"Hurricane Irma Is Going To Cost You Big Bucks On Breakfast"
"Imagine living in a world where you’re spending nearly $7 for a gallon of orange juice. That could be the cold, hard reality soon, as Hurricane Irma’s decimation of the orange crop in Florida could cause orange juice prices to soar. The only solutions to the shortage will come if Brazil can save the day by increasing exports to the U.S., or if consumers switch up their orange juice purchases to other juices or juice blends. However, in a world full of zeal for the organic, the latter is not likely. The Florida Department of Citrus explained that not only is there a shortage of fruit, citrus farmers are dealing with a plethora of uprooted trees and may have to declare an agricultural emergency. High winds have caused weakened branches, and fruit that would otherwise be left to ripen on trees is falling from branches prematurely."
(Image Credit: Uproxx)

"Don’t Let Puerto Rico Fall Into an Economic Abyss"

"Almost nothing on the planet, short of nuclear weaponry, destroys economic value as rapidly as a mega-hurricane. In Puerto Rico, decades of economic progress were undone in 12 hours by Hurricane Maria. With millions lacking electricity or potable water, avoiding a humanitarian disaster should be President Trump’s top priority. But these immediate needs are just the beginning of Puerto Rico’s long road to recovery. As Congress considers an aid package in the days and weeks ahead, it’s important to grasp the truly extraordinary scale of the storm’s economic devastation. Hurricane Maria was an absolute monster. By our calculation, the average exposure in Puerto Rico was winds of 123 miles per hour. Normally, only small areas get slammed, and indeed some locations suffered through Category 5 winds of 158 m.p.h. But what stands out about Maria is that if you were anywhere in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, you would have been experiencing something that felt like passing through a strong Category 3 hurricane. There was nowhere to hide."

See more from NYTimes HERE:

(A house in ruins in Puerto Rico. HECTOR RETAMAL / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE — GETTY IMAGES via NYTimes)


Eagle Mountain

Thanks to @dkayserwx for the picture below who is spending some time up north this weekend to do a little fall color peeping. This is from atop Eagle Mountain, which is the highest point in Minnesota with an elevation of 2,300ft. located in northern Cook county. From this view, it doesn't look like there are too many trees near peak color, but it's a wonderful view nonetheless!
Minnesota Fall Color Update

According the MN DNR, much of the state is starting to see hints of fall color, however, there are pockets of peak color across northern Minnesota! Interestingly, some in northwestern Minnesota are already passed peak.

Follow along as the fall colors change with the MN DNR map HERE:

Typical Fall Color Peak in Minnesota

Here are the typical fall color peak times across the state of Minnesota and note that areas along the northern tier of the state usually see their peak toward the 2nd half of September. However, peak color usually doesn't arrive in central Minnesota until October, but we're getting close.

Typical Fall Color Times Across the Country

Here are the typical fall color peak times across the country, which suggests that much of the peak across the northern half of the nation usually wraps up through the month of October.

More on the Record-Breaking Warmth From September 22nd-24th

"As the 2017 fall began, summer staged an impressive comeback in Minnesota. On