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2011 July

Heat Waves (4) A Climate Case Study:

In the last article I wrote that the extreme events of 2011 were providing us with the opportunity to think about climate and how to cope with a warming world. The U.S. is experiencing an extreme heat event this week. This heat wave is the consequence of a strong, stationary high pressure system over the central U.S., and it will move to the east over the next few days. At the end of this blog are links to my previous blogs on heat waves and human health. When thinking about weather, climate, and extreme events and important idea is “persistence.”

RickyRood, • 6:26 AM GMT on July 19, 2011

Drought, Fire, Flood: In the News

In this entry I want to touch on several subjects – starting with my garden. My garden is in the flat land that is the western edge of the Great Plains, just east of Boulder, Colorado. Weather wise, it is a complex and difficult environment: more than 5000 feet above sea level, reliant upon water from the winter snow pack in the mountains, huge swings of hot and cold. In terms of climate types, I have seen region defined as both arid and semiarid. In the last week, we have had three or more inches of rain – hard driving rain with much lightning. There is water standing between the rows in the garden.

RickyRood, • 5:22 AM GMT on July 12, 2011

Validation and the Scientific Organization: Organizing U.S. Climate Modeling (4)

The last entry - for a while - about organizing U.S. climate modeling, software, and open source communities. At the end of this entry are links to the blogs/articles in a couple of series. I begin by quoting a reader's comment from the previous entry.

RickyRood, • 4:51 AM GMT on July 04, 2011