The June 2012 U.S. heat wave: one of the greatest in recorded history

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 7:34 PM GMT on July 03, 2012

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Intense heat continues to bake a large portion of the U.S. this Tuesday, with portions of 17 states under heat advisories for dangerously high temperatures. The heat is particularly dangerous for the 1.4 million people still without power and air conditioning due to Friday's incredible derecho event, which is now being blamed for 23 deaths. The ongoing heat wave is one of the most intense and widespread in U.S. history, according to wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt. In his Sunday post, The Amazing June Heat Wave of 2012 Part 2: The Midwest and Southeast June 28-30, Mr. Burt documents that eighteen of the 298 locations (6%) that he follows closely because of their long period of record and representation of U.S. climate broke or tied their all-time heat records during the past week, and that "this is especially extraordinary since they have occurred in June rather than July or August when 95% of the previous all-time heat records have been set for this part of the country." The only year with more all-time heat records than 2012 is 1936, when 61 cities of the 298 locations (20%) set all-time heat records. The summer of 1936 was the hottest summer in U.S. history, and July 1936 was the hottest month in U.S. history.

According to wunderground analysis of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) extremes database, during June 2012, 11% of the country's 777 weather stations with a period of record of a century or more broke or tied all-time heat records for the month of June. Only 1936 (13% of June records broken or tied) and 1988 (12.5%) had a greater number of all-time monthly June records. I expect when NCDC releases their analysis of the June 2012 weather next week, they will rank the month as one of the top five hottest Junes in U.S. history.


Figure 1. Across the entire Continental U.S., 72% of the land area was classified as being in dry or drought conditions as of June 26, 2012. Conditions are not expected to improve much over the summer: the NOAA Climate Prediction Center’s latest drought outlook shows much of the U.S. in persistent drought conditions, with very few areas improving. The rains brought by Tropical Storm Debby did help out Florida and Georgia, however. Image credit: NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.

The forecast: hot and dry
July is traditionally the hottest month of the year, and July 2012 is likely to set more all-time heat records. The latest predictions from the GFS and ECMWF models show that a ridge of high pressure and dry conditions will dominate the weather over about 80 - 90% of the country during the next two weeks, except for the Pacific Northwest and New England. This will bring wicked hot conditions to most of the nation, but no all-time heat records are likely to fall. However, around July 11, a sharp ridge of high pressure is expected to build in over the Western U.S., bringing the potential for crazy-hot conditions capable of toppling all-time heat records in many western states.

The intense heat and lack of rain, combined with soils that dried out early in the year due to lack of snowfall, have led to widespread areas of moderate to extreme drought over much of the nation's grain growing regions, from Kansas to Indiana. The USDA is reporting steadily deteriorating crop conditions for corn and soybeans, and it is likely that a multi-billion dollar drought disaster is underway in the Midwest.

The wunderground Extremes page has an interactive map that allows one to look at the records for the 298 U.S. cities that Mr. Burt tracks. Click on the "Wunderground U.S. Records" button to see them.

Quiet in the Atlantic
There are no threat areas to discuss in the Atlantic, and none of the reliable computer models are developing a tropical cyclone over the next seven days.

Have a great 4th of July holiday, everyone, and I'll be back Thursday with a new post.

Jeff Masters

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The Squirrel Creek Fire spread rapidly last night, and topped the crest of Sheep Mountain as we watched last night. This is a telephoto shot from our west patio. The line of light below the fire is Harmony Wyoming. Sheep mountain is 22 air miles away from us...
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A woman makes a photograph of Mike Wolfe's pick-up truck as it lies under a fallen tree in front of his house after a severe storm in Falls Church, Va., Saturday, June 30, 2012. Wolfe's daughter Samanth Wolfe created the for sale sign as a joke. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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Pretty sure my grass appreciates the rain:



Most of FL looking good:

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Get every person on the planet (except our ruling elite) to stop driving cars, and eating beef. If your home is larger than 250 square feet for every person who lives in it, then downsize to that level. Turn off the power grid 14 hrs a day so we only have electricity for 10 hrs. Every family plants a garden. Air conditioning outlawed. Will that satisfy the AGW requiremenst or would it just be simpler to wipe out about 90% of the earths current population?
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Antilles radar

Hopefully the islands in the NW Caribbean will get some rain today!
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Mostly weakening storms like was mentioned earlier, a lot of TD's (Blue color)
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Quoting JerseyCapewxguy:


Before mankind walked the earth, the earth still had vast cycles of heating & cooling....some of the warming cycles MUCH warmer than what we have seen today. Much warmer!

