Photos from Climate Impacts Day

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:06 PM GMT on May 06, 2012

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On Saturday, May 5, the activist group 350.org, founded by Bill McKibben, launched a new effort to "connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather." They declared May 5 Climate Impacts Day, and coordinated an impressive global effort of nearly 1,000 events in 100 countries to draw attention to the links between climate change and extreme weather. Their new climatedots.org website aims to get people involved to "protest, educate, document and volunteer along with thousands of people around the world to support the communities on the front lines of the climate crisis." Below are photos from some of the many events on Climate Impacts Day as archived on the climatedots.org website. It is remarkable to view the slide show on their web site and see the degree of global participation this event had; 350.org has created a dedicated and creative global climate movement that will be a major force to reckon with in the coming years.


Figure 1. Volunteers in the city of Salvador, Brazil, have connected the dots have and drawn people's attention to sea level rise and what it impacts in our life.


Figure 2. Madaba, Jordan. "Drops (of water) are dots of hope". A beautiful message from King's Academy in drought-prone Jordan.


Figure 3. Activists hold a banner in front of a damaged coral reef in the vulnerable Marshall Islands. Rising temperatures and increased CO2 uptake are raising the acidity of the ocean, which bleaches and ultimately kills fragile coral reefs.


Figure 4. One thousand students in Bekaa, Lebanon make their dots into the wheels of a giant bicycle to raise awareness about the threat of air pollution, and to advocate for bike lanes.


Figure 5. In 2009, at 17,785 feet in Bolivia's Cordillera Oriental was the Chacaltaya Glacier. Before its unexpected melting, it was home to Bolivia's only ski resort and the first tow-rope ever to be built in South America. Today all that remains is a rocky mountain-top that only receives seasonal snowfall. Photo by Lauren Farnsworth.


Figure 6. Ausable Valley, NY, USA: Young people in New York understand the first-hand impacts of climate change. Hurricane Irene, the third five-hundred-year climate event in the last twelve months, devastated communities in the region and pummeled the beachfront with debris.

Jeff Masters

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212. TropicalAnalystwx13
9:01 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
Invest 94S:

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211. TropicalAnalystwx13
8:58 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
The public has confirmed a tornado on the eastern tornado warned storm.



Meanwhile, on the western storm...

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHWESTERN LIVINGSTON
AND SOUTH CENTRAL LA SALLE COUNTIES UNTIL 430 PM CDT...

AT 351 PM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. TRAINED WEATHER
SPOTTERS REPORTED A RAIN WRAPPED FUNNEL CLOUD WITH THIS STORM 6
MILES EAST OF WENONA AT 350 PM CDT...WITH 60 MPH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS
ALSO OBSERVED. THIS TORNADIC SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED EAST
WENONA...OR 8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF STREATOR...MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
STREATOR AROUND 420 PM CDT.
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210. Tropicsweatherpr
8:53 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
Skye, low latitude 99W is upgraded by JTWC to Medium.

THE AREA OF CONVECTION PREVIOUSLY LOCATED NEAR 2.8N
132.3E, IS NOW LOCATED NEAR 2.7N 132.1E, APPROXIMATELY 310 NM SOUTH-
SOUTHWEST OF PALAU. RECENT ANIMATED INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY
SHOWS A BROAD LOW-LEVEL CIRCULATION CENTER (LLCC) WITH BUILDING,
YET FRAGMENTED, DEEP CONVECTION. A 061541Z OSCAT PASS INDICATES 15-
20 KNOT NORTHWESTERLIES OVER THE WESTERN PERIPHERY OF THE LLCC. A
061656Z AMSU IMAGE DEPICTS VERY BROAD TURING AND SCATTERED DEEP
CONVECTION WEST OF THE LLCC. SHIP AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS A FEW
DEGREES TO THE WEST SUGGEST A PRESSURE OF 1007 MB AND WINDS ON
AVERAGE 12-17 KNOTS. UPPER-LEVEL ANALYSIS INDICATES THE LLCC TO BE
UNDER AN EXTENSION OF THE NEAR EQUATORIAL RIDGE AXIS WITH GOOD
DIVERGENCE ALOFT AND WEAK (05-10 KNOT) VERTICAL WIND SHEAR.
ANIMATED WATER VAPOR IMAGERY CLEARLY SHOWS AN UPPER-LEVEL LOW
LOCATED NORTH OF THE LLCC WHICH IS IMPEDING THE POLEWARD OUTFLOW;
HOWEVER, EQUATORWARD OUTFLOW REMAINS GOOD. ANIMATED TOTAL
PRECIPITABLE IMAGERY SHOWS THE DRY AIR ASSOCIATED WITH THE UPPER-
LEVEL LOW CONVERGENCE BUT THE VERY MOIST AIRMASS TO THE EAST
STREAMING IN ON THE TRADES IS SLOWLY BUT SURELY THINNING OUT THE
DRY AREA. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED SURFACE WINDS ARE ESTIMATED AT 13 TO 18
KNOTS. MINIMUM SEA LEVEL PRESSURE IS ESTIMATED TO BE NEAR 1007 MB.
THE POTENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE
WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS IS UPGRADED TO MEDIUM.
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209. Skyepony (Mod)
8:46 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
Fresh ASCAT pass on the sheared, little blob east of South Carolina.

