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Wednesday: Lingering AM Storms, Then A Nice Stretch Ahead!

Tornado Warned Storm PM Tuesday

Thanks to Julie Kruse for the picture below who snapped this near Eden Prairie Tuesday evening as a tornado warned storm drifted southeast across the southern Metro. While no tornado was reported, the cell did show signs of rotation and the low cloud looked quite ominous. Thank goodness this storm didn't produce a tornado as it would've impacted highly populated areas!

Storm Reports From Tuesday

Storms quickly developed across the region Tuesday afternoon and evening and they were responsible for a few hail and wind damage reports. The image below shows where those storm reports were located with golf ball (1.75") hail being reported in Eden Prairie.

Stormy Tuesday Night

Here's the radar loop from late Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning as scattered showers and storms rumbled through the region. Some of the storms produced severe weather reports and locally heavy rains.


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Thunderstorm Shadows From Space

Well, this is kind of neat. This Tweet from @AstroTerry aboard the ISS shows shadows from thunderstorms!! See more from @AstroTerry HERE:


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Large Hail in Spain
 
WOW! Take a look at these images from @meteoduruelo where thunderstorms dropped massive hail across parts of Central Spain, which lead to a lot of damage! Take a look at that roof!
 
 
 
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Severe Threats: Wednesday

According to NOAA's SPC, there is a risk of strong to severe storms on Wednesday across the southern half of the state and into Wisconsin. Note that the best chance will be found extreme southeastern Minnesota, well south of Albert Lee, Owatana and Rochester.



Simulated Radar 
 
The simulated radar from AM Wednesday to PM Sunday shows unsettled weather still lingering across parts of the state on Wednesday, but note the clearing that takes place and for how long it sticks around! We could be looking at several days of dry, sunny weather from Thursday on into the weekend. However, there does appear to be a little unsettled weather moving in late Saturday/Sunday. Stay tuned...
 
 
Heavy Rainfall Potential Ahead
 
The rainfall forecast  through PM Thursday shows heavy rainfall potential across the southern half of the state from our overnight storms Tuesday into early Wednesday. Some locations will see totals as high as 2" or more.
 
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HILARY in the Eastern Pacific
 
The National Hurricane Center continues to track Hilary, which as of early Wednesday was a category 2 hurricane with 105mph sustained winds. HILARY became the is the 8th named storm and the 4th hurricane of the 2017 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season.
 
 
 Tracking HILARY
 
Here's the official track for HILARY, which has it potentially becoming a major hurricane at some point this week. If it does, it would be the 2nd major hurricane of the season. The other storm was FERNANDA, which developed into a category 4 storm!
 
 
HILARY Strength
 
Here's the model outlook for HILARY, which shows a trend towards strengthening over the next few days, but only a few bring this to category 3 strength, which is considered to a major hurricane. The majority of the models keep this storm at a category 1 or 2 through the week.
 
 
Eastern Pacific Outlook: Next 5 Days
 
Weather conditions in the Eastern Pacific continue to remain active as NOAA's NHC is keeping an eye on 3 other waves of energy, 2 of which are named. GREG has become a tropical depression well off to the west, but IRWIN continues a hurricane, which is the 9th named storm of the season and the 5th hurricane of the season. There is also another wave of energy that has a low probability of tropical development in the next 5 days.
 
Tracking IRWIN
 
According to NOAA's NHC, as of early Wednesday, IRWIN was a category 1 hurricane with 80mph sustained winds.
 
 
Tracking IRWIN
 
IRWIN became the 9th named storm of the 2017 Eastern Pacific hurricane season and has become the 5th hurricane of the season! The good news with this storm is that it is not expected to impact any major landmass. 
 
 
Tracking GREG
 
According to NOAA's NHC, GREG has been downgraded to a tropical depression with sustained winds of 35mph. The good news is that this storm is not expected to pose a threat to any major land mass and should continue to diminish through the end of the week.
 
 
 Atlantic Outlook: Next 5 Days

Meanwhile, the Atlantic basin looks fairly quiet, but the NOAA's NHC is now watching a wave in the Eastern Atlantic that has a low probability of tropical formation over the next 5 days.

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PRELIMINARY 2017 Tornado Map

It certainly has been a fairly active first half of 2017 with 1190 preliminary tornado reports through July 23rd. Note that this is the most tornadoes through July 23rd since 2011, when there were 1,662 reports. The map below shows the distribution of the tornadoes so far this year. 

PRELIMINARY 2017 Tornado Count

According to NOAA's SPC, the PRELIMINARY 2017 tornado count is 1192 (through July 24). Note that is the most active year for tornadoes since 2011, when there were 1,664 tornadoes. Keep in mind there was a major tornado outbreak in the Gulf Coast region from April 25-28, 2011 that spawned nearly 500 tornadoes, some of which were deadly. That outbreak is known as the Super Outbreak of 2011 and has gone down in history as one of the biggest, costliest and one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in history.


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National Weather Hazards Ahead...

1.) Heavy rain across portions of the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, Fri, Jul 28.
2.) Heavy rain across portions of the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic, Sat-Mon, Jul 29-Jul 31.
3.) Heavy rain across portions of the Central and Southern Rockies and the Central and Southern Plains, Sun-Mon, Jul 30-Jul 31.
4.) Flooding occurring or imminent across portions of the Upper and Middle Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes.
5.) Flooding likely across portions of the Middle Mississippi Valley.
6.) Flooding possible across portions of the Central and Southern Plains, the Central and Southern Rockies, the Central Great Basin, and the Southwest.
7.) Moderate risk of much above-normal temperatures for portions of the Central Valley of California, Wed-Thu, Aug 2-Aug 3.
8.) Slight risk of much above-normal temperatures for portions of the Great Basin, the Northern Plains, the Northern Rockies, California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest, Wed-Sun, Aug 2-Aug 6.
9.) Severe Drought across parts of the Great Plains, Arizona, California, and Hawaii.

