Damaging Hail and Debilitating Heat "The happiest people don't bother about whether life is unfair. They just concentrate on what they have" wrote
Farmers are America's original entrepreneurs: taking risk with no guarantee of return. One 10-minute hailstorm can wipe out a season's worth of crops.
Last Saturday's hailstorm left a 2-6 mile wide swath of crop damage from
We enjoyed a meager ration of comfortable air - now we heat up into the weekend. Saturday should bring mid-90s with an afternoon heat index pushing 100F. This invasion of junglelike heat sparks T-storms Friday night, another round Saturday night, but most of the weekend will be dry and delightfully sweaty. Summer is half over, at least on paper. July ends on a hot note; more 90s to come!
A July Hailstorm in
Photo credit: "Hail-damaged soybean from
Spotty Storms Up North Today. The approach of the next wave of heat will leave the atmosphere irritable and capable of a few T-storms over the northern third of
Heat Peaks Saturday - Some Relief Next Week. Temperatures build over the next 72 hours, peaking Saturday afternoon with low to mid 90s in the metro and a heat index close to 100F. Thank God for so many lakes. Map sequence: Praedictix and AerisWeather.
Potentially Dangerous Heat Shifts From
Saturday Heat Spike - GFS Still Out to Lunch. Models agree that Saturday will be plenty hot in
Suffocating Heat Wave Engulfs Most of
Peak Heat. The map above (courtesy of
What is a Supercell? Why These Thunderstorms Can Form Violent Tornadoes. 1 in 10 thunderstorms, on average, will become severe. Only 1 in 100 thunderstorms will ever go on to spin up a tornado. Here's an excerpt of an explainer from
Coastal Flooding Will Continue to Increase, NOAA Report Says. Details via
Graphic credit: Climate Central.
New Data Shows an "Extraordinary" Rise in
As GOP Convention Moves Outdoors,
NEOWISE Comet Visible This Month - But Won't Be Again for 6,000 Years. So you're telling me I won't get a second chance? Details via Mental Floss: "On
How Many Hot Dogs Can One Person Eat? CNN.com delves into the science of severe storm aches: "Researchers analyzed 39 years of data from the annual Nathan's Famous Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest and, using mathematical modeling, calculated the maximum number of hot dogs one person could possibly eat during the contest's 10-minute duration. The current world record is 74, a bar set by perennial competitive eating champion
Window Swap. 'Wanna get away? Oh, that's right. We can't. Well, this may be the next best thing - gazing out someone else's window around the world. Try Window Swap - it's pretty addictive.
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THURSDAY: Warm sun, T-storms north. Winds: SW 10-20. High: 84 FRIDAY: Hot sun, nighttime T-storms likely. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 68. High: 89 SATURDAY: Wet start, then sizzling sunshine. Winds: W 8-13. Wake-up: 75. High: 94 SUNDAY: Plenty of sun, slight dip in humidity. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 72. High: 88 MONDAY: More clouds than sun, a bit cooler. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 65. High: 84 TUESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, avg. temps. Winds: W 8-13. Wake-up: 64. High: 82 WEDNESDAY: Unsettled, few pop-up showers, storms. Winds: W 8-13. Wake-up: 62. HIgh: 84
How Facebook Handles Climate Disinformation.
Image credit: "A post from the I Love Carbon Dioxide Facebook page that has been flagged as inaccurate."
The Sweet Surrender of Salvation. My theory: it's possible to have respect for science, and a faith in something more. What do bees and Covid-19 have to do with what comes next? I had no idea I'd show up in a post at Christianity Today: "...Left out of this deleterious deluge, as noted by a profusion of commenters, is the ever-looming cataclysm of climate change.
Global Offshore Wind Investment Quadrupled Despite Pandemic: Climate Nexus has headlines and links: "Global investment in offshore wind more than quadrupled in the first half of 2020 to
Climate Change Will Cause More Extreme Wet and Dry Seasons. ScienceDaily has a summary of new research; here's an excerpt: "...The higher the temperature, the more variation in water availability, researchers found. Mishra said that his message to the world is that water is a very important resource. "The availability of this resource is an issue everybody is facing," he said. "We need to take precautions to optimally use how much water we have. As the climate changes and population increases, we should be preparing for the future by improving the technology to efficiently use water for crops..."
Global Temperatures Near Hottest on Record. Climate Central has details: "Using combined
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