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207. aspectre
8:44 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
158 washingtonian115: Wow 3 out of the last 4 Alberto's have hit Florida. Florida better watch out for Alberto this year. They need the rain anyway...

Thus far Albertos have been known as rainmakers, not home breakers. With only a small bit of luck, Alberto will remain known for its gentleness (comparatively).
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204. PlazaRed
8:37 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
Evening Everybody! I pinched this from the blog heading:-
"On Saturday, May 5, the activist group 350.org, founded by Bill McKibben, launched a new effort to "connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather."
Well I supose I better stick my oar into newly melted waters!
Climate change is whats happening.
Extreme weather is whats going to happen!
The extreme weather that has happened so far is a mere transition to the extreme weather that's going to come next.A sort of aperitif. ( a bit like the past French president WAS,)
You put up the CO2 to 400PPM, you increase the temps buy 2/C and you get an extra 8% moisture content in the atmosphere, plus you get an awful lot of nasty interesting side effects:-
Sea level rise, increased storms, ice melting in a big way all over the place, permafrost melting, methane release increase, stronger storms, droughts, floods and of course lack of ice at the north pole, hence, lack of polar bears, all good news if you are normally a species that is a prey of polar bears. For the rest of us non polar bear preys; interesting times are a coming!
I read that the Norwegians are going to be doing oil drilling in the Arctic for the Russians, They get 33% of the profits, I hear!
What next? Arctic shoreline holidays on currently oil spill free beaches? Aurora Bathi-all-is
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203. help4u
8:36 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
Logan's run the movie is coming to earth via global warming garbage spread by those in power in science and government.Utopia is coming through false fear spread by lies!If you disagree even with facts the power and money in the media ,etc will silence you or you will be exterminated!History repeats itself as does weather,what has happened before will happen again.Nothing is new under the sun!Only answer too the world's problems is Jesus Christ!!!Imagine Germany in world war two only now their will be a world government with all the power.Life for the elite but death and meager living for the unbelievers!!True Utopia on earth and absolute power!!Lord come soon!!
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202. PlazaRed
8:12 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
Quoting Birthmark:

Not to mention the President of France is unlikely to have much influence on the weather.

I don't think they have much influence on anything!
We were trying to compile a list of French military successes the other day but gave up after a while without having found one.
They will probably re introduce boarder passport controls soon in Europe! Can you imagine passport controls at State boarders in the US?
We haven't seen a photo of the wife of the new president yet,! She might not be a model?
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201. aspectre
8:07 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
153 EugeneTillman: If scientists pulled the alarm prematurely, then why did the media grab hold of the ice age so profusely. Why aren't why seeing the same media attention with global warming, especially since the threat are deemed more imminent and severe. It should be covered - there's much more media now than 30 years ago.

Are you even capable of forming an earnest*sentence? Scientists did not pull the alarm.
As for too much of the media... for the same reason that they pushed "nuclear Iraq", and that they have labeled Survivor, Snooki, Kardashian, etc with the tag of 'reality shows'. For the uneducated marketers as "news executives" and for many of the uneducated journalism majors as by-line/on-air "reporters", reality doesn't have any STAR power. And fame is the name of the game.
Hence the coverage of "elections as horse races", and of denialists "contesting" GlobalWarming as if they were being serious rather than silly... maliciously silly, but silly nonetheless.

* ie A sentence that you think is honest.
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Quoting PlazaRed:

Nobody cares!
Not even us in Europe.
Maybe somebody cares in France but we don't have any contact with them!

