Weathering the Weather

June 3, 2019

Sunshine with near-cloudless skies this late-afternoon Monday on California’s north coast, and warm, too — the comfortable heat mainly due to very little wind flow.
In the morning all haggard-inducing overcast as been the norm for days and days, but a dog run just before noon at Little River Beach found a wonderful burning-off effect, with the sun appearing quickly, intensely bright, creating a soaking-up-rays attitude. And lack of any kind of northerly ocean breeze, actually hardly no breeze at all, punched-up the temperature sense.

According to the Northern Californnia Weather Blog, released today: ‘High pressure is along the coast. Today through Wednesday we will have sunny skies with some afternoon clouds over the mountains. Temperatures will continue run 5 to 10 degrees above normal and winds will be light..

Supposedly, clouds back and gusty northern winds by Thursday, however.
Weather up here is a fortunate one — neither overly hot or cold. A day in January can sometimes easily be mistaken for a day in July.
And following the above, the the WeatherUnderground‘s 10-day forecast thingie shows sunshine for awhile, so there’s hope.
Yet not so eternal — the Eureka NWS calls for fog starting Wednesday, and rest of the week to be gray again.
Mid-afternoon our temp here was 61-derees, while at the same time in Merced, down in the Central Valley, it was 91 — a 30-degree difference. Why I mention that? One, I’ll be traveling to Merced at the end of this month. I’ve a daughter working on her doctorate at UC Merced. I drive there, she then drives me to Sacramento for a another appointment at UC Davis, continuing follow-up after surgery last summer. I hate driving, and she’s on summer break — nice trip, though, as I get to spend real-quality time with her.
Even in the unbearable heat. I was last down there in late March, and it was sunny but pleasant. Now hot for anybody/everybody, but especially so for whinny, wimpy people way-accumulated to way-mild weather like up here on the Lost Coast.
And two on the Merced thing, a display of just how weird our diverse climates. Location, of course, the main factor — my daughter boils in the valley, while up here I grouse/grumble because it’s overcast and cool.

Although closely connected, weather and climate are different — from the NOAA: ‘Whereas weather refers to short-term changes in the atmosphere, climate describes what the weather is like over a long period of time in a specific area. Different regions can have different climates.’
And those climates are changing, drastically, quickly. The UK’s Guardian announced last month they will label climate change, as climate ‘crisis’ in their reporting. (My post on that here).
And earth’s climate is way-truly in a crisis — all mankind’s by-far-biggest problem.

An obvious consequence of this ‘crisis’ in global warming can be seen in America’s MidWest right now. The wettest 12 months in the US since records began.has caused weeks of flooding, which has wrecked communities and turned farms into inland seas.
Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, and reality (from today’s Guardian):

“It is so wet. There’s so much land that’s under so much water that you’d literally have to have the rain stop, the sun come out, the wind blow, humidity be low and even then you’d have I think millions of acres of land that would have to go unplanted because they’re just too waterlogged.
“So it’s a piling on of circumstances all of which are beyond the control of individual farmers and ranchers.
“That’s why there is so much stress out at farm country right now.”

Another view of the same situation via National Geographic, also today:

“Overall, it’s climate change,” says Donald Wuebbles, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“We expect an increase in total precipitation in the Midwest, especially in winter and spring, with more coming as larger events.”
Depending on the state, early June is the latest corn can be planted and mid-June is the latest soybeans can be planted.
After that, temperatures climb too high and rain falls too little for the crop to be successful.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture monitors crop progress during the planting season, and on May 28 they reported that only 58-percent of the corn that could be planted was in the ground.
For soybeans, it was only 29 percent.
That’s a big deal for U.S. farmers who supply a quarter of the world’s grains, a category that includes corn, wheat, and rice.

“When you warm up the atmosphere, the atmosphere can hold more moisture,” says David Easterling, the chief of the scientific services devision at the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration.
He explains that much of the rain falling over midwestern states originated in the skies over the Gulf of Mexico, where waters have warmed.
As that atmosphere above the gulf warms, it’s capable of holding more moisture, which it will ultimately dump somewhere.
Last year, major flooding left behind by hurricanes was attributed to climate change-induced warming.

And then there’s the T-Rump, asshole destroyer of everything, now acting the fool in the UK — loose adaption of the Pinball: “I don’t know how to tell ya this, Cyrus, but we are three white guys short. Or as they say in Ebonics, ‘We be fucked.'”

(Illustration above found here).

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