I am not in favor of cutting down any rain forests or trees in general, without replacing them.

I just don't get why some of the global warming people are unable to understand that if the earth cooled/ warmed in the past, on its own, then why that concept is so hard to understand today. There was a time in the past where the earth had no ice at the north pole - no, none of us were around to witness it, but it happened. & guess what, we're still here today!....and, ice returned to the poles! Cyclical.

As stated, my opinion is just that, my opinion. I am just using millions of years of history/ trends to back my opinion up, thats it.


Climate didn't change for no reason or mystical reasons in the past. There is always a reason climate changes, it does not just happen for no reason.

The fact is that we are pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. WE. Humans. It's basic physics and chemistry that this will lead to a general warming trend and, eventually, an overall episode of climate change.

If you refuse to understand basic physics and chemistry, no one can help you. The only entity on Earth that put those greenhouse gases in the atmosphere was humans. Therefore, climate change is fundamentally a human-driven event.
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:
AGW? Again?


YAWN...........
dont worry be lots of excitement soon enough
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AGW? Again?


YAWN...........
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John Nelison, a mapping major for data-visulation software maker IDV Solutions produces a tornado map that shows every tornado to hit the US in the last 61 Years
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And to blow your minds, here is the map of tornado tracks which has been updated to include the historic 2011 Tornado Season

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another week or so and the passage will be clear across northern canada
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.35" so far and the temp is plummeting...

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Quoting JerseyCapewxguy:


Before mankind walked the earth, the earth still had vast cycles of heating & cooling....some of the warming cycles MUCH warmer than what we have seen today. Much warmer!

I am not in favor of cutting down any rain forests or trees in general, without replacing them.

I just don't get why some of the global warming people are unable to understand that if the earth cooled/ warmed in the past, on its own, then why that concept is so hard to understand today. There was a time in the past where the earth had no ice at the north pole - no, none of us were around to witness it, but it happened. & guess what, we're still here today!....and, ice returned to the poles! Cyclical.

As stated, my opinion is just that, my opinion. I am just using millions of years of history/ trends to back my opinion up, thats it.


Because for the first time in 800,000 years, humans are responsible for taking atmospheric CO2 levels above 400ppm. The science is very clear on what happens next. And, what happens next is happening now. As there is no curb to the gasses pouring into the atmosphere every day, the chemical composition of the air we all breathe has been altered, and will continue to be altered, into something we don't recognize: extreme weather out of control. This is just the beginning.
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Not too much now, 2011 highlights via Dr. M



Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 11/28/2011
2011 Atlantic hurricane season by the numbers: how accurate were forecasts?
By Jason Samenow


Hurricane Irene spins off the North Carolina Outer Banks on August 27, 2011. (NOAA) Hurricane season in the tropical Atlantic officially ends November 30. After predictions for a busy season, how did it pan out?

NOAA recently released two recaps, noting there were:

* 19 tropical storms, third most on record since 1851, 8 above average (11)
* 7 hurricanes, one above average (6); and three major hurricanes, also one above average (2).
* 120 fatalities and $11 billion in property and infrastructure damage.

NOAA said the storm totals include a post-storm upgrade of tropical storm Nate to hurricane status, and the addition of a short-lived, unnamed tropical storm that formed in early September between Bermuda and Nova Scotia.

