A Thundery Rut East of Rockies (lightning safety for Little League ball games – Doppler in your Pocket)
...THE FLOOD WATCH HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO A RIVER FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN MINNESOTA... SOUTH FORK CROW RIVER AT DELANO AFFECTING WRIGHT COUNTY CROW RIVER AT ROCKFORD AFFECTING HENNEPIN AND WRIGHT COUNTIES ...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WATCH FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN MINNESOTA... MINNESOTA RIVER AT MONTEVIDEO AFFECTING CHIPPEWA...LAC QUI PARLE AND YELLOW MEDICINE COUNTIES MINNESOTA RIVER AT HENDERSON AFFECTING LE SUEUR...SCOTT AND SIBLEY COUNTIES MINNESOTA RIVER NEAR JORDAN AFFECTING CARVER AND SCOTT COUNTIES MINNESOTA RIVER AT SAVAGE AFFECTING DAKOTA...HENNEPIN AND SCOTT COUNTIES .THIS RIVER FORECAST IS BASED ON THE RAINFALL THAT HAS OCCURRED OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS. ON AVERAGE WIDESPREAD 2 TO 4 INCHES WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OF 6+ INCHES HAS FALLEN ACROSS THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY. ANOTHER ROUND OF STORMS WILL FORM THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO TONIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS THROUGH 7 AM TUESDAY WILL AVERAGE BETWEEN 0.75 AND 1.25 INCHES. IN ADDITION...WE ARE EXPECTING ANOTHER ROUND OF STORMS DURING THE DAY ON TUESDAY AND INTO TUESDAY NIGHT. THE FORECAST RAINFALL WITH THE ACTIVITY EXPECTED TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND TUESDAY NIGHT HAS NOT BEEN INCLUDED IN THE FORECASTS. SO THE ADDITIONAL RAINS COULD CAUSE RIVER LEVELS TO RISE EVEN HIGHER THAN PREDICTED. GIVEN THE UNCERTAINTY IN THE RAINFALL FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TUESDAY...THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY TO THE RIVER FORECASTS AND WHETHER OR NOT LOCATIONS WILL REACH FLOOD STAGE. AS CONFIDENCE INCREASES ON THE FORECASTS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING...FUTURE WARNINGS MAY BE ISSUED.
Lessons Learned From The June 21 Mega-Storm. Last Friday evening’s bow echo, severe winds and flooding rains were a subtle (yet blunt) reminder that damage from severe thunderstorms can be even more extensive than a tornado touch-down. The latest edition of Climate Matters is here: “It wasn’t a tornado, but hurricane force winds combined with a saturated ground that led to widespread damage and the largest power outage in Minnesota’s history. Friday night’s storm was the equivalent of a 15-mile-wide EF-0 tornado, and WeatherNation Chief Meteorologist Paul Douglas says it serves as a reminder that you need to take severe thunderstorms seriously.”
Bow Echo. Click to activate loop. Here is a loop (GR2) of the severe thunderstorm that swept across the metro area Friday evening, becoming more severe as it pushed east of Lake Minnetonka toward South Minneapolis, whipping up a 70-80 mph gust front in the process.
Thundery Holding Pattern. Once again weather systems are creeping eastward across the USA, showers and T-storms, some strong to severe, will continue to flare up from the Midwest into the Great Lakes and New England. The southwest remains dry – nothing brewing in the tropics thru the 4th of July.
Lightning Safety. After concern was raised about recent Little League baseball games played during questionable weather (lightning observed nearby) I wrote this note to an ump who asked me about criteria for calling off a game, and when it’s safe to resume play. Here is my reponse:
Alberta Flood Volunteers: “People Have Really Come Together”. Portions of Calgary are still underwater; this is reportedly the worst flooding Alberta, Canada has experienced in recorded history. CTV News has a story of the aftermath and clean-up operations underway: “As southern Alberta deals with the worst flooding in its history, volunteers and staff with the Canadian Red Cross say they are working around the clock to help those affected get through the crisis and begin the cleanup. Matt Baden, a Red Cross emergency response team lead, has been working at an emergency shelter in Blackie, just a few kilometres east of High River, the community that was hardest hit by the flooding. He says currently, the Red Cross is working to supply the evacuees at the shelter with the basic necessities, such as cots, blankets and hygiene kits, and to make people as comfortable as possible…”
iFetch Allows A Dog To Play Fetch On It’s Own. Is it me, or is this just kind of sad. Who says technology is making us smarter? Gizmag.com has the story; here’s the intro: “Playing fetch with your dog is surely one of life’s high points. After a short while though, it can all get a bit tiring and just a tad boring. Your bouncing bundle of fun, on the other hand, would happily keep the game going for hours. Fortunately, technology is here to help. The iFetch from the Hamill family shoots out a ball for your dog to fetch, and when fido drops it in the opening at the top, it’s fired back out again…”
Introducing The New Profession Of Extreme Weather Architect. Yes, the upward spike in T-storm winds, hail and flash flooding is already impacting the way some architects design homes to better withstand weather extremes. Here’s an excerpt fromQuartz: “Daniel Horn, a fresh New York architecture graduate, has launched a global competition around a tricky design question—what is the most aesthetic way to raise the elevation of an entire neighborhood block by eight to 10 feet? Call it extreme weather architecture. Horn, a 23-year-old graduate of the New York Institute of Technology (more on him below), is part of a boom in design competitions and urban reconstruction initiatives built around climate change. A rash of storms, drought and fires in recent years has ignited this contemplation of a new school of design cutting across cities and shorelines, homes and commercial buildings. The emerging class of architecture suggests the onset of a global design-and-construction industry worth tens of billions of dollars in the coming years…”
Obama Is Announcing Major New Climate Plans Tuesday. This Chart Explains Why. The Washington Post has the story – here’s the intro: “On Tuesday, President Obama is expected to announce a couple major new steps to address global warming, including a plan to limit carbon-dioxide emissions from existing power plants. But what’s the goal here? To put this all in context, take a look at this chart from the most recent Economic Report of the President, which shows the United States is nowhere near on pace to meet its short-term climate targets by 2020…”
Obama’s Climate Plan Seen Putting Heat On Power Plants, Appliances. Here’s a clip from a story at Politico: “…While the climate speech isn’t likely to touch on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the controversial project that has spawned a massive opposition campaign among the president’s liberal base, it is expected to involve these measures:
1. Power plant clampdown
All eyes are on EPA, the federal agency in charge of writing and implementing what are likely to be some of the most controversial regulations in the president’s second term: limiting carbon emissions from both new and existing power plants. Heather Zichal, the White House energy adviser, suggested Wednesday that EPA is committed to moving forward with climate regulations for power plants, particularly from the fleet of coal-fired plants that have traditionally provided the bulk of the country’s electricity. Power plants are the biggest source of U.S. carbon emissions…”