Saturday May 26th… 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:
Very Odd Weather Climate Change Clues (Mekunu)
Besides extreme changes in temperature nature leaves weather clues indicating that the climate is changing. One of the most obvious would be tropical cyclones happening out of season or in odd places. Last year we saw a hurricane, Ophelia, affect Ireland in mid October:
(Image from Wikipedia) Ophelia was the most eastern major hurricane in the Atlantic basin record.
This year in the Gulf of Oman Mekunu is raising eyebrows. It’s not out of the physical, meteorological realm of possibility that both Ophelia and Mekunu could have occurred in the same geographical locations and produced the same effects say in the 1960s, but a warmer world increases the likelihood for odd storms to crank in odd places and at unusual times of the year. In the case of Mekunu near the Arabian peninsula MIT has already produced a study in 2015 saying such:
The article title:
“Grey swan” cyclones predicted to be more frequent and intense. Study finds some coastal regions may face a risk of unprecedented storm surge in the next century.
So just how rare and unprecedented was Mekunu? Eric Holthaus has been blogging on the system putting it into perspective:
One of the strongest cyclones ever to hit Oman — equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane. Landfall in a few hours.
#MekunuCyclonehttps://twitter.com/IrishEagle/status/1000063632191950848 … #Salalah reported 249.4 mm (9.82″) of rain from Cyclone #Mekunu during the 24 hrs ending at 4 AM Sat local time. That’s nearly twice the annual average. Even heavier rains no doubt fell across nearby mountainsides. Still raining @ 7 AM. http://ogimet.com/cgi-bin/gsynres?lang=en&ind=41316&ndays=30&ano=2018&mes=05&day=26&hora=00&ord=REV&Send=Send …