While the number of hurricanes was near average, Wunderground.com’s Jeff Masters said an unusually small number of the 19 tropical storms reached hurricane strength - just 37% compared to an average of 55-60%. For this reason (despite the much above average number of named storms), Accumulated Cyclone Energy(ACE), a combined metric for tropical cyclone duration and intensity, was above average but not off the charts. Atmospheric scientist Ryan Maue - who tracks the indicator on his website - reports this year’s ACE in the Atlantic basin was 124 compared to a 1981-2010 average of 104, or about 20% above average.

Of the seven hurricanes, just Irene (on August 28) made landfall, the first hurricane to strike the U.S. coast since Ike in 2008. Irene alone accounted for 55 deaths and $10+ billion in damage according to NOAA. The only other named storm to make landfall in the U.S. was tropical storm Lee on September 4. Lee caused major flooding from northern Virginia into Pennsylvania and New York State. (One other tropical system to affect land, Don, was a tropical depression when it washed ashore in south Texas on July 29.)

No major hurricane (category 3 or higher) struck the U.S. coast extending a historic drought for such storms. Roger Pielke Jr. posted it’s been 2,232 days since a major hurricane made landfall in the U.S. (Wilma in 2005), the longest period on record.

How accurate were pre-season forecasts for Atlantic hurricane activity? In general, pretty accurate. The forecast average across 6 groups was for 15 named storms (compared to 19), 8 hurricanes (compared to 7) and 4 major hurricanes (compared to 3). In short, forecasters slightly underestimated the total number of named storms while slightly overestimating the number/intensity of hurricanes.

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Daily SOI: 1.6
30 Day SOI: -12.4
90 Day SOI: -5.1

Recent (preliminary) Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) values
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Anybody know if we'll ever get shorter scan times from NWS to user? I know a complete volume scan now takes about 5 minutes. I know they have radars that do faster scans. We have one at a local station that I believe does 1 per minute..
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Quoting sphealey:

A quick glance at Google Maps confirms that the coastline above Santa Rosa National Park faces due north. The area to the west of Sardinal could be considered north-facing as well.

The geography of Central America is weird; I've won and lost many trivia contests on that type of "N-S; E-W" question.

sPh


Got it,Thank You
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Discussion on EP TD #4

THE CYCLONE IS FORECAST TO REMAIN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MODERATE
NORTHERLY TO NORTHEASTERLY VERTICAL WIND SHEAR FOR THE NEXT 24
HOURS...WHICH SHOULD ONLY ALLOW FOR GRADUAL INTENSIFICATION. AFTER
THAT...HOWEVER...THE GLOBAL MODELS ARE FORECASTING THE SHEAR TO
WEAKEN CONSIDERABLY...WHICH SHOULD ALLOW FOR MORE SIGNIFICANT
STRENGTHENING TO OCCUR. IN FACT...THE GFS...ECWMF...AND HWRF MODELS
DEVELOP A RATHER ROBUST TROPICAL CYCLONE THROUGH THE 200 MB LEVEL
BY 72 HOURS.
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Good morning and happy fourth of July to all Americans!
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:
Where ezactly is the north Coast of Costa Rica?

A quick glance at Google Maps confirms that the coastline above Santa Rosa National Park faces due north. The area to the west of Sardinal could be considered north-facing as well.

The geography of Central America is weird; I've won and lost many trivia contests on that type of "N-S; E-W" question.

sPh
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Quoting JerseyCapewxguy:


And I am sure similar weather patterns/ systems were altered over the millions of years of cyclical climate change that preceded our existence on this earth. Is that so hard to consider? Just as I don't believe that humans are the main cause to the warming thats going on now - I think people are crazy to think that WE as humans can do much to alter any natural processes of global warming. Any attempt would be futile at best.


Spend some time and read up on what caused previous ice ages and periods of extreme global heat.

There is no "random force".

Are you aware that humans now occupy 43% of the Earth's land with infrastructure and agriculture?

Consider how massive that is. We are reshaping the planet.

Look, there is no question about how much atmospheric CO2 has risen over the years. We've measured it.

There's no question about where that carbon came from. The isotopic form of the CO2 in the atmosphere clearly shows that it is from coal and oil.

