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: Notes on CAT5 Iota And This Amazing Atlantic Hurricane Season
Dear Diary. Tragically this morning we know that CAT5 Hurricane Iota will make landfall in northern Nicaragua very close to where CAT4 Hurricane Eta made landfall a couple of weeks ago:
One statistic I can throw out is that this is the latest we have historically had a CAT5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin. There are many more, which I will add to this post as they get compiled today.
Obviously, the warmer sea surface temperatures get, the stronger these hurricanes will be, potentially wrecking vast areas of coastline, due to climate change.
Want to see what a CAT5 hurricane looks like at a pressure of about 917 millibars? Here you go:
In the above infra red satellite photo we see a distinct small eye with very cold cloud tops as indicated by the white and purple colors around Iota’s center. Such a collared presentation is indicative of only the strongest hurricanes.
I have to give credit where proverbial credit is due. Kudos go out to meteorological model researchers. The American GFS model has greatly been improved over the last few years and is now able to forecast both formation of hurricanes and their eventual path with great accuracy. For that reason I knew that Iota would be trouble days ago:
Also, kudos need to go out to hurricane researchers and forecasters that correctly predicted that 2020 would be a historically active Atlantic season, mainly due to the advent of a strong La Niña, which lessened wind sheaf over much of the basin.
I’ll be listing notes on Iota and those from this hurricane season here today:
Here are a few “ET’s” from Monday:
Here is more climate and weather news from Monday:
(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”