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A positive spin on Earth Day from WU

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson 1:57 PM GMT on April 22, 2015



The challenges facing our global environment are serious indeed, but there are many smart people working on solutions, and there’s much to be optimistic about. At Weather Underground, we’re highlighting a wide range of these good-news stories in a special WU microsite created in honor of Earth Day. The theme is progress: through a collection of articles by researchers, field experts, and scientists, the microsite outlines the current state of our climate, how humans can adapt in coming years, and the various ways that we can minimize the damage to our planet's precious ecosystem.

Among the topics we cover:

--How climate change will influence food and wine production

--Why we needed Earth Day, and how it’s evolved since 1970

--The true cost of water: how water and energy are inextricably intertwined

--What a terrarium can teach us about the atmosphere, plus how to make your own

--How middle-school kids are using personal weather stations to learn about weather and climate

We invite you to dig into the microsite today as well as after Earth Day. It’s full of accessible information from experts and packed of engaging artwork and informative graphics. As is our tradition on Earth Day, we also present at the bottom of this post Dr. Jeff Masters' favorite wunderphotos uploaded to our web site over the past year. The Weather Underground staff has also put together an Earth Day gallery of 50 all-time awesome wunderphotos. Thanks go to everyone who has participated in making this the largest (1.8 million!) and best weather photo gallery on the Internet--your photos are truly an inspiration! Many of the choices were taken from our Worldview Gallery, updated weekly with the top wunderphotos of the week.

Jeff Masters and Bob Henson


Figure 1. Top wunderphoto of the past year: “Clouds to the Left", was taken on July 16, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska, by wunderphotographer LarryD. Driving across Nebraska, it’s the scenery above that always impresses!


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These clouds moved in and built up after a tornado warned storm passed to the north and east. That storm and this one that developed overhead and to the east moved in toward the Austin, TX area, and two hours later dropped torrential rain and hail there. We were able to just enjoy the view of the gorgeous, turbulent clouds without suffering any damaging weather. As the sun set, they took on glorious color and definition before fading to blues and purples and whites.
Mid- Morning Iridescence
Mid- Morning Iridescence
Quite a show , when we went for a short walk in our neighborhood. I had never seen such strong coloration of cirrus clouds before. Temperatures were on the rise and got into the upper 50`s and there was a lot of turbulence in the sky.
Amazing supercell
Amazing supercell
Amazing supercell above Split, Croatia, 17.06.2014.
Speccy Sunset 15th Feb 2015
Speccy Sunset 15th Feb 2015
Amazing shadows with last nights sunset, taken from home!
Solar So Good.JPG
Solar So Good.JPG
Where once sheep grazed, the land was excavated, and gravel extracted, and now the sun is reaped.
Straight Up Overhead
Straight Up Overhead
I love it when the Aurora Borealis are straight overhead, it's like being beneath billowing curtains raining down on me.
Double Trouble
Double Trouble
Lightning captured over Navarre Beach 24 August

Climate Change

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Reader Comments

Stormtrackerscott please check your inbox. I got some ideas
Link

My hurricane week blog. Come check it out. And thanks Doc and Mr. Henson.
Thanks guys for a positive and encouraging message today!
thank you.......and thank you for giving us something positive...you read the comments here by the deniers....we see the crap some of our politicians spew out....and i begin to doubt...there's any hope that future generations will be enjoying what we enjoy today...and that is disheartening....let me go read
The other day the Local METS were talking about the potential for high winds Hail and possible tornadoes. This was noon yesterday. I have to wonder if these people have degrees and if they do where from? The reliance on computer models is overwrought. Anyone who took a basic MET course knows that the Sun is the driver of weather. On possible thunderstorm days you need the Sun to heat the ground to create instability, thus have a steep gradient of temperature between the ground and aloft, THUS steep ELR or environmental lapse rates. If the parcel of air is warmer and more buoyant than the air that surrounds it it is deemed unstable, therefore the steeper the ELR. I mean that is basic MET. And another thing nothing is ever explained on the local weather channels. I remember Tom Skilling from Chicago, he would go on several minutes discussing parameters of a stable air mass, and a potential severe weather day where the atmosphere was unstable and the CAPEs were high in the 2000-3000 joules etc. In short, as a local MET all u have to do is stick ur head out the door once in a while to see if it cloudy the likelihood of severe weather is greatly diminished. Clouds act to stabilize the atmosphere because they inhibit surface heating making the temperatures in the trosphere uniform! Thank you my fellow bloggers for listening. BTW I believe most of the bloggers here can do better than local METS
Thank you..Happy Earth Day.
Thank you gentlemen for the blog update
thanks for the new blog!!
...The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in Florida...
Apalachicola River near Blountstown affecting Calhoun...
Franklin...Gulf and Liberty Counties

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

All persons with interest along the river should monitor the latest
forecasts, and be prepared to take necessary precautions to protect
life and property.

For graphical hydrologic information, please go to weather.gov and
click on your state. Select Rivers and Lakes AHPS under current
conditions and click on your river point.

&&

FLC013-037-045-077-231247-
/O.CON.KTAE.FL.W.0019.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/BLOF1.1.ER.150421T0118Z.150422T1800Z.000000T0000Z .NO/
747 AM CDT WED APR 22 2015

The Flood Warning continues for
the Apalachicola River near Blountstown.
* Until further notice.
* At 7:15 AM Wednesday the stage was 17.5 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Flood stage is 15.0 feet.
* Forecast: The river will continue rising to near 17.8 feet by this
afternoon then begin falling.
* Impact: At 19.0 feet: Minor lowland flooding will occur at Douglas
Landing and Willis Landing Campgrounds. The 19.0 ft level at
Blountstown may at times not be representative of river levels in
these areas due to tidal effects, winds, or local rainfall and
should be used with caution.

&&

LAT...LON 3061 8498 3007 8520 2972 8505 2980 8490 3009 8508 3061 8490

Thanks Dynamic Duo for the update!
What's interesting about the severe weather friday is that eastern kansas is going to get the most severe weather but yesterday they were saying eastern texas was going to get the worst of the storms with kansas only getting an isolated storm near the surface low.
Cool Atlantic, El Nino Will Combine to Suppress Development

Weather Services International (WSI) has issued its tropical forecast for the 2015 season, and expects a total of nine named storms, five hurricanes, and one major hurricane. These numbers are lower than both the 1950-2014 normals of 12/7/3 and the more recent “active period” (1995-2014) normals of 15/8/3.

According to WSI Chief Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford:

“Both the dynamical models and our proprietary statistical models suggest a relatively quiet tropical season this year. Aggregate Atlantic basin sea surface temperatures are as cool as they’ve been since 2009, and are at the second coolest levels in 20 years. Meanwhile, in the Pacific, a new El Nino event is emerging that will likely be stronger than last year’s weaker event. The cooler ocean temperatures and subsidence/shear associated with the El Nino event will likely be a deterrent for widespread tropical cyclone development in the Atlantic.”

WSI provides customized weather information to global commodity traders via its industry-leading WSI Trader Web site. This is the last tropical update of the season. WSI will issue its next update on the 2015 tropical season on May 26.

About WSI

Weather Means Business™. WSI is the world’s leading provider of weather-driven business solutions that enable enterprises to make better decisions using the most accurate and precise weather data available.

WSI serves some of the world’s biggest brands in the aviation, energy, insurance, and media markets, as well as federal and state government agencies. We are proud to be a part of The Weather Company, which focuses entirely on the weather, delivering billions of discrete forecasts per day around the world, through a media portfolio that includes The Weather Channel®, weather.com®, WSI and Weather Underground. Learn more at www.wsi.com.
Quoting 1. WeatherConvoy:

Stormtrackerscott please check your inbox. I got some ideas


I like it! I'll be in touch.
As our climate continues to warm up, what’s going to happen to global food supply? A great deal of research is going into the potential effects of climate change on agriculture and ranching. The good news is that over the last few decades, the rate of food production has increased more quickly than global population. There are now more than 7 million people on planet Earth, compared to just 3 million in 1960. At the same time, global harvests have more than tripled, even though the amount of land cultivated has only grown by about 15%. So our food system has done an impressive job in recent decades of meeting the world’s needs, even though political and logistical barriers can still keep food from getting to those who need it most.

Very good point Mr. Henson...
14. JRRP
No super el niño
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
1005 AM EDT WED APR 22 2015

.UPDATE...
A FRONTAL BOUNDARY OVER SOUTH FLORIDA THIS MORNING WILL REMAIN
NEARLY STATIONARY THIS AFTERNOON KEEPING THE DEEP TROPICAL
MOISTURE IN PLACE OVER SOUTH FLORIDA. THE WEST AND EAST COAST SEA
BREEZES SHOULD ALSO DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE WEST COAST
SEA BREEZE PUSHING ACROSS THE AREA. THIS WILL KEEP THE BEST
CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON OVER THE
EASTERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA WHERE THE SEA BREEZES COLLIDE.
THEREFORE...THE POPS WILL REMAIN IN THE CHANCE TO LIKELY RANGE
WITH THE BEST COVERAGE OVER THE EASTERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA.

THERE COULD ALSO BE A FEW STRONG STORMS THIS AFTERNOON ESPECIALLY
OVER THE EASTERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA...AS A SHORT WAVE WILL BE
MOVING THROUGH THE AREA FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO. THE PRIMARY
IMPACTS FROM THE STRONGEST STORMS WILL BE GUSTY WINDS, SMALL HAIL,
HEAVY RAINFALL, AND FREQUENT LIGHTNING STRIKES.

REST OF THE FORECAST LOOKS GOOD AT THIS TIME AND NO OTHER CHANGES
ARE PLANNED AT THIS TIME.

&&
.UPDATE...54/BNB
er, # 13,...

There are now more than 7 million people on planet Earth, compared to just 3 million in 1960.

I would of went with "Billion's" there myself.

Thank You and beautiful pictures. My Cousin is an architectural photographer and he always shoots around dawn or dusk for the full impact of the beautiful colors of the morning or evening sky.........................You cannot imitate the beauty of Mother Natures skies; a few examples:


Giant Waves Quickly Destroy Arctic Ocean Ice and Ecosystems

Within an hour there was a four-meter swell. The Lance’s navigation system ultimately recorded occasional waves more than six meters in height, the largest ever measured amid Arctic ice. “And we could see even bigger waves higher than the deck of the ship—30 feet [nine meters] or more,” Marchenko says.

This incident marks the first time that scientists had recorded any waves over three meters high amid Arctic pack ice. Marchenko later gave his measurements to Clarence Collins and his colleagues at the NRL in Mississippi, who analyzed the interaction of the waves and ice. It turned out that although the ice damped incoming waves, it also contributed to its own destruction.

Ice near the outer edge of the pack absorbed some energy from arriving waves but also focused the remaining energy into pulses that could strike deeper into the pack, lifting it as the waves rolled beneath. The rise and fall strained ice to the breaking point. Once broken, the smaller ice chunks allowed the largest waves to pass almost unhindered and attack solid ice farther in. The ice went from blocking almost all the wave energy to none at all within just one hour. The process happened so fast, in fact, that Collins calculated waves were destroying the pack at a rate of over 16 kilometers of ice an hour.


Link
Quoting 16. Patrap:

er, # 13,...

There are now more than 7 million people on planet Earth, compared to just 3 million in 1960.

I would of went with "Billion's" there myself.




Maybe he will see it and change it....
U.S. Warming Fast Since 1st Earth Day
Some States Warming at Twice Global Rate

It’s been 45 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, and since that time, average temperatures have been rising across the U.S. This Climate Central interactive graphic shows a state-by-state analysis of those temperature trends.

Average temperatures across most of the continental U.S. have been rising gradually for more than a century, at a rate of about 0.13°F per decade between 1910-2014. That trend parallels an overall increase in average global temperatures, which is largely the result of human greenhouse gas emissions. While global warming isn’t uniform, and some regions are warming faster than others, since the 1970s, warming across the U.S. has accelerated, previously shown in our report The Heat is On. Since then, every state’s annual average temperature has risen accordingly. On average, temperatures in the contiguous 48 states have been warming at a rate of 0.45°F per decade since 1970.

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Quoting 20. JohnLonergan:

U.S. Warming Fast Since 1st Earth Day
Some States Warming at Twice Global Rate

It’s been 45 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, and since that time, average temperatures have been rising across the U.S. This Climate Central interactive graphic shows a state-by-state analysis of those temperature trends.

Average temperatures across most of the continental U.S. have been rising gradually for more than a century, at a rate of about 0.13°F per decade between 1910-2014. That trend parallels an overall increase in average global temperatures, which is largely the result of human greenhouse gas emissions. While global warming isn’t uniform, and some regions are warming faster than others, since the 1970s, warming across the U.S. has accelerated, previously shown in our report The Heat is On. Since then, every state’s annual average temperature has risen accordingly. On average, temperatures in the contiguous 48 states have been warming at a rate of 0.45°F per decade since 1970.

More ...



Earth Day: scientists say 75% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in ground

Leading scientists and economists release statement to mark Earth Day in which they urge leaders to keep to commitments to avoid dangerous global warming

Excerpt:

Three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground if humanity is to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a group of leading scientists and economists have said in a statement timed to coincide with Earth Day.

The Earth League, which includes Nicholas Stern, the author of several influential reports on the economics of climate change; Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a climate scientist and adviser to Angela Merkel; and the US economist Jeffrey Sachs, urged world leaders to follow up on their commitments to avoid dangerous global warming.

Spelling out what a global deal at the UN climate summit in Paris later this year should include, the group demanded governments adopt a goal of reducing economies’ carbon emissions to zero by mid-century, put a price on carbon and that the richest take the lead with the most aggressive cuts.

In its “Earth statement”, the group said that three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground if warming was not to breach a rise of 2C, the “safety limit” agreed to by governments.


More ...
Oklahoma goes from two 3.0 quakes a year to two a day

Until 2008, Oklahoma typically had one or two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater per year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey; since the start of 2015, the state has averaged 2 of this strength or greater per day.

Link
Quoting 5. WeatherConvoy:

The other day the Local METS were talking about the potential for high winds Hail and possible tornadoes. This was noon yesterday. I have to wonder if these people have degrees and if they do where from? The reliance on computer models is overwrought. Anyone who took a basic MET course knows that the Sun is the driver of weather. On possible thunderstorm days you need the Sun to heat the ground to create instability, thus have a steep gradient of temperature between the ground and aloft, THUS steep ELR or environmental lapse rates. If the parcel of air is warmer and more buoyant than the air that surrounds it it is deemed unstable, therefore the steeper the ELR. I mean that is basic MET. And another thing nothing is ever explained on the local weather channels. I remember Tom Skilling from Chicago, he would go on several minutes discussing parameters of a stable air mass, and a potential severe weather day where the atmosphere was unstable and the CAPEs were high in the 2000-3000 joules etc. In short, as a local MET all u have to do is stick ur head out the door once in a while to see if it cloudy the likelihood of severe weather is greatly diminished. Clouds act to stabilize the atmosphere because they inhibit surface heating making the temperatures in the trosphere uniform! Thank you my fellow bloggers for listening. BTW I believe most of the bloggers here can do better than local METS


On the other hand, the bloggers do NOT do better than the NWS.
Beautiful day across northern Florida and the Gulf Coast.
The first clear day many areas have had in a long time.
From my location in Fort Myers I can see clear skies to the north and clouds to the south. I even had a few sprinkles about an hour ago.
Quoting Patrap:
er, # 13,...

There are now more than 7 million people on planet Earth, compared to just 3 million in 1960.

I would of went with "Billion's" there myself.



Billions and billions..
from the IRI

Of the sea-surface temperature models that go into the seasonal forecasts, two are predicting a weak El Niño and one is predicting a stronger El Niño. If the models have better agreement following the spring predictability barrier, more teleconnections may be forecasted.
World wide carbon monoxide. Average of last three days. NASA satellite data.

On the other hand, the bloggers do NOT do better than the NWS.

you can't get upset over that...it's the joys of youth....they're smarter than any degreed person....and their parents.......and teachers...etc....etc.......we were the same....we were no different in our youth...and luckily most of us turned out ok....
Blob of warm Pacific water threatens ecosystem, may intensify drought

(CNN)Marine life seen swimming in unusual places. Water temperatures warmer than they should be. No snow where there should be feet of it.

Some scientists are saying "The Blob" could be playing a factor.

As monikers go, the blob doesn't sound very worrisome.

But if you're a salmon fisherman in Washington or a California resident hoping to see the end of the drought, the blob could become an enemy of top concern.

A University of Washington climate scientist and his associates have been studying the blob -- a huge area of unusually warm water in the Pacific -- for months.

"In the fall of 2013 and early 2014 we started to notice a big, almost circular mass of water that just didn't cool off as much as it usually did, so by spring of 2014 it was warmer than we had ever seen it for that time of year," said Nick Bond, who works at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean in Seattle, Washington.

Bond, who gave the blob its name, said it was 1,000 miles long, 1,000 miles wide and 100 yards deep in 2014 -- and it has grown this year.

And it's not the only one; there are two others that emerged in 2014, Nate Mantua of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center -- part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) -- said in September. One is in the Bering Sea and the other is off the coast of Southern California.

Waters in the blob have been warmer by about 5.5 degrees, a significant rise.

Persistent pressure
A recent set of studies published in Geophysical Research Letters by Bond's group points to a high-pressure ridge over the West Coast that has calmed ocean waters for two winters. The result was more heat staying in the water because storms didn't kick up and help cool the surface water.

"The warmer temperatures we see now aren't due to more heating, but less winter cooling," a recent news release from the University of Washington announcing the studies said. The university has worked with NOAA on the research.

According to New Scientist magazine, some marine species are exploring the warmer waters, leading some fish to migrate hundreds of miles from their normal habitats.

The magazine cited fisherman and wildlife officials in Alaska who have seen skipjack tuna and thresher sharks.

Pygmy killer whales have been spotted off the coast of Washington.

"I've never seen some of these species here before," Bill Peterson of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle told the New Scientist.

And he was worried about the adult Pacific salmon that normally feed on tiny crustaceans and other food sources that are not around in the same numbers off the coast of the Pacific Northwest.

"They had nothing to eat," he told the magazine of last year's conditions in the blob. It appears that food has moved to cooler waters.

In January, Bond told the Chinook Observer in Long Beach, Washington, that his concern is for very young salmon that are still upstream.

"In particular, the year class that would be going to sea next spring," he said.

NOAA said in a news release last month that California sea lion pups have been found extremely underweight and dying, possibly because of an ocean with fewer things to eat.

"We have been seeing emaciated or dehydrated sea lions show up on beaches," Justin Greenman, assistant stranding coordinator for NOAA on the West Coast, told CNN.

The numbers are overwhelming facilities that care for the stranded sea lions, most of whom are pups, local officials said.

Record number of sea lion pups stranded in California

Warmer water, less snow
The blob also is affecting life on land. For the past few years, that persistent ridge of high pressure has kept the West dry and warm, exacerbating the drought in California, Oregon and Washington.

One of the primary problems is small snow accumulation in the mountains.

In early April, officials measured the snowpack in California at a time when it should be the highest. This year it hit an all-time low at 1.4 inches of water content in the snow, just 5% of the annual average. The previous low for April 1 had been 25% in 1977 and 2014. (pdf)

Gov. Jerry Brown, in announcing water restrictions the same day, stood on a patch of dry, brown grass in the Sierra Nevada mountains that is usually blanketed by up to 5 feet of snow.

Low California snowpack ushers mandatory water restrictions

The heat has caused rising air, which can lead to conditions that produce more thunderstorms. With warmer air in California, areas at higher elevations that usually see snow have seen rain instead. That has led to the lower snowpack and helped compound the drought. The storms also mean more lightning and more wildfires.

