Extreme storms and extreme heat hit the U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:50 PM GMT on June 30, 2012

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A violent line of organized severe thunderstorms called a derecho swept across the U.S. from Illinois to Virginia on Friday, damaging houses, toppling trees, bringing down power lines. The storms killed six people in Virginia, two in New Jersey, and one in Maryland, and left at least 3.4 million people without power. The thunderstorms in a derecho (from the Spanish phrase for "straight ahead") create violent winds that blow in a straight line. The traditional definition of a derecho is a thunderstorm complex that produces a damaging wind swath of at least 240 miles (about 400 km), featuring a concentrated area of thunderstorm wind gusts exceeding 58 mph (93 km/hr.) A warm weather phenomenon, derechos occur mostly in summer, especially June and July in the Northern Hemisphere. They can occur at any time of the year and occur as frequently at night as in the daylight hours. As seen on our wundermap with the "go back in time" feature turned on, Friday's derecho began near Chicago in the early afternoon, then marched east-southeast, peaking in intensity over Virginia and Washington D.C. on Friday evening. The derecho was unusually intense due to the extreme heat, which helped create an unstable atmosphere with plenty of energy to fuel severe thunderstorms.


Figure 1. Radar image from our wundermap with the "go back in time" feature turned on for 11 pm EDT Friday June 29, 2012, showing the derecho over Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Click on the "hour" button above the wundermap to advance the time by one hour to watch the progress of the derecho across the country.


Figure 2. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) logged 871 reports of damaging winds on Friday. Twenty one of these reports were for winds over 80 mph. The highest wind gust was in Oswego, Illinois: 92 mph.



Figure 3. A dramatic change in the weather in Buckeye land: the temperature at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio dropped from 97°F to 68° after passage of Friday's derecho. The storm brought a wind gust of 82 mph to campus, and 0.86" of rain.

Historic heat wave topples Dust Bowl-era extreme heat records
A historic heat wave on a scale and intensity not seen in the U.S. since the great heat waves of the 1930s Dust Bowl era set new all-time heat records for at least ten major cities Friday. According to wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt, fifteen of the 303 major cities he maintains records for on the wunderground extremes page have set all-time heat records in the past four days. The only year with more all-time heat records is 1936, when 61 cities set all-time heat records. In 2011, which had the 2nd warmest summer in U.S. history, only ten of the 303 cities set all-time heat records during the entire summer. With the the hottest month of the year (July) still to come, 2012 threatens to rival the great Dust Bowl summer of 1936 for extreme heat.

All-time records for any date tied or broken on Friday:

109° Nashville, TN (old record 107° 7/28/1952
109° Columbia, SC (old record 107° on two previous occasions)
109° Cairo, IL (old record 106° on 8/9/1930)
108° Paducah, KY (ties same on 7/17/1942
106° Chattanooga, TN (ties same on 7/28/1952)
105° Raleigh, NC (ties same on 8/21/2007 and 8/18/1988)
105° Greenville, SC (old record 104° 8/10/2007 although 106° was recorded by the Signal Service in July 1887)
104° Charlotte, NC (ties same on 8/9 and 10/2007 and 9/6/1954)
102° Bristol, TN (ties same on 7/28/1952-this site now known as `Tri-State Airport')
109° Athens, GA. This is just 1° shy of the Georgia state record for June of 110° set at Warrenton in 1959.

All-time state June heat records set Friday:

113° Smyrna, TN (old record 110° in Etowah in June 1936)
109° Cairo, IL (old record 108° in Palestine in June 1954)

Also of note: Atlanta, GA hit 104° (its all-time June record), and just 1° shy of its all-time record of 105° set on 7/17/1980. The forecast for Atlanta on Saturday calls for a high of 105°F, which would tie for the hottest day in the city's history.

Wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt has a new post called The Amazing June Heat Wave of 2012 Part 1: The West and Plains June 23 - 27 summarizing the early portion of this week's historic heat wave. He plans to make a follow-up post on Sunday summarizing the records set on Friday and Saturday.

Relatively quiet in the Atlantic
An area of heavy thunderstorms, associated with an upper level low pressure system, has developed in the Gulf of Mexico along the Texas coast. This disturbance will probably move ashore over Texas before development into a tropical depression can occur, and NHC is giving it a 0% chance of development. The tropical wave approaching the Lesser Antilles (Invest 97L) has dissipated due to dry air, and is no longer a threat. None of the reliable computer models are developing anything during the next seven days.

Jeff Masters

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605. presslord
3:32 PM GMT on July 01, 2012
we have two air conditioners...and a fifth of Jim Beam....working hard to fight the heat... aboard m/v Lady Bug
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604. Grothar
3:32 PM GMT on July 01, 2012
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603. SubtropicalHi
3:31 PM GMT on July 01, 2012
We went to an outdoor party last night. Surprisingly, the weather was nice. Not bad for a summer night in San Antonio!
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602. TropicalAnalystwx13
3:30 PM GMT on July 01, 2012
The temperature is already up to 96 °F with a dewpoint of 80 °F.
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601. GeorgiaStormz
3:30 PM GMT on July 01, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
I'd rather not lose power today.





i hope that comes here, we wont go more than 5 hrs without power.
Georgia Power is great.

Yesterday was the hottest day in ATL history, but didnt have the humidity to make it too extreme.
Im wondering if the next heat wave will be more hot or humid.
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
Received another .10 of much needed rain in Buda Tx, High pressure returns Monday with 100s back Wednesday thru next weekend, hope everyone has a great July 4th.


Glad to hear you're getting a little rain.
San Antonio still nada.
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I'll be back later but people are hurting NOW with the heatwave..if your neighbor dosent have power and you do, invite them over, check on your elderly neighbors, if you see children playing outside, tell them to go inside!!

Frank Strait Fan Club
Wow, most places in the Carolinas are running hotter than yesterday by a good bit, already 100 at GSP.
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597. Tygor
I for one, am pretty happy to see June go away. Statistics for the month:

High Temp = 110.1
Avg. High Temp = 98.81

Low Temp = 68.4
Avg. Low Temp = 76.21

Total Rainfall = 0.09"
Highest Rainfall Date = June 20th (0.07")
Days Since Rainfall Event (>.10") = 46 days
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alittle.spin.there.developing.near.11n58w
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Since the tropics is quiet for now, in other news:

The 30% sea ice extent appears to be taking a nose dive again.



The 15% is still gradually falling.



After a brief rebound, the Global Sea Ice Area is on a down turn again, and remains near 2007/2011 levels.

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Just to put things in perspective of whats happening NOW in the present..

"This is not a one-day situation; it is a multiday challenge," said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who called it the largest power outage unrelated to a hurricane in the state's history.
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I'm putting my boots on, it's getting deep in here. 95% of all info on blogs is false one sad one has to say. This site is full of good info, accurate info, and falsehoods are usually debunked quickly with a watch out for that Troll pass out. Once again thanks to all who try, with honesty and integrity to give out truthful information; and to those who debunk those trying to sway others with misinformation and outright lies..
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Received another .10 of much needed rain in Buda Tx, High pressure returns Monday with 100s back Wednesday thru next weekend, hope everyone has a great July 4th.
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Meh... only 11am and already 90 is in the rear-view mirror. I think I'm ready to move to Alaska.
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Just a linguistic point...

"Adelante" is Spanish for 'Straight Ahead'

"Derecho" means "right" (either direction or as in human right)

So, I'm unsure of whether the east coast suffered a 'derecho' or an 'adelante'.

Oh, and regarding "TemplesOfSyrinxC4" as quoted in "Neopolitan's" Post (#568), asserts that the death penalty is among punishments for crimes against humanity. His statement in this regard is as ignorant as the rest of his posts since the ICC specifically does not apply the death penalty considering it, itself, to be a crime against humanity.

"TemplesOfSyrinxC4" demonstrates, once more, that 95% of all 'facts' & stats posted in internet chats are made-up on the spot.
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587. beell
Don't you worry, I'm doing my part. Why just yesterday, I began to employ a re-usable canvas bag made in China to bring home the bacon. No plastic bags for me! No un-ending yap-flapping for me! I'm making a difference...
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Watchdog agency warns of dangerous weather data gap

BY STEPHEN CLARK
SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: June 30, 2012

Forecasters will almost certainly face gaps in weather data before NOAA's next-generation polar-orbiting satellites begin launching in 2017, government officials told Congress this week.

Mounting costs and satellite development delays will likely mean NOAA's next polar-orbiting weather satellite will launch after its current operational spacecraft is retired, officials said.

Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA's deputy administrator, said studies show weather prediction would suffer without complete atmospheric data collected by satellites in polar orbit.
...

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1206/30noaa/
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
I'd rather not lose power today.




Thats too bad.
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Gaia will self correct, she always has, and we are but a eye blink in her history.



Man's certain belief is that if he can measure a thing, he can control that thing.

The Dumping of Fossil fuel waste into our Atmosphere has changed the dynamics and we are now seeing that dynamic in a number of ways.

Hang one, the Winter Solstice beckons.

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Quoting VR46L:



I see it’s the usual hypocrisy going on here .

I say you should not burn carbon ,use cars, fly in airplanes and use excess electric turning on tv or the web..Its a form of genocide …

But what do you actually do to save the planet from climate change apart from using electric to source and sumbit your lectures ?



Biggest contribution comes from fossil fuel burning. Sitting in front of a computer screen is good and better if you have solar on your roof.
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582. beell
Ya'll be sure and not slink back into the comfort and apathy of your SUV next time you see a homeless person panhandling on the street corner.

Don't be afraid, take off your sunglasses and give them a dollar. They are doing everything they can to minimize their impact on the planet.

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581. BDAwx
Did anyone save any radar images of Post-Tropical Storm Debby from Bermuda?
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580. VR46L
Quoting Neapolitan:
It's past time for the let's-all-just-make-as-much-money-as-we-can-and-ho pe-we're-dead-before-the-bill-comes-due types to stop stonewalling and let the scientific truth be known.



I see its the usual hypocrisy going on here .

I see its the, I say you should not burn carbon ,use cars, fly in airplanes and use excess electric turning on tv or the web..Its a form of genocide !

But what do you actually do to save the planet from climate change apart from using electric to source and sumbit your lectures ?


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I like what JNCALI has to say, but Neapolitan, the RightVoters who have been hoodwinked horribly are driving and enabling this agenda. There is another layer. Right and Left in Washington are not that terribly far apart. Mewling of lies and a, only once seen in history misinformation campaign; fed by an endless supply of money and power have swayed many to the Right's message on Global Warming and so much more. Neapolitan you said it how it is, I don't think you went too far at all. Home run if you ask me.
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Quoting JNCali:

Nea.. always appreciate your input, I think that if you pull back a bit you'll see that there is a whole other layer operating outside the right/left conservative/liberal realm. They are the ones using dividing and profiting from the "sheep", and encouraging the divisive rhetoric which only distracts from the presentation of the data. imho....
You have passion and insight and you have helped me see a lot more clearly this past year.. Thanks!


I'm not sure I'm in 100% agreement with this...but it is darned good food for thought...
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Quoting ncstorm:
NWS, Wilmington, NC..a battlefield? not a good day shaping up here..hope they are wrong

.SHORT TERM /MONDAY THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/...
AS OF 330 AM SUNDAY...THE UPPER RIDGE WILL BEGIN TO FLATTEN
TODAY...AND BACK TRACK TO THE NORTHEAST GULF OF MEXICO BY DAYBREAK
WEDNESDAY. AT THE SAME TIME THE UPPER TROUGH ACROSS THE NORTHEAST
STATES WILL EXPAND SLIGHTLY SOUTHWARD. THIS BASICALLY PLACES THE
ILM FORECAST AREA WITHIN THE BATTLEFIELD FOR CONVECTION.
UPSTREAM
WEAK IMPULSES WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO EVOLVE INTO A MCS/MCC FOR
EACH OF THE NEXT 2 DAYS. AS A RESULT...POPS WILL BE TWEAKED UPWARDS
INTO SCATTERED CRITERIA. THROUGH MODEL SOUNDINGS...THE ATMOSPHERE
WILL BECOME MORE FAVORABLE FOR CONVECTION DEVELOPMENT AS THE CAP
ALOFT WEAKENS AND DIMINISHES...AND SUBSIDENCE ASSOCIATED WITH THE
UPPER RIDGE WILL ALSO BACK TRACK TO THE NE GULF COAST DUE TO ITS
ASSOCIATION WITH THE UPPER RIDGE. THIS WILL ALSO OPEN UP CONVECTION
POTENTIAL ALONG THE SEA BREEZE AND PIEDMONT TROUGH ELONGATED ACROSS
THE EASTERN CAROLINAS. AS FOR TEMPS...HAVE STAYED CLOSER TO NAM MET
MOS GUIDANCE DUE TO ITS SUPERIORITY DURING THE PAST FEW
DAYS...ESPECIALLY WITH MAX TEMPS.

Well, at least we'll get a cool down...
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Back at the socialists-are-out-to-get-me paranoia again, are you? Dr. Hansen is an extremely well-qualified scientist; he's superbly educated, highly experienced, and held in the highest regard around the world of science. He as much as anyone--and in some cases more--sees what is happening, and how fast. His "alarmism" isn't based on anything remotely related to conservative fantasies that the commies are coming; it's that he knows that A) the world is rapidly spinning out of environmental control thanks to entrenched and deep-pocketed interests, so B) unless he and other like-minded individuals make themselves heard above the profit-over-people mewling on the right, the spiral will get tighter and tighter, deeper and deeper.

It's past time for the let's-all-just-make-as-much-money-as-we-can-and-ho pe-we're-dead-before-the-bill-comes-due types to stop stonewalling and let the scientific truth be known.
Some people are more dangerous to the Earth than all the pollution is. Things are going to get even uglier than there are now.
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Sounds like it could be quite the wind and hail event, stay safe ncstorm. I see there's little tornado risk, one plus. Battlefield not the thing you want to hear, interesting choice of words. Lets hope they just chose it poorly. Should see some wicked storms though, which can be fun. I haven't seen a single one this year yet in Wisconsin.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
... B) unless he and other like-minded individuals make themselves heard above the profit-over-people mewling on the right, the spiral will get tighter and tighter, deeper and deeper.

It's past time for the let's-all-just-make-as-much-money-as-we-can-and-ho pe-we're-dead-before-the-bill-comes-due types to stop stonewalling and let the scientific truth be known.

Nea.. always appreciate your input, I think that if you pull back a bit you'll see that there is a whole other layer operating outside the right/left conservative/liberal realm. They are the ones using dividing and profiting from the "sheep", and encouraging the divisive rhetoric which only distracts from the presentation of the data. imho....
You have passion and insight and you have helped me see a lot more clearly this past year.. Thanks!
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NWS, Wilmington, NC..a battlefield? not a good day shaping up here..hope they are wrong

.SHORT TERM /MONDAY THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/...
AS OF 330 AM SUNDAY...THE UPPER RIDGE WILL BEGIN TO FLATTEN
TODAY...AND BACK TRACK TO THE NORTHEAST GULF OF MEXICO BY DAYBREAK
WEDNESDAY. AT THE SAME TIME THE UPPER TROUGH ACROSS THE NORTHEAST
STATES WILL EXPAND SLIGHTLY SOUTHWARD. THIS BASICALLY PLACES THE
ILM FORECAST AREA WITHIN THE BATTLEFIELD FOR CONVECTION.
UPSTREAM
WEAK IMPULSES WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO EVOLVE INTO A MCS/MCC FOR
EACH OF THE NEXT 2 DAYS. AS A RESULT...POPS WILL BE TWEAKED UPWARDS
INTO SCATTERED CRITERIA. THROUGH MODEL SOUNDINGS...THE ATMOSPHERE
WILL BECOME MORE FAVORABLE FOR CONVECTION DEVELOPMENT AS THE CAP
ALOFT WEAKENS AND DIMINISHES...AND SUBSIDENCE ASSOCIATED WITH THE
UPPER RIDGE WILL ALSO BACK TRACK TO THE NE GULF COAST DUE TO ITS
ASSOCIATION WITH THE UPPER RIDGE. THIS WILL ALSO OPEN UP CONVECTION
POTENTIAL ALONG THE SEA BREEZE AND PIEDMONT TROUGH ELONGATED ACROSS
THE EASTERN CAROLINAS. AS FOR TEMPS...HAVE STAYED CLOSER TO NAM MET
MOS GUIDANCE DUE TO ITS SUPERIORITY DURING THE PAST FEW
DAYS...ESPECIALLY WITH MAX TEMPS.
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Neopolitan thank you for that, well stated brother. The truth will set you free, and there are those desperate to keep that truth from the sheep at ALL costs.
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571. ARiot
@516 - thanks for sharing the news

Perhaps you can share with your mates this article about who actually came up with the idea of carbon pricing / cap and trade. That may help them sort out the politics and history. I know the modern "left" (called various things in various countries has championed this sort of thing, but it's an old solution developed by the opposite side of the political spectrum.

Here's the link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Pres ence-of-Mind-Blue-Sky-Thinking.html

If you don't feel like reading it ( though everyone interested should) the answer is:
- early 20th-century British economist Arthur Cecil Pigou
- University of Toronto economist John Dales (in 1968)
- and two Reagan/Bush underlings in the final days of the Reagan administration

In my opinion, this is a further privatization of government function. In terms of future climate concern, I do not think it will help us collectively. Best wishes for the Aussies, and everyone else.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


no, but we found that out in 2007.
Little pebbles everywhere.
Tree roots also came up to the surface, messed up a lot of lawns.

we are about 6in behind, the same as last year.

the big problem here is that we have missed the 4 day 5in rains we used to get periodically in winter.
I dont miss them, they were depressing times, but the lack of rainfall adds up.
The fact that another high should build in after this one worries me
Didn't GA have water rationing just a couple of years ago? I hope this dry period does not continue much longer.
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I'd rather not lose power today.



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Quoting TemplesOfSyrinxC4:


James Hansen is another hardcore authoritarian whom does not believe in the fundamental human right of freedom of expression. He actually believes and has made the case for trying skeptics for "crimes against humanity" as the title of your video shows as have others such as Dr. Donald Brown of Penn St. that have suggested that climate change skeptics be tried for "crimes against humanity" (the death penalty is among the punishment for crimes against humanity) in the International Criminal Court for speaking their minds, this is very dangerous Pandora's box indeed if we ever allow that Orwellian thinking to take hold, totalitarianism under the guise of battling climate change poses a far greater risk to free humanity than does climate change itself for the 21st century.
Back at the socialists-are-out-to-get-me paranoia again, are you? Dr. Hansen is an extremely well-qualified scientist; he's superbly educated, highly experienced, and held in the highest regard around the world of science. He as much as anyone--and in some cases more--sees what is happening, and how fast. His "alarmism" isn't based on anything remotely related to conservative fantasies that the commies are coming; it's that he knows that A) the world is rapidly spinning out of environmental control thanks to entrenched and deep-pocketed interests, so B) unless he and other like-minded individuals make themselves heard above the profit-over-people mewling on the right, the spiral will get tighter and tighter, deeper and deeper.

It's past time for the let's-all-just-make-as-much-money-as-we-can-and-ho pe-we're-dead-before-the-bill-comes-due types to stop stonewalling and let the scientific truth be known.
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Want to know who he associates himself as, google temple of syrinx and you'll understand his motives. I'd love to say so much more, but I want to behave. :)
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Quoting JNCali:
Mid TN is 7 inches below normal so far this year (rainfall of course!). I had no idea that when the grass soil dries out rocks start popping out of the ground.. I have rocks all over my yard now?! Anyone need any rocks?


no, but we found that out in 2007.
Little pebbles everywhere.
Tree roots also came up to the surface, messed up a lot of lawns.

we are about 6in behind, the same as last year.

the big problem here is that we have missed the 4 day 5in rains we used to get periodically in winter.
I dont miss them, they were depressing times, but the lack of rainfall adds up.
The fact that another high should build in after this one worries me
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Ya Wunderkidcayman, with some decent winds associated too with that spin.
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apparently n ga can have wildfires, if we have a prolonged dry period, since that is how our pine forests are supposed to be regurgitated.
I know that due to population, we havent had controlled burns and stuff in populated areas(which are still quite wooded).
This is how wooded atlanta is should we have a long drought and major wildifre:

And the fires start best in fall when the leaves are brown.

I just dont see firefighters keeping up with an out of control blaze that starts just outside the metro atlanta area.

We still wont have a fire like colorados for another 100 years, but our forests do need regeneration, we have an impressive pine needle and deciduous leaf blanket on the ground
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The Western Gulf disturbance is trying to re-fire east again, may be moving northeast.
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Quoting stormpetrol:


hmm spin between Barbados and T&T Ex-97L

shows the wave near 33w
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Mid TN is 7 inches below normal so far this year (rainfall of course!). I had no idea that when the grass soil dries out rocks start popping out of the ground.. I have rocks all over my yard now?! Anyone need any rocks?
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
good morning guys well I guess they really deactivated 97L however they may reactivate it when it reaches the central caribbean where conditions are much much better so for EX-97L I will still keep my eye on it but now it will be only one eye not two

but on other nots my other eye caught something else and that is the troical wave with a 1011 mb low near 33W has a strong spin and that I think has a very good shot of becoming 98L


Only something to look at on satellite. Nothing will form for at least 2 weeks. Conditions are unfavorable along the MDR, strong trade winds.... this is a good time to take a break from the blog while activity will be nill for a few weeks..
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Only 300 less than the great derecho of 2011
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Quoting TemplesOfSyrinxC4:


It's not all bad, businesses are just not even allowed to criticize the law or tell consumers that price increases that are passed on to them are a direct result of the carbon tax lest they risk an over $1 million Australian fine for doing so by the Gillard greenazi thought police, don't you wish you had a Bill of Rights and 1st amendment like we do here in the states where we can still say anything we want short of threats or yelling fire in a crowded theater without fear of repercussions and fines simply for speaking one's mind?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-26/labor-warns- against-displaying-anti-carbon-tax-posters/4094048

I bet you are evenly concerned with manipulated gas prices or climate change (see current events). Or maybe not, because you work in the fossil energy sector or maybe you are just uninformed.

A carbon tax is the best way to get off of greenhouse gases.
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