Not to mention the President of France is unlikely to have much influence on the weather.
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Quoting yqt1001:
If anyone cares; the French socialist party won the election today.

Nobody cares!
Not even us in Europe.
Maybe somebody cares in France but we don't have any contact with them!
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Eastern East Pacific
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Someone better splain...Lucy.

cuz we've heard for years now of this mysterious Fla. rainy season, but alas..

..where it go, bro?
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Quoting MahFL:


Good riddance to the prat Sarkosy.


Soon their government will be broke, after all the social reforms are done.
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Does anyone know the factors that are involved in Florida's thunderstorm season? Like what needs to be in place that isn't? I honestly can't find much details on it.
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..you gotta right,

..to fight,

for da plannnnnnnnnn-et !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Interesting outflow boundary from the storms in se la
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Quoting weathermanwannabe:


Hey. Last time a front came through (2 weeks ago) a lightening strike near the house caused a power surge that affected the TV and Internet (Computer Ethernet Card got fried) so I am going to "unplug" everything in the next hour or so when the storms come rolling through......That is why I will not be Blogging during the storms........... :)

Yeah, be safe
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Quoting nigel20:

Good afternoon wannabe


Hey. Last time a front came through (2 weeks ago) a lightening strike near the house caused a power surge that affected the TV and Internet (Computer Ethernet Card got fried) so I am going to "unplug" everything in the next hour or so when the storms come rolling through......That is why I will not be Blogging during the storms........... :)
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Quoting weathermanwannabe:
Good Afternoon. Down/Up here North of Tallahassee waiting on the line of T-Storms, drifting down from Alabama and South Central Georgia to cross the border into North Florida. While we might get a few T-storms reaching severe limits (due to peak daytime heating combined with the onshore sea breeze as the storms approach the Coastal Gulf areas), no discussion regarding any tornado threats and we need the rain.

I will keep Yall posted later on today if I observe any real severe weather in this area.

Good afternoon wannabe
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188. MahFL
Quoting yqt1001:
If anyone cares; the French socialist party won the election today.


Good riddance to the prat Sarkosy.
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Good Afternoon. Down/Up here North of Tallahassee waiting on the line of T-Storms, drifting down from Alabama and South Central Georgia to cross the border into North Florida. While we might get a few T-storms reaching severe limits (due to peak daytime heating combined with the onshore sea breeze as the storms approach the Coastal Gulf areas), no discussion regarding any tornado threats and we need the rain.

I will keep Yall posted later on today if I observe any real severe weather in this area.
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When does the propaganda stop? This guy is well past embarrassing.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Not him but I have heard Windows 8 is terrible. They are saying it is as bad as Vista. For some reason Windows 8 is focused on touch based platforms. So if you own a keyboard and mouse like most people it will not be enjoyable.

I guess they are trying to counter google's android os and apple's ios, but from what your are saying, it doesn't seems to be working
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


Considering the fact that the itcz will be farther north, One would think the storms would move further north, but because of the cool equatorial waters, the storms are more likely form in the Caribbean and move up towards the continental United States.
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Quoting nigel20:

You don't like the upcoming windows 8 upgrade?
Not him but I have heard Windows 8 is terrible. They are saying it is as bad as Vista. For some reason Windows 8 is focused on touch based platforms. So if you own a keyboard and mouse like most people it will not be enjoyable.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


Comparing with 2009.


What stands out to me in 2009 that is different than 2012.

*EPAC is warmer, especially 15N - 20N.
*Gulf of Guiena is much cooler in 2012 than 2009.
*Trade winds where much higher this time 2009 over the Atlantic.
*NAO is different.
*Temperatures where much cooler in the Caribbean & GOMEX.

Why they choose 2009 as a analog year is beyond me, but the only thing similar to me is that there's a developing El Nino.

Yeah, very different from 2012 a you stated above
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Tropical Storm Risk released their prediction update for the 2012 Northwest Pacific Typhoon Season two days ago on May 4, and the organization is continuing to call for a near-average season with 26 tropical storms, 16 typhoons, 9 intense typhoons, and an Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) index of 300.

The season has already had 5 tropical depressions, 1 tropical storm, and 8 fatalities.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


Comparing with 2009.


What stands out to me in 2009 that is different than 2012.