And the blob affects people on other areas of the country.

That same persistent jet stream pattern has allowed cold air to spill into much of the Midwest and East.

This stuck pattern has led to the record cold and snow in the Midwest and Northeast over the last two seasons with record snows we have seen in Boston and Detroit, and the most snow we have seen in decades for cities such as Chicago.

Still a mystery
The weather pattern is confusing the experts.

There are some that think it might be a Pacific Decadal Oscillation, a long-lasting El Nino-like pattern in the Pacific.

Dennis Hartmann, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Washington, doesn't believe the answer is clear.

"I don't think we know ..." he said in the university's news release. "Maybe it will go away quickly and we won't talk about it anymore, but if it persists for a third year, then we'll know something really unusual is going on."

Story highlights

Waters in a huge area of the Pacific are running 5.5 degrees warmer than normal.

Marine life that likes cooler water has moved and others that like warm seas are seen in new places.

"The Blob" might be having an effect on rain and snow -- and the West Coast drought.
Nic Pics, Happy Earth Day....
Quoting 29. wxmod:

World wide carbon monoxide. Average of last three days. NASA satellite data.




I have a 99' Jazz Fest T-Shirt with those colors.

Thanx!
After the storms moved by on Monday we were left with this nice pink sky as the sun was setting.

Air Contactors in Canada:





Link
I've never saw a forecast like that! So low forecast. Very impressive!


Record of low activity: 1983 - 4 named storms| 2013 - 2 hurricanes | 2013 - 0 major hurricanes (tied with 1968,1972,1986 and 1994).

Source: Link

Quoting 5. WeatherConvoy:

The other day the Local METS were talking about the potential for high winds Hail and possible tornadoes. This was noon yesterday. I have to wonder if these people have degrees and if they do where from? The reliance on computer models is overwrought. Anyone who took a basic MET course knows that the Sun is the driver of weather. On possible thunderstorm days you need the Sun to heat the ground to create instability, thus have a steep gradient of temperature between the ground and aloft, THUS steep ELR or environmental lapse rates. If the parcel of air is warmer and more buoyant than the air that surrounds it it is deemed unstable, therefore the steeper the ELR. I mean that is basic MET. And another thing nothing is ever explained on the local weather channels. I remember Tom Skilling from Chicago, he would go on several minutes discussing parameters of a stable air mass, and a potential severe weather day where the atmosphere was unstable and the CAPEs were high in the 2000-3000 joules etc. In short, as a local MET all u have to do is stick ur head out the door once in a while to see if it cloudy the likelihood of severe weather is greatly diminished. Clouds act to stabilize the atmosphere because they inhibit surface heating making the temperatures in the trosphere uniform! Thank you my fellow bloggers for listening. BTW I believe most of the bloggers here can do better than local METS


That seems unnecessary for local news. The average viewer does not understand or care about what the CAPE values are for the day.
Meteorologists Steaming After Hurricane Research Funding Is Slashed

By Eric Holthaus




An ongoing, largely successful effort to accelerate improvements in hurricane forecasts has been cut significantly, and meteorologists aren’t happy about it.

The Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program is a 10-year initiative that launched in 2010, and it’s designed to enhance scientists’ ability to anticipate rapid fluctuations in track and intensity for tropical cyclones, which routinely rank among the costliest and deadliest storms on Earth. In its first five years, HFIP has produced a state-of-the-art hurricane forecast model that’s helped to improve hurricane forecast accuracy by 20 percent since 2010, among other achievements. That’s amazing progress, essentially making a five-day forecast as accurate as a two-day forecast was just 10 years ago.
Now, the program is apparently a victim of its own success. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cut the program’s base funding for the current fiscal year by about two-thirds, to $4.8 million from $13 million, in an attempt to refocus on “immediate, key needs” rather than longer-term goals.* Because of the cut, NOAA estimates that it will have to scuttle a target to further double the accuracy of two-day intensity forecasts from current levels over the next three to four years.

The cut was announced at the National Hurricane Conference in Austin, Texas, last week and was first reported by the Washington Post’s Jason Samenow on Tuesday

Chris Vaccaro, a representative for the National Weather Service, confirmed to Slate the cut will affect HFIP for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year, which runs through Sept. 30. But despite the significant cut, Vaccaro says the program isn’t dead and is still producing useful science.

“It’s important to emphasize that there is still funding for HFIP, work is still being done and advancements will continue to be made,” Vaccaro said.

In 2015 the program’s hurricane forecast model is actually getting an upgrade, though the program’s partnerships with university scientists may take a hit. Vaccaro also notes HFIP has access to an additional pot of $4 million this year for supercomputing resources, which wasn’t affected by the cut.

But HFIP would have had access to that money anyway, so it doesn’t really make up for the $8 million in cuts. That’s alarming. On average, hurricanes are the costliest storms in the United States and in many parts of the world, routinely killing hundreds or thousands of people in a single day. Disaster deaths are in a long-term decline in the United States and around the world, thanks in part to programs like HFIP—an incredible feat, considering more and more people are moving into harm’s way. As a result of the cuts, NOAA says warnings and evacuations will be less precise, a considerable inconvenience and cost to the economy. With billions of dollars on the line, it’s hard to figure how it makes sense to save $8 million with this move.

Hurricane-focused meteorologists say the most disheartening thing about the budget cut to HFIP is that NOAA is giving up on longer-term goals. Of the dozen or so meteorologists I contacted, reactions included shock and incredulity:

Eric Blake, a forecaster at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center: “It’s hard to believe this is a good program to slash funding when it appears to be working. I understand budget tightening, but a cut of two-thirds seems extreme.”

Kerry Emanuel, hurricane researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “I do not know what kind of politics is responsible for this, but the decision clearly does not serve the interests of our country.”


Marshall Shepherd, past president of the American Meteorological Society and host of WX Geeks on the Weather Channel: “Shocking ... undeniably hurricane track improvement translates to lives and dollars saved. It is shortsighted to stunt this progress and hinder potential improvement in intensity forecasts. We can't continue to be a culture that cuts progress, then panics only after a horrific tragedy.” Shepherd is referring here to a recent significant increase in funding for NOAA supercomputers after the National Weather Service forecasts for Hurricane Sandy were seen as lacking in accuracy.

Nate Johnson, a TV meteorologist in North Carolina, the last state to experience a hurricane landfall: “The cuts are disappointing, especially since the program has already led to improved forecasts, with the promise of continued improvement. I can’t help but wonder if the recent drought in Atlantic hurricanes contributed to a sense we don’t need to invest in improving forecasts for future storms.”

As of Wednesday there hasn’t been a major hurricane landfall (defined as a Category 3 or greater) in the United States for a record 3,453 days—nearly 10 years. With a building El Niño in the Pacific, which typically brings weak Atlantic hurricane seasons, that streak has a good chance of continuing this year.

But surging coastal populations in places like Miami as well as steadily rising sea levels are combining to set the stage for an eventual calamity.
Call it complacency or an unfortunate consequence of a tight budgetary environment, but programs like HFIP are exactly the opposite of what we should be cutting.

*Correction, April 8, 2015: This post incorrectly misstated the base funding for HFIP was cut by more than two-thirds. The budget was cut from $13 million to $4.8 million, which works out to 63.1 percent, which is slightly less than two-thirds.
Quoting 36. pablosyn:

I've never saw a forecast like that! So low forecast. Very impressive!


Record of low activity: 1983 - 4 named storms| 2013 - 3 hurricanes (tied with 1982) | 2013 - 0 major hurricanes (tied with 1968,1972,1986 and 1994).

Source: Link





I thought there were only 2 hurricanes in 2013: humberto and ingrid.
Quoting 36. pablosyn:

I've never saw a forecast like that! So low forecast. Very impressive!


Record of low activity: 1983 - 4 named storms| 2013 - 3 hurricanes (tied with 1982) | 2013 - 0 major hurricanes (tied with 1968,1972,1986 and 1994).

Source: Link





Yeah I saw that and they base it on expecting a Strong El-Nino to materialize this Summer. Everyone seems to be in agreement that a Big El-Nino is coming as WWB increase in strength going into May. Dr Phil Klotzbach has been talking about this recently as well.

With this depiction below expect to see continued warming across the Pacific as moderate westerly wind anomalies spread across the Pacific.



Peak of Hurricane Season across the Atlantic looks baren.

I thought there were only 2 hurricanes in 2013: humberto and ingrid.


those are the only two i know of
We're going to do the hot air balloon again to see the blooming trees and plants over the landscape.
43. JRRP
2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Issued By The Weather Channel

TWC went a little higher than CSU with their predicition for TS & Hurricanes, but are the same for MH.



There is no strong correlation between the number of storms or hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season.

"It is important to note that our - The Weather Channel - forecasts are for the total number of storms that may occur anywhere within the Atlantic Ocean, and do not attempt to predict the number of storms that will make landfall in the U.S.," said Dr. Peter Neilley, vice president of Global Forecasting Services at WSI.

hydrus posted a water vapor loop of the EPAC earlier showing the subtropical jet stream and this will be the reason why storms can't get going in the Caribbean and GOM, no matter how hot the water temperatures are in those regions:





I do like Dr. Greg Forbes on The Weather Channel.

When there is severe weather, especially tornado warnings and he isn't there TWC has a really hard time dealing with the warnings.

I like how Dr. Forbes will dissect the storm and give you his personal opinion.
He will give his opinion on whether he believes a cell has a tornado or not.

On the other hand, I was just shaking my head back and forth watching one of the broadcasters/meteorologists on TWC trying to explain what she was seeing. She had almost no knowledge or understanding of severe weather.

Quoting 43. JRRP:


Another negative factor:

Low vertical instability:



Low sst:



High wind shear and low precipitation in the MDR, I mean the list goes on and on.
Happy Earth Day 2015






Quoting 44. GTstormChaserCaleb:

2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Issued By The Weather Channel

TWC went a little higher than CSU with their predicition for TS & Hurricanes, but are the same for MH.



There is no strong correlation between the number of storms or hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season.

"It is important to note that our - The Weather Channel - forecasts are for the total number of storms that may occur anywhere within the Atlantic Ocean, and do not attempt to predict the number of storms that will make landfall in the U.S.," said Dr. Peter Neilley, vice president of Global Forecasting Services at WSI.

hydrus posted a water vapor loop of the EPAC earlier showing the subtropical jet stream and this will be the reason why storms can't get going in the Caribbean and GOM, no matter how hot the water temperatures are in those regions:






The sub tropical jet may shift north with time, but no matter , what little activity does form will likely be confined to the extreme Western Atlantic. There may even be a few weak spin ups right off the west coast of Africa during the peak of the season, before being ripped over the MDR.
Local News is nothing but President Obama's Everglades address.
They just showed hundreds of motorcycle police in a motorcade going through the Everglades.
"That seems unnecessary for local news. The average viewer does not understand or care about what the CAPE values are for the day."

People who live in areas where severe weather is common may be more savvy than you think.
Quoting 25. boltdwright:



On the other hand, the bloggers do NOT do better than the NWS.


I believe WeatherConvoy was talking about the local broadcast or TV meteorologists. The NWS regularly uses those terms in their discussions.
The war on climate change rages on. Seems as most presidential candidates are using this as their platform, which is good to see, I suspect more of the public will follow along and start to realize the importance of acting now to protect resources, mitigation, and risk protections. I remember indianrivguy who is a blogger on here, would come on here and say the situation is bad in the Indian River with low water levels and algae blooms. You can get a glimpse of what they are going through here. Link

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Link
With swampy wetlands and alligators as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will use a visit to Florida's Everglades to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on the nation's environmental treasures - and to hammer political opponents he says are doing far too little about it.

Obama's trip to the Everglades on Wednesday, timed to coincide with Earth Day, marks an attempt to connect the dots between theoretical arguments about carbon emissions and real-life implications. With his climate change agenda under attack in Washington and courthouses across the U.S., Obama has sought this week to force Americans to envision a world in which cherished natural wonders fall victim to pollution.

In Florida, rising sea levels have allowed salt water to seep inland, threatening drinking water for Floridians and the extraordinary native species and plants that call the Everglades home. Christy Goldfuss of the White House's Council on Environmental Quality said without stepped-up action, Joshua Tree National Park could soon be treeless and Glacier National Park devoid of glaciers.

"Regardless of the political debate, there are decisions being made in communities in Florida and across this country to make changes to the way they live as a result of climate change," Goldfuss said.

Those political overtones were impossible to avoid.

Gov. Rick Scott has attracted national attention over his resistance to acknowledging man-made causes of climate change head-on. "I'm not a scientist," the Republican famously claimed when asked about climate predictions that show Florida to be one of the states most threatened by rising seas and stronger storms.

Yet it was allegations by some former state employees that Scott's administration banned them from using the terms "climate change" and "global warming" that drew the strongest protest from the White House. Scott has denied any such policy, and on Tuesday he accused Obama of cutting millions in his budget for repair of an aging dike around Florida's largest freshwater lake.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said denying the reality of climate change constituted failure of leadership and a grave disservice to future generations. He said Obama's commitment to the Everglades measures up well compared to a governor who "has outlawed employees in the State of Florida from even uttering the word `climate change.'"

"It's a little rich for someone who has made that declaration that somehow the president has not been sufficiently committed to defending the Everglades from the causes of climate change," Earnest said.

Ahead of Obama's visit, Scott sought to put the blame on Washington and Obama in particular for leaving the state on the hook for the Everglades' repair, even though it's Congress - not Obama - who controls the federal purse strings.

"Our environment is too important to neglect and it's time for the federal government to focus on real solutions and live up to their promises," he said in a statement.

It was unclear whether Scott would be on the tarmac Wednesday to greet the president upon his arrival, although the White House said they had extended the traditional invitation. While in Florida, Obama was to speak at Everglades National Park and to go on a tour - weather permitting.

Unable to persuade Congress to act on climate, Obama has spent much of his second term pursuing executive actions to cut carbon greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and abroad. Yet even as Obama looks to his legacy, climate issues are shaping up to take on their own role in the burgeoning 2016 presidential campaign, in which two Florida Republicans - Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush - are either running or actively considering it.

The vast wetlands of the Everglades fuel the region's tourism economy and drinking water supply. Now roughly 1.4 million acres, the park comprises most of what's left of a unique ecosystem that once stretched as far north as Orlando.

Yet damage that started early in the 20th century, when people drained swamps to make room for homes and farms, has only grown more alarming as sea levels rise. Researchers fear by the time the water flow is fixed, the Everglades' native species could be lost to invasive plants and animals.

Florida and the federal government have partnered on a multibillion-dollar fix, but the effort has languished amid legal challenges and congressional inaction.

Meanwhile, South Florida's local officials say they're already shouldering the burdens of rising sea levels. One Miami suburb frustrated by the state and federal governments' inaction on climate has proposed - not entirely as a joke - that South Florida become its own state.
Quoting 49. NickyTesla:



Welcome Gov. Scott!
55. bwi
Real conservatives face facts. Historically, conservatives were often portrayed (correctly or not) as realists.

These latest guys posing as conservatives seem more like just plain old reactionaries to me, or just so craven that they accept all the fossil fuel money knowing full well the damage they're causing.

Gov. Rick Scott has attracted national attention over his resistance to acknowledging man-made causes of climate change head-on. "I'm not a scientist," the Republican famously claimed when asked about climate predictions that show Florida to be one of the states most threatened by rising seas and stronger storms.

Quoting 35. GTstormChaserCaleb:

Air Contactors in Canada:





Link
So a single 65-foot high, 660-foot long Skyscrubber can rid the air of a million tons of CO2 in a year? That means we need 35,000 of these contraptions running 24 hours a day to keep CO2 emissions from rising any further. Or we could build one 65 feet high and 4,375 miles long; that's only the distance from Miami to Point Barrow, Alaska. Or we can always build one the standard 660 feet long, but make it 430 miles high. And the whole thing will use only 2,500 gigawatts annually, which is only about 2/3 of all the power (electricity, gas, coal, etc.) the US produces and consumes each year. Awesome!

Or better yet--and this is just a thought--we could try not releasing so much of the stuff in the first place...

;-)
President Obama's Earth Day address in the Everglades was canceled due to weather concerns - and is now back on to proceed as planned.

Link
Quoting Barefootontherocks:
"That seems unnecessary for local news. The average viewer does not understand or care about what the CAPE values are for the day."

People who live in areas where severe weather is common may be more savvy than you think.

Although, on the other end of the spectrum, an equal number of people cannot find their city on a map if it's not labelled--and don't even bother asking them which county they live in.
59. bwi
Here's my idea for a public relations campaign led by scientists, which I think gets to the heart of the matter:

"Real conservatives face facts. Global warming and climate change are facts. It's time for conservatives to help us face the facts, reduce fossil fuel pollution, and adapt to climate change, not deny it."
Large cold pool building!

Scott has been forecasting and El nino for a while now so i will go ahead and start forecasting a La nina for next year.
Lots of rain and severe weather on tap across FL early to mid next week. Really need to watch this evolution as there will be a tornado risk if this pans out as shear and instability will be very high across FL.

Looks like a nice hook on the cell west of Corpus.
Quoting 60. Gearsts:

Large cold pool building!

Scott has been forecasting and El nino for a while now so i will go ahead and start forecasting a La nina for next year.



LOl! I'm with you as it does appear La-Nina will be around next Summer. Will it be a active hurricane season though with the AMO heading into a negative state?
Quoting 59. bwi:

Here's my idea for a public relations campaign led by scientists, which I think gets to the heart of the matter:

"Real conservatives face facts. Global warming and climate change are facts. It's time for conservatives to help us face the facts, reduce fossil fuel pollution, and adapt to climate change, not deny it."
However, sadly, "adapting to climate change" is not really an option for most of the world, even large portions of the US. And the plants and animals affected by rising temperatures and sea levels have trouble moving to a location for which they are adapted -- in some cases they can't do it at all. You can adapt to eating 75% less food because there are more people and less food can be grown -- the people who already live on 75% less food than you don't have the same option. So adapting is not a good solution.
Quoting 62. Sfloridacat5:

Looks like a nice hook on the cell west of Corpus.



Might see a lot of that across FL early next week. No need to look to Tornado Alley for action as it will be in our own backyard if these model trends continue.
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Quoting 63. StormTrackerScott:



LOl! I'm with you as it does appear La-Nina will be around next Summer. Will it be a active hurricane season though with the AMO heading into a negative state?
Sierra snow pack. Happy Earth day!

Quoting 60. Gearsts:

Large cold pool building! Scott has been forecasting and El nino for a while now so i will go ahead and start forecasting a La nina for next year.


Remember post early and post often. :)
Quoting StormTrackerScott:
Lots of rain and severe weather on tap across FL early to mid next week. Really need to watch this evolution as there will be a tornado risk if this pans out as shear and instability will be very high across FL.



Actually models a\re go-ho on a big cooldown next week! Awww!
Quoting StormTrackerScott:


Might see a lot of that across FL early next week. No need to look to Tornado Alley for action as it will be in our own backyard if these model trends continue.


But today is Wednesday. Weather should be very boring across Florida until next week.



subsidized flood insurance will be a thing from the past. get ready to pay more
Quoting 72. Naga5000:



Remember post early and post often. :)
YES! :')
Quoting 76. Gearsts:

YES! :')


I want nothing less than hourly updates about the migration of the cool pool. Where is it? What is it doing? What did it eat for lunch? Does it have plans for Friday? I NEED to know.
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
757 PM EDT TUE APR 21 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR APRIL 19TH 2015 EVENT...

