Sunday July 14th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog 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).😉
Flooding From Barry And Building U.S. Heat Wave Day Six
Tropical Storm Barry is currently winding down over the Lower Mississippi Valley but remains dangerous, producing some tornadoes and more flooding. Thankfully, though, Barry “underachieved,” since extraordinary, deep tropical moisture remained just offshore from Friday through most of Saturday night. Here is one explanation:
Once again there maybe a lot of blowback to many meteorologists who were fooled by model guidance into believing that an epic flood would occur from New Orleans westward through much of southern and central Louisiana, perhaps on par with what Katrina did, this time due to topping levees from a record swollen Mississippi River. I was among them. Thank goodness that this system did not unfold as forecast. I’m hoping that the next time a storm or hurricane materializes in which vast numbers of people need to evacuate, and it will, people will not point to Barry as experts crying wolf.
Too, as climate writers we need to be careful about linking “underachieving” weather systems with the climate crisis lest there is substantial blowback from critics:
Nevertheless, substantial flooding will continue to occur from Barry, and the system is not done putting down heavy rain in an already chocked Mississippi. I’ll be posting more social media messages about the system today, which will be the last day of our Barry main topic series. You can view all messages that I recorded under the category “Barry Flooding 2019” on this site, which includes model qpf output and satellite images. Perhaps any experts reading this post can look back at this catalogued material, learning from it so that the public can be better informed when there is a new tropical threat.
As usual, here are some selected social media notes, which I will add to during the course of Sunday. As usual the latest info will be at the top of the list:
The next weather and climate related event to hit the U.S. may be a substantial heat wave starting this week. Already we have maxes in the 90s across a wide area on the east and western areas not affected by Barry:
Once the remnants of Barry exit the East Coast high heat will ranchet up a notch as a big heat dome builds across the CONUS:
Here is more climate and weather news from Sunday:
(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. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article.)
Here is Sunday’s “ET” right from the Arctic Circle:
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Guy Walton- “The Climate Guy”