In 2010 the world burned 4,558,273,000 tons of coal.
Each ton of coal burned produces 2.86 tons of CO2.

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In 2010 the world burned 31,737,652,000 barrels of oil. Each barrel of oil burned produces 0.43 metric tons CO2.

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We do that year after year after year.
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Anything going on in that flareup along that front off Vir/NC?
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Toronto Pearson Int'l Airport
Date: 12:00 PM EDT Wednesday 4 July 2012
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 29.78 inches
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 15 miles
Air Quality Health Index: 5

Temperature: 89.2°F
Dewpoint: 69.4°F
Humidity: 52 %
Wind: WNW 5 mph
Humidex: 104
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Monsoon flow needs to come a bit further west before I can get a storm/rainfall from it here in SW California
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Quoting JerseyCapewxguy:


Yeah, from my experience in watching the tropics over the years, it seems that most, if not all of the tropical cyclones that approach Hawaii from the east/ east-southeast/ southeast usually are in a decaying stage by that time and pose little threat to Hawaii, other than some squalls/ rain. I think its when they form in the mid pacific & take a track such as Iniki in 1992, approaching from the due south, is when they pose Hawaii the most issues.

I could be wrong...thats just what I have observed in my time of being a tropical weather enthusiast.
I think a lot of that might be due to the sea surface temperatures and stable air mass off the west coast of the US. I was wondering if it stayed low enough if it could make it there.
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Pretty quiet
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Quoting stormpetrol:


Appears to be a circulation on off the N coast of Costa Rica.
SW Caribbean looking interesting.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


you are 100 percent correct
the problem with it is
in the past it would take tens of thousands of years for changes to occur
now in our time changes occur in 10's of years


Not all data indicates such long intervals as these
samples suggest, lots of data to sift through.



Sudden climate transitions during the Quaternary

by Jonathan Adams (1.), Mark Maslin (2.) & Ellen Thomas (3.)

(1.) MS 6335, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA

(2.) Environmental Change Research Centre, Department of Geography, University College London, 26 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AP, UK

(3.) Center for the Study of Global Change, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, PO Box 208109, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8109, USA and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University, 265 Church Street, Middletown CT 06459-0139, USA.

Abstract

The time span of the past few million years has been punctuated by many rapid climate transitions, most of them on time scales of centuries to decades or even less. The most detailed information is available for the Younger Dryas-to-Holocene stepwise change around 11,500 years ago, which seems to have occurred over a few decades. The speed of this change is probably representative of similar but less well-studied climate transitions during the last few hundred thousand years. These include sudden cold events (Heinrich events/stadials), warm events (Interstadials) and the beginning and ending of long warm phases, such as the Eemian interglacial. Detailed analysis of terrestrial and marine records of climate change will, however, be necessary before we can say confidently on what timescale these events occurred; they almost certainly did not take longer than a few centuries.


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The surprising evidence from the paleoclimate record is how quickly the switch between warm and cold states can be accomplished. Evidence from ice-age portions of recent Greenland ice cores suggests that changes of this sort may have taken place in the past in the span of five to ten years. These abrupt transitions are most likely linked to an increase in the release of icebergs from continental glaciers, which on melting contribute large volumes of freshwater into the ocean, systematically reducing the local salinity.

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Y'all will enjoy the description of WU. Link
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Is that the daily BOC Blob?
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Pretty juicy down there
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Quoting cyclonekid:
If it makes it to Hawaii, then it'll probably be either a remnant low or just a batch of showers.


Yeah, from my experience in watching the tropics over the years, it seems that most, if not all of the tropical cyclones that approach Hawaii from the east/ east-southeast/ southeast usually are in a decaying stage by that time and pose little threat to Hawaii, other than some squalls/ rain. I think its when they form in the mid pacific & take a track such as Iniki in 1992, approaching from the due south, is when they pose Hawaii the most issues.

I could be wrong...thats just what I have observed in my time of being a tropical weather enthusiast.
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Quoting Patrap:
Decision input required

For the Baby Back ribs, grilled,

Honey Barbecue Sauce, or Ol Hickory Mesquite?

Thanx




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Quoting AtHomeInTX:
Happy 4th Everyone! Stay cool and Enjoy! :D


Oh, interesting drink and I love the patriotic colors as well. Would definitely go good especially with all this heat.
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Quoting iceagecoming:
Happy 4th for some, good luck with NBC.


Did The Weather Channel Fire Nicole Mitchell Because Of Military Duty?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

By Beth Ford Roth

Capt. Nicole Mitchell





Above: Capt. Nicole Mitchell

Former "The Weather Channel" meteorologist Nicole Mitchell is suing her one-time employer. Capt. Mitchell alleges the network did not renew her contract because of her service in the Air Force Reserve.

Capt. Mitchell has been with the Air Force Reserve for almost 20 years, and now serves with the 403rd Wing Hurricane Hunters at Keesler Air Force Base.

Michell wrote on her Facebook page that although Georgia (where TWC is located) is an at-will employment state, in her case there is an exception:

"[Y]ou cannot make the decision to terminate or non-renew based on an illegal motivation. For example, if you were renewing other contracts, but decided not to renew one person because you did not like their race, religion, gender, etc....those are protected "classes", thus you cannot terminate or non-renew if that is why you are making the decision.

"Military service is protected in the same way. You can let someone go, but not if the inconvenience of their military schedule is the reason you are doing it."

Mitchell filed the lawsuit against The Weather Channel and its owners: NBC/Universal, Bain Capital, and the Blackstone Group, according to the Sun Herald.

The Weather Channel released a statement in response to Mitchell's lawsuit:

The Weather Channel is committed to creating a work atmosphere free of discrimination and in compliance with The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA"), and its owners support that commitment. This is a commitment that we have always taken very seriously. We cannot comment on pending litigation, but as with many situations, there is more than one version of what occurred. We disagree with many of the assertions in the plaintiff's press statements and intend to vigorously defend the matter in the arbitration process.

In a final twist of irony, The Weather Channel premiered a new documentary TV series called "Hurricane Hunters" this week.

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Of the one's I have watched,she has not made an appearance thus far.
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Where ezactly is the north Coast of Costa Rica?
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Quoting GTcooliebai:
TD 4-E a threat to Hawaii?


It will head in that direction but there won't be anything left of it by the time it gets there.

Happy 4th of July to everyone!
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Quoting GTcooliebai:
TD 4-E a threat to Hawaii?

If it makes it to Hawaii, then it'll probably be either a remnant low or just a batch of showers.
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TD 4-E a threat to Hawaii?

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I have read several of the reports for the upcoming El Nino episode for winter 2012-2013. Living near the shore, in NJ, I usually pay attention to this. I don't know if its just coincidence or what, but in the years that I've been here (about the past 25 or so), in "El Nino" years we always seem to get a "Nor'easter" / high tides/ flooding event at some point during that winter.

Conversely, for some reason, in La Nina winters, we rarely get "significant" nor' easter/ high tide/ flooding events during that winter. It tends to be a much "calmer" winter season, in terms of big storms, or ones that produce long periods of winds with a northeasterly component.

Has anyone done a study on this, or has anyone on the Jersey coast noticed the same thing I have?

Looking forward to the 2012-2013 winter with a bit of concern, well...and wonder as I am still fascinated by these weather systems when they happen...just HATE the cleanup afterwards!!
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Patrap I vote for the Ol Hickory Mesquite. Do you do a rub first or just the sauce?
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If T.D. 4 becomes a potent storm, the disturbance behind won't be capable of ventilating itself... If this occurs Emilia won't form from the Tropical Wave...

The Correlation:
Hurricane Daniel > 97E or Weak T.D. 5E
OR
Tropical Storm Daniel < Tropical Storm Emilia
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Quoting Patrap:
Decision input required

For the Baby Back ribs, grilled,

Honey Barbecue Sauce, or Ol Hickory Mesquite?

Thanx



Oh you gotta go with the Mesquite, especially if you home make it.
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Quoting Patrap:
Decision input required

For the Baby Back ribs, grilled,

Honey Barbecue Sauce, or Ol Hickory Mesquite?

Thanx



HONEY BARBECUE!!!
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well I guess this is another year I will not be watching when it comes to the Atlantic hurricane season 1. It's to much sal 2. Wind shear and 3. Elnino is near the chances of this season being bad are slim thank god so it sure looks like we may get lucky this season examples include 2002 2006 and 2009 which are my anologues for this season
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♪♫ O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave ♪♫

Happy Independence Day!

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Quoting Patrap:
Decision input required

For the Baby Back ribs, grilled,

Honey Barbecue Sauce, or Ol Hickory Mesquite?

THqnx



I'm notorious for mixing. But I tried a new one yesterday that was excellent. Made from scratch, but we were using the left over for dipping we liked it so much.

That wasn't very helpful, was it. I tend to love the honey one.
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Quoting iceagecoming:
Happy 4th for some, good luck with NBC.


Did The Weather Channel Fire Nicole Mitchell Because Of Military Duty?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

By Beth Ford Roth

Capt. Nicole Mitchell





Above: Capt. Nicole Mitchell

Former "The Weather Channel" meteorologist Nicole Mitchell is suing her one-time employer. Capt. Mitchell alleges the network did not renew her contract because of her service in the Air Force Reserve.

Capt. Mitchell has been with the Air Force Reserve for almost 20 years, and now serves with the 403rd Wing Hurricane Hunters at Keesler Air Force Base.

Michell wrote on her Facebook page that although Georgia (where TWC is located) is an at-will employment state, in her case there is an exception:

"[Y]ou cannot make the decision to terminate or non-renew based on an illegal motivation. For example, if you were renewing other contracts, but decided not to renew one person because you did not like their race, religion, gender, etc....those are protected "classes", thus you cannot terminate or non-renew if that is why you are making the decision.

"Military service is protected in the same way. You can let someone go, but not if the inconvenience of their military schedule is the reason you are doing it."

Mitchell filed the lawsuit against The Weather Channel and its owners: NBC/Universal, Bain Capital, and the Blackstone Group, according to the Sun Herald.

The Weather Channel released a statement in response to Mitchell's lawsuit:

The Weather Channel is committed to creating a work atmosphere free of discrimination and in compliance with The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA"), and its owners support that commitment. This is a commitment that we have always taken very seriously. We cannot comment on pending litigation, but as with many situations, there is more than one version of what occurred. We disagree with many of the assertions in the plaintiff's press statements and intend to vigorously defend the matter in the arbitration process.

In a final twist of irony, The Weather Channel premiered a new documentary TV series called "Hurricane Hunters" this week.

Link


While not being a big Weather Channel fan over the last 10-15 years (it used to be good prior to that time frame, but went down the crapper)...Nicole Mitchell was always one of my fave's. I hope she wins!!
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Quoting TampaSpin:
Happy Birthday America


The heat continues!! We are stuck!


And so is Jolly Ole England, just the opposite spectrum

The reason for the on-going poor weather has been the unusual positioning of the jet stream, which continues to be too far south than normal.

This point is graphically illustrated by the fact that June has been in the top 3 most cyclonic (low pressure) Junes in 140 years of records.

And there's still a chance that when official Met Office statistics are published later today or tomorrow, that averaged across the UK as a whole, June 2012 has been the wettest on record.

It's also been cold - with June the coolest since 1991 - and one of the dullest on record too.

Of course June has just seen a continuation of the cool and wet weather which began at the end of March.


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list 4 for the Atlantic is boring
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Quoting JerseyCapewxguy:


my premise has never disputed that the climate is warming/ or that weather patterns are changing. I just dispute on the reasons why this is occuring/ and also disagree that we can do anything to alter the natural/ cyclical change that is occuring. When the earth went through warming cycles over the entire history of the planet, I am sure weather patterns changed pretty similarly too.


Did you try the fish?
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