.UPDATE...
UPDATED THIRD TORNADO TRACK TO INCLUDE EARLY COUNTY GEORGIA IN THE PATH.
THIS TORNADO WAS DETERMINED TO BE ON THE GROUND FOR 39 MILES WITH DAMAGE
INITIALLY STARTING IN JACKSON COUNTY FLORIDA, CONTINUING THROUGH HOUSTON
COUNTY ALABAMA, AND ENDING IN EARLY COUNTY GEORGIA. THUS, THIS EF-1
TORNADO PRODUCED DAMAGE ALONG ITS PATH IN THREE STATES.

.OVERVIEW...
A LINE OF STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS THE REGION
ON SUNDAY, CAUSING SCATTERED DAMAGE.

.NORTH TALLAHASSEE TORNADO #1...

RATING: EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 95 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 4.66 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 350 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0

START DATE: 04/19/2015
START TIME: 12:51 PM EDT
START LOCATION: 5 MILES NORTH OF TALLAHASSEE
START LAT/LON: 30.4981/-84.3136

END DATE: 04/19/2015
END TIME: 12:59 PM EDT
END LOCATION: 1 MILE NORTH OF MACLAY GARDENS
END LAT/LON: 30.5443/-84.2574

SURVEY SUMMARY:
SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE WAS FOUND ALONG A WELL DEFINED PATH. MAXIMUM
WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 95MPH, WITH THE MOST FOCUSED
AREA OF DAMAGE AROUND MERIDIAN ROAD AND MACLAY ROAD. NO
SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED, ALTHOUGH ONE VEHICLE WAS
CRUSHED BY FALLING TREES. A DEBRIS SIGNATURE ON THE TALLAHASSEE
DOPPLER RADAR WAS NOTED AT THE TIME AND LOCATION OF THE DAMAGE.


.HENRY COUNTY ALABAMA TORNADO #2...

RATING: EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 1.75 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 300 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0

START DATE: 04/19/2015
START TIME: 08:46 AM CDT
START LOCATION: 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ABBEVILLE
START LAT/LON: 31.5135/-85.3112

END DATE: 04/19/2015
END TIME: 08:53 AM CDT
END LOCATION: 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ABBEVILLE
END LAT/LON: 31.5302/-85.2815

SURVEY SUMMARY:
A SHORT TORNADO TRACK SURVEYED JUST SOUTHWEST OF ABBEVILLE, ALABAMA.
EIGHT RAILROAD CARS WERE FLIPPED OFF OF THEIR TRACKS ALONG ALABAMA
HIGHWAY 173 JUST SOUTH OF A PULPWOOD PLANT. OTHERWISE, DAMAGE WAS
CONFINED TO TREES ON THE REMAINDER OF THE PATH.


.JACKSON COUNTY FLORIDA...HOUSTON COUNTY ALABAMA...EARLY COUNTY
GEORGIA TORNADO #3...

RATING: EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 39.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 500 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0

START DATE: 04/19/2015
START TIME: 09:52 AM CDT (10:52 AM EDT)
START LOCATION: 1 MILE SOUTH OF FL STATE LINE IN JACKSON COUNTY
START LAT/LON: 30.98/-85.41

END DATE: 04/19/2015
END TIME: 10:38 AM CDT (11:38 AM EDT)
END LOCATION: 2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BLAKELY GA (EARLY COUNTY GEORGIA)
END LAT/LON: 31.33/-84.90

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THE COMPLETE TORNADO TRACK WAS SURVEYED FROM JUST SOUTH OF THE ALABAMA STATE
LINE IN JACKSON COUNTY, FLORIDA TO NEAR BLAKELY, GEORGIA IN EARLY COUNTY.
FROM THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN IN FLORIDA THROUGH THE FIRST FEW MILES OF THE
TRACK INTO HOUSTON COUNTY ALABAMA THE PATH WIDTH VARIED FROM 100 TO 200 YARDS.
DAMAGE IN THIS SECTION OF THE TRACK TO THE SOUTHWEST OF PANSEY, ALABAMA WAS
PRIMARILY LIMITED TO TREES AND POWERLINES. ONE HOME IN COTTONWOOD WAS
DAMAGED BY A TREE FALLING ON THE STRUCTURE. IN PANSEY, ALABAMA A LARGE METAL
OUTBUILDING WAS DESTROYED WITH SOME OF THE DEBRIS REMOVED FROM THE FOUNDATION.
THE DAMAGE PATH BEGAN TO WIDEN AT THIS POINT WHILE APPROACHING AND CROSSING
THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER AND ENTERING EARLY COUNTY GEORGIA. WHILE NUMEROUS
TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH IN EARLY COUNTY, SOME
DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES OCCURRED, MAINLY WITH ROOFING MATERIAL REMOVED. THE DAMAGE
WIDTH REACHED ITS MAXIMUM EXTENT SOUTH OF BLAKELY WHERE THE TORNADO WAS
ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 500 YARDS WIDE. SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED 2
MILES SOUTH OF BLAKELY JUST BEFORE THE TORNADO BEGAN TO LIFT. DEBRIS FROM
THIS AREA WAS BLOWN EAST OF US HIGHWAY 27, BUT THE TORNADO ITSELF DID NOT
CROSS THE HIGHWAY.

WHILE THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT ONE OF THE STRONGER TORNADOES TO AFFECT OUR AREA
IN RECENT YEARS, THIS TORNADO IS NOTEWORTHY FOR HAVING A 39 MILE LONG DAMAGE
PATH OCCURRING ACROSS THREE STATES.

NOTE:

INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING
FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT/S/ AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

$$

$$

CAMP/FOURNIER/GODSEY


In our current polarized political climate in the US (for the past 20 years or so), many of our State and Federal elected officials can't even agree on many basic issues (immigration, education reform, health care, tax reform, etc.); don't expect an agreement on climate change anytime soon regardless of what the scientists say....Sad but true.
IF I WERE PRESIDENT...

The question, “If I were President I’d…” implies that if you swap out one leader, put in another, then all will be well with America—as though our leaders are the cause of all ailments.

That must be why we’ve created a tradition of rampant attacks on our politicians. Are they too conservative for you? Too liberal? Too religious? Too atheist? Too gay? Too anti-gay? Too rich? Too dumb? Too smart? Too ethnic? Too philanderous? Curious behavior, given that we elect 88% of Congress every two years.

A second tradition-in-progress is the expectation that everyone else in our culturally pluralistic land should hold exactly your own outlook, on all issues.

When you’re scientifically literate, the world looks different to you. It’s a particular way of questioning what you see and hear. When empowered by this state of mind, objective realities matter. These are the truths of the world that exist outside of whatever your belief system tells you.

One objective reality is that our government doesn’t work, not because we have dysfunctional politicians, but because we have dysfunctional voters. As a scientist and educator, my goal, then, is not to become President and lead a dysfunctional electorate, but to enlighten the electorate so they might choose the right leaders in the first place.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
New York, Aug. 21, 2011
It's an interesting irony of recent history; when Government's need science and technology to win wars (atomic bombs, the space program, advanced weapons systems), they call upon the scientific community to help/design/build these, and they listen and allocate the resources to get the job done. Now that a majority of scientists are asking for help the other way around (taking action to reduce carbon emissions, etc.), relative silence and/or unwillingness to take concerted action.
Sunny, but chilly and windy Earth Day in S C IL. Haven't broke 50 yet, mid 50s highs predicted. Forecast lows for this coming morning dropped again allowing the F word to enter the forecast as patchy or isolated. Clear skies and diminishing NW winds the culprit I'm sure. Press up another tenth, slightly below 30" w/ dew pts also slightly below 30, winds gusts around 30 from NW, 10-20 for most part.
I was just reading a piece on CNN about global warming, and the piece says if the earth warms just 2 degree's..no one knows what will happen because the earth has never been 2 degree's warmer in the human experience it said...perhaps if this does happen it could be very very bad for us...I think the site said this will be an ongoing story on cnn...was interesting reading for sure..doesn't matter if you believe or not, the story is about what could happen.
Quoting 74. Sfloridacat5:



But today is Wednesday. Weather should be very boring across Florida until next week.




Maybe you missed tomorrow and this weekend. SPC says we could see some strong to severe storms tomorrow across FL as moisture floods back in from the Gulf.

Thursday


THU-FRI...A PROGRESSIVE WEATHER PATTERN WILL BE IN PLACE OR THE END
OF THE WEEK WITH GENERALLY ZONAL FLOW TO WEAK RIDING IN PLACE ACROSS
THE SOUTHEAST.

WEAK MID LEVEL DISTURBANCE EMBEDDED IN THE FLOW MOVES ACROSS THE
FLORIDA PANHANDLE ON THURSDAY. COMBINED WITH SUFFICIENT LOW-MID LEVEL
MOISTURE...WEAK SURFACE CONVERGENCE DUE TO THE ASSOCIATED BOUNDARY
AND SEA BREEZES AND FAVORABLE JET LEVEL DIVERGENCE...THIS FEATURE
WILL BRING SCT-NMRS SHOWERS AND STORMS THURS AFTERNOON AND EVE.
BEST
COVERAGE WILL BE ACROSS THE TREASURE COAST AND OKEECHOBEE/S OSCEOLA
WHERE MOISTURE WILL BE HIGHER AND EAST COAST SEA BREEZE MAY BE ABLE
TO MAKE BETTER INLAND PROGRESS DESPITE THE OTHERWISE BRISK OFFSHORE
FLOW.
Quoting 26. Sfloridacat5:

Beautiful day across northern Florida and the Gulf Coast.
The first clear day many areas have had in a long time.
From my location in Fort Myers I can see clear skies to the north and clouds to the south. I even had a few sprinkles about an hour ago.



Yeppers.....not a cloud in the sky up here Chiefland way....
South Florida brush fire that had some roads shut down across Miami/Dade.
Latest word is the fire has burned over 2000 acres and is now 60% contained.


Link
Quoting 78. LargoFl:

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
757 PM EDT TUE APR 21 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR APRIL 19TH 2015 EVENT...

.UPDATE...
UPDATED THIRD TORNADO TRACK TO INCLUDE EARLY COUNTY GEORGIA IN THE PATH.
THIS TORNADO WAS DETERMINED TO BE ON THE GROUND FOR 39 MILES WITH DAMAGE
INITIALLY STARTING IN JACKSON COUNTY FLORIDA, CONTINUING THROUGH HOUSTON
COUNTY ALABAMA, AND ENDING IN EARLY COUNTY GEORGIA. THUS, THIS EF-1
TORNADO PRODUCED DAMAGE ALONG ITS PATH IN THREE STATES.

.OVERVIEW...
A LINE OF STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS THE REGION
ON SUNDAY, CAUSING SCATTERED DAMAGE.

.NORTH TALLAHASSEE TORNADO #1...

RATING: EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 95 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 4.66 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 350 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0

START DATE: 04/19/2015
START TIME: 12:51 PM EDT
START LOCATION: 5 MILES NORTH OF TALLAHASSEE
START LAT/LON: 30.4981/-84.3136

END DATE: 04/19/2015
END TIME: 12:59 PM EDT
END LOCATION: 1 MILE NORTH OF MACLAY GARDENS
END LAT/LON: 30.5443/-84.2574

SURVEY SUMMARY:
SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE WAS FOUND ALONG A WELL DEFINED PATH. MAXIMUM
WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 95MPH, WITH THE MOST FOCUSED
AREA OF DAMAGE AROUND MERIDIAN ROAD AND MACLAY ROAD. NO
SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED, ALTHOUGH ONE VEHICLE WAS
CRUSHED BY FALLING TREES. A DEBRIS SIGNATURE ON THE TALLAHASSEE
DOPPLER RADAR WAS NOTED AT THE TIME AND LOCATION OF THE DAMAGE.


.HENRY COUNTY ALABAMA TORNADO #2...

RATING: EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 1.75 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 300 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0

START DATE: 04/19/2015
START TIME: 08:46 AM CDT
START LOCATION: 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ABBEVILLE
START LAT/LON: 31.5135/-85.3112

END DATE: 04/19/2015
END TIME: 08:53 AM CDT
END LOCATION: 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ABBEVILLE
END LAT/LON: 31.5302/-85.2815

SURVEY SUMMARY:
A SHORT TORNADO TRACK SURVEYED JUST SOUTHWEST OF ABBEVILLE, ALABAMA.
EIGHT RAILROAD CARS WERE FLIPPED OFF OF THEIR TRACKS ALONG ALABAMA
HIGHWAY 173 JUST SOUTH OF A PULPWOOD PLANT. OTHERWISE, DAMAGE WAS
CONFINED TO TREES ON THE REMAINDER OF THE PATH.


.JACKSON COUNTY FLORIDA...HOUSTON COUNTY ALABAMA...EARLY COUNTY
GEORGIA TORNADO #3...

RATING: EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 39.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 500 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0

START DATE: 04/19/2015
START TIME: 09:52 AM CDT (10:52 AM EDT)
START LOCATION: 1 MILE SOUTH OF FL STATE LINE IN JACKSON COUNTY
START LAT/LON: 30.98/-85.41

END DATE: 04/19/2015
END TIME: 10:38 AM CDT (11:38 AM EDT)
END LOCATION: 2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BLAKELY GA (EARLY COUNTY GEORGIA)
END LAT/LON: 31.33/-84.90

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THE COMPLETE TORNADO TRACK WAS SURVEYED FROM JUST SOUTH OF THE ALABAMA STATE
LINE IN JACKSON COUNTY, FLORIDA TO NEAR BLAKELY, GEORGIA IN EARLY COUNTY.
FROM THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN IN FLORIDA THROUGH THE FIRST FEW MILES OF THE
TRACK INTO HOUSTON COUNTY ALABAMA THE PATH WIDTH VARIED FROM 100 TO 200 YARDS.
DAMAGE IN THIS SECTION OF THE TRACK TO THE SOUTHWEST OF PANSEY, ALABAMA WAS
PRIMARILY LIMITED TO TREES AND POWERLINES. ONE HOME IN COTTONWOOD WAS
DAMAGED BY A TREE FALLING ON THE STRUCTURE. IN PANSEY, ALABAMA A LARGE METAL
OUTBUILDING WAS DESTROYED WITH SOME OF THE DEBRIS REMOVED FROM THE FOUNDATION.
THE DAMAGE PATH BEGAN TO WIDEN AT THIS POINT WHILE APPROACHING AND CROSSING
THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER AND ENTERING EARLY COUNTY GEORGIA. WHILE NUMEROUS
TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH IN EARLY COUNTY, SOME
DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES OCCURRED, MAINLY WITH ROOFING MATERIAL REMOVED. THE DAMAGE
WIDTH REACHED ITS MAXIMUM EXTENT SOUTH OF BLAKELY WHERE THE TORNADO WAS
ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 500 YARDS WIDE. SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED 2
MILES SOUTH OF BLAKELY JUST BEFORE THE TORNADO BEGAN TO LIFT. DEBRIS FROM
THIS AREA WAS BLOWN EAST OF US HIGHWAY 27, BUT THE TORNADO ITSELF DID NOT
CROSS THE HIGHWAY.

WHILE THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT ONE OF THE STRONGER TORNADOES TO AFFECT OUR AREA
IN RECENT YEARS, THIS TORNADO IS NOTEWORTHY FOR HAVING A 39 MILE LONG DAMAGE
PATH OCCURRING ACROSS THREE STATES.

NOTE:

INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING
FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT/S/ AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

$$

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CAMP/FOURNIER/GODSEY






largo...this storm passed about 2 miles northeast of my home, lots of trees down and some structural damage (from falling trees), also lots of pines with tops snapped. this area which is about 5 miles southwest of start point of cottonwood tornado. (I suspect funnel didn't make it all the way to the ground). campbellton, cottonwood, and pansy areas had lots of tree damage. thankful, could have been much worse.
Quoting StormTrackerScott:


Maybe you missed tomorrow and this weekend. SPC says we could see some strong to severe storms tomorrow across FL as moisture floods back in from the Gulf.

Thursday


THU-FRI...A PROGRESSIVE WEATHER PATTERN WILL BE IN PLACE OR THE END
OF THE WEEK WITH GENERALLY ZONAL FLOW TO WEAK RIDING IN PLACE ACROSS
THE SOUTHEAST.

WEAK MID LEVEL DISTURBANCE EMBEDDED IN THE FLOW MOVES ACROSS THE
FLORIDA PANHANDLE ON THURSDAY. COMBINED WITH SUFFICIENT LOW-MID LEVEL
MOISTURE...WEAK SURFACE CONVERGENCE DUE TO THE ASSOCIATED BOUNDARY
AND SEA BREEZES AND FAVORABLE JET LEVEL DIVERGENCE...THIS FEATURE
WILL BRING SCT-NMRS SHOWERS AND STORMS THURS AFTERNOON AND EVE.
BEST
COVERAGE WILL BE ACROSS THE TREASURE COAST AND OKEECHOBEE/S OSCEOLA
WHERE MOISTURE WILL BE HIGHER AND EAST COAST SEA BREEZE MAY BE ABLE
TO MAKE BETTER INLAND PROGRESS DESPITE THE OTHERWISE BRISK OFFSHORE
FLOW.


Today was supposed to be our best chance of rain (80% chance). Now the NWS has dropped it down to 30%.

Tomorrow only 30% chance dropping down to 20% for Friday. Sunny with no rain in the forecast for the weekend.
Very boring in my area.

Quoting 81. weathermanwannabe:

It's an interesting irony of recent history; when Government's need science and technology to win wars (atomic bombs, the space program, advanced weapons systems), they call upon the scientific community to help/design/build these, and they listen and allocate the resources to get the job done. Now that a majority of scientists are asking for help the other way around (taking action to reduce carbon emissions, etc.), relative silence and/or unwillingness to take concerted action.



All progress comes thru conflict..

90. bwi
Quoting 64. CaneFreeCR:

However, sadly, "adapting to climate change" is not really an option for most of the world, even large portions of the US. And the plants and animals affected by rising temperatures and sea levels have trouble moving to a location for which they are adapted -- in some cases they can't do it at all. You can adapt to eating 75% less food because there are more people and less food can be grown -- the people who already live on 75% less food than you don't have the same option. So adapting is not a good solution.


In Maryland, we're going to need to devote a lot of money and effort just to harden up some of the shoreline assets and infrastructure, and move others. We need to stop subsidizing spawl and start returning some suburban lands to market farming. We need to start a 50 year plan for floodgates on the Potomac. There's lots we can do to adapt locally.
Quoting 89. Patrap:




All progress comes thru conflict..




Ah yes, conflict theorists unite!
Also, everything that surrounds you currently....if not nature, came from Human thought.

From the 2 X 4 to Nuclear Fuel.





My electronic humidity meter reads 16%, I don't think I have ever seen it that low.
Quoting 90. bwi:



In Maryland, we're going to need to devote a lot of money and effort just to harden up some of the shoreline assets and infrastructure, and move others. We need to stop subsidizing spawl and start returning some suburban lands to market farming. We need to start a 50 year plan for floodgates on the Potomac. There's lots we can do to adapt locally.
So we need solid uncorrupted leadership to get the economy on the path to recovery, without the chance of slipping backward into a recession.
Quoting 99. Sfloridacat5:



The local reporter doing the live feed earlier said the President was going to have to deal with the bugs that were buzzing around.

He's just lucky it's the dry season. I can tell you from experience, you don't want to be in the Everglades during the summer. The bugs will eat you alive in a matter of minutes.


I bet, ..I am in Se Louisiana where they have their own Call signs,the skeeter's.
WSI Energy Weather @WSI_Energy · 1h 1 hour ago

During a strengthening El Nino atmosphere, Madden Julian Oscillation activity often reduces.


Again from the previous blog! (Don't worry I'm all caught up now. :^)
Quoting 100. hydrus:


Even if the Nino brings rain to California, It will likely take years to fill the aquafers. The rain will be welcome if it arrives. Too much to fast and problems with flooding will occur.




Parts of California Are Missing More Than 2 Years of Rain | Weather Underground (with video)
it nice the man in charge is in the everglades. more attention the better concerning climate change
106. MahFL
Quoting 84. StormTrackerScott:



Maybe you missed tomorrow and this weekend. SPC says we could see some strong to severe storms tomorrow across FL as moisture floods back in from the Gulf.


The SPC says general thunderstorms, not strong or severe.

" THESE FACTORS
SUPPORTED AN EXPANSION IN THE GENERAL TSTM AREA FOR EACH REGION."
Quoting 104. LowerCal:

Again from the previous blog! (Don't worry I'm all caught up now. :^)


Parts of California Are Missing More Than 2 Years of Rain | Weather Underground (with video)

NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses

Active weather pattern again setting up for FL. Another 2" to 3" of rain across my area the next 7 days would put me in the 5" to 8" range for April across most locations in E C FL. Many areas have already seen 3" to 5" so far this month.



111. vis0
tried to post the following as TEXT but WxU HTML limits (i guess) would've caused the rest of the comments follow this comments "design" and i checked that all tags were closed. So i capD the text here it is as an image(png).

Yikes...
Quoting 110. StormTrackerScott:

Active weather pattern again setting up for FL. Another 2" to 3" of rain across my area the next 7 days would put me in the 5" to 8" range for April across most locations in E C FL. Many areas have already seen 3" to 5" so far this month.




my county could use that much rain here scott..we are in a borderline drought so far.
Quoting 108. Xandra:


NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses


I would be wondering why..California sits on the pacific coast and why they aren't massively desalinating sea water???..yes expensive but...
Quoting 114. LargoFl:

I would be wondering why..California sits on the pacific coast and why they aren't massively desalinating sea water???..yes expensive but...


Parched California Pours Mega-Millions Into Desalination Tech
Quoting 103. StormTrackerScott:



No, but he is carrying around a pin to sign off on executive orders.



O lordy, its PEN, and you need better News Sources bro'

Oders per year in office, By President

LoL
Quoting 114. LargoFl:

I would be wondering why..California sits on the pacific coast and why they aren't massively desalinating sea water???..yes expensive but...
Will turning seawater into drinking water help California through drought? | 89.3 KPCC

...(snip)

The intake, where ocean water first enters the desalination system, is about half a mile off the beach. Once it gets to the plant, the water flows through gravel and sand filters and finally, when all the debris is gone, into the reverse osmosis membranes — salt removers.

Two gallons of ocean water go in; one gallon of drinking water comes out. The leftover gallon contains super-salty brine. This doubly salty water is mixed with the city's wastewater and then piped back out to sea and spread around, about 30 miles offshore.

That briny waste is one of many concerns raised by environmentalists and other critics of desalination plants like this one and others that are being planned and built along the California coast. "The biggest concern about desalination is that it is expensive, it's energy-intensive and it has a lot of side effects — a lot of unintended consequences to marine life both from the intake and the discharge," says Marco Gonzalez, the executive director of the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation.

Right now, the sources of electricity available to run desalination plants are not environmentally friendly. "Really, it's going to require us to find alternative energy sources to power these plants. So as we put more renewables online, it will become more environmentally friendly and more cost-effective," says Gonzalez.

Cost effectiveness is important, because desalination is expensive. To get the Santa Barbara plant back online, the estimated cost of water for the average resident will increase by about $20 each month starting this July, even though the plant won't open until 2016.

Gonzalez says that before money goes into desalination projects that may hurt the environment, water conservation needs to become a bigger priority. "The first thing I say to someone who says that we need to do desal[ination] now is, 'Turn off your sprinklers.' We don't even know how much we need because we waste so much; we live in a total artificial world of water use and water supply."

...(snip)
Read more...

How Santa Barbara became a water miser | 89.3 KPCC

As cities across California look for ways to save water, they might want to study Santa Barbara.

The coastal town of about 90,000 people already cut water use by 22 percent in two years, and it's gearing up to save even more.

It's ranked fourth in the state when it comes to water conservation, and it's number one in Southern California.

How did the city manage such a feat?

....(snip)

Today, Santa Barbara gets some water from the State Water Project and even has a has a barely used desalination plant it could fire up, at a cost of about $40 million.

But that plant would only meet about a third of demand, so conservation is still key.


....(snip)
Read more...
Quoting 118. LowerCal:

Will turning seawater into drinking water help California through drought? | 89.3 KPCC

...(snip)

The intake, where ocean water first enters the desalination system, is about half a mile off the beach. Once it gets to the plant, the water flows through gravel and sand filters and finally, when all the debris is gone, into the reverse osmosis membranes — salt removers.

Two gallons of ocean water go in; one gallon of drinking water comes out. The leftover gallon contains super-salty brine. This doubly salty water is mixed with the city's wastewater and then piped back out to sea and spread around, about 30 miles offshore.

That briny waste is one of many concerns raised by environmentalists and other critics of desalination plants like this one and others that are being planned and built along the California coast. "The biggest concern about desalination is that it is expensive, it's energy-intensive and it has a lot of side effects — a lot of unintended consequences to marine life both from the intake and the discharge," says Marco Gonzalez, the executive director of the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation.

Right now, the sources of electricity available to run desalination plants are not environmentally friendly. "Really, it's going to require us to find alternative energy sources to power these plants. So as we put more renewables online, it will become more environmentally friendly and more cost-effective," says Gonzalez.

Cost effectiveness is important, because desalination is expensive. To get the Santa Barbara plant back online, the estimated cost of water for the average resident will increase by about $20 each month starting this July, even though the plant won't open until 2016.

Gonzalez says that before money goes into desalination projects that may hurt the environment, water conservation needs to become a bigger priority. "The first thing I say to someone who says that we need to do desal[ination] now is, 'Turn off your sprinklers.' We don't even know how much we need because we waste so much; we live in a total artificial world of water use and water supply."

...(snip)
Read more...

How Santa Barbara became a water miser | 89.3 KPCC

As cities across California look for ways to save water, they might want to study Santa Barbara.

The coastal town of about 90,000 people already cut water use by 22 percent in two years, and it's gearing up to save even more.

It's ranked fourth in the state when it comes to water conservation, and it's number one in Southern California.

How did the city manage such a feat?

....(snip)

Today, Santa Barbara gets some water from the State Water Project and even has a has a barely used desalination plant it could fire up, at a cost of about $40 million.

But that plant would only meet about a third of demand, so conservation is still key.


....(snip)
Read more...
thanks for the info on this
Quoting 115. whitewabit:



Parched California Pours Mega-Millions Into Desalination Tech


So, now that we'll be pulling more water from the oceans, sea level rise is ok? /in jest
One problem I've heard is desalinated water doesn't taste good !! it is distilled water and no minerals that give water the taste people like .. don't think its like bottled water ..
Quoting 80. Xandra:

IF I WERE PRESIDENT...

The question, “If I were President I’d…” implies that if you swap out one leader, put in another, then all will be well with America—as though our leaders are the cause of all ailments.

That must be why we’ve created a tradition of rampant attacks on our politicians. Are they too conservative for you? Too liberal? Too religious? Too atheist? Too gay? Too anti-gay? Too rich? Too dumb? Too smart? Too ethnic? Too philanderous? Curious behavior, given that we elect 88% of Congress every two years.

A second tradition-in-progress is the expectation that everyone else in our culturally pluralistic land should hold exactly your own outlook, on all issues.

When you’re scientifically literate, the world looks different to you. It’s a particular way of questioning what you see and hear. When empowered by this state of mind, objective realities matter. These are the truths of the world that exist outside of whatever your belief system tells you.

One objective reality is that our government doesn’t work, not because we have dysfunctional politicians, but because we have dysfunctional voters. As a scientist and educator, my goal, then, is not to become President and lead a dysfunctional electorate, but to enlighten the electorate so they might choose the right leaders in the first place.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
New York, Aug. 21, 2011


Neil is spot on. Dysfunctional voters lead to dysfunctional politicians. Nothing gets done and voters apparently want it that way because they repeatedly vote for people who simply want to dismantle the government and not do anything at all.
Quoting 117. Patrap:




O lordy, its PEN, and you need better News Sources bro'

Oders per year in office, By President

LoL

So, the lowest since Grover Cleveland, in the 1880s. Thanks for the graphic. I'm keeping it.

And the truth shall set you free.
Thank you both for a wonderful blog today. Love the Earth Day microsite. And the linked '50 all-time awesome wunderphotos' are absolutely stunning.
Watching a cell that's popped up to the SW of Amarillo, already severe thunderstorm warned and heading directly towards the city.

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Quoting 123. LAbonbon:


So, the lowest since Grover Cleveland, in the 1880s. Thanks for the graphic. I'm keeping it.

And the truth shall set you free.


It's the scope of the order and not the number which counts...
Bunch of chaser in the Panhandle. They must think that's the best area for possible tornadoes today.
I always like watching people chase out in the Plains because you have great visibility (relatively flat and not many trees)
Quoting 115. whitewabit:

Parched California Pours Mega-Millions Into Desalination Tech
I picked some interesting quotes from that that article.

You don't say! ;^)

'"I think it will turn out that it is very affordable compared to not having the water here in Southern California, particularly with the drought that we are facing and the fact that the governor has just cut off the flow of water from north to south in the aqueduct, the State Water Project," Randy Truby, the comptroller for the International Desalination Association, an industry advocate, told NBC News.'

For Santa Barbara, more regarding the economics of desalination:

'"Santa Barbara is a pretty topographically challenged community; there are quite a few different elevations," Haggmark said. Most of the coastal city's water comes via gravity from higher elevation reservoirs. Desalination "comes in at the bottom. You have to lift this water and move this water further up into the system, which is expensive."'

For Sand City, California on the Monterey Peninsula:

'The plant draws brackish water from wells, which is less salty than seawater, meaning its energy requirements are less. The salt content of the leftover brine is about equal the ocean's, so it can be discharged without damaging the marine environment.

The city currently uses about a third of the annual output; the rest is shared among other cities on the water-short peninsula. This allows the water company to reduce its reliance on the stressed Carmel River, which is under state protections.
'
Quoting 38. Patrap:

Meteorologists Steaming After Hurricane Research Funding Is Slashed

By Eric Holthaus




An ongoing, largely successful effort to accelerate improvements in hurricane forecasts has been cut significantly, and meteorologists aren’t happy about it.

The Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program is a 10-year initiative that launched in 2010, and it’s designed to enhance scientists’ ability to anticipate rapid fluctuations in track and intensity for tropical cyclones, which routinely rank among the costliest and deadliest storms on Earth. In its first five years, HFIP has produced a state-of-the-art hurricane forecast model that’s helped to improve hurricane forecast accuracy by 20 percent since 2010, among other achievements. That’s amazing progress, essentially making a five-day forecast as accurate as a two-day forecast was just 10 years ago.
Now, the program is apparently a victim of its own success. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cut the program’s base funding for the current fiscal year by about two-thirds, to $4.8 million from $13 million, in an attempt to refocus on “immediate, key needs” rather than longer-term goals.* Because of the cut, NOAA estimates that it will have to scuttle a target to further double the accuracy of two-day intensity forecasts from current levels over the next three to four years.

The cut was announced at the National Hurricane Conference in Austin, Texas, last week and was first reported by the Washington Post’s Jason Samenow on Tuesday

Chris Vaccaro, a representative for the National Weather Service, confirmed to Slate the cut will affect HFIP for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year, which runs through Sept. 30. But despite the significant cut, Vaccaro says the program isn’t dead and is still producing useful science.

“It’s important to emphasize that there is still funding for HFIP, work is still being done and advancements will continue to be made,” Vaccaro said.

In 2015 the program’s hurricane forecast model is actually getting an upgrade, though the program’s partnerships with university scientists may take a hit. Vaccaro also notes HFIP has access to an additional pot of $4 million this year for supercomputing resources, which wasn’t affected by the cut.

But HFIP would have had access to that money anyway, so it doesn’t really make up for the $8 million in cuts. That’s alarming. On average, hurricanes are the costliest storms in the United States and in many parts of the world, routinely killing hundreds or thousands of people in a single day. Disaster deaths are in a long-term decline in the United States and around the world, thanks in part to programs like HFIP—an incredible feat, considering more and more people are moving into harm’s way. As a result of the cuts, NOAA says warnings and evacuations will be less precise, a considerable inconvenience and cost to the economy. With billions of dollars on the line, it’s hard to figure how it makes sense to save $8 million with this move.

Hurricane-focused meteorologists say the most disheartening thing about the budget cut to HFIP is that NOAA is giving up on longer-term goals. Of the dozen or so meteorologists I contacted, reactions included shock and incredulity:

Eric Blake, a forecaster at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center: “It’s hard to believe this is a good program to slash funding when it appears to be working. I understand budget tightening, but a cut of two-thirds seems extreme.”

Kerry Emanuel, hurricane researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “I do not know what kind of politics is responsible for this, but the decision clearly does not serve the interests of our country.”


Marshall Shepherd, past president of the American Meteorological Society and host of WX Geeks on the Weather Channel: “Shocking ... undeniably hurricane track improvement translates to lives and dollars saved. It is shortsighted to stunt this progress and hinder potential improvement in intensity forecasts. We can't continue to be a culture that cuts progress, then panics only after a horrific tragedy.” Shepherd is referring here to a recent significant increase in funding for NOAA supercomputers after the National Weather Service forecasts for Hurricane Sandy were seen as lacking in accuracy.

Nate Johnson, a TV meteorologist in North Carolina, the last state to experience a hurricane landfall: “The cuts are disappointing, especially since the program has already led to improved forecasts, with the promise of continued improvement. I can’t help but wonder if the recent drought in Atlantic hurricanes contributed to a sense we don’t need to invest in improving forecasts for future storms.”

As of Wednesday there hasn’t been a major hurricane landfall (defined as a Category 3 or greater) in the United States for a record 3,453 days—nearly 10 years. With a building El Niño in the Pacific, which typically brings weak Atlantic hurricane seasons, that streak has a good chance of continuing this year.

But surging coastal populations in places like Miami as well as steadily rising sea levels are combining to set the stage for an eventual calamity.
Call it complacency or an unfortunate consequence of a tight budgetary environment, but programs like HFIP are exactly the opposite of what we should be cutting.

*Correction, April 8, 2015: This post incorrectly misstated the base funding for HFIP was cut by more than two-thirds. The budget was cut from $13 million to $4.8 million, which works out to 63.1 percent, which is slightly less than two-thirds.
Quoting 130. Patrap:


If I were wealthy, I would make up for what was taken from them..They deserve that and more.
Quoting 127. quanta:



It's the scope of the order and not the number which counts...



Ah, yes. The scope. People worry when they believe that the scope has its crosshairs on them. Sometimes they will be right. Sometimes the crosshairs are on that bear that is running up on you from behind.
Quoting 89. Patrap:




All progress comes thru conflict..


Sometimes progress is made through peace...although very fricken rarely...
Check out the spin on the northern cell after the main cell splits up.
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This incredible video is from New port Richey, FL in gulf harbors, March/13/1993 the morning after the squall line had moved through, incredible to see such strong winds way over tropical storm force, after the frontal passage and water just coming in from the gulf. 8ft storm surge, 50 mph winds, destruction, boats under water, and houses flooded. The second video shows the evolution of the super storm in the making. At the beginning you can clearly see an upper level disturbance (spin) moving SE from the west coast towards southern Texas, also the southern jet and a weak surface low, off the coast off Brownsville, which when they all merged, well, you know what happened. The ''Storm of the Century''. Also at the end of the loop it shows you the snowfall from southern Alabama all the way up the Appalachians, towards the NE. Truly an incredible satellite loop.








Obama makes Climate Case in Florida's Everglade's

BY MATTHEW DELUCA AND HALIMAH ABDULLAH

President Obama made an Earth Day trip to the Everglades on Wednesday as he rolled out a set of new environmental initiatives, several of them focusing on the role national parks play in protecting the planet.

The threat posed by climate change "can no longer be denied or ignored," the administration said in an outline of the new projects, which include a $26 million allocation from the National Park Service toward restoration projects across the country.

"Protecting the one planet we've got is what we have to do for the next generation," Obama said on Wednesday.

About two-thirds of Americans think that the globe is warming, according to a national survey conducted in March by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. Fifty-two percent think that global warming is caused by human actions, according to the survey.

Obama chose to make his Earth Day appearance in a state where climate change is a contentious issue. The state is home to two potential Republican presidential candidates, Senator Marco Rubio (who has declared his candidacy) and former state Governor Jeb Bush (who has not), both of whom have expressed skepticism about human-driven climate change.

Florida Governor Rick Scott released a statement the day before the president's visit blaming him for holding up millions in federal funds earmarked for the Everglades that haven't been delivered%u2014a responsibility that actually falls to Congress.

"Our environment is too important to neglect and it's time for the federal government to focus on real solutions and live up to their promises," Scott said in his statement.

Republicans, who control Congress, oppose much of the president's agenda on the environment and say his administration's push has resulted in government overreach that stymies businesses and hurts energy customers.

Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned international leaders to "proceed with caution" in a global climate change agreement because a number of U.S. lawmakers and a sizeable number of states are wary of the administration's efforts.

That resistance is a signal of the opposition in Congress that the Obama administration will continue to face on the president's push to address climate change.


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Last week, a panel of federal judges at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seemed disinclined to halt proposed EPA rules aimed at curbing pollution from coal-fired power plants. The goal: Get states and companies to move to cleaner energy production. The coal industry has argued that the rule, if finalized, could put them out of business.

The White House pointed to two reports published on Wednesday that show the economic and environmental impact of national parks. In one, the NPS reported 292 million visits to its more than 400 sites in 2014, generating an estimated $15.7 billion in spending in areas surrounding the parks. A separate report from the NPS and the U.S. Geological Survey said that national parks as a whole help absorb 14.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere every year.

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Wow, just came in on this, and News reporter James Spann, talking about this historic storm as it was happening. Really weird when he mentioned "Mobile, Alabama with a thunder snowstorm, the first time that has ever been recorded there". Truly epic.

"
With the passage of this afternoon’s cold front, much cooler than normal weather is arriving and may well persist for the balance of the next week or so. Here are three things to take away about the upcoming weather pattern:

Temperatures may average more than 5 degrees cooler than normal for the next 7-10 days
There is the risk of frost in our colder suburbs north and west of the Beltway Thursday and Friday nights
Models are hinting at a coastal storm in about 7-8 days. Although this forecast could easily change, chilly, heavy rain and gusty winds are possible in the region.


Well looks like Spring has gone into a coma today...and won't be returning for sometime...Our Spring fling is over..
Quoting 121. whitewabit:

One problem I've heard is desalinated water doesn't taste good !! it is distilled water and no minerals that give water the taste people like .. don't think its like bottled water ..

Then again you could simply die of thirst?
Thirst Beggars can not always be choosers!
Quoting 139. washingtonian115:

With the passage of this afternoon’s cold front, much cooler than normal weather is arriving and may well persist for the balance of the next week or so. Here are three things to take away about the upcoming weather pattern:

Temperatures may average more than 5 degrees cooler than normal for the next 7-10 days
There is the risk of frost in our colder suburbs north and west of the Beltway Thursday and Friday nights
Models are hinting at a coastal storm in about 7-8 days. Although this forecast could easily change, chilly, heavy rain and gusty winds are possible in the region.


