A humbling map of real-time wind patterns in Tornado Alley
“Wind Map” is a stunning interactive datavisualization that presents wind patterns across the continental U.S. in real time. Picture above is what it looked like last night at 10:59 CDT, in the aftermath of yesterday’s devastating Oklahoma tornado.”
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Snow storm to hit New England Monday evening/Tuesday morning. Prepare for messy commuting.
Infographic: Global Sea Level Rise Projections and Risk to the U.S.A.
A 2012 study by the U.S. Geological Survey determined that sea levels along the East Coast will rise three to four times faster than the global average. The study named Norfolk, New York City, and Boston as the three metro areas most vulnerable to the devastating effects of rising sea levels—ranging from the dramatic increase in storm surge, as winds scoop up water from the sea and dump more of it farther from the coast than ever before, to the steady erosion of roads, buildings, and arable soil as seawater creeps inland.
Map of significant climate events in 2012. Usually we think in terms of one event to the next. We name that event (Katrina, Nemo, etc.) and move on to the clean up phase. But collectively, when seen in one snap shot of an entire year, I cannot help but think we are in big, big trouble. Governments cannot possibly manage all this strife, year after year, decade after decade. Something has got to give, or possibly collapse. Sorry for the doom reflection, but sheesh. Look at all these big events. So much life lost. Such high costs to taxpayers.
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Several high-temperature records have been broken this year. This year is gonna be ultra-hot. Despite the distracting Nor’eastah-Nemo today, it has been a very warm winter in the U.S.
Good post on the climate-snow connection. This stuff wouldn’t be so confusing if we had better science (and philosophy) education.
I poked around the New Scientist’s new interactive climate change map. Pretty neat. The maps show the average temperature changes by location, and average temperature change over time. Data is scraped from NASA databases. There are better, more complex maps out there, but this one is easy to understand.
The graphs and maps all show changes relative to average temperatures for the three decades from 1951 to 1980, the earliest period for which there was sufficiently good coverage for comparison. This gives a consistent view of climate change across the globe. To put these numbers in context, the NASA team estimates that the global average temperature for the 1951-1980 baseline period was about 14 °C.
The analysis uses land-based temperature measurements from some 6000 monitoring stations in the Global Historical Climatology Network, plus records from Antarctic stations recorded by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. Temperatures at the ocean surface come from a measurements made by ships from 1880 to 1981, plus satellite measurements from 1982 onwards.Surface temperature measurements are not evenly distributed across the globe. Via
I took the above are screens with temp-change graphs of Piaui, Brazil; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Vienna, Austria. Compare the location graphs to the global average.
Map your home town: Warming World.
Big winds across the northeast tonight - 40 to 80 mph! Move your vehicles away from trees and do other safetyly things. Via
The Leonid meteor shower peaks before dawn on Saturday as the Earth passes through debris left behind by the comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle.
Wowah wee wah!
Half-way through it gang! Hang in there. We still have power in Western Mass., though a few dozen coastal cities have lost power.
5:46 p.m. EDT Monday:“Sandy is onshore. It looks like it hit right by the Sea Isle City and Avalon area,” AccuWeather meteorologist Henry Margusity said.
5:36 p.m. EDT Monday: 83 mph wind gust in Eatons Neck, N.Y.
5:31 p.m. EDT Monday: 74 mph wind gust at Ocean City, Md., reported by emergency management.
5:24 p.m. EDT Monday: 75 mph wind gust at Fire Island, N.Y. at 4:35pm
5:21 p.m. EDT Monday: Sandy brought a wind gust of 117 mph to Mount Washington, NH at 5pm ET.
5:07 p.m. EDT Monday: Huffington Post reports that nearly one million customers are without power.
5:03 p.m. EDT Monday: “Very intense eye wall has developed off of Wildwood, N.J.,” AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity said.
4:53 p.m. EDT Monday: A collection of snow photos associated with Sandy has been compiled.
4:37 p.m. EDT Monday: JFK airport had a peak wind gust to 66 mph.
4:10 p.m. EDT Monday: “The water level at the Atlantic City Steel Pier is now rising at a rate of more than 1.5 ft/hr,” tweeted AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger (@muwxguy). Atlantic City Steel Pier Tide Info
Sandy’s massive wind field
That blue band to the west is why this storm is so gnarly. The band is a combination of cold storms that will collide with a hot-weather Hurricane Sandy, thus the name “Frankenstorm.” Not to mention the very high-tides due to tomorrow’s full moon. These elements are why everyone is freaking out.
The band was a normal storm creeping across the U.S. from the Pacific Coast. But along the way it picked up a blast of wintery arctic air that swooped down from Canada. Sandy is pushing a lot of water towards the coastline, causing mega-damage to many properties. The tide is already high, making it worse.
Once it mashes into Hurricane Sandy over the coast, there will be mega-damage to many many properties. Frankenstorm indeed!
Ya’ll need to follow accuweather!
Every year, AccuWeather.com issues a U.S. winter forecast, highlighting predictions of temperature and precipitation trends. Last year, winter was unusually warm for much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation.