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San Francisco “Cool”

May 15, 2014

Bay Area Regains “Cool” After May Heat Wave

A familiar sight returned to San Francisco. Fog:

Fog San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Heat Wave

Golden Gate Bridge. Source: @NWSBayArea

Fog found its way over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Before bumping into warmer air.

Southern California, however, continued to bake and burn.

Multiple smoke plumes from San Diego Co. fires were visible on radar:

Fires San Diego Co. Radar Smoke Plumes

Smoke plumes visible on radar. Source: NWS/NOAA

Some 16,000 new evacuations orders were issued today.

Southern California is baking in early May heat.

And burning.

San Francisco enjoyed cool relief.

Its heat wave broken.

But cool remains elusive for thousands impacted by fires to the south.

SoCal’s heat wave may not break until the weekend.

 

 


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Earth’s Great Nor’easter

March 26, 2014

LIVE: Spring Blizzard Cuts Power to Thousands in New England

The Great Red Spot is signature Jupiter.

Jupiter’s giant storm could hold two to three earth-sized planets.

On earth?

We’ve got something, too:

Nor'Easter

Giant Nor’easter. Source: @jencarfagno, The Weather Channel

A giant Nor’easter.

Could be the largest storm on earth, as I type this.

Watch this amazing timelapse.

A closer look:

Nor'Easter March 2014

Intense wind field. Nor’easter. 26 March 2014

Blizzard conditions and power outages reported.

Waves exceeded 10 feet.

Wind gusted up to 80 miles an hour, too.

Further evidence of my musing, “Is spring broken?”

Storm had @JimCantore written all over it.

Even other meteorologists called his name:

Meteorologists warn @JimCantore. Source: @gdimeweather

Meteorologists warn @JimCantore. Source: @gdimeweather

Meteorologist Cantore answered the bell.

He’s in there, trust me. Scraping snow off the pole:

Nor'Easter Jim Cantore  Jeff Schwartz

Nor’easter engulfs @JimCantore. Source: The Weather Channel

Here’s his “live” encounter.

Can you imagine if this Nor’easter made landfall?

Its main “punch” remained out to sea.

So, unless George Clooney and the Andrea Gail make a comeback, this is not “The Perfect Storm.”

It’s vast, however.

Easily visible from space.

Probably from Jupiter, with binoculars or a small telescope.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is hundreds of years old.

Earth’s Nor’easter will likely “tire” in days.

The result: it’s news, but more weather and science news.

Some amazing science in-progress.

Impossible to pass up.

The visuals, alone.

One day, perhaps, an astronaut’s “live” coverage of The Great Red spot?

Until then, enjoying a great Nor’easter.

From the safety of satellite technology.

 


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Is Spring Broken?

March 18, 2014

On Calendars, Spring Arrives Thursday

Thursday, the start of spring, is the Vernal Equinox:

Vernal Equinox

Source: KUSA-TV, Denver, Colo.

Days and nights are approximately equal.

America’s weather will be far from balanced, however, per NOAA:

Cold Weather Spring

More cold weather next week. Source: NWS/NOAA

More than half the nation may shiver in below-average temperatures next week.

Weather that is far from spring-like:

Spring Precipitation

Above-average precipitation in “green.” Source: NWS/NOAA

Much-needed precipitation is forecast for northern California.

But not the drought-hit central and southern parts of the state.

A lot of key American crops will remain impacted.

Expect higher prices at grocery stores, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Spawning salmon trying to travel dry waterways are affected, too.

As is West Coast recreational and sports salmon fishing.

Look, winter’s already been too long for many.

Social media is full of “fed up”:

Twitter Tired of Winter Wants Spring

Wall Street trader Scott Redler. Source: Twitter

For many, Thursday will be spring on a calendar, only.

In real life, all bundled up, you may be thinking one thing.

Spring has a reputation problem.

Spring is broken.

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

― Mark Twain

 


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Tree Talk: They Know “Next”

October 23, 2011
A “Natural” Communication Style

Trees talk. The blazing red of my Maple on this fall day is a tree “shouting.” All summer, its leaves are food factories. The leaves turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugar – with the help of sunlight. That process is called photosynthesis. A chemical called chlorophyll helps photosynthesis. Chlorophyll makes leaves green. In summer, my Maple leaves are green.

Trees Talk of the Future

Read the Leaves

Then summer ends. Autumn arrives.

Days are shorter, cooler, with less sunlight.

Leaves stop making food.

The glucose of summer is stuck inside them.

The trapped glucose turns a glorious red.

So, the red leaves are really the “voice” of my tree. They speak loudly of a new season, winter, ahead.

My Maple knows this. The tree is ready to rest. Its fall color is a tell. The tree is prepared for “next.” It is wise. Don’t believe me or it? Check with the National Weather Service. Its latest forecast calls for up to eight inches of snow this week.

Want a glimpse of the future? Well, trees feature a natural communications style. Listen to trees. Read the leaves. Spot, “Next.”


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