Well looks like Spring has gone into a coma today...and won't be returning for sometime...Our Spring fling is over..
we are to see flurries tonight and first thing in am for the start of the school day
had to restart phase 2 on the heating system today as temps will fall into high 20's for overnight lows the next 2 or 3 nights

then a slow return to just below seasonal temps at the end of the weekend

feels like early fall instead of mid spring
Quoting 132. Some1Has2BtheRookie:



Ah, yes. The scope. People worry when they believe that the scope has its crosshairs on them. Sometimes they will be right. Sometimes the crosshairs are on that bear that is running up on you from behind.
I nominate this comment for Metaphor of the Month (which I just made up).
this warning is for far north Ontario

3:51 PM EDT Wednesday 22 April 2015
Winter storm warning in effect for:
•Webequie

Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

A slow moving low pressure system centred over Far Northern Ontario has stalled and is expected to linger into Thursday. Further snowfall amounts will range from 2 to 15 cm today. The snow will be combined with appreciable cold gusty winds creating very low visibilities in blowing snow in exposed areas.

As of 3 AM EDT today , a total of 54 cm of snow has fallen at Pickle Lake since Sunday evening. Storm totals may exceed 50 cm in some regions by the time it winds down Thursday.

Difficult winter travelling conditions continue as expected.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone.

Winter Storm Warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio. To report severe weather, send an email to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.
Meanwhile,



Gov Scott Walker Celebrates Earth Day By Firing 57 Environmental Agency Employees


The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:

Fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources began receiving formal notices this week that they might face layoff as part of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget for the next two fiscal years…

The DNR’s scientific staff conducts research on matters ranging from estimating the size of the state’s deer herd to to studying the effects of aquatic invasive species. Work is paid for with state and federal funds…

All told, Walker’s budget would cut 66 positions from the DNR. Of this, more than 25% would come from the science group. Cosh said a smaller number of employees received notices than the 66 positions in the budget because some positions targeted for cuts are vacant.

Mother Jones reports:

It’s no secret that a signature tactic in Walker’s controversial environmental record has been to degrade the DNR, which in addition to carrying out research is tasked with regulating the state’s mining industries. Still, the timing of this particular announcement is striking. I guess no one marked Earth Day on Walker’s calendar.

Quoting 141. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:

we are to see flurries tonight and first thing in am for the start of the school day
had to restart phase 2 on the heating system today as temps will fall into high 20's for overnight lows the next 2 or 3 nights

then a slow return to just below seasonal temps at the end of the weekend

feels like early fall instead of mid spring
We could see upper 20's to low 30's for lows Thursday night inot Friday morning.Definitely going in the opposite direction...


Photo: A plume of ash from the Calbuco volcano in Chile - @TaconesGatunos

Calbuco volcano in Chile has erupted, a red alert has been declared by the government (via @AFP)
From Wikipedia:

Calbuco is a stratovolcano in southern Chile, located southeast of Llanquihue Lake and northwest of Chapo Lake, in the Los Lagos Region. The volcano and the surrounding area are protected within Llanquihue National Reserve. It is a very explosive andesite volcano that underwent edifice collapse in the late Pleistocene, producing a volcanic debris avalanche that reached the lake.

Calbuco has had at least 9 eruptions since 1837, with the latest one in 1972. One of the largest historical eruptions in southern Chile took place there in 1893–1894. Violent eruptions ejected 30-cm bombs to distances of 8 km from the crater, accompanied by voluminous hot lahars. Strong explosions occurred in April 1917, and a lava dome formed in the crater accompanied by hot lahars. Another short explosive eruption in January 1929 also included an apparent pyroclastic flow and a lava flow. The last major eruption of Calbuco, in 1961, sent ash columns 12–15 km high and produced plumes that dispersed mainly to the SE and two lava flows were also emitted. There was a minor, 4-hour eruption on August 26, 1972. Strong fumarolic emission from the main crater was observed on August 12, 1996.
Villarica, another volcano north of Calbuco (and one of Chile's most active) has been erupting since December last year. It was also quiet since the early 1970s.
That cell split and one went north and the southern cell is trying to be a right turner. Pretty nice structure on the southern cell on the live feeds.
If you guys want a good laugh go to WUWT website and look at the failed predictions of the first earth day!Almost as good as the predictions today.All of this as windmills continue to kill millions of birds a year!
Gonna head out for the day but here is a re-post (and link) to the Yale study on % of Americans who have concerns with regard to global warming; the Government and Politicians should take note. The scientists are doing their part to get the word out..........................

Today we are releasing results from our latest national survey, conducted in March 2015. Nearly two-thirds of the American public (63%) currently think global warming is happening, a percentage that has remained relatively stable over the past five years. Similarly, the percentage of the public who think that if global warming is happening, it is mostly human caused (52%) has also remained relatively unchanged.

One reason these numbers have been stable in recent years may be because most Americans are simply not hearing or talking about the issue. Our survey finds, for example, that only 40% of the American public says they hear about global warming in the media at least once a month and only 19% hear about it at least once a week. Further, only 16% say that they hear people they know talk about global warming at least once a month, with only 4% reporting they hear other people talking about it at least once a week.

And here is the Blurb from the same page on the current split in Congress on the issue:

In January 2015, the U.S. Senate voted on an amendment sponsored by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) stating that: “it is the sense of Congress that — (1) climate change is real; and (2) human activity significantly contributes to climate change.” 50 Senators voted in favor of the amendment, while 49 opposed it.

In this note we compare each Senator’s vote on the Schatz amendment with the views of their own constituents, according to our model of public opinion about climate change at the state level. The comparison finds that Senators were more likely to vote “Yea” on the Schatz amendment if they represent states where a majority of constituents think global warming is at least partly caused by human activities. Senators from states where the public was evenly split or slightly more likely to say global warming isn’t happening or naturally caused were more likely to vote “Nay.”



http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication /
Quoting 146. skycycle:

A plume of ash from the Calbuco volcano in Chile - @TaconesGatunos

Calbuco volcano in Chile has erupted, a red alert has been declared by the government (via @AFP)
The smoke looks like a backwards question mark.
Quoting 145. washingtonian115:

We could see upper 20's to low 30's for lows Thursday night inot Friday morning.Definitely going in the opposite direction...


Saying we may see lower 20's tonight after a low of 36º last night in the area .. I had 33.2º on my gauge for a low !!
Quoting 150. help4u:

If you guys want a good laugh go to WUWT website and look at the failed predictions of the first earth day!Almost as good as the predictions today.All of this as windmills continue to kill millions of birds a year!



the cats people let outside to roam kill more birds then probably all other things combined .. so do we do away with all the cats ?
Quoting 153. whitewabit:



Saying we may see lower 20's tonight after a low of 36º last night in the area .. I had 33.2º on my gauge for a low !!
Better get use to the cool eather because it'll be sticking around for some time.
Quoting 150. help4u:

If you guys want a good laugh go to WUWT website and look at the failed predictions of the first earth day!Almost as good as the predictions today.All of this as windmills continue to kill millions of birds a year!



WUWT is a conspiracy website not based in factually accurate information. I would certainly not take it at face value.
Quoting 150. help4u:

If you guys want a good laugh go to WUWT website and look at the failed predictions of the first earth day!Almost as good as the predictions today.All of this as windmills continue to kill millions of birds a year!



No sentient wunderblogger in His right mind would EVER visit WUWT.

Holland has windmills, and tulips and well...
Quoting 155. washingtonian115:

Better get use to the cool eather because it'll be sticking around for some time.


Going to hafta .. will only be in he 60's and most days lower 60's the next 10 days at least .. a bit below normal here in Central Illinois ..
Quoting 144. Patrap:

[From Mother Jones] It’s no secret that a signature tactic in Walker’s controversial environmental record has been to degrade the DNR, which in addition to carrying out research is tasked with regulating the state’s mining industries. Still, the timing of this particular announcement is striking. I guess no one marked Earth Day on Walker’s calendar.




How did environmentalism become such a partisan issue? I can appreciate different approaches to the problem. I can see how somebody on the right might be turned off by the tactics or rhetoric used by somebody on the left (and vice versa). But all that goes to the methods used to address the problem. The problem itself shouldn't be debatable. Yet it seems that these days, there's an entire segment of the electorate that actively opposes efforts to improve the environment. Is there some alternate source of clean air and water out there I'm not familiar with? Are there parallel wildernesses somewhere where all these species are living in peaceful abundance? It sure seems so. I can't really rationalize the behavior any other way.
Climate change is a serious issue, I can say the difference compare during my childhood. Now warmest ever.
162. yoboi


I see a lot of trucks in the south doing this.....Is this only happening in the south????
Quoting 162. yoboi:



I see a lot of trucks in the south doing this.....Is this only happening in the south????


Doubt it's only happening in the south, stupidity knows no bounds.
Quoting 132. Some1Has2BtheRookie:



Ah, yes. The scope. People worry when they believe that the scope has its crosshairs on them. Sometimes they will be right. Sometimes the crosshairs are on that bear that is running up on you from behind.


Very punny!! +10
Quoting 144. Patrap:

Meanwhile,



Gov Scott Walker Celebrates Earth Day By Firing 57 Environmental Agency Employees


The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:

Fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources began receiving formal notices this week that they might face layoff as part of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget for the next two fiscal years…

The DNR’s scientific staff conducts research on matters ranging from estimating the size of the state’s deer herd to to studying the effects of aquatic invasive species. Work is paid for with state and federal funds…

All told, Walker’s budget would cut 66 positions from the DNR. Of this, more than 25% would come from the science group. Cosh said a smaller number of employees received notices than the 66 positions in the budget because some positions targeted for cuts are vacant.

Mother Jones reports:

It’s no secret that a signature tactic in Walker’s controversial environmental record has been to degrade the DNR, which in addition to carrying out research is tasked with regulating the state’s mining industries. Still, the timing of this particular announcement is striking. I guess no one marked Earth Day on Walker’s calendar.




Pat, do you really think Walker's decimating the DNR on Earth Day is just a coincidence?
you go to jail up here ..

that truck would not be street legal in Illinois .. they have a bumper law where truck can't be over so high off the ground ..
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Quoting 158. Gearsts:





Hurricane Luis 1995, incredible looking hurricane, spared PR, but did a lot of damage to the northern Leeward islands, and the US British islands, and almost 2 weeks later came Hurricane Marilyn. Total destruction for most of those islands.
Ig'nant things for simple minds is not science.


There jus ig'nant things fo simple minds Breaux'
169. yoboi
Quoting 163. Jedkins01:



Doubt it's only happening in the south, stupidity knows no bounds.


I don't agree with what they are doing just noticing more and more trucks around here doing it....was just wondering if it is happening in other places...
Quoting 165. JohnLonergan:



Pat, do you really think Walker's decimating the DNR on Earth Day is just a coincidence?


Why Yeah, and I ALSO delivered 12 Babies before my first post today too.

Quoting 169. yoboi:



I don't agree with what they are doing just noticing more and more trucks around here doing it....was just wondering if it is happening in other places...


Well it seems like it's a social media trend so it probably is, I know it's pretty common in Florida too, and while we are the south geographically, we aren't the traditional south, lol.


People are weird sometimes, I have no idea why that would be appealing, it doesn't make any sense.
Quoting 150. help4u:

If you guys want a good laugh go to WUWT website and look at the failed predictions of the first earth day!Almost as good as the predictions today.All of this as windmills continue to kill millions of birds a year!

Yeah, every year on Earth day, like clockwork, the radical Right press goes a little kooky with their, "Look at all the failed predictions from the first Earth Day! Hyuk-hyuk-hyuk!" nonsense. But what they're hoping most won't notice--in fact, what they rely on the ignorati ignoring--is that most of those dire 1970s predictions that failed to materialize did so precisely because Earth Day called attention to what was happening, and people did something about it. For instance, the primary sources of air pollution then--nitrous dioxide, carbon monoxide, lead, and sulfur dioxide--have all decreased between 50 and 95 percent since ED1 because regulations (including the Nixon-signed Clean Air Act) were enacted.

No, the free-market BS WUWT and others peddle every Earth Day is equivalent to a woman who, after her doctor tells her to stop smoking three packs a day immediately or she'll be dead in a year, stops smoking altogether, lives for another 30 years, then complains that she gave up smoking for no reason since she was still obviously alive...
Quoting 167. 882MB:



Hurricane Luis 1995, incredible looking hurricane, spared PR, but did a lot of damage to the northern Leeward islands, and the US British islands, and almost 2 weeks later came Hurricane Marilyn. Total destruction for most of those islands.
Is been 16 years since i felt the power of a cyclone and pee my pants.
175. yoboi
Quoting 166. whitewabit:

you go to jail up here ..

that truck would not be street legal in Illinois .. they have a bumper law where truck can't be over so high off the ground ..


It's not the height of the truck....People are doing something to there exhaust system that make blinding black smoke come out...
Quoting 175. yoboi:



It's not the height of the truck....People are doing something to there exhaust system that make blinding black smoke come out...


I know what they do .. and am saying for doing that here you would be given a ticket and have to prove you removed anything illegal before you could drive it on the road !!! beside going to court and probably getting a very hefty fine .. paying for a large towing charge also .. and in some places your vehicle could be possibly be taken !!

its not done here where I live for those reason !!
There was a Tornado on David Drummond's feed.
It was really small rope.
That cell in the Panhandle should go tornado warned if it isn't already.
Quoting 175. yoboi:



It's not the height of the truck....People are doing something to there exhaust system that make blinding black smoke come out...
Not just the exhaust. They either run a straight exhaust out the back or stacks. However, you do have to tune the engine to run that way. It's called a smoke tune. You sacrifice a little horsepower and torque though. I'd rather see this than the "Carolina Squat" IMO
The Amarillo supercell is now tornado warned given reports of a funnel cloud. TWC is showcasing two livestreams of the storm.

Cell is now tornado warned.
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LIKELY.  
 
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HEREFORD... DAWN... UMBARGER...  
BUFFALO LAKE...  
 
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TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A  
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OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT  
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.  
 
 
 
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
The Amarillo supercell is now tornado warned given reports of a funnel cloud. TWC is showcasing two livestreams of the storm.



Watched a thin rope a minute ago on it.
Quoting 175. yoboi:



It's not the height of the truck....People are doing something to there exhaust system that make blinding black smoke come out...

Ignorant losers who care for no one but themselves. People die every year from airborne pollutants, and all these yahoos do is intentionally spew more. If it's not illegal yet (though it should be), let them pay for their 'right' to pollute. The higher the fee/tax, the better.
Quoting 150. help4u:

If you guys want a good laugh go to WUWT website and look at the failed predictions of the first earth day!Almost as good as the predictions today.All of this as windmills continue to kill millions of birds a year!

Wind turbines kill fewer birds than do cats, cell towers and it's not millions.
It's really wrapping up.
Quoting 173. Neapolitan:

Yeah, every year on Earth day, like clockwork, the radical Right press goes a little kooky with their, "Look at all the failed predictions from the first Earth Day! Hyuk-hyuk-hyuk!" nonsense. But what they're hoping most won't notice--in fact, what they rely on the ignorati ignoring--is that most of those dire 1970s predictions that failed to materialize did so precisely because Earth Day called attention to what was happening, and people did something about it.


Well, a lot of the prophecies from 45 years ago were concerned with over population and food supply. Not to say that pollution wasn't in the mix. So here we are 45 years later, still with the over population and pollution issues.

But now these issues are focused in the emerging economies.

Hence the need for a carbon tax.


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Quoting 150. help4u:

If you guys want a good laugh go to WUWT website and look at the failed predictions of the first earth day!Almost as good as the predictions today.All of this as windmills continue to kill millions of birds a year!

Link.? Proof.??citation.???..Information thats actually important.????..I would not want to request anything unreasonable..Maybe Google has some help 4 u
189. vis0

Quoting 63. StormTrackerScott:



LOl! I'm with you as it does appear La-Nina will be around next Summer. Will it be a active hurricane season though with the AMO heading into a negative state?
Maybe "El Nina" as mentioned by another wxu regular
Quoting 156. Naga5000:



WUWT is a conspiracy website not based in factually accurate information. I would certainly not take it at face value.


If I want to see failure and destroy any notion of the human race being "intelligent", I go to WUWT. Honestly, I'm amazed that the people over on WUWT can figure out how to turn on their computers without hurting themselves.
Yer gonna go with "Carbon Tax" ?

On Earth Day.

Really?

Ok'

Quoting 162. yoboi:



I see a lot of trucks in the south doing this.....Is this only happening in the south????


It's called "Prius Repellent".....I've seen a few around the PacNW. In-your-face bombasts can be found anywhere...

Link
Quoting 183. LAbonbon:


Ignorant losers who care for no one but themselves. People die every year from airborne pollutants, and all these yahoos do is intentionally spew more. If it's not illegal yet (though it should be), let them pay for their 'right' to pollute. The higher the fee/tax, the better.


Yeah a lot of these people intentionally do it simply because they know its polluting, I had a warehouse job where trash cans and recycle bins were right next to each other in all cases, and there were workers who bragged about throwing recyclable items in the trash.

It's people who never grew up and care only for themselves, they think the essence of what it means to live is to only take, consume, and brag.
Quoting 185. Sfloridacat5:

It's really wrapping up.



That cell must have some epic hail, DBZ over 70, gosh.
Quoting 142. LowerCal:

I nominate this comment for Metaphor of the Month (which I just made up).


I 2nd that nomination....
Quoting 192. OregonAndy:



It's called "Prius Repellent".....I've seen a few around the PacNW. In-your-face bombasts can be found anywhere...

Link


I think they are repelling a heck of lot more than priuses doing that, lol.
And yet you peope fell for it again..

Said person is looking for a audience.Stop giving them the attention...
198. MahFL
Quoting 114. LargoFl:

I would be wondering why..California sits on the pacific coast and why they aren't massively desalinating sea water???..yes expensive but...


It's too expensive, they built one once and literally the next year it rained so much the drought was busted, they sold parts of the plant to an Arab country for spare parts.
That storm in the Texas Panhandle is an absolute beast. Baseball-sized hail was observed in Happy, with tea cup-sized hail just northwest of there.

Tulia, TX is about to get nailed by roughly baseball to tennis ball sized hail (according to TWC estimates).
Earth Day 2015


Happy Earth Day - The Economist had a good cartoon about it Link:



Sand of de nile is a good one.
Quoting 20. JohnLonergan:

U.S. Warming Fast Since 1st Earth Day
Some States Warming at Twice Global Rate

It’s been 45 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, and since that time, average temperatures have been rising across the U.S. This Climate Central interactive graphic shows a state-by-state analysis of those temperature trends.

Average temperatures across most of the continental U.S. have been rising gradually for more than a century, at a rate of about 0.13°F per decade between 1910-2014. That trend parallels an overall increase in average global temperatures, which is largely the result of human greenhouse gas emissions. While global warming isn’t uniform, and some regions are warming faster than others, since the 1970s, warming across the U.S. has accelerated, previously shown in our report The Heat is On. Since then, every state’s annual average temperature has risen accordingly. On average, temperatures in the contiguous 48 states have been warming at a rate of 0.45°F per decade since 1970.

More ...



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Quoting 200. TropicalAnalystwx13:

That storm in the Texas Panhandle is an absolute beast. Baseball-sized hail was observed in Happy, with tea cup-sized hail just northwest of there.




"tea-cup sized" I'm not British, Cody, use an American term please.

That storm looks awesome.
208. txjac
I know that I'm coming in late to the game today ...but OMG the pictures in the blog entry today are amazing.
I would love to once capture something like that

Happy earth day all
Beautful
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SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE  
TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS  
LIKELY.  
 
* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL AFFECT MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF NORTHEASTERN  
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Quoting 207. Astrometeor:



"tea-cup sized" I'm not British, Cody, use an American term please.

That storm looks awesome.

Shh.
213. JRRP
Quoting Gearsts:


ese huracán es el fondo de pantalla de la pc en mi trabajo
Quoting 207. Astrometeor:



"tea-cup sized" I'm not British, Cody, use an American term please.

That storm looks awesome.