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"Exceptional drought in Northern Plains in July 2017"

"The Northern Plains were in the midst of a punishing drought in July 2017.  Along with a lack of rainfall, the weekly average temperature was more than 90°F for a swath of the region from Montana southward to Kansas, which further accelerated the development of extreme to exception drought in parts of Montana and North and South Dakota. According to the July 18 report from the U.S. Drought Monitor project, 22% of Montana was in severe or exceptional drought. Across an additional 23% of the state, drought conditions were ranked as moderate to severe.  In North Dakota, more than 70 percent of the state was in some level of drought, with 40% of that being extreme or exceptional."

See more from Climate.gov HERE:

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"Hi-Line farmers feeling drought's burn"

"The life had been fading from Grant Zerbe's stunted chickpeas for the better part of a month, and now drought’s hot breath was burning through the final green inch of every plant stem.The Montana farmer’s worst growing season in 30 years was coming to a brutal end. There are few crops to harvest in the region, and with a lack of food and water, unwanted livestock are headed to auction. “Normally, we’d be getting 1,200 pounds to an acre,” Zerbe said. “The crop would be so thick you couldn’t see the ground.” Northeast Montana is experiencing the worst drought in the country. On U.S. Drought Monitor maps, the Montana portion branded "extreme" spans 350 miles. Combined with drought in the Dakotas, Montana’s losses contribute to what the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects to be a 64 million bushel loss in wheat production. Durum, a specialty crop for Montana and North Dakota, is expected to be down in bushels 45 percent from last year."

See more from BillingsGazette HERE:

(Frazer area farmer Grant Zerbe checks a chickpea crop as a drought grips eastern Montana.  LARRY MAYER, Gazette Staff)

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EXCEPTIONAL Drought in Montana

According to the US Drought Monitor, parts of Montana are now under an EXCEPTIONAL Drought. While nearly 2% is considered to be in an EXCEPTIONAL drought, 22% is under an EXTREME drought. Also, nearly 65% of the state is considered to be either abnormally dry or in some type of drought.

EXCEPTIONAL Drought in North Dakota

According to the US Drought Monitor, parts of North Dakota are now under an EXCEPTIONAL Drought. Interestingly, this is the first time since 2006! While a little more than 6% is considered to be in an EXCEPTIONAL drought, more than 40% is under an EXTREME drought, which is up from the nearly 36% last week. Also, nearly 94% of the state is considered to be either abnormally dry or in some type of drought.
 
 
Rain Needed to End Drought
 
Exceptional and Extreme drought conditions are in place over parts of Montana and North and South Dakota due to several days/week of hot and dry weather. The image below suggests how much rain would be needed to end the drought, which suggests nearly 6" to 12" or more!
 

 
US Drought Monitor
 
According to the US Drought Monitor, drought conditions from July 11h to July 18th worsened slightly across the nation. Note that EXCEPTIONAL and EXTREME drought conditions (located across parts of Montana and parts of North and South Dakota increased from last week
 

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National Weather Outlook

Here's the weather outlook through the weekend suggests that stormy weather continuing in the Midwest with strong to severe storms and locally heavy rainfall through midweek. The storms will then move into the eastern part of the country with strong to severe storms possible Thursday and Friday with areas of locally heavy rain. Monsoon storms continue in the Southwest with a few strong storms and areas of locally heavy rain.

 
Severe Threats: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
 
According to NOAA's SPC, there is a SLIGHT risk of severe storms across parts of the Midwest on Wednesday, while another SLIGHT risk of severe storms has been posted across parts of the Ohio Valley/Mid-Atlantic/Northeast on Thursday. By Friday, the threat shifts farther south to include more of the Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Southeast. In these areas, large hail, damaging winds and locally heavy rains will be possible in these areas.



Excessive Rainfall Potential Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

According to NOAA's WPC, there is a risk of excessive rain through the end of the week with a MODERATE threat of excessive rainfall across parts of the Midwest/Central US today! SLIGHT risks of excessive rainfall move into the Ohio Valley and Southwest on Thursday. The threat of heavy rain continues in the Southwest on Friday, but develops across parts of the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast.
 


 
Localized Heavy Rain Threats

Excessive rainfall potential is possible across parts of the Midwest and the Northeast over the next couple days. The rainfall forecast suggests some 1" to 2"+ rainfall tallies through AM Friday, which could lead to areas of localized flooding. 



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High Dewpoints in Phoenix, AZ

Thank to my good friend @pauliniguez for sharing this on Twitter, where dewpoints in Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday morning were in the mid 70s! Yea - that's tropical!! In fact, this was the highest the dewpoint has been in the area since at leat August 2010! This high moisture content can be attributed to the ongoing monsoon season in the Desert Southwest.


 

Monsoon Storms Continue

Here's the simulated radar from Wednesday to Sunday, which shows the potential of daily monsoon storms continuing across the region. Note that some of the storms could be a little on the strong side with gusty winds, dust storms and locally heavy rain, which could lead to localized flooding. The rainfall forecast below suggests that some areas could see up to 1" of rain or more through the end of the week!

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"Detwiler Fire morning update: 78,900 acres, 65% contained"

"The Detwiler Fire held at 78,900 acres and was 65 percent contained Tuesday morning, Cal Fire said. The acreage was unchanged from Cal Fire's Monday night update on the Mariposa County blaze, but containment increased by 5 percent. A spike in activity Monday afternoon was reported on the northern end of the flames, near Dogtown east of Coulterville, which forced cancellation of a community meeting scheduled in Greeley Hill. Current Situation: Additional evacuations have been lifted in South County Mariposa with repopulation efforts continuing. Fire has sloped over division HH, but remains within secondary lines. Fire spread will continue to impact structures, transportation routes and infrastructure in these areas."

See more from Fresno Bee HERE:

Image Credit: Al Golub Submitted photo via FresnoBee)

DetWiler Fire - Near Yosemite - California

The Detwiler Fire located near Yosemite National Park in California has ballooned to a very large 78,900 acre fire since Sunday, July 16th. This fire has already consumed more than 130 structures; 63 homes, 67 minor structures and 1 commercial structure. A number of other homes and smaller structures have been damaged as well, but 1,500 other structures are being threatened now. There are almost 5,128 people working on the fire and it is only 65% contained at this point . Higher humidity levels are helping create better fire fighting conditions.

See more from CAL Fire HERE:

 
Lodgepole Complex - Montana

According to Inciweb, one of the largest fires currently burning in the Lower 48 is the Lodgepole Complex located 52 miles NW of Jordan, MT. This particular fire has consumed a whopping 250,000 acres and is expected to be fully contained by Wednesday, August 2nd. This particular fire started on Wednesday, July 19th and quickly spread as hot, dry and windy weather created extreme fire behavior. Gusty winds are still posing a concern for the fire.

See more from Inciweb HERE:

(Image credit: By Chris Barth BLM)

 
Ongoing Large Wildfires

Here's a look at the current wildfire map across the country. Recent hot and dry weather has helped to spark several wildfires across the Western US, while a few have also been popping up in the Eastern US.

Here's a list of all the current large wildfires from Inciweb:

 
National Smoke Analysis
 
Here's the projected wildfire smoke concentration for midday Wednesday, which suggests that smoke from wildfires burning across parts of Canada and the Western US could continue to linger around the High Plains and Upper Midwest. There also appears a very high concentration of smoke from fires burning across the western half of Canada. If you are in these areas, air quality could be a little poor, but these areas may also be enjoying very interesting looking sunrises/sunsets, which tend to look hazy or reddish-orange.
 
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Lingering AM Storms, Then A Nice Stretch Ahead!
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas

Last week the US Drought Monitor declared parts of Montana and North Dakota in an exceptional drought. This is the first time some of these areas have been this dry in more than a decade.

The flash-drought has farmers reeling. A large majority of the spring wheat crop in Montana, North & South Dakota is considered to be in poor to very poor condition. Meanwhile, rounds of heavy rain have been impacting parts of Minnesota and the Midwest with as much as 4 to nearly 7 inches of rain since July 1st.

Another round of heavy rain across the southern half of the state will continue to linger through the first half of the day today. I am intrigued by the stretch of pleasant weather that looks to be settling in over the next several days as a bubble of high pressure slowly drifts over the region.

Mostly sunny, dry and comfortable weather will be in place through the end of the week and early weekend. Great timing for Billy Joel and FGL as they rock Target Field this weekend!

We're all in the mood for a melody, Piano Man!
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Extended Forecast

WEDNESDAY: AM storm. PM clearing. Winds: NNE 5. High: 83

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Lingering storm over southern MN early, then clearing. Winds: NNW 5. Low: 64

THURSDAY: Few clouds. Feeling better. Winds: NNE 5-10. High: 82

FRIDAY: WOW! Almost perfect for late July. Winds: ESE 5. Wake-up: 62. High: 82

SATURDAY: Another beauty. Mild temps. Winds: SSW 5. Wake-up: 63. High: 83.

SUNDAY: Sunny start. Afternoon rumbles. Winds: WNW 5. Wake-up: 64. High: 83

MONDAY: Sun and cloud mix. Few showers? Winds: ESE 5. Wake-up: 65. High: 83.

TUESDAY: Increasing t-storm chances. Winds: SSE 5-10. Wake-up: 66. High: 81.
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This Day in Weather History
July 26th

1981: A chilly morning occurs across the Northland, with 33 degrees at Roseau and Wannaska.
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Average High/Low for Minneapolis
July 26th

Average High: 83F (Record: 100F set in 1955)
Average Low: 64F (Record: 45F set in 1962)

Record Rainfall: 2.44" set in 1990
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Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
July 26th

Sunrise: 5:52am
Sunset: 8:46pm

Hours of Daylight: 14hours & 54mins

Daylight LOST since yesterday: ~2 minutes and 10 seconds
Daylight LOST since summer solstice (June 20th): ~43 minutes
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Moon Phase for July 26th at Midnight
3.3 Days Before First Quarter Moon 

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Weather Outlook For Wednesday

Highs on Wednesday won't be quite as high as they were on Tuesday, but it'll still be quite humid and a little on the unsettled side across the southern part of the state. However, cooler and less humid weather will be found across the northern half of the state and that's the weather that most of us will be enjoying Thursday and Friday!

 
Weather Outlook For Wednesday
 
As the front slowly slides through the Upper Midwest, winds will slowly shift to the north-northwest through the day Wednesday. That northerly wind will help to slowly bring in less humid air and it will also help to push much of the wet weather farther south. 
 
 
Weather Outlook For Wednesday
 
Wednesday could still be a fairly wet days across southern Minnesota and into Wisconsin. The weather depiction around midday Wednesday still shows areas of clouds and thunderstorms lingering in those areas, while the northern half of the state will begin drying out sa more sunshine moves in.
 
 
 UV Index for Wednesday - HIGH

Despite there being more clouds across the southern half of the state, the UV Index will still be considered HIGH to VERY HIGH across central and northern Minnesota when the sun pops out on Wednesday. That means that it will only 15 to 25 minutes or less to burn unprotected skin. With that said, if you are planning on spending any extended length of time outside, make sure you wear appropriate attire and lather on the sun block!

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Weather Outlook For Thursday

Thursday looks like a very nice day across the region with comfortable temperatures and lower dewpoints values. There also appears to be plenty of sunshine building into the region through the end of the week and even into Saturday. Enjoy!

UV Index for Thursday - VERY HIGH

Mostly sunny skies on Thursday will bring UV Index values into the VERY HIGH range once again. That means that your skin could burn in 15 to 20 minutes or less!

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Minneapolis Temperature Outlook

Here's the temperature outlook through August 10th, which shows temperatures hovering in the 80s through the rest of the month. However, there could be a little dip into the mid/upper 70s through the first few days of August before temperatures sneak back up into the 80s for the first weekend of August.

 
8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook

According to NOAA's CPC, the extended temperature outlook from August 3rd to August 7th suggests cooler than average temperatures moving south into the central part of the country, while warmer than average temperatures will begin settling into the High Plains.


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Extended Temperature Outlook

According to NOAA's CPC, the extended temperature outlook through August 7th shows that a large chunk of the Central US will be dealing with cooler than normal temperatures, while the western part of the country will still be above average.

Extended Temperature Outlook

Here's the extended 850mb temperature anomaly loop into early next. This describes how warm or cold (from average) mid/low level temperatures will be over time. Note that the warmer oranges and reds will begin to settle in along the northern tier of the nation through the end of the month/early August, but there some cooler than average temps settling in across the Central US as well.

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Weather Outlook Ahead

The weather outlook over the next couple of days shows stormy weather moving across the Midwest, Ohio Valley, Great Lakes and eventually into the Eastern US. There will also be continued monsoon storms in the Southwest that could lead to flash flooding.

5 Day Precipitation Outlook

According to NOAA's WPC, the next several days could produce areas of locally heavy rainfall across many areas from the Desert Southwest to the Midwest and eastern half of the country. Some of the heaviest rainfall could add up to as much as 1" to 3"+, which could also lead to areas of localized flooding.


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"California Shows How States Can Lead on Climate Change"

"California, which has long been a pioneer in fighting climate change, renewed its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions last week by extending, to 2030, its cap-and-trade program, which effectively puts a price on emissions. It’s a bold, bipartisan commitment that invites similarly ambitious policies from other states, and it sends a strong signal to the world that millions of Americans regard with utmost seriousness a threat the Trump administration refuses to acknowledge, let alone reckon with. The cap-and-trade program, which had been set to end in 2020, is the most important component of California’s plan to reduce planet-warming emissions by 40 percent (from 1990 levels) by 2030. The extension, along with a companion bill to reduce local air pollution, was passed by a two-thirds majority of the State Legislature, including eight crucial votes from Republicans. They defied a Republican president who has not only reneged on America’s global climate commitments, but has tried to undo every climate policy put into place by former President Barack Obama."

See more from NYTimes HERE:

(Image Credit: Rose Wong via NYTimes)

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"A Comic Strip Mirrors the Ravages of Climate Change"

"The newspaper comic strip “Arctic Circle,” by the environmentally minded cartoonist Alex Hallatt, is about talking penguins and their fellow creatures living in the north. Starting Monday, under a caption that says “An Inconvenient Truth,” the menagerie will find their world shrinking and their conversations will be about global warming. Readers will see the drawings diminish to nothing by Friday as a snow bunny muses, “Climate change will lead to habitat loss and the extinction of many species.”Miss Hallatt created the strips to observe the arrival of the documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” in theaters on Friday. The film is a follow-up to the 2006 Oscar-winning documentary featuring Al Gore. Miss Hallatt has no official connection to the film."

See more from NYTImes HERE:

(The cast of “Arctic Circle,” by the cartoonist Alex Hallatt, includes three penguins, a polar bear, a lemming and a bunny. Cre(ditAlex Hallatt/King Features Syndicate))


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"Climate change brings one-in-three chance of record rainfall, warns Met Office"

"There is now a one-in-three chance of record rainfall hitting part of England and Wales each winter, according to new Met Office study which highlights the risk of major flooding as the climate warms. The researchers warned that global warming would change the risk of extreme weather and suggested politicians should bear this in mind when planning to protect the public, businesses and infrastructure. A series of storms in the winter of 2013-14 caused widespread flooding and about £1bn-worth of damage in the Thames river valley. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, the Met Office team said they had used computer models of the climate to show that those storms “could have been anticipated”."

See more from Independent HERE:

(A series of storms in the winter of 2013-14 caused widespread flooding Getty via Independent)

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"Climate change challenges sinking city of Venice"

"The Italian city of Venice is prone to frequent flooding because it has sunk five inches over the last century, but it is also grappling with a new challenge: sea-level rise, caused by climate change, which increases the severity. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports on the risks, and Italy's plans to mitigate them, as part of our series “Peril and Promise,” on the challenge of climate change."

See more from PBS HERE:

(Image Credit: PBS)


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"As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger"

"Out here, in West Pokot County, Kenya, the landscape looks like Mars — red clay, rocks, and in the distance, a mountain so bare it looks like a giant boulder. Stephen Long'uriareng, 80, has walked two hours to bring her two cows and goats to this watering hole. It's really just a dam carved out the earth, where the rain water mixes with mud and turns into a dark brown color. This is not the place Long'uriareng remembers from her youth. "This whole place used to be green with a lot of pasture. There was nothing being experienced like drought," she said."

See more from NPR.org HERE:

(As the drought has extended into yet another rainy season, some herders walk for hours to get to this dam. Eyder Peralta/NPR)

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"This mayor is leaving politics to fight climate change full-time"

"Like many communities skirting the U.S. coastline, Hoboken, New Jersey, wasn’t built on solid ground. Many of its charming brick buildings, historic piers, and apartment towers stand atop what was once a low-lying tidal marsh — a grassy, muddy buffer along the Hudson River, designed by nature to absorb high tides and storm surge like a sponge. Early developers drained the marshlands in the 1800s to make way for modern Hoboken: the birthplace of singer Frank Sinatra, the location of TLC’s Cake Boss, and home to 53,000 people packed within the 1.25-square-mile city limit. Across the river, Manhattan’s glassy skyscrapers sparkle in the summer sunlight."

See more from Mashable.com HERE:

(Hoboken's streets are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 30, 2012. IMAGE: MICHAEL BOCCHIERI/GETTY IMAGES)

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"A super-simple strategy may be key to fighting climate change"

"A key strategy in the fight against climate change is slowing the rapid destruction of the world’s forests. When trees burn or decompose, they release carbon. About 10 percent of the greenhouse gases emitted every year are from this newly freed carbon rising into the atmosphere. In recent years, developed countries have committed billions of dollars to help developing countries prevent deforestation. Some of the funds have been used to pay landowners not to cut down their trees. Part of the goal is to give landowners income that isn't dependent on clearing land for agriculture or selling timber to meet big expenses."

See more from WGBH News HERE:

(A small patch of forest still burns after being cleared for farming in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Credit: Titis Setianingtyas/PRI)

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"How does climate change impact you?"

"Most people in Idaho believe climate change will not impact them. They think polar bears may be in trouble, or that people that live along the coast may have problems, but they don’t think it will cause problems in Idaho anytime soon. In reality, climate change is already impacting most of us in one way or another. Anyone who buys insurance is seeing the cost increase. More storms, more fires, more floods; about 5 times more severe weather events than we had 50 years ago. This means higher insurance premiums. Federal agencies are having to cut back on road maintenance, campground maintenance and nearly everything else because they are spending nearly half of their budget fighting fires. City, county, and state governments are having to increase taxes and/or reduce services with the added costs from severe storms."

See more from IdahoSateJournal HERE:

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"U.K. Braced for Record-Breaking Wet Winters Blames Climate Shift"

"Britain faces a future of record-breaking wet winters, potentially leading to more of the widespread flooding seen in recent years, according to new modeling that incorporates changing climate patterns. England and Wales now have a 34 percent chance of record rainfall between October and March, the study by the government’s Met Office said on Monday. In 2013, heavy rain deluged parts of Cornwall and the south east. That was followed by three named storms that flooded some of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire in December 2015, while Storm Angus battered parts of Britain last November."

See more from Bloomberg HERE:

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"North Korea experiencing worst drought in 16 years, UN agency reports"

"North Korea is experiencing its worst drought since 2001, prompting officials to fear an increase in food shortage in the communist country that has suffered serious famine for years, a report by a United Nations agency revealed. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization released the report on Thursday that detailed a prolonged dry period in North Korea from April to June, an important time for crop development. It's production of staple crops such as rice, corn, potatoes and soybeans has been damaged, "threatening food security for a large part of its population," the agency said."

See more from FoxNews HERE:

(Image Courtesy: FoxNews)

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Remembering 1987. Sticky sun & storms later Tuesday

Visible Satellite Loop Monday

The visible satellite loop from Monday showed a fairly sunny day across much of the state. A complex of showers and storms from South Dakota moved into western Minnesota late in the day. This unsettled weather will become more widespread as we head into Tuesday. 

Severe Threats: Tuesday & Wednesday

According to NOAA's SPC, there is a risk of strong to severe storms on Tuesday and Wednesday across parts of the region. At this point, there is a better chance for severe storms on Tuesday across much of Minnesota, while the threat on Wednesday shifts a little farther southeast. 




Simulated Radar 
 
The simulated radar through Tuesday evening shows our next storm system moving through the Midwest with not only the potential of strong to severe storms, but also the possibility of locally heavy rainfall. 
 
 
Heavy Rainfall Potential Ahead
 
The rainfall forecast  through PM Thursday shows heavy rainfall potential across the southern half of the state. Note that some locations could see as much as 1" to 2"+, which could lead to localized areas of flooding.
 
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HILARY in the Eastern Pacific
 
The National Hurricane Center continues to track Hilary, which as of Monday afternoon was a category 1 hurricane with 85mph sustained winds. HILARY became the is the 8th named storm and the 4th hurricane of the 2017 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season.
 
 
 Tracking HILARY
 
Here's the official track for HILARY, which has it potentially becoming a major hurricane at some point this week. If it does, it would be the 2nd major hurricane of the season. The other storm was FERNANDA, which developed into a category 4 storm!
 
 
HILARY Strength
 
Here's the model outlook for HILARY, which shows a trend towards strengthening over the next few days, but only a few bring this to category 3 strength or higher, which is considered to a major hurricane. The majority of the models keep this storm at a category 1 or 2 through the week.
 
 
Eastern Pacific Outlook: Next 5 Days
 
Weather conditions in the Eastern Pacific continue to remain active as NOAA's NHC is keeping an eye on 2 other waves of energy west of  HILARY, which are both named. GREG continues well off to the west, but IRWIN has also developed, which is the 9th named storm of the season!
 
Tracking GREG
 
According to NOAA's NHC, GREG was still a tropical storm with sustained winds of 45mph. The good news is that this storm is not expected to pose a threat to any major land mass and could be a tropical depression by midweek.
 
 
 Tracking IRWIN
 
IRWIN became the 9th named storm of the 2017 Eastern Pacific hurricane season and could become the 5th hurricane of the season! The good news with this storm is that it is not expected to impact any major landmass. 
 
 
 Atlantic Outlook: Next 5 Days

Meanwhile, the Atlantic basin looks to remain quiet over the next 5 days. Stay tuned...

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2017 Lightning Fatalities 

According to NOAA's NWS, there have been 7 lightning fatalities so far this year, the most recent coming from North Carolina on July 18th as a 40-some year old man was walking to store. Note that 4 of these deaths have occurred in Florida, which is considered to be the lightning capital of the United States. 

 
Lightning Deaths Over the Last 10 Years

According to NOAA's NWS, lightning kills an average of 47 people each year in United States! Over the last 10 years, 310 people have died from lightning and what is interesting is that nearly 79% have been males!

 
Lightning Safety: Myths & Facts

Did you know that lightning is nearly 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun? Here are a few interesting myths and facts from NOAA's NWS regarding lightning:

Myth: If you're caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck.
Fact: Crouching doesn't make you any safer outdoors. Run to a substantial building or hard topped vehicle. If you are too far to run to one of these options, you have no good alternative. You are NOT safe anywhere outdoors. See our safety page for tips that may slightly reduce your risk.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it's a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit an average of 23 times a year

Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, you’re safe from lightning.
Fact: Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. “Bolts from the blue” can strike 10-15 miles from the thunderstorm.

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.
Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don't lean on doors during a thunderstorm.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.
Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning Myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR!

Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, you should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.
Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties. Better to get wet than fried!

See more on lightning including safety tips HERE:

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PRELIMINARY 2017 Tornado Map

It certainly has been a fairly active first half of 2017 with 1190 preliminary tornado reports through July 23rd. Note that this is the most tornadoes through July 23rd since 2011, when there were 1,662 reports. The map below shows the distribution of the tornadoes so far this year. 

