Tuesday August 25th… 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).😉
Main Topic: Houston We Have A Big Problem…How Bad Will Effects From Laura Get?
Dear Diary. During the day on Monday we started to see more ominous signs that the Houston/Galveston area could see a direct hit from Hurricane Laura. It now appears that the best case scenario would be a near miss with a landfall in southwest Louisiana as a CAT2. The worst case scenario would be for Laura’s eye to move in just west of Galveston Bay as a CAT 5 monster hurricane. A middle road scenario would be what the National Hurricane Center is forecasting, a CAT3 landfall just east of Galveston.
We have a scant 48 hours before landfall with a mere 36 hours before conditions go rapidly downhill in Southeast Texas and coastal Louisiana. So, what scenario will be closest to verification? Certainly weather models are shifting towards the west, but as a forecaster I know that guidance can change. Also, intensity guidance is still very flaky as far as our best science goes in 2020. I pray that Houston will be spared the worst that nature can dole out in 2020 due to a supercharged, hot world from carbon pollution, but we will see.
Today and on Wednesday I will present the latest information from hurricane experts, which will be updated constantly, refreshed with the newest information appearing at the top of this list:
Here are more notes from Tuesday on the western fires and the heatwave, which I’ve dubbed Beelzebub:
Here is more climate and weather news from Tuesday:
(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. The most noteworthy items will be listed first.)
Now here are some of today’s articles and notes on the horrid COVID-19 pandemic:
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Guy Walton “The Climate Guy”