He means crumpet size.
If anyone is interested, I created a new blog post on my Ohio Climate blog about the Great Snowstorm of April 19-21, 1901, which dumped as much as 3.5 feet of snow on eastern Ohio. It remains one of the worst snowstorms ever recorded in east and southeast Ohio. In addition, high winds gusting up to 60 mph created massive drifts reportedly up to 10 feet high. Trees, telegraph and telephone lines were downed extensively due to the heavy wet snow, effectively cutting off communication in that era. Even whole buildings were crushed under the weight of the snow. Below is a picture I found from that storm. I have observations, maps, more pictures, and newspaper accounts that I included in the blog.

Link

Edit: Well the picture is not showing up, but trust me there are some pics.
Blowing up.


Link lightning
Quoting 205. Patrap:







Unfortunately, the boiling frog isn't a good analogy because that's when the temperature is climbing slowly. The globe is warming fast. We're dumber than frogs. Lol.
it snowing april 22 938 pm
itsa,itsa,.itsa'

Quoting 224. Patrap:

itsa,itsa,.itsa'


Triple rainbows HA! This is a multi-blob.
From the Christian Science Monitor:

Earth Day quiz for space fans: What makes our planet unique?
As of Earth Day 2015, NASA has discovered more than 1,800 planets outside of our solar system. Do you know what makes Earth different from so many other planets?
By Jeff Ward-Bailey, Correspondent APRIL 22, 2015


NASA is celebrating Earth Day with "No Place Like Home," a collection of Earth photos taken from land and from space. Here, the Southern Indian Ocean is seen with the Milky Way rising behind it in a photograph taken from the International Space Station. (Image credit: Terry Virts/NASA/Reuters)

Last year, NASA celebrated Earth Day with a “Global Selfie” – a giant 3.2-gigapixel image of the Earth as it appeared from space that day, stitched together from more than 36,000 images taken by people around the world. This year, NASA is celebrating our home planet by asking people to share images and videos of their favorite spots on Earth, whether that’s the park down the street or the summit of Mount Everest.

NASA will be getting in on the sharing, too, by publishing images from its research aircraft; its scientists taking measurements of the planet’s oceans, forests, deserts, and glaciers; and its 20 Earth-orbiting satellites. The event is meant to celebrate the elements that make our planet habitable: its oceans, its generally temperate climate, and its atmosphere.

But what makes our home planet different from so many others? Earth is complex, NASA wrote in its announcement, “and it is this complexity that challenges Earth scientists as they seek to figure out how the whole planet works as a system.” So far, scientists have been able not only to get a better picture of our home planet’s workings, but also to identify more than 1,800 planets outside of our solar system. About two dozen of these planets are considered “Earth-like,” meaning they could have liquid water and atmospheres similar to Earth’s.

Read more

Link
If you turn the sound on and there are enough lightning strikes it sounds like a bug zapper.
Which is important!

Hoping they sneak across S. Fl... not the bugs... the storms.
Quoting 216. ClimateChange:

If anyone is interested, I created a new blog post on my Ohio Climate blog about the Great Snowstorm of April 19-21, 1901, which dumped as much as 3.5 feet of snow on eastern Ohio. It remains one of the worst snowstorms ever recorded in east and southeast Ohio. In addition, high winds gusting up to 60 mph created massive drifts reportedly up to 10 feet high. Trees, telegraph and telephone lines were downed extensively due to the heavy wet snow, effectively cutting off communication in that era. Even whole buildings were crushed under the weight of the snow. Below is a picture I found from that storm. I have observations, maps, more pictures, and newspaper accounts that I included in the blog.

Link

Edit: Well the picture is not showing up, but trust me there are some pics.

Great blog! I didn't want to put down my personal info in order to leave a comment, just wanted to let you know I thought it is very well done. Keep 'em coming!
Quoting 225. Grothar:



Triple rainbows HA! This is a multi-blob.
you gonna need an umbrella
nice rapid firing convective cell
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Retweeted NWSHouston (@NWSHouston):
Buoy 42019 measured a 76 kt / 87 mph wind gust at 729 PM associated with this Gulf of Mexico thunderstorm! http://t.co/zdken1dS0h
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Quoting 239. Barefootontherocks:

Your hat?
I guess he is heading outside for a look
Good Evening everyone. Good luck to everyone in the path of these vicious storms tonight.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
933 PM CDT WED APR 22 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN KNOX COUNTY IN NORTHERN TEXAS...

* UNTIL 1015 PM CDT

* AT 933 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED 12 MILES NORTHWEST OF KNOX CITY...MOVING EAST
AT 30 MPH.

HAZARD...TORNADO AND TENNIS BALL SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE
DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MUNDAY...KNOX CITY...BENJAMIN AND RHINELAND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A STORM SHELTER... SAFE ROOM OR AN INTERIOR
ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A
MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL
SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
TORNADOES ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO SEE AND CONFIRM AT NIGHT. DO NOT
WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW.



Dallas Fort Worth Sounding:

Historic storm... hurricane Luis was a big one.

The 18Z run of the GFS showing near 10" of rain across C FL thru mid next week. Most of that is ocurring Tuesday thru Wednesday.


Via Weekly OISSTv2 data, the current NINO 3.4 SST Anomalies are higher than for all other El Ninos since 1990... Granted this high resolution dataset only goes back 25 years & contains no multi-year El Ninos (w/ the last event occurring in 1986-88), thus I don't expect us to stay ahead of 1997-98 too much longer...



...This is particularly evident in the monthly equatorial Pacific OSCAR ocean surface current mean/anomalies. 1997, 2009, & last year are way ahead of us in this department, with most anomalous/mean near-surface westerlies this year being directed well north & outside the equatorial countercurrent, which doesn't help the case for those who are promoting the development a "very strong" El Nino. I suppose this observed equatorial asymmetry could be a testament to the polarized hemisphere multidecadal PDO states...









Womp...
Quoting 240. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:

I guess he is heading outside for a look
It'd have to be a hard hat to do you any good.
Well, as for today, all I can say is it's been raining going on 3 hours now. Enough that there's puddles - PUDDLES! - in the dirt.

Stalled rain systems can be a right PITA sometimes. All I know is, I'm not complaining. :)
Quoting 246. Webberweather53:
Via Weekly OISSTv2 data, the current NINO 3.4 SST Anomalies are higher than for all other El Ninos since 1990... Granted this high resolution dataset only goes back 25 years & contains no multi-year El Ninos (w/ the last event occurring in 1986-88), thus I don't expect us to stay ahead of 1997-98 too much longer...



...This is particularly evident in the monthly equatorial Pacific OSCAR ocean surface current mean/anomalies. 1997, 2009, & last year are way ahead of us in this department, with most anomalous/mean near-surface westerlies this year being directed well north & outside the equatorial countercurrent, which doesn't help the case for those who are promoting the development a "very strong" El Nino. I suppose this observed equatorial asymmetry could be a testament to the polarized hemisphere multidecadal PDO states...









Womp...


Your anomaly map was dated April 15th a week ago as there is a strong WWB occurring near the Dateline now.



also as this El-Nino continues to strengthen anomalies near Australia are continuing to drop.

Quoting 250. GTstormChaserCaleb:
DOOM!!!



Models are suggesting a pretty decent severe weather event for FL early next week.

@webberweather

NOAA is not showing warm anomalies across the Coral Sea. Mostly cooler than average to nuetral SST's off NE Australia.

Impressive, although a week out, something to keep an eye on.



Quoting 249. nonblanche:

Well, as for today, all I can say is it's been raining going on 3 hours now. Enough that there's puddles - PUDDLES! - in the dirt.

Stalled rain systems can be a right PITA sometimes. All I know is, I'm not complaining. :)


Good for you....
Quoting 252. StormTrackerScott:



Models are suggesting a pretty decent severe weather event for FL early next week.




Yeah and a crapload of rainfall output too, and the way the upper air pattern has been trending across the area, it seems reasonable.
Quoting 241. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:



Has Gro declared it a blob yet?
Not sure if it was posted yet.

"Once in a decade" storm blasts New South Wales, Sydney area

Four people have died and some Sydney suburbs have suffered massive flooding.
Quoting 223. Grothar:


Quoting 225. Grothar:



Triple rainbows HA! This is a multi-blob.


13 mins old

Quoting 251. StormTrackerScott:



Your anomaly map was dated April 15th a week ago as there is a strong WWB occurring near the Dateline now.



also as this El-Nino continues to strengthen anomalies near Australia are continuing to drop.




The OSCAR anomaly map is a monthly average centered on April 15th, which also means it is up to date... As I anticipated, you've decided to cherry-pick a few days of real-time operational data (which BTW, was not even in my previous range of analysis that covered only up to the end of March) to prove that the Coral Sea SSTs are below normal. Of course, it's not hard to cool SSTs in this region if they were at record levels to begin with, lol... If anything, in this area are relatively neutral at the moment & recent cooling is being driven by ongoing convection that's interfering w/ the eastward displacement/progression of the Walker Cell, as evidenced by the extreme -OLR anomalies near & west of the international dateline. Even though OLR is a poor measure in detecting in the remnant upper level fields beyond the warm pool, this assumption of interference is also supported by the actual measurements of these upper level fields, w/ a stout wave #2 signal in upper level velocity potential continuing to dominate the Pacific...



Most of the associated lower tropospheric WWBs accompanying this convection, as noted by the OSCAR data, is not being efficiently directed into the equatorial countercurrent, hence further intensification of the Oceanic Eq. Downwelling KW is being halted...
Watch those 20sec of hurricane conditions on St Maarten!

2015 also expected to be inactive, but who knows...
Wow a strong Nor'easter to start off May?

Fiery good morning, folks.



Evacuation as Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile
BBC, 1 hour ago, with more pics and video.

Bihar: 42 dead in late night storm, over 100 injured
Indian Express, Written by Harish Damodaran, Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: April 23, 2015 11:43 am
Forty-two persons were killed and over 100 injured as cyclonic storms hit Seemanchal belt of Purnia and Katihar and Kosi region of Madhepura and Saharsa on Tuesday night.
Though the state government is yet to assess the extent of damage to crops, Purnia suffered maximum damage where 12 blocks are worst-affected.

Forty-two persons were killed and over 100 injured as cyclonic storms hit Seemanchal belt of Purnia and Katihar and Kosi region of Madhepura and Saharsa on Tuesday night.
Though the state government is yet to assess the extent of damage to crops, Purnia suffered maximum damage where 12 blocks are worst-affected.
Farmers of Kosi-Seemanchal belt are the latest to be affected by the devastation wreaked by unseasonal rain and heavy winds just around the time Rabi crops' harvesting and arrival in the markets.
Though the Met department had predicted hailstorm, there was no prediction of cyclonic storms that flattened maize and wheat crops at a speed of 150-200 km per hour, the CM said. ...
The cyclonic storm hit Purnia, Katihar, Madhepura and Saharsa from roughly 9.15 pm to 11 pm. "It is not the rain, but the winds, which were at 150-200 km/hour for just an hour or so that caused damage. There has been largescale lodging (flattening) of standing maize crop. Apart from yield loss, there will also be quality deterioration of the grain, affecting prices ," said Pintu Singh, a trader at Purnia's Gulabbagh mandi.




BBC had another of its fine weather videos yesterday covering the unseasonal strong rains in India (not the first video about this subject in this year!), but it dealt with rains in southwestern India due to a stalled or very slow moving system (similar to the one which has hit southeastern Australia at the same time) and had an outlook for poor weather in northeastern India and Bangladesh:

Heavy rain lashes southern India
BBC weather video, 22 April 2015 Last updated at 14:24
Over 160mm of rain in just 24 hours brought flash-flooding to parts of Kerala on Tuesday. Chris Fawkes explains.
Not to forget: Thanks to our blog masters for the Earth-Day-Entry and the microsite. Of course, I had a look at this special site ;-)

Will climate change our wine?

Unfortunately our vines are increasingly in danger because of the vinegar fly. Past mild winter didn't help to stop this pest in Germany, just the opposite:
Little Fly - Big Problem for Wine: An Asian species of fruit fly spread throughout European vineyards last summer. Is it here to stay?

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Have a look at this interesting article, showing how the smoke of the Siberian wildfires hit the US east coast after crossing the Pacific Ocean!
Siberian Smoke on the Move
NASA Earth Observatory, April 23, 2015
This is very unusual for FL in April especially considering we are already above normal for the month.



impressive, most impressive
Quoting 268. StormTrackerScott:

This is very unusual for FL in April especially considering we are already above normal for the month.




Seems like the bulk of this is forecasted to come the middle of next week.


Tampa Bay area
Quoting 173. Neapolitan:

Yeah, every year on Earth day, like clockwork, the radical Right press goes a little kooky with their, "Look at all the failed predictions from the first Earth Day! Hyuk-hyuk-hyuk!" nonsense. But what they're hoping most won't notice--in fact, what they rely on the ignorati ignoring--is that most of those dire 1970s predictions that failed to materialize did so precisely because Earth Day called attention to what was happening, and people did something about it. For instance, the primary sources of air pollution then--nitrous dioxide, carbon monoxide, lead, and sulfur dioxide--have all decreased between 50 and 95 percent since ED1 because regulations (including the Nixon-signed Clean Air Act) were enacted.

No, the free-market BS WUWT and others peddle every Earth Day is equivalent to a woman who, after her doctor tells her to stop smoking three packs a day immediately or she'll be dead in a year, stops smoking altogether, lives for another 30 years, then complains that she gave up smoking for no reason since she was still obviously alive...


I"m a bird lover, this appalls me about my wildlife being thrown aside by the oh well attitude of the GW crowd!
Also my tax monies being spend with alternative energy schemes that cannot sustain themselves such as moonshine gasoline, and wind energy! If is wasn't for the Federal Government throwing in Billions of dollars in a non-sustainable industry! there wouldn't be as many Washington based millionaires! stealing our money under the guise helping the environment! Remember in Washington it's always about the money!
wow my computer will miss classic
Quoting 273. trunkmonkey:



I"m a bird lover, this appalls me about my wildlife being thrown aside by the oh well attitude of the GW crowd!
Also my tax monies being spend with alternative energy schemes that cannot sustain themselves such as moonshine gasoline, and wind energy! If is wasn't for the Federal Government throwing in Billions of dollars in a non-sustainable industry! there wouldn't be as many Washington based millionaires! stealing our money under the guise helping the environment! Remember in Washington it's always about the money!


Buildings kills more birds than wind turbines do. Please let us know when you start protesting buildings. Thanks!
more worried about humans. right now more folks are dying from ODs than car wrecks. it would seem nancys drug war has been a flop
Quoting 275. Naga5000:



Buildings kills more birds than wind turbines do. Please let us know when you start protesting buildings. Thanks!


Even better, when does he stop living in one?
Strong to Severe storm about to come ashore near Tampa.

Quoting 277. islander101010:

more worried about humans. right now more folks are dying from ODs than car wrecks. it would seem nancys drug war has been a flop


That has more to say about the safety of cars than increases in drug use. "Use of most drugs other than marijuana has not changed appreciably over the past decade or has declined" Link
281. yoboi
Quoting 276. Naga5000:




Source



Well wind turbines do cause harm to humans...

Infrasound is the primary issue for those concerned about wind-turbine syndrome. They also say that audible sound and vibrations contribute to the health problems reported by some people who live close to wind farms. Symptoms of wind-turbine syndrome might include:
•headaches
•sleep problems
•night terrors or learning disabilities in children
•ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
•mood problems (irritability, anxiety)
•concentration and memory problems
•issues with equilibrium, dizziness and nausea

NASA agreed many years ago but seems to be swept under the rug...

Link

Quoting 273. trunkmonkey:



I"m a bird lover, this appalls me about my wildlife being thrown aside by the oh well attitude of the GW crowd!
Also my tax monies being spend with alternative energy schemes that cannot sustain themselves such as moonshine gasoline, and wind energy! If is wasn't for the Federal Government throwing in Billions of dollars in a non-sustainable industry! there wouldn't be as many Washington based millionaires! stealing our money under the guise helping the environment! Remember in Washington it's always about the money!

Are there members of Indiana's congressional delegation who don't support 'moonshine gasoline'? I thought Indiana was a strong proponent of ethanol gasoline. Someone correct me if I've got this wrong.
#281, your arguments are poor. Wind turbines possibly causing temporary issues that are still being debated in the medical literature versus known health risks from coal and other sources of power generation. I would rather spend my life next to a wind turbine than a day in Bejing:



Also, let's not forget human death by power source:



If you actually cared about human health, you wouldn't make the arguments you make.
Quoting 282. LAbonbon:


Are there members of Indiana's congressional delegation who don't support 'moonshine gasoline'? I thought Indiana was a strong proponent of ethanol gasoline. Someone correct me if I've got this wrong.


IF there is any, I don't know of any! all corn belt congressmen and women support this, because of the lobby from the farmers! remember the farmers have money, it's about the money!
285. vis0
CREDIT:: NOAA, University of Washington
Sat Type:: Water Vapour
D&T:: upper left corner of anigif
MAP (CREDIT on image)


Sun's coming up here in western palm Beach county. If this trend continues this should take care of the instability which the NWS says was lacking. A lot of shear present here today with cooler air aloft -9- -10 degrees Celsius. Should be rockin and rollin this afternoon. But the Sun is the key. More Sun = More severe weather potential
Quoting 281. yoboi:

•night terrors or learning disabilities in children


Also, autism. Right?
Matt..i hope it weakens before it gets to you there in a few..........................
Re: Naga #283 -

Would you mind posting a link to the source or study of that bar graph? I'd be interested in taking a look.

TIA
Chilean Volcano:





Source
291. yoboi
Quoting 287. LongIslandBeaches:



Also, autism. Right?


There is a long list of health concerns.....Some people see the need to compare this as to burning coal but that's comparing apples to oranges...Apples to apples humans yes humans are impacted with both...
Quoting 289. LongIslandBeaches:

Re: Naga #283 -

Would you mind posting a link to the source or study of that bar graph? I'd be interested in taking a look.

TIA


From this vice article. I prefer this site better, the website is a bit wonky, but the links to the data sources are fantastic.
Quoting 281. yoboi:



Well wind turbines do cause harm to humans...

Infrasound is the primary issue for those concerned about wind-turbine syndrome. They also say that audible sound and vibrations contribute to the health problems reported by some people who live close to wind farms. Symptoms of wind-turbine syndrome might include:
•headaches
•sleep problems
•night terrors or learning disabilities in children
•ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
•mood problems (irritability, anxiety)
•concentration and memory problems
•issues with equilibrium, dizziness and nausea

NASA agreed many years ago but seems to be swept under the rug...

Link



Skip the link mates, it's by that thug Delingpole.
While StormTrackerScott, continues on his long range forecast of a moderate El Nino, what he is not saying ,is the warm SST in the central pacific is not at the moment has no telecomunication to the atmosphere above it. There also signs that areas are showing signs of cooling will at sometime reduced the chances of an El Nino event being what it appears to be at this moment. forecast numbers will change come the beginning of the official season.
Geezy Pete, Chile's had a bad run of it lately. Between wildfires, floods, an earthquake, and now a volcano, the last month in Chile's been crazy.

ReliefWeb-List of recent disasters in Chile
Quoting 292. Naga5000:



From this vice article. I prefer this site better, the website is a bit wonky, but the links to the data sources are fantastic.


Seems legit. Full of good information. Thanks for the link. Talking points:

- It seems unfair to call out the "registered" deaths from wind power as being rediculous (suicides, deaths during protests, etc) and then include deaths from the oil industry that are similarly questionable (highway motor vehicle accidents, falls, etc).
- "Nuclear Power generates no harmful emissions" - to humans, perhaps, but I seem to recall reading about how the water discharge from cooling spent fuel rods were altering eco-systems of the water sources into which they were being released.
- "Producing power is always going to come with an element of danger" - an important point. One that makes your posting of that original bar graph all the more pertinent.