PRELIMINARY 2017 Tornado Count

According to NOAA's SPC, the PRELIMINARY 2017 tornado count is 1190 (through July 23). Note that is the most active year for tornadoes since 2011, when there were 1,662 tornadoes. Keep in mind there was a major tornado outbreak in the Gulf Coast region from April 25-28, 2011 that spawned nearly 500 tornadoes, some of which were deadly. That outbreak is known as the Super Outbreak of 2011 and has gone down in history as one of the biggest, costliest and one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in history.


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National Weather Hazards Ahead...

1.) Excessive heat across portions of the Middle Mississippi Valley, the Lower Mississippi Valley, the Southern Plains, the Ohio Valley, and the Tennessee Valley, Thu, Jul 27.
2.) Heavy rain across portions of the Southwest, Central and Southern Rockies, and the Central and Southern Plains, Thu-Fri, Jul 27-Jul 28.
3.) Heavy rain across portions of the Northeast, Thu-Fri, Jul 27-Jul 28.
4.) Heavy rain across portions of the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic, Sat-Sun, Jul 29-Jul 30.
5.) Flooding occurring or imminent across portions of the Upper and Middle Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes.
6.) Flooding possible across portions of the Central and Southern Plains, the Central and Southern Rockies, the Central Great Basin, and the Southwest.
7.) Flooding likely across portions of the Middle Mississippi Valley.
8.) Slight risk of much above-normal temperatures for portions of the Great Basin, the Northern Plains, the Northern Rockies, California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest, Tue-Sat, Aug 1-Aug 5.
9.) Severe Drought across parts of the Great Plains, Arizona, California, and Hawaii.

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"Hi-Line farmers feeling drought's burn"

"The life had been fading from Grant Zerbe's stunted chickpeas for the better part of a month, and now drought’s hot breath was burning through the final green inch of every plant stem.The Montana farmer’s worst growing season in 30 years was coming to a brutal end. There are few crops to harvest in the region, and with a lack of food and water, unwanted livestock are headed to auction. “Normally, we’d be getting 1,200 pounds to an acre,” Zerbe said. “The crop would be so thick you couldn’t see the ground.” Northeast Montana is experiencing the worst drought in the country. On U.S. Drought Monitor maps, the Montana portion branded "extreme" spans 350 miles. Combined with drought in the Dakotas, Montana’s losses contribute to what the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects to be a 64 million bushel loss in wheat production. Durum, a specialty crop for Montana and North Dakota, is expected to be down in bushels 45 percent from last year."

See more from BillingsGazette HERE:

(Frazer area farmer Grant Zerbe checks a chickpea crop as a drought grips eastern Montana.  LARRY MAYER, Gazette Staff)

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EXCEPTIONAL Drought in Montana

According to the US Drought Monitor, parts of Montana are now under an EXCEPTIONAL Drought. While nearly 2% is considered to be in an EXCEPTIONAL drought, 22% is under an EXTREME drought. Also, nearly 65% of the state is considered to be either abnormally dry or in some type of drought.

EXCEPTIONAL Drought in North Dakota

According to the US Drought Monitor, parts of North Dakota are now under an EXCEPTIONAL Drought. Interestingly, this is the first time since 2006! While a little more than 6% is considered to be in an EXCEPTIONAL drought, more than 40% is under an EXTREME drought, which is up from the nearly 36% last week. Also, nearly 94% of the state is considered to be either abnormally dry or in some type of drought.
 
 
Rain Needed to End Drought
 
Exceptional and Extreme drought conditions are in place over parts of Montana and North and South Dakota due to several days/week of hot and dry weather. The image below suggests how much rain would be needed to end the drought, which suggests nearly 6" to 12" or more!
 

 
US Drought Monitor
 
According to the US Drought Monitor, drought conditions from July 11h to July 18th worsened slightly across the nation. Note that EXCEPTIONAL and EXTREME drought conditions (located across parts of Montana and parts of North and South Dakota increased from last week
 

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National Weather Outlook

Here's the weather outlook through the early weekend suggests that stormy weather returns to the Midwest with strong to severe storms and locally heavy rainfall midweek. Monsoon storms continue in the Southwest with a few strong storms and areas of locally heavy rain. Late week and early weekend, another round of storms and heavy rain will move in along the Eastern US.

 
Severe Threats Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
 
According to NOAA's SPC, there is a SLIGHT risk of severe storms across parts of the Midwest on Tuesday, while another SLIGHT risk of severe storms has been posted across parts of the Midwest/Great Lakes/Ohio Valley on Wednesday. In these areas, large hail, damaging winds and locally heavy rains will be possible in these areas.
 


Excessive Rainfall Potential Tuesday & Wednesday

According to NOAA's WPC, there is a risk of excessive rain on on Tuesday across parts of the Western US and Midwest. Some of the same areas could see heavy rain and flooding once again on Wednesday.
 

 
Localized Heavy Rain Threats

Excessive rainfall potential is in place over parts of the Midwest over the next couple days and the rainfall forecast suggests some 1" to 2"+ rainfall tallies through AM Saturday. Areas of heavy rain could lead to localized areas of flooding. 


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Monsoonal Storms

WOW - take a look at this video that @WesCallisonTNN tweeted a couple of days ago, which shows a monsoon storm developing and dumping a huge blob of heavy rain over some of the mountains in Arizona. These types of heavy rainfall events can lead to dust storms and flash flooding.

 
 Monsoon Storms Continue

Here's the simulated radar from Tuesday to Saturday, which shows the potential of daily monsoon storms continuing across the region. Note that some of the storms could be a little on the strong side with gusty winds, dust storms and locally heavy rain, which could lead to localized flooding. The 5 day rainfall forecast below suggests that some areas could see up to 1" of rain or more through the end of next week!


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"Crews stop spread of huge California wildfire near Yosemite"

"Crews contending with triple-digit temperatures slowed the spread of an aggressive wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes in a rural area of California near Yosemite National Park, officials said Sunday. The blaze burning for a week has scorched just over 119 square miles (308 square kilometers) of dense brush and dead trees in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Many evacuated residents were allowed to return, but flames continue to threaten about 1,500 homes in Mariposa County. The fire was 45 percent contained, but officials said it could take crews another two weeks to fully surround it. "They are still out in front of an uncontrolled fire, but the fire isn't moving at 30 mph (48 kph). The fire is crawling along," fire spokesman Brandon Vaccaro said Saturday. Flames spared Mariposa, a historic Gold Rush-era town, but more than 130 buildings, including 63 homes, were destroyed. More than 5,000 firefighters fought the blaze using air tankers and fleets of helicopters and bulldozers."

