Wednesday August 29th… 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:
Connecting The Climate Dots…Puerto Rico To Florida
Looking at the strength, scope, and dead on approach of Maria to Puerto Rico last year deep down most meteorologists following the system knew that the unfolding disaster would rival if not surpass the devastation left by Katrina in 2005. We optimistically were scratching our heads when only 64 deaths were reported across the island in the wake of the storm. That figure just didn’t stack up looking at aerial photos and knowing the fact that the majority of Puerto Rico was without power for months. Now a year after category 4 Maria directly hit Puerto Rico that figure has been adjusted to 2975 deaths, mostly from poor, elderly, sick, and disabled people not able to get much help in the wake of the storm. If humanity is going to eventually tackle and solve the climate problem we must recognize the consequences of global warming, not proverbially sweep facts and truth underneath the carpet. In this country this is not the age of science and even facts and truth ruling the roost, though.🤨
Yesterday many an article was written on the “actual” number of fatalities that can be blamed in Maria. Here is one:
Quoting some from this article:
Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico raised the island’s official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 following a new, government-commissioned study carried out by George Washington University.
The big picture: The new study, released Tuesday, found that Hurricane Maria and its aftermath resulted in an estimated 2,975 deaths on the island from September 2017 through February 2018. However, it also noted that excess, storm-related deaths may have continued beyond that period.
Since it is the height of the Cape Verde season some tropical systems will form from that region in September but may not threaten Puerto Rico we hope. What has been persistent are higher than average SSTs extending northwest from Puerto Rico to Florida this year. We can make a strong connection to these high SSTs (and fertilizer) to a climate change problem currently plaguing Florida:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line.)
Here are Wednesday’s maxes:
A front cooled most of the Midwest. Temps soared as high as the upper 90s ahead of the front in the Northeast. A low grade heat wave continued across the South. Temperatures were near average across most of the West.
Here are some major ET reports for today:
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