Quoting 296. LongIslandBeaches:



Seems legit. Full of good information. Thanks for the link. Talking points:

- It seems unfair to call out the "registered" deaths from wind power as being rediculous (suicides, deaths during protests, etc) and then include deaths from the oil industry that are similarly questionable (highway motor vehicle accidents, falls, etc).
- "Nuclear Power generates no harmful emissions" - to humans, perhaps, but I seem to recall reading about how the water discharge from cooling spent fuel rods were altering eco-systems of the water sources into which they were being released.
- "Producing power is always going to come with an element of danger" - an important point. One that makes your posting of that original bar graph all the more pertinent.




Agreed, I think the overall takeaway is that last point. All energy creation has pros and cons. Burning things for power seems to be worse for health outcomes than the others for all species involved. And for the record, I am not against nuclear, but I think we have major issues with it that need to be addressed as well.

I have to admit, I found the giant wind farms in Germany while on the train from Dresden to Berlin to be quite beautiful. :)
Quoting 286. WeatherConvoy:

Sun's coming up here in western palm Beach county. If this trend continues this should take care of the instability which the NWS says was lacking. A lot of shear present here today with cooler air aloft -9- -10 degrees Celsius. Should be rockin and rollin this afternoon. But the Sun is the key. More Sun = More severe weather potential


Great post. Full sun here 500mb temps -11C to -12C up here. Thunderstorms gathering in the Eastern Gulf and some will likely go severe at times as they roll across.
Quoting 290. Naga5000:

Chilean Volcano:





Source



Another Chile disaster? Wow, they have bad luck! However, those pix are incredible!
From NASA Earth Observatory, the Image(s) of the Day for April 23, 2015:

Siberian Smoke on the Move


Farmers in the steppe of southern Russia have an old tradition of burning dried grass in the spring to fertilize the soil for the new growing season. That tradition became a nightmare in April 2015 when large numbers of agricultural fires escaped the control of their handlers and spread rapidly across the dry landscape. As wildfires raged across the region, media and citizens captured remarkable and frightening scenes of flames and smoke engulfing grasslands, villages, and roadways. The view from above has been similarly dramatic.

Typically, wildfire smoke stays relatively close to the surface in the boundary layer, the part of the atmosphere (generally lower than 1 kilometer) where the shape of the ground has a significant impact on winds. In April 2015, some of the escaped fires in Siberia got a boost from unusually warm temperatures and from the emergence of a baroclinic cyclone near Chita, Russia. The storm fanned the flames so much that it lofted smoke well into the middle and upper troposphere, where strong upper-level winds dispersed it widely.

The image above offers a unique view of the smoke and its position in the atmosphere. The strip of orange data was collected overnight on April 15, 2015, by the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) instrument on the CALIPSO satellite. The instrument sent pulses of laser light down through the atmosphere and recorded the reflections to generate a vertical profile of the smoke plume. CALIOP detected smoke between 4 and 10 kilometers (2 and 6 miles), fairly high for a wildfire.
Read more

The article includes two additional images, one of the smoke exiting Siberia, and this one, showing it entering the U.S.:



Truly incredible images, and a good read, IMHO.
Quoting 287. LongIslandBeaches:



Also, autism. Right?


Also dingleberries.
Lots of rain rolling into Tarpon Springs.

More Chilean Volcano images, from an imgur gallery

A couple cells across S. Florida.
Only a couple lightning strikes so far. Tops around 20K ft. Also no wind to speak of on the velocity at this point.
Hopefully we see more rain break out across this area where rain is very needed.
Quoting 301. tlawson48:



Also dingleberries.


also too, the heartbreak of psoriasis.
Quoting 297. Naga5000:

I have to admit, I found the giant wind farms in Germany while on the train from Dresden to Berlin to be quite beautiful. :)


I find them to be hideous. Massive, obtrusive structures that negatively impact the beauty and serenity of nature. I, too, have seen wind farms in Europe aboard the Eurostar. I compared the scene to a stop in Switzerland of a gorgeous community nestled in a green valley with majestic mountains rising on all four sides, covered in lush forests.

I am not, however, blind and deaf to the need for developing, perfecting, and installing renewable sources of energy, including wind power. I wish there was a better way to harness the power of wind without adversely affecting the landscape of this beautiful Earth.
Dewpoints several degrees higher on the Easternside of FL. With heating in place we could see some very intense storms later,

Oboy'
Interesting that the HRRR puts almost all the development over S. Florida today.

Just in the last 10 minutes the sky has turned black. Storms already building here NW of Orlando.

Cape is a lot higher across Southern Fl. so that makes sense.
Link

A long way out, but hey, it's something to watch & see.
And my last Chilean Volcano picture, this one in gif form:
Quoting 309. Sfloridacat5:

Interesting that the HRRR puts almost all the development over S. Florida today.





Not going to happen as storms are firing fast here across C FL. You can tell by the dewpoints in the low 70's in Orlando to 50's just north of here that the old frontal boundary is sitting right on top of us.

Quoting 311. Sfloridacat5:

Cape is a lot higher across Southern Fl. so that makes sense.



Makes no sense as as you should see just how fast the sky is changing here in the Orlando area. We went from full sun to black skies.

Lightning count beginning to increase as well

316. JRRP
Posting a SURFACE MAP is met 101.

So........

Why some never do is kinda weird.

HPC is the site,





Storms incoming. Seem to be growing in strength too.

Quoting 318. Patrap:

Posting a SURFACE MAP is met 101.

So........

Why some never do is kinda weird.

HPC is the site,








It's been so long since I've done it, it seems I have forgotten how to post a picture. :-(

Any tips?
Quoting 261. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:



13 mins old


Greetings Keep..looks impressive..Your new avatar is neat
Quoting 322. hydrus:

Greetings Keep..looks impressive..Your new avatar is neat


Actually, 9 hours old now. :-)
Quoting 318. Patrap:

Posting a SURFACE MAP is met 101.

So........

Why some never do is kinda weird.

HPC is the site,








Well maybe it hasn't update but you can clearly make out where the old front is and it appears to be stretching from near New Orleans to Tampa and down to West Palm Beach at the moment. Makes sense as storms are firing on the boundary.

Take the image URL,use the image button, preview, post.

EZ as pie.
Quoting 326. fmbill:




Bark! Still doing something wrong.
One can get any area's current meso situ from the SPC page too.

On image posting, try the "preview" first.
Quoting 328. Patrap:

One can get any area's current meso situ from the SPC page too.

On image posting, try the "preview" first.


I did. It only shows the URL, not a display of the picture. Maybe I'm using the wrong button. The one that is box-shaped with a mountain-looking thing in it, right?
Quoting 324. StormTrackerScott:



Well maybe it hasn't update but you can clearly make out where the old front is and it appears to be stretching from near New Orleans to Tampa and down to West Palm Beach at the moment. Makes sense as storms are firing on the boundary.



I don't know, Scott - here is the 'next' forecast:



The front currently is forecast to be across N.O. & Tampa tomorrow evening (Sat 00z)
Quoting 327. fmbill:



Bark! Still doing something wrong.

What are you trying to post? Some image types don't 'take'.

Edit/add on - yes, the 'mountain in a box' is the one for images. You can also link the URL w/ the 'chainlink' icon.
Quoting StormTrackerScott:


Makes no sense as as you should see just how fast the sky is changing here in the Orlando area. We went from full sun to black skies.

Lightning count beginning to increase as well



The day is early.
I'm thinking the areas of southern Florida that are clear and heat up will have the best chance of seeing the stronger storms later this afternoon.
Total rainfall at Fallon NAS since yesterday: .83"

I think we here, a couple miles away, got a bit more. But that's about 1/2 of our YTD average, which for less than 24 hours is pretty awesome. I'm hoping for another like this.

Reno recorded only .01" which is pretty meaningless. But we sure needed it down here.
Quoting 332. LAbonbon:


What are you trying to post? Some image types don't 'take'.

GFS model image at 360 hours out. Shows a low pressure developing off the coast of Florida.

I remember being able to post these types of images a long time ago.
Quoting 335. fmbill:


GFS model image at 360 hours out. Shows a low pressure developing off the coast of Florida.

I remember being able to post these types of images a long time ago.

This one?



I rarely post model info, but I got this from Tropical Tidbits. Once the image was up, I right-clicked and got the URL. The extension is 'png', which along w/ 'gif', always posts fine.
337. jpsb
Quoting 306. LongIslandBeaches:



I find them to be hideous. Massive, obtrusive structures that negatively impact the beauty and serenity of nature.


They are hideous, and deadly too.

Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears - only to be killed by wind turbine in front of a horrified crowd of birdwatchers

Hopefully in a few hundred years as FF run out we will have found an energy source that does not slice and dice (or fry) birds.
Already received 0.55" today. Some strong storms moved in earlier with some thunder.
Quoting 338. hydrus:


A streak of heavy rainfall for my area.
Quoting 322. hydrus:

Greetings Keep..looks impressive..Your new avatar is neat


15 Mins old



morning hydrus

Quoting 336. LAbonbon:


This one?



I rarely post model info, but I got this from Tropical Tidbits. Once the image was up, I right-clicked and got the URL. The extension is 'png', which along w/ 'gif', always posts fine.


Yup. That's the one. I guess I'll just stick to posting links, but I know I'd much rather view a picture than click on a link when browsing the blog.
Quoting StormTrackerScott:


Well maybe it hasn't update but you can clearly make out where the old front is and it appears to be stretching from near New Orleans to Tampa and down to West Palm Beach at the moment. Makes sense as storms are firing on the boundary.



Morning guys...

Scott... based on my observations the convergence region is developing along the east side of a ThetaE ridge and aided by a 50k to 70k 500MB jet and not quite the stationary frontal boundary which is about south of Lake O.



The red arrow represents the mean storm motion once they develop.
that LOW off florida at 360 hrs turns into a nor'easter later....................................
Big storms now rolling thru Orlando


SPECIAL MARINE WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
939 AM EDT THU APR 23 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MIAMI HAS ISSUED A

* SPECIAL MARINE WARNING FOR...
COASTAL WATERS FROM EAST CAPE SABLE TO WILDERNESS WATERWAY FL OUT 20 NM...

* UNTIL 1045 AM EDT

* AT 938 AM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A STRONG THUNDERSTORM...
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WATERSPOUTS AND WINDS 34 KNOTS OR GREATER...
LOCATED 9 NM WEST OF SHARK POINT...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 KNOTS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
NORTHWEST CAPE SABLE...MIDDLE CAPE SABLE AND WHITEWATER BAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

AS THIS THUNDERSTORM MOVES OVER THE WATER...BOATERS CAN EXPECT GUSTY
WINDS AND HIGH WAVES. MOVE TO SAFE HARBOR OR STAY CLOSE TO SHORE
UNTIL THE STORM PASSES.

THUNDERSTORMS CAN PRODUCE SUDDEN WATERSPOUTS. WATERSPOUTS CAN EASILY
OVERTURN BOATS AND CREATE LOCALLY HAZARDOUS SEAS. SEEK SAFE HARBOR
IMMEDIATELY.

FREQUENT LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. IF CAUGHT ON THE
OPEN WATER STAY BELOW DECK IF POSSIBLE...KEEP AWAY FROM UNGROUNDED
METAL OBJECTS.

REPORT SEVERE WEATHER TO THE COAST GUARD OR NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT
AGENCY. THEY WILL RELAY YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICE.

&&
Opal....have you seen this??............................................ ..................
Quoting 342. fmbill:



Yup. That's the one. I guess I'll just stick to posting links, but I know I'd much rather view a picture than click on a link when browsing the blog.

Nah, try try again, I say. I used to get soooo frustrated with the x's I'd post. Now I preview everything, so no more posting x's :)

I've kind of learned what works and what doesn't for the sites I pull from. My golden rule is that png/gif is good to go. Flash never posts, so I don't even try. I just link to those. Maybe others on here have some hints?
...SUMMARY...
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH LARGE HAIL...WIND DAMAGE AND SOME
TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS SOUTHWARD INTO
THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND EASTWARD ACROSS THE ARKLATEX INTO THE LOWER
TO MID MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. THUNDERSTORMS MAY ALSO DEVELOP ACROSS
PARTS OF THE CENTRAL GULF COAST...CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS...CENTRAL
ROCKIES AND INTERMOUNTAIN WEST.
Quoting 340. Andrebrooks:

A streak of heavy rainfall for my area.
Where is your area.?
Quoting 348. LAbonbon:


Nah, try try again, I say. I used to get soooo frustrated with the x's I'd post. Now I preview everything, so no more posting x's :)

I've kind of learned what works and what doesn't for the sites I pull from. My golden rule is that png/gif is good to go. Flash never posts, so I don't even try. I just link to those. Maybe others on here have some hints?


Thanks for the encouragement. I'll try some other image formats and see if I can get it.
Quoting 337. jpsb:



They are hideous, and deadly too.

Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears - only to be killed by wind turbine in front of a horrified crowd of birdwatchers

Hopefully in a few hundred years as FF run out we will have found an energy source that does not slice and dice (or fry) birds.
Yeah..Absolutely pale in comparison to the Exxon Valdez Disaster of 1989..Millions of animals and birds killed. Fish and other sea life destroyed. Sorry about the rare bird, but give me a fricken break dude..


Wildlife was severely affected..



Location Prince William Sound, Alaska

Date March 24th 1989

Cause Grounding of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker

Area 11,000 sq mi
Shoreline impacted 1,300 mi

Both the long-term and short-term effects of the oil spill have been studied. Immediate effects included the deaths of 100,000 to as many as 250,000 seabirds, at least 2,800 sea otters, approximately 12 river otters, 300 harbor seals, 247 bald eagles, and 22 orcas, and an unknown number of salmon and herring.

In 2003, fifteen years after the spill, a team from the University of North Carolina found that the remaining oil was lasting far longer than anticipated, which in turn had resulted in more long-term loss of many species than had been expected. The researchers found that at only a few parts per billion, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons caused a long-term increase in mortality rates. They reported that "species as diverse as sea otters, harlequin ducks and killer whales suffered large, long-term losses and that oiled mussel beds and other tidal shoreline habitats will take an estimated 30 years to recover."

In 2006, a study done by the National Marine Fisheries Service in Juneau found that about 9.6 kilometres of shoreline around Prince William Sound was still affected by the spill, with 101.6 tonnes of oil remaining in the area. Exxon Mobil denied any concerns over any remaining oil, stating that they anticipated a remaining fraction that they assert will not cause any long-term ecological impacts, according to the conclusions of the studies they had done: "We've done 350 peer-reviewed studies of Prince William Sound, and those studies conclude that Prince William Sound has recovered, it's healthy and it's thriving." However, in 2007 a NOAA study concluded that this contamination can produce chronic low-level exposure, discourage subsistence where the contamination is heavy, and decrease the "wilderness character" of the area.

The effects of the spill continued to be felt for many years afterwards. As of 2010 there were an estimated 23,000 US gallons of Valdez crude oil still in Alaska's sand and soil, breaking down at a rate estimated at less than 4% per year.



It appears that we have 2 areas of severe weather tomorrow. However, se kansas seems to have more of a conditional threat.
Quoting 337. jpsb:



They are hideous, and deadly too.

Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears - only to be killed by wind turbine in front of a horrified crowd of birdwatchers

Hopefully in a few hundred years as FF run out we will have found an energy source that does not slice and dice (or fry) birds.


The Daily Mail is a tabloid.


Wind farms kill roughly 0.27 birds per GWh.
Nuclear plants kill about 0.6 birds per GWh. (2.2x wind)
Fossil-fueled power stations kill about 9.4 birds per GWh. (34.8x wind)

Link

Where is your outrage now? Misplaced, still?




I love bird death sensationalism. My favorite green energy myth by far.



Ta-da!
So much concern about birds, human health, and the beauty of natural landscapes, suddenly.
I find it more than a bit disingenuous, personally.
Quoting TimTheWxMan:



It appears that we have 2 areas of severe weather tomorrow. However, se kansas seems to have more of a conditional threat.


We've had 126 tornadoes in April after a very slow Jan. - March.
No major outbreaks but pretty constant small events in April.

Just tornadoes
Rotating thunderstorm approaching ST. Pete Bay. Very dangerous storm and likely could be a waterspout ongoing.

SPC may issue a severe weather watch across C FL if these keeps up as some storms are beginning to rotate now.

Quoting 356. fmbill:



Ta-da!

I knew you could do it!
Quoting 360. StormTrackerScott:

Rotating thunderstorm approaching ST. Pete Bay. Very dangerous storm and likely could be a waterspout ongoing.


Nothing from NWS yet.
Quoting 355. Naga5000:





I love bird death sensationalism. My favorite green energy myth by far.




Ye, I'm not quite sure why people constantly get outraged by it, especially those who have cats as pets.

But another thing wind turbines kill are bats - which are arguably as important if not more important than birds. Although there is a way to mitigate a large portion of bat deaths by having wind turbines activate at higher wind speeds - as bats like to fly at lower wind speeds. :)
These storms south of the Panhandle will be heading toward the northside of Orlando later today. Looking like a long day of heavy thunderstorms from Tampa to Orlando.

Quoting 359. Sfloridacat5:



We've had 126 tornadoes in April after a very slow Jan. - March.
No major outbreaks but pretty constant small events in April.

Just tornadoes




Kinda like what we've been seeing down in texas. There would be a few small tornadoes a day. It reminds me of 2009 where there were few outbreaks but a few tornadoes almost daily.
Special Marine Warning
SPECIAL MARINE WARNING
GMZ830-853-231500-
/O.NEW.KTBW.MA.W.0021.150423T1437Z-150423T1500Z/

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SPECIAL MARINE WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY AREA / RUSKIN FL
1037 AM EDT THU APR 23 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RUSKIN HAS ISSUED A

* SPECIAL MARINE WARNING FOR...
COASTAL WATERS FROM ENGLEWOOD TO TARPON SPRINGS FL OUT 20 NM...
TAMPA BAY WATERS...

* UNTIL 1100 AM EDT

* AT 1036 AM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM...
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A WATERSPOUT AND WINDS TO 40 KNOTS...LOCATED
7 NM WEST OF EGMONT KEY...MOVING EAST AT 20 KNOTS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
PASS-A-GRILLE CHANNEL...SAINT PETE BEACH REEF...SOUTHWEST
CHANNEL...PASSAGE KEY INLET AND EGMONT KEY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THUNDERSTORMS CAN PRODUCE SUDDEN WATERSPOUTS. WATERSPOUTS CAN EASILY
OVERTURN BOATS AND CREATE LOCALLY HAZARDOUS SEAS. SEEK SAFE HARBOR
IMMEDIATELY.

REPORT SEVERE WEATHER TO THE COAST GUARD OR NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT
AGENCY. THEY WILL RELAY YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICE.

&&

LAT...LON 2751 8273 2760 8296 2769 8295 2768 8274
2754 8273 2753 8274
TIME...MOT...LOC 1436Z 279DEG 19KT 2763 8290

$$


Quoting 360. StormTrackerScott:

Rotating thunderstorm approaching ST. Pete Bay. Very dangerous storm and likely could be a waterspout ongoing.





It's turning right so it's definitely producing a waterspout.
Quoting 368. TimTheWxMan:




It's turning right so it's definitely producing a waterspout.


Looks like there is a waterspout ongoing and heading for the coast. I will be surprised if the NWS doesn't issue a tornado warning for that storm. Booming here north of Orlando now.

Regardless of what may (or not)  happen in Florida later today, here is the forecast for the entire Conus today as this is a national/international Blog..............No tornadic threat and slight to marginal chances of strong t-storms.  Not a big deal in the big scheme of things as we are normally looking at tornado watches and warnings this time of the year.


