Monday May 21st… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s main climate change related topic:
Whiplash…From Cold to Hot and Wet
Unusual and what I suspect climate change phenomena have been occurring across the United States the last couple of months. Extreme conditions running the gambit from record cold to record heat have been occurring across the Midwest from April into May. Record rainfall has been falling in the eastern U.S. One could chalk up some of the phenomena to extreme weather, but what we have seen the last two month is on the edge of typical climatology. Here are some items that I have seen pertaining to what I will term “climate change whiplash.” I do emphasize this point: A region will undergo true climate change when its weather more often than not is out of bounds with what is typically expected for a season.
First, it’s gotten very warm this May from coast to coast:
Note the co-location of the excessive temperatures in the Central/Southern Plains over/adjacent to drought areas. Local feedbacks are beginning which will perpetuate and intensify
#drought in the region. #okwx #txwx #kswx @GPGrazing
It has been a very wet last 10 days across most of the Eastern US, especially the mid Atlantic and southern Appalachian regions.
Wow! Pretty impressive for the week before Memorial Day to have nothing more than marginal risks of severe weather (or the equivalent) for the entire Day 1-8 period. http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/ …
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