*EPAC is warmer, especially 15N - 20N.
*Gulf of Guiena is much cooler in 2012 than 2009.
*Trade winds where much higher this time 2009 over the Atlantic.
*NAO is different.
*Temperatures where much cooler in the Caribbean & GOMEX.

Why they choose 2009 as a analog year is beyond me, but the only thing similar to me is that there's a developing El Nino.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Good map. Good points.
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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
204 PM CDT SUN MAY 6 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE QUAD CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CENTRAL BUREAU COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS...

* UNTIL 230 PM CDT.

* AT 202 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
TORNADO NEAR WYANET...OR 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF PRINCETON...MOVING
SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
WYANET AROUND 205 PM CDT...
8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF KASBEER AROUND 210 PM CDT...
PRINCETON AROUND 220 PM CDT...
PRINCETON AND DOVER AROUND 225 PM CDT...
COAL HOLLOW...MALDEN AND 8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ZEARING AROUND 230 PM
CDT...

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 80 IN ILLINOIS BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 46 AND
63.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE IN A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT OR INTERIOR ROOM
OR HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CDT SUNDAY
EVENING FOR SOUTHEAST IOWA AND NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS AND NORTHEAST
MISSOURI.

&&

LAT...LON 4146 8929 4128 8942 4138 8968 4154 8956
TIME...MOT...LOC 1904Z 297DEG 16KT 4141 8957

$$
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If anyone cares; the French socialist party won the election today.
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Quoting Tazmanian:
window 7 will be my last OS am going too stay with window 7 has long has i can


Link

You don't like the upcoming windows 8 upgrade?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Ypt1001 I think this list has some pretty interesting names on it.It's just that "I" storms have been on the roll lately and causing the most trouble.In just 4 of the last three years the "I" storm had been retired.

Wow 3 out of the last 4 Alberto's have hit Florida.Florida better watch out for Alberto this year.they need the rain anyway...


Isaac to me sounds like a very nasty hurricane.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Levi, I think he means a tropical cyclone turning back and actually making landfall along the African coast as a major system.

I've never seen an occurence of that nature, and i dont think it ever actually has with a 'major system'
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Small area of convection near the circulation center of feature near 32N 74W. If more development continues...I will be writing a tropical update. If it continues status quo...I won't....
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Levi, I think he means a tropical cyclone turning back and actually making landfall along the African coast as a major system.
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Quoting PolishHurrMaster:
Levi - can tropical storm hit Africa? I mean a Fred'09-like situation.


I'm not sure I understand since Fred didn't hit Africa. It is possible for tropical storms to brush the African coastline, though it is rare. If you count the Cape Verde Islands, there are many instances of tropical storm conditions being inflicted there.

Quoting Grothar:


Levi, one thing has always confused me. What is the difference between an anomalous reading and a current one? In this link, it would appear the Gulf and the Gulfstream have warmed back up considerably.

Link


Right, and they are warming, because it is springtime. However, relative to normal temperatures for this time of year, they have been generally cooling for the last month or so. That's all I mean by "anomalous."
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

The system reminds me of the Mesocyclone(93L) last year around the end of may

Yes...my thoughts exactly....

Quoting stormpetrol:
Interesting feature around 32N/74W

100% Agree!

Quoting nigel20:

We are at a time of the year, where we have to watch these disturbances

Well its still a bit early for something like this...and I meant to say in post 163 "Wednesday May 9" instead of April 9.
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window 7 will be my last OS am going too stay with window 7 has long has i can


Link
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Quoting nigel20:

We are at a time of the year, where we have to watch these disturbances

The system reminds me of the Mesocyclone(93L) last year around the end of may
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Quoting NCHurricane2009:


Not much...have just begun paying very close attention to low pressure SE of the Carolinas. From what I can see in the model runs...it is possible favorable upper winds remain in the area until this Wednesday April 9 (when the upper trough over the W US comes in and dramatically shears the area). Anyone else agree/disagree?

We are at a time of the year, where we have to watch these disturbances
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Interesting feature around 32N/74W
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Quoting nigel20:

What's up NCH2009?


Not much...have just begun paying very close attention to low pressure SE of the Carolinas. From what I can see in the model runs...it is possible favorable upper winds remain in the area until this Wednesday April 9 (when the upper trough over the W US comes in and dramatically shears the area). Anyone else agree/disagree?
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Just finished a blog on the 2012 Hurricane Season: Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Basins
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