Quoting Envoirment:


Ye, I'm not quite sure why people constantly get outraged by it, especially those who have cats as pets.

But another thing wind turbines kill are bats - which are arguably as important if not more important than birds. Although there is a way to mitigate a large portion of bat deaths by having wind turbines activate at higher wind speeds - as bats like the fly at lower wind speeds. :)

I think the upset is because Raptors Eagles Hawks, Falcons are killed with some frequency by the turbines being a larger bird and Eagles having just made a comeback from DDT issues it hits hard. We have cats but they are all indoor critters. We have birds too but not problems between them.
The SSTs in the entire Atlantic basin are a joke right now compared to the Pacific Basin. It will be lucky to squeeze out clouds let alone any surface low pressure(s) ie, Tropical depressions - Hurricanes. The negative AMO is apparently in full effect
Quoting 369. StormTrackerScott:



Looks like there is a waterspout ongoing and heading for the coast. I will be surprised if the NWS doesn't issue a tornado warning for that storm. Booming here north of Orlando now.




It looks like the storm may come ashore north of holmes beach west of brandenton.
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
950 AM EDT THU APR 23 2015


.DISCUSSION...

CONVECTIVE CLUSTER DVLPD JUST N OF KTBW ARND SUNRISE AND HAS PUSHED
STEADILY INTO THE E CENTRAL PENINSULA N OF SR-60. LATEST SAT IMAGERY
SHOWS WARMING TOPS ASSCD WITH THIS CLUSTER...AND OVERALL CG LTG
ACTIVITY HAS BEEN LOW. EVEN SO...KTBW RADAR SHOWS CONVECTION CELLS
EXTENDING WELL INTO THE NE GOMEX. ACTIVITY IS EMBEDDED WITHIN DEEP
AND BRISK MID/UPR LVL WRLY FLOW.

LCL AIRMASS UNDERWENT RAPID MODIFICATION OVERNIGHT...PWATS FROM THE
KTBW RAOBS INCREASED FROM 1.1" AT 00Z LAST NIGHT TO 1.8" AT 12Z THS
MRNG...KXMR VALUES INCREASED AS WELL THOUGH QUITE AS RAPID 1.0" AT
00Z TO 1.2" AT 12Z. COMPETING FRONTAL BOUNDARIES OVER THE FL
PENINSULA/NE GOMEX AND THE DEEP SOUTH WILL PUT THE OLD SQUEEZE PLAY
ON CENTRAL FL THAT WILL MAINTAIN THE MID/UPR LVL WRLY FLOW. UPSTREAM
MOISTURE IS PLENTIFUL AS RAP ANALYSIS SHOWS H100-H70 MEAN RH VALUES
BTWN 80-90PCT...H85-H50 VALUES BTWN 70-80PCT. MID LVL ANALYSIS ALSO
SHOWS A PAIR OF VORT RIPPLES IN THE H85-H50 LYR OVER THE ERN GOMEX
AND SW FL PENINSULA. H70 TEMPS ARND 5C AND H50 TEMPS ARND -10C ARE
YIELDING LAPSE RATES ARND 6.0C/KM.


BASED ON LATEST RADAR TREND AND WX ANALYSIS...WILL NUDGE POS UP TO
50-60PCT FROM NRN BREVARD/SEMINOLE/SRN LAKE CO SWD...ESP ALNG THE
COASTAL COUNTIES FROM BREVARD SWD AS LCL MOS GUIDANCE IS
SUGGESTING AN EAST COAST SEA BREEZE DVLPG FOR A FEW HRS THIS AFTN.
WILL NUDGE POPS OVER VOLUSIA/NRN LAKE UP TO 30/40PCT.
375. MahFL
Quoting 361. StormTrackerScott:

SPC may issue a severe weather watch across C FL if these keeps up as some storms are beginning to rotate now.



No watches.
No Severe Warnings.

Don't exaggerate !
Quoting 375. MahFL:


No watches.
No Severe Warnings.

Don't exaggerate !



dont start it
Scott the parameters look impressive for severe thunderstorms even in South florida today. The shear is evident. I just had a discussion with Dan Gregoria from Miami NWS. He said the shear for this time of the year is conducive for severe thunderstorms especially palm beach county. Also mid level dry air will allow for strong and damaging winds. Scott let me know what you think for the tues-Wed time frame next week. Potential severe weather outbreak for us
But another thing wind turbines kill are bats - which are arguably as important if not more important than birds. Although there is a way to mitigate a large portion of bat deaths by having wind turbines activate at higher wind speeds - as bats like the fly at lower wind speeds. :)

actually....i believe there was a study released that showed the bat kill due to the low pressure turbines create...and how fragile the lungs are of bats.....

as for the medical study concerning turbines.....the low number of participants clouds the validity of the study...but even considering it valid...the resulting conditions are the same as for those that are sleep deprived living in noisy areas such as next to freeways...so with the new sound baffles in place....this is greatly minimized if not eliminated....however...either way...living just 1.2 miles eliminates the problem
Tampa area about to get rocked.

Quoting 358. SeriouslySushi:

So much concern about birds, human health, and the beauty of natural landscapes, suddenly.
I find it more than a bit disingenuous, personally.


Not sure where the "suddenly" comes from. The concern for human health and the beauty of natural landscapes has been in our (the USA's) national lexicon since Roosevelt, John Muir, and the environmentalists brought the issue to the national stage.

If we don't seriously consider the habitats and safety of the creatures and landscapes of this earth, then we have no right to enter into a discussion about conditions that could seriously adversely affect them. The balancing act between human progress and ingenuity, the desire to maintain a high standard of living, and the responsibility to protect mother nature is a delicate one, and humans are entitled to debate over the most successful and humane ways to marry all three components.
Quoting 372. WeatherConvoy:

The SSTs in the entire Atlantic basin are a joke right now compared to the Pacific Basin. It will be lucky to squeeze out clouds let alone any surface low pressure(s) ie, Tropical depressions - Hurricanes. The negative AMO is apparently in full effect


yep if you want to track storms you need too look at the E PAC and W PAC thats is going to be the hot spot this year we will be lucky if we can even get 3 name storms this year

Eric Blake @EricBlake12 · 54m 54 minutes ago

Another substantial westerly wind burst next week in equatorial Pacific-- units are SD, 850u contoured #elnino
Quoting 347. LargoFl:

Opal....have you seen this??............................................ ..................


largo, thanks for posting. this will definitely be something to watch. cleanup from this past sundays tornado is making slow progress
Quoting 378. ricderr:

But another thing wind turbines kill are bats - which are arguably as important if not more important than birds. Although there is a way to mitigate a large portion of bat deaths by having wind turbines activate at higher wind speeds - as bats like the fly at lower wind speeds. :)

actually....i believe there was a study released that showed the bat kill due to the low pressure turbines create...and how fragile the lungs are of bats.....

as for the medical study concerning turbines.....the low number of participants clouds the validity of the study...but even considering it valid...the resulting conditions are the same as for those that are sleep deprived living in noisy areas such as next to freeways...so with the new sound baffles in place....this is greatly minimized if not eliminated....however...either way...living just 1.2 miles eliminates the problem


Two of the most promising options, outside of simply turning the turbines off:

"Boom Boxes
Ultrasonic “boom boxes” that emit continuous high-frequency sounds from 20 to 100 kilohertz deter bats from getting too close to turbines by interfering with their echolocation. “We find fewer dead bats at these treatment turbines,” says Cris Hein of Bat Conservation International (BCI). During tests the organization performed in 2009, turbines with the deterrence device killed 21 to 51 percent fewer bats. General Electric Power & Water recently partnered with BCI to develop boom boxes for commercial availability. And new research shows that most of the winged mammals approach turbines from the leeward side, which could provide insight into optimal placement.

Ultraviolet Light
UV light is not discernible to humans, but many bat species are sensitive to it, so several researchers and companies are studying how to use the light to keep bats away from turbines. The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $150,000 grant to Lite Enterprises, based in Nashua, N.H., to test the technical and commercial viability of this technology. “What's promising is that it would extend further than the ultrasonic deterrence and could be cheaper to install,” Hein says. The ultrasonic deterrence's effective range is about 20 to 40 meters from the source, whereas the UV-light-emitting device could extend 50 meters or more." Link

Again, more research is needed here.
Quoting 381. Tazmanian:



yep if you want to track storms you need too look at the E PAC and W PAC thats is going to be the hot spot this year we will be lucky if we can even get 3 name storms this year



Not to mention the shear over the GOMEX slated to occur during the season.
Quoting 380. LongIslandBeaches:



Not sure where the "suddenly" comes from. The concern for human health and the beauty of natural landscapes has been in our (the USA's) national lexicon since Roosevelt, John Muir, and the environmentalists brought the issue to the national stage.

If we don't seriously consider the habitats and safety of the creatures and landscapes of this earth, then we have no right to enter into a discussion about conditions that could seriously adversely affect them. The balancing act between human progress and ingenuity, the desire to maintain a high standard of living, and the responsibility to protect mother nature is a delicate one, and humans are entitled to debate over the most successful and humane ways to marry all three components.


I think it was more in reference to the usual "skeptic" crew who suddenly cite bird deaths and human health outcomes as reasons to oppose wind turbines, yet seem to have no issue with the status quo that cause more harm than the alternatives. You may have been grouped in there as well, which I don't think was correct.
387. txjac
Quoting 358. SeriouslySushi:

So much concern about birds, human health, and the beauty of natural landscapes, suddenly.
I find it more than a bit disingenuous, personally.


I just wish that posts that include pictures of dead animals included a disclaimer about graphic content so I can scroll through them quickly and avert my eyes.
Posters do add disclaimers for verbal content that is not suitable for all listeners
Quoting 384. Naga5000:



Two of the most promising options, outside of simply turning the turbines off:

"Boom Boxes
Ultrasonic “boom boxes” that emit continuous high-frequency sounds from 20 to 100 kilohertz deter bats from getting too close to turbines by interfering with their echolocation. “We find fewer dead bats at these treatment turbines,” says Cris Hein of Bat Conservation International (BCI). During tests the organization performed in 2009, turbines with the deterrence device killed 21 to 51 percent fewer bats. General Electric Power & Water recently partnered with BCI to develop boom boxes for commercial availability. And new research shows that most of the winged mammals approach turbines from the leeward side, which could provide insight into optimal placement.

Ultraviolet Light
UV light is not discernible to humans, but many bat species are sensitive to it, so several researchers and companies are studying how to use the light to keep bats away from turbines. The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $150,000 grant to Lite Enterprises, based in Nashua, N.H., to test the technical and commercial viability of this technology. “What's promising is that it would extend further than the ultrasonic deterrence and could be cheaper to install,” Hein says. The ultrasonic deterrence's effective range is about 20 to 40 meters from the source, whereas the UV-light-emitting device could extend 50 meters or more." Link

Again, more research is needed here.


You'll save a lot of bats by just increasing the wind speeds at which they turn on though. I was talking to a bat expert last week when I was in Croatia and he was telling me that by changing it slightly, you'll have a neglible impact on power generation but potentially save many bat lives due to it. It's very interesting. He also said though that cars kill more bats than wind turbines do, although there's not much you can do about that unfortunately.
coming down real Heavy by me Matt....wow....................................... ..SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY AREA / RUSKIN FL
1054 AM EDT THU APR 23 2015

FLZ050-231530-
PINELLAS-
1054 AM EDT THU APR 23 2015

...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL AFFECT WEST CENTRAL PINELLAS COUNTY...

AT 1049 AM EDT...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WAS OVER PINELLAS PARK...
MOVING EAST AT 10 MPH. THIS STORM ALONG WITH SHOWERS ARE SLOW
MOVING AND PRODUCING HEAVY RAINFALL...WITH STREET FLOODING
POSSIBLE.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
CLEARWATER...LARGO...PINELLAS PARK...SEMINOLE...ST. PETERSBURG...
SOUTH HIGHPOINT...RIDGECREST...HARBOR BLUFFS...BAY PINES...FEATHER
SOUND...WEST AND EAST LEALMAN...KENNETH CITY...MADEIRA BEACH...
BELLEAIR...REDINGTON SHORES...BELLEAIR BLUFFS...REDINGTON BEACH...
INDIAN SHORES...NORTH REDINGTON BEACH AND SAINT PETE CLEARWATER
AIRPORT.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM...AND MAY CAUSE
LOCALIZED FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED
ROADWAYS.
Quoting 386. Naga5000:



I think it was more in reference to the usual "skeptic" crew who suddenly cite bird deaths and human health outcomes as reasons to oppose wind turbines, yet seem to have no issue with the status quo that cause more harm than the alternatives. You may have been grouped in there as well, which I don't think was correct.


Ah. I perhaps interpreted the OP a bit personally as well..

To summarize my position - I am 100% in favor of the research, development, perfection, and implementation of renewable resources as sources of power. It is "disingenuous" [to steal a SeriouslySushi's term] to complain about the lack of human and natural health from renewable sources of energy such as wind power and not also complain about the lack of human and natural health from non-renewable sources of energy.

I am not OK with building wind-farms or any other form of renewable energy that negatively impacts the serenity and majesty of the Earth. I also understand that at this point, the technology associated with alternatives is limited, and the human race will certainly not be OK with a reduction in their standards of living because I am unhappy with the site of wind turbines peppering an otherwise untouched landscape.

It's not an issue that will be decided on these boards, nor am I confident that is it an issue that will be resolved in my lifetime. At some point, however, our cards will be played for us, and we will have to make that unholiest of decisions - do we destroy our planet in an effort to maintain our way of life, or do we destroy our way of life in an effort to maintain our planet? Neither option is guaranteed to produce the outcome that we intend, and I'm not entirely convinced that we wont both destroy our planet and our way of life.

someone needs to tell the SOI el nino is here...the thirty day average after an impressive -11 due in large part to the tropical activity last month in the tahitian region.....has swiftly risen above the el nino plateau again


23 Apr 2015 1011.95 1010.35 -5.70 -4.01 -5.26
A sustained period of hefty WWB on the way and its these burst that should propel us to Strong El-Nino by July.

The cell coming ashore near Anna Maria island probably has a waterspout... Nice hook echo not any blogger lives around there they should try to capture a photo for our enjoyment 😋
coming down bigtime here...............................
for those favoring a strong el ninio....according to michelle l'heureux of whom we often read on noaa's enso blog......we should be looking at the waters surrounding australia....as in a strong event...they are anomalously cooler.....and last year....they were warmer than average...and so far this year...they also are warmer than average......


Because of these coupled feedbacks (e.g. winds can both cause and be caused by the SST gradient), it is difficult for ENSO forecasters to determine whether the ocean is pushing the atmosphere or the atmosphere is pushing the ocean. Think of it as a chicken-and-egg problem. The March 2014 oceanic Kelvin wave resulted in positive (warm) SST anomalies in the eastern Pacific. Normally, those conditions would trigger changes in the winds, pressure, and rainfall.

However, near Indonesia and the western Pacific, SSTs have been above average, which is not typical during El Niño development. It is possible that, in order for the atmosphere to better sync up with the ocean and for this El Niño to emerge and grow, the SST anomalies in the western Pacific and Indonesia will need to become near-to-below average, strengthening the SST gradient (5). Forecasters will be watching closely for evidence of this change going forward.
Quoting 365. StormTrackerScott:

These storms south of the Panhandle will be heading toward the northside of Orlando later today. Looking like a long day of heavy thunderstorms from Tampa to Orlando.


Eh, with the cloud cover impeding heating, I'm expecting most of the rain to continue along coastal areas from citrus to manatee counties. Storms will probably flare slot the east coast later this afternoon as that sea breeze kicks in but I wouldn't be surprised if the center of the state misses out on most of the action. 
both japan and australia mets...both of which have not declared we are in an el nino yet....are talking about how this el nino might be modoki....not sure i'm buying it yet...as i don't buy into any models during the spring barrier

Latest JAMSTEC seasonal showing a more central Pacific (Modoki I) El Nino vs a traditional east based El Nino.
Quoting 386. Naga5000:



I think it was more in reference to the usual "skeptic" crew who suddenly cite bird deaths and human health outcomes as reasons to oppose wind turbines, yet seem to have no issue with the status quo that cause more harm than the alternatives. You may have been grouped in there as well, which I don't think was correct.

Yes, that's exactly what I was referring to.
I should have been more clear and expansive. You summed it up nicely for me, though, so thanks.
400. yoboi
Quoting 337. jpsb:



They are hideous, and deadly too.

Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears - only to be killed by wind turbine in front of a horrified crowd of birdwatchers

Hopefully in a few hundred years as FF run out we will have found an energy source that does not slice and dice (or fry) birds.


They could also be causing heart disease and neurological disorders.....Many studies are underway guess we will know in a few years the results...

Quoting 306. LongIslandBeaches:

I find them to be hideous. Massive, obtrusive structures that negatively impact the beauty and serenity of nature.

Quoting 337. jpsb:



They are hideous, and deadly too.

Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears - only to be killed by wind turbine in front of a horrified crowd of birdwatchers

Hopefully in a few hundred years as FF run out we will have found an energy source that does not slice and dice (or fry) birds.


I find them much more preferable to the view of a strip mine whose toxic lakes are killing birds. IMO.


we are well ahead of 1997 super strong EL nino

It has been quite a while since we've seen such a strong upper-level jet transect a severe weather risk area like what we should see tomorrow. The combination of strong directional shear, sufficient moisture, and moderate CAPE definitely supports at least the potential for a strong to significant tornado across southeastern Kansas tomorrow.

To summarize my position - I am 100% in favor of the research, development, perfection, and implementation of renewable resources as sources of power. It is "disingenuous" [to steal a SeriouslySushi's term] to complain about the lack of human and natural health from renewable sources of energy such as wind power and not also complain about the lack of human and natural health from non-renewable sources of energy.

I am not OK with building wind-farms or any other form of renewable energy that negatively impacts the serenity and majesty of the Earth. I also understand that at this point, the technology associated with alternatives is limited, and the human race will certainly not be OK with a reduction in their standards of living because I am unhappy with the site of wind turbines peppering an otherwise untouched landscape.

It's not an issue that will be decided on these boards, nor am I confident that is it an issue that will be resolved in my lifetime. At some point, however, our cards will be played for us, and we will have to make that unholiest of decisions - do we destroy our planet in an effort to maintain our way of life, or do we destroy our way of life in an effort to maintain our planet? Neither option is guaranteed to produce the outcome that we intend, and I'm not entirely convinced that we wont both destroy our planet and our way of life.


i'm all for limiting our negative impact on the planet as much as possible...however...our very existence must do some damage.....living in the desert...our main critter concern is tarantulas and scorpions....now while i like tarantulas...i don't want them in my yard....and scorpions are a no brainer......and as such i routinely spray for these pests....yet...i would not crush a tarantula borough wow hiking the local trails......

so i have to ask myself...what is the best compromise do i have in regards to maintaining the least damage and still maintaining the life i enjoy.....and i find that in wind power
She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite... Hurting... Worth Dying for.

Can anyone tell me what the weather is like in Florida today? I've been all over the interweb and can't find any information.

i think there's a florida blog for that...fortunately....we all stick to the blog topic in docs blog....so there's never any material not conforming to it....errrrrr......at least that is the way it is for us el paso bloggers.....errrrr....well..for all el paso bloggers besides me that is
Quoting 379. StormTrackerScott:

Tampa area about to get rocked.




I'm at 0.63" for the day in NW Tampa. A lot of the heavy stuff stayed south of me, but I had a few good downpours with some lightning. It looks like the rain is winding down now, but amazingly, the sun is trying to show itself which may lead to more instability. We needed a rain like this.
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