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August 17

Origin of “Dog Days” – Smoky US Summers On Increase Since 2016

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer We get a whiff of Dog Days this week as daytime highs flirt with 90 degrees through Friday. Dog Days have nothing to do with an urge to pant or beg for treats, and everything to do with Sirius, the dog star – brightest in the nighttime sky. Ancient Greeks thought the star added to the heat of the sun, resulting in unbearable August heat. Of course it doesn’t quite work like that. Hazy, smoky sunshine lingers much of this week with thicker smoke the farther north and west you travel away from...

August 13

Adding Custom Styles to the Tropical Cyclone Module

With Tropical Storm Fred threatening the Gulf Coast states and peak hurricane season just around the corner, now is a great time to discuss how to take your hurricane tracking to the next level by adding custom styles to the Tropical Cyclone module on the AerisWeather JavaScript SDK. The AerisWeather JavaScript SDK has a plethora of features. The InteractiveMapApp allows you to plot weather data on an interactive map easily and comes with several built-in modules which can simplify the plotting of weather data. The Tropical Cyclone Module provides users with predefined styling and functionality for plotting various tropical cyclones endpoint-related data layers.  While these default styles may suffice for most...

August 11

Tracking “Fred” – Racial Realities of Urban Heat Island – Key Takeaways of Latest UN IPCC Climate Report

Scientists React To Latest IPCC Report Every IPCC climate report becomes a little more dire with time as scientists draw a straight line from a doubling of planet-warming greenhouse gases since 1850 to an increase in weather extremes. During a WCCO Radio interview Tuesday, St. Thomas climate scientist John Abraham reacted to the report. “It’s unequivocal, humans are causing the warming. We are now seeing the impact on our weather. It is too late to avoid climate change, but what we’re trying to do now is avoid the worst of climate change” he said. The uptick in weather disasters is...

August 6

Drought Intensifies Western Third of USA – Some Improvement Intermountain West

Driest Meteorological Summer, To Date, Since 1982 I’m enjoying my time here in Bakersfield, California, between the heat, drought, smoke and occasional wildfires”. [checks notes]. Wait, I recall living in Minnesota, which has a vast constellation of lakes. Water shouldn’t be an issue, right? Wrong. Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld, Sr. Climatologist at the Minnesota DNR, informs me that since June 1 the metro area experienced the driest weather since 1982; the 5th driest since 1871. Short-term moisture deficits are very significant, he confirmed. It’s very hard to dig out of a drought, especially during summer months, when precipitation is spotty, hit-or-miss,...

August 5

Changes to AerisWeather Pricing and Services

We are excited to share our updated and recently-released pricing plans! The newly streamlined structure is a direct result of client and market feedback – and we’re confident you’ll see near-term benefits as a customer of AerisWeather. Here are three big changes you’re sure to appreciate: Introducing AerisWeather Flex: A Value-Packed Bundle AerisWeather Flex is a new plan released to AerisWeather users that unlocks the power of AerisWeather Maps (previously AerisWeather Mapping Platform or “AMP”) and our Weather API as part of the same robust package of global weather data solutions. Users are no longer required to maintain separate API...

August 5

NOAA NHC Predicts Above Average 2021 Hurricane Season – Populations Booming in Flood-Prone Areas of the World

Topsoil MoistureUSDA More Dog Days To Come. Although Minnesota won’t be as (smoking) hot as the central Plains, I see a fairly steady run of 80s and a few 90s into the third week of August. Then again the Minnesota State Fair is coming, which is good for a few more 90s, right? The canals that used to bring water to the fields of Caywood Farms have gone dry due to the drought. In Arizona, 99% of the land is undergoing a years-long drought.Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times Starving Cows. Fallow Farms. The Arizona Drought is Among the Worst...

August 5

Nuisance Flooding Set to Increase – Tiny Satellites May Revolutionize Hurricane Forecasting – A Summer of Pyrocumulonimbus

File: July 15, 2021NASA Earth Observatory A Summer of Fire-Breathing Smoke Storms. NASA’s Earth Observatory explains the difference between cumulonimbus and pyrocumulonimbus: “In 2000, atmospheric scientists from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) first reported that smoke plumes from intense wildfires could spawn towering thunderstorms that channeled smoke as high or higher than the cruising altitude of jets. These pyrocumulonimbus, or pyroCb, events wowed scientists at the time. Prior to that discovery, only explosive volcanic eruptions and extreme thunderstorms were thought to be capable of lofting material so high. Though the workings of these smoke-infused storm clouds have come into...

Floods in Germany, 2002
August 5

Uptick in Flooding is Extreme, Global, and Linked to Continued Warming

Image credit: United Nations Climate Change Twitter Feed. All weather, like politics, is local. Increasingly, climate change hits home when it…hits home. Muddy, waist-deep water in your living room has a way of focusing one’s attention. The symptoms of a warmer, wetter world are hitting home with greater frequency and ferocity, becoming more apparent over time – harder to dismiss and deny. On July 29, 2021, the Chinese city of Zhengzhou (population 12 million) received a staggering 8” of rain in one hour. 24” of rain fell in one day – a year’s worth of rainfall.   Historic flooding in...

August 3

It’s Early To Be Tracking Smoke – Will “Drone Boats” Improve Hurricane Forecast Accuracy?

Paul Douglas Smoke, Heat & Drought? Welcome to Fresno! A friend living in Los Angeles told me that Californians don’t trust air they can’t see. I get it now. Remind me to never take a baby blue sky for granted again. Sadly, what happens in Ontario and Manitoba doesn’t stay in central Canada. Unusually dry weather is fanning an outbreak of blazes – drenching thunderstorms have been few and far between upwind, and that’s manifesting itself in a smoggy, smoky sky more typical of Beijing or New Delhi during the winter months. India with Lakes (and much better Scandinavian food)....

August 2

Latest Meteo Challenge: Predicting Wildfire Smoke Plumes – More Americans Moving to Drought-Stricken Counties

That’s not fog, it’s smokePaul Douglas Forecast Calls For Unpredictable Smoke Plumes It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. It’s not the virus, it’s the Canadian wildfire smoke. A few of us are wearing masks (indoors) at our Brainerd Lakes cabin, after air quality fell to hazardous levels yesterday. The EPA website advised us to ‘stay indoors’. Lovely. The weather this summer has been vaguely apocalyptic, between suffocating heat, jungle-like humidity, withering drought and jaw-dropping floods. A sign of summers to come? I hope not – but we need to be prepared for whatever an overheated, agitated Mother Nature throws...