See more from ABCNews HERE:

(This satellite imagery, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website, shows a large plume of smoke spreading hundreds of miles east from the Ditwiler fire, near Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada. Authorities say the stubborn wildfire burning in foothills west of Yosemite had destroyed dozens of structures while forcing thousands of people from their homes Wednesday. The San Francisco Bay Area is at left; Lake Tahoe is at top center. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) 

DetWiler Fire - Near Yosemite - California

The Detwiler Fire located near Yosemite National Park in California has ballooned to a very large 76,500 acre fire since Sunday, July 16th. This fire has already consumed more than 130 structures; 63 homes, 67 minor structures and 1 commercial structure. A number of other homes and smaller structures have been damaged as well, but 1,500 other structures are being threatened now. There are almost 4,200 people working on the fire and it is only 50% contained at this point . Higher humidity levels are helping create better fire fighting conditions.

See more from CAL Fire HERE:

 
Lodgepole Complex - Montana

According to Inciweb, one of the largest fires currently burning in the Lower 48 is the Lodgepole Complex located 52 miles NW of Jordan, MT. This particular fire has consumed a whopping 226,000 acres and is expected to be fully contained by Wednesday, August 2nd. This particular fire started on Wednesday, July 19th and quickly spread as hot, dry and windy weather created extreme fire behavior. Gusty winds are still posing a concern for the fire.

See more from Inciweb HERE:

 
Ongoing Large Wildfires

Here's a look at the current wildfire map across the country. Recent hot and dry weather has helped to spark several wildfires across the Western US, while a few have also been popping up in the Eastern US.

Here's a list of all the current large wildfires from Inciweb:

 
National Smoke Analysis
 
Here's the projected wildfire smoke concentration for midday Tuesday, which suggests that smoke from wildfires burning across parts of Canada and the Western US could continue to linger around the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes region. There also appears a very high concentration of smoke from fires burning across the western half of Canada. If you are in these areas, air quality could be a little poor, but these areas may also be enjoying very interesting looking sunrises/sunsets, which tend to look hazy or reddish-orange.
 
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Remembering 1987. Sticky sun & storms later Tuesday
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas

It's been 30 years since the 1987 Homer Hanky was being waved. Big bats from Dan Gladden in game 1 and Kent Hrbek in game 6 along with a loaded pitching staff that included Bert Blylevin and MVP Frankie "Sweet Music" Viola helped bring home the 1st World Series for the MN Twins that year. My ears are still ringing from the roar in Dome. WOW - What a year!

It has also been 30 years since the 1987 Twin Cities Superstorm when 10 inches of rain fell at the Twin Cities Airport from July 23rd to 24th. This caused massive flooding across parts of the metro, which lead to nearly $30 million in damages and 2 flood related deaths.

1987, no question, was an interesting summer.

Sticky sunshine returns Tuesday with dewpoints spiking in the upper 60s and low 70s. This could help spark a few strong to severe storms later with rounds of heavy rain overnight. Some in southern Minnesota could see as much as 1 to 3 inches of rain through early Wednesday, but Chamber of Commerce days look to return Thursday through Saturday. Soak it up!
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Extended Forecast

TUESDAY: Sticky. Strong storms late. Winds: S 8-13. High: 87.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Scattered showers and storms with locally heavy rain. Low: 71

WEDNESDAY: Lingering storms early. PM clearing. Winds: NNW 5-10. High: 84

THURSDAY: Nice day. Sun returns, less humid. Winds: NNE 5. Wake-up: 65. High: 82

FRIDAY: Another beauty. Sneak out early. Shh! Winds: ESE 5. Wake-up: 63. High: 83

SATURDAY: Keep it coming. Winds: SW 5-10. Wake-up: 64. High: 84.

SUNDAY: Warmer, more humid. A few rumbles. Winds: W 5. Wake-up: 66. High: 86

MONDAY: Passing clouds. Looks dry. Winds: S 5-10. Wake-up: 70. High: 82.
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This Day in Weather History
July 25th

2000: An F4 tornado hits the town of Granite Falls. One person is killed and there is 20 million dollars in damage.

1915: Frost hits northeastern Minnesota.
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Average High/Low for Minneapolis
July 25th

Average High: 83F (Record: 99F set in 1999)
Average Low: 64F (Record: 50F set in 1891)

Record Rainfall: 2.07" set in 1878
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Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
July 25th

Sunrise: 5:51am
Sunset: 8:47pm

Hours of Daylight: 14hours & 56mins

Daylight LOST since yesterday: ~2 minutes and 7 seconds
Daylight LOST since summer solstice (June 20th): ~41 minutes
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Moon Phase for July 25th at Midnight
2.9 Days Since New Moon 

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Weather Outlook For Tuesday

After a couple of cooler, more comfortable days across the state Sunday & Monday, the heat and humidity will return on Tuesday with highs approaching 90F across the southern and western part of the state. Dewpoints will also warm into the 60s & low 70s across much of the state, which will make it feel quite sticky once again.

 
Weather Outlook For Tuesday
 
A southerly wind will develop and strengthen a bit ahead of our next storm system that will move through Tuesday. Winds will be sustained around 10-15mph with gusts approaching 20mph across the southern half of the state. This wind will also help to transport the higher dewpoints back into the region.
 
 
Weather Outlook For Tuesday
 
Here's the weather depiction for midday Tuesday, which shows an increase in precipitation potential across the central and northern part of the state. Note that the best potential for thunderstorm activity won't arrive until late afternoon/evening.
 
 
UV Index for Tuesday - HIGH

Despite there being more clouds across the region, the UV Index will still be considered HIGH on Tuesday, which means that it will only 20 to 30 minutes or less to burn unprotected skin. With that said, if you are planning on spending any extended length of time outside, make sure you wear appropriate attire and lather on the sun block!

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Weather Outlook For Wednesday

A cold front will continue to push south of the region on Wednesday with scattered showers and storms drifting southeast along with it Cool and somewhat less humid air will begin settle south behind the front, which will be a little more evident later Wednesday and certainly into Thursday. 

UV Index for Wednesday - VERY HIGH

As scattered showers and storms sag south through the region during the day, areas of sun will begin to pop out later. With that said, the UV Index for Wednesday is expected to be HIGH once again, which means that your skin could burn in 15 to 20 minutes or less!

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Minneapolis Temperature Outlook

Here's the temperature outlook through August 8th, which shows temperatures hovering in the 80s through the rest of the month and into the early part of August. Keep in mind that the average high in the Twin Cities through August 8th is 82F, so we should be pretty close to average.

 
8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook

According to NOAA's CPC, the extended temperature outlook from August 2nd to August 5th suggests cooler than average temperatures moving into much the Upper Midwest as we head into the early part of August.


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Extended Temperature Outlook

According to NOAA's CPC, the extended temperature outlook through August 6th shows that a large chunk of the Central US will be dealing with cooler than normal temperatures, while the western part of the country will still be above average.

Extended Temperature Outlook

Here's the extended 850mb temperature anomaly loop into early next. This describes how warm or cold (from average) mid/low level temperatures will be over time. Note that the warmer oranges and reds will begin to settle in along the northern tier of the nation through the end of the month/early August, but there some cooler than average temps settling in across the Central US as well.

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Weather Outlook Ahead

The weather outlook over the next couple of days shows stormy weather continuing across parts of the Eastern US and the Desert Southwest, but another round of strong to severe storms with locally heavy rainfall will also move in across the Upper Midwest through midweek.

5 Day Precipitation Outlook

According to NOAA's WPC, the next several days could produce areas of locally heavy rainfall across many areas from the Desert Southwest to the Midwest and eastern half of the country. Some of the heaviest rainfall could add up to as much as 1" to 3"+, which could also lead to areas of localized flooding.

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"As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger"

"Out here, in West Pokot County, Kenya, the landscape looks like Mars — red clay, rocks, and in the distance, a mountain so bare it looks like a giant boulder. Stephen Long'uriareng, 80, has walked two hours to bring her two cows and goats to this watering hole. It's really just a dam carved out the earth, where the rain water mixes with mud and turns into a dark brown color. This is not the place Long'uriareng remembers from her youth. "This whole place used to be green with a lot of pasture. There was nothing being experienced like drought," she said."

See more from NPR.org HERE:

(As the drought has extended into yet another rainy season, some herders walk for hours to get to this dam. Eyder Peralta/NPR)

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"This mayor is leaving politics to fight climate change full-time"

"Like many communities skirting the U.S. coastline, Hoboken, New Jersey, wasn’t built on solid ground. Many of its charming brick buildings, historic piers, and apartment towers stand atop what was once a low-lying tidal marsh — a grassy, muddy buffer along the Hudson River, designed by nature to absorb high tides and storm surge like a sponge. Early developers drained the marshlands in the 1800s to make way for modern Hoboken: the birthplace of singer Frank Sinatra, the location of TLC’s Cake Boss, and home to 53,000 people packed within the 1.25-square-mile city limit. Across the river, Manhattan’s glassy skyscrapers sparkle in the summer sunlight."

See more from Mashable.com HERE:

(Hoboken's streets are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 30, 2012. IMAGE: MICHAEL BOCCHIERI/GETTY IMAGES)

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"A super-simple strategy may be key to fighting climate change"

"A key strategy in the fight against climate change is slowing the rapid destruction of the world’s forests. When trees burn or decompose, they release carbon. About 10 percent of the greenhouse gases emitted every year are from this newly freed carbon rising into the atmosphere. In recent years, developed countries have committed billions of dollars to help developing countries prevent deforestation. Some of the funds have been used to pay landowners not to cut down their trees. Part of the goal is to give landowners income that isn't dependent on clearing land for agriculture or selling timber to meet big expenses."

See more from WGBH News HERE:

(A small patch of forest still burns after being cleared for farming in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Credit: Titis Setianingtyas/PRI)

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"How does climate change impact you?"

"Most people in Idaho believe climate change will not impact them. They think polar bears may be in trouble, or that people that live along the coast may have problems, but they don’t think it will cause problems in Idaho anytime soon. In reality, climate change is already impacting most of us in one way or another. Anyone who buys insurance is seeing the cost increase. More storms, more fires, more floods; about 5 times more severe weather events than we had 50 years ago. This means higher insurance premiums. Federal agencies are having to cut back on road maintenance, campground maintenance and nearly everything else because they are spending nearly half of their budget fighting fires. City, county, and state governments are having to increase taxes and/or reduce services with the added costs from severe storms."

See more from IdahoSateJournal HERE:

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"U.K. Braced for Record-Breaking Wet Winters Blames Climate Shift"

"Britain faces a future of record-breaking wet winters, potentially leading to more of the widespread flooding seen in recent years, according to new modeling that incorporates changing climate patterns. England and Wales now have a 34 percent chance of record rainfall between October and March, the study by the government’s Met Office said on Monday. In 2013, heavy rain deluged parts of Cornwall and the south east. That was followed by three named storms that flooded some of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire in December 2015, while Storm Angus battered parts of Britain last November."

See more from Bloomberg HERE:

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"North Korea experiencing worst drought in 16 years, UN agency reports"

"North Korea is experiencing its worst drought since 2001, prompting officials to fear an increase in food shortage in the communist country that has suffered serious famine for years, a report by a United Nations agency revealed. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization released the report on Thursday that detailed a prolonged dry period in North Korea from April to June, an important time for crop development. It's production of staple crops such as rice, corn, potatoes and soybeans has been damaged, "threatening food security for a large part of its population," the agency said."

See more from FoxNews HERE:

(Image Courtesy: FoxNews)


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