and the tabloid press, and many seasoned UFO believers are calling it a definite "spot."

But does this image, which was taken by a camera on board NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on Tuesday (April 24), really show a spaceship dropping by the sun to harvest some solar energy, as one YouTube commenter suggested? Or is this object something much more mundane? We asked scientists in the solar physics branch at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) — the group that analyzes data from Lasco 2, the telescopic camera that snapped the picture.

According to Nathan Rich, lead ground systems engineer in the NRL's solar physics branch, the "spaceship" is merely a collection of streaks left by cosmic rays, charged particles from space, which whizzed through the camera's sensor, or CCD, as the image was taken.


If there is any sort of alien life in the solar system right now, it's either:

A. Bacteria or maybe small bug size creatures on Mars
B. Bacteria or fish-like creatures on Europa
C. Some sort of weird extremophile on any of the other planets or moons.

It's not orbiting the sun or building temples on Mars or Mercury, and they are not flying in and out of our atmosphere at will unnoticed, because someone would have said something by now if the government had a cover up of this size. If they can't even hide a scandal in the Secret Service, they can't hide proof of aliens. All these conspiracy theorists need to take off the tinfoil hats and get back to reality.

One YouTube video does not proof of aliens make.
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GOES Imager Cloud Top Pressure
Apr. 26, 2012 - 16:45 UTC
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Serious question..if this DID happen, would I..then be living is South America, because the globe would Have to flip would it not??....alot of smart people in here, maybe get a good answer...................2012 is a significant year from an historical and astronomical perspective. According to astronomers the Poles of our Sun will reverse towards the end of 2012. Under the right conditions this could have a serious knock-on effect on Earth. A sudden twist in the orientation of the Sun’s poles could also reverse the Earth’s poles as well.
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The animated visible over the Southern Caribbean looks interesting.
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Quoting LargoFl:
one site has this as yet another up the east coast kinda storm..something to watch


Yeah I saw that and the GFS did shift the ULL a little to the north hence whay S FL appears to really be under the gun now but as you said it's not our of the question this rides up the east coast of FL.
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UFO spaceship orbiting the sun, or a camera glitch?




UFO hunters have spotted a curious object near the sun in a new NASA image. It is, in the words of a blogger for the website Gather, "what looks like a metallic, jointed spaceship with a gigantic extension, perhaps a boom arm, anchored off its lower end."

The YouTube video drawing attention to the object has quickly made its way to discussion forums and the tabloid press, and many seasoned UFO believers are calling it a definite "spot."

But does this image, which was taken by a camera on board NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on Tuesday (April 24), really show a spaceship dropping by the sun to harvest some solar energy, as one YouTube commenter suggested? Or is this object something much more mundane? We asked scientists in the solar physics branch at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) — the group that analyzes data from Lasco 2, the telescopic camera that snapped the picture.

According to Nathan Rich, lead ground systems engineer in the NRL's solar physics branch, the "spaceship" is merely a collection of streaks left by cosmic rays, charged particles from space, which whizzed through the camera's sensor, or CCD, as the image was taken.
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Quoting AtHomeInTX:


Thanks. :) Hope y'all get the rain you need too.


Yeah it appears there is going to be rain but in S FL not C FL however this can change especially if this decideds to drift further up the state. Right it looks as if I will stay dry unless things change of course.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
This system north of Panama is trying to organize. Also by the there is NO 60 to 100knt shear over this system as the shear is located over the NW Caribbean not Southern Caribbean. There is shear yes but only in the 20 to 30knt range. This is a system to watch for sure!

Link
one site has this as yet another up the east coast kinda storm..something to watch
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The Last hurricane to directly the Tampa bay was in 1921.........................Link
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This system north of Panama is trying to organize. Also by the there is NO 60 to 100knt shear over this system as the shear is located over the NW Caribbean not Southern Caribbean. There is shear yes but only in the 20 to 30knt range. This is a system to watch for sure regardless of what the calender says!

Link
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Young bamboo shoots are also edible if memory serves me right. The problem with a lot of the plants that might quickly spring to mind (not sure if this applies to bamboo) is they are deciduous trees that go into dormancy in the winter. In the climate of Hispanola, I doubt "winter" temps would be sufficient to trigger this dormancy. Day light amount also plays a large role in dormancy, but the closer to the equator one gets, the less sunlight length is affected. Some trees REQUIRE this dormancy and will not tolerate prolonged periods (years) of active growth without a dormancy period(s).

Love the idea for providing fuel for them to burn. One important item to consider is that some plants/trees only need 1-2 good growing season to put down a good root system. They could then be harvested on a set timeline (think biennial or so) then send up new growth suckers the following spring. Rinse and repeat the harvesting sequence. This would only require a large initial supply of fuel until the harvestable vegetation has taken hold and has established well enough to recover from being cut. Paulownia tomentosa is one such tree that responds very well to being cut. Extremely well actually and considering the amount of rain they get, after the root system is established 8-10' per year is possible. Now let me say they are a NASTY INVASIVE in most of the US and SHOULD NOT BE PLANTED here. As to this discussion, I have no idea the dormancy needs of this tree.

In England, coppicing was a very popular practice to maintain a steady supply of firewood and remains very effective on the species known for this quality. Some coppiced specimens can live 1000 years+. Pollarding, though not intended for this in particular could also be effective keeping trees small enough to harvest the fruit while using the cut tops of the trees for fuel.

Some people don't realize we have tree farms for the sole purpose of being grown to be harvested for their lumber whether it be for fuel, cabinets, etc on large tracts of land here.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:




Models are showing very little rain for TX for maybe atleast 2 weeks but we all know that can change fast so hang in there.


Thanks. :) Hope y'all get the rain you need too.
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Quoting AtHomeInTX:


Yeah, we've been insanely "wet" this year so far even compared to normal. But I can't forget how quickly things went south last summer. Maybe going to take something tropical? I found this last night while looking for a correlation between the sunspots/solar cycles and hurricanes that someone asked about. There are numerous instances of tropical systems at least helping the droughts all over the state. As usual "over" helping in most cases. Welcome to Texas...

First to the sun cycle question Found this FWIW (lol, not what I was looking for so I'm cranky about it. ;D)...

Long term trends/hurricane cycles. Studies were made back in the 1950's by Dr. W. Armstrong Price on hurricane incidence along the Texas coast and the sunspot cycle. Regardless of whether this pattern exists because of sunspots or some other interannual climate cycle, using data back to 1829 there are periods in the hurricane climatology that have greater activity than others. These periods were defined as being “hurricane-rich” or “hurricane-poor”. Hurricane-rich periods last, on average, 11 years with an average of 8 landfalls in their midst. Hurricane-poor periods last, on average, 14 years and only 2 landfalls usually occur.
We are currently in a hurricane-rich period which began in 2003. This is expected to last
until around 2014, plus or minus a few years. Texas will be extremely prone to hurricane landfalls during the time frame. Whether or not we should expect as few as two or as many as 8 storms in the next decade, all it takes is one to make life miserable for residents along the coast.

As to droughts...

Benefits of tropical cyclones.
Of the 122 storms chronicled in this survey, 11 are credited with alleviating drought conditions across the Lone Star State. Without tropical storms and hurricanes moving into Texas, summer rainfall would be about 10% lower than what currently falls across eastern Texas. This could be disastrous for cotton, corn, and rice grown statewide, as they are highly dependent on this added rainfall contribution.

Texas Hurricane History
David Roth
National Weather Service
Camp Springs, MD
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Models are showing very little rain for TX for maybe atleast 2 weeks but we all know that can change fast so hang in there.
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SE FL and the Bahamas are in for a temendous amount of rain! It looks infact that the rainy season is about to get going across S FL while us in C FL watch the rains just south of us.

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Here is our historical late April Nor,Easter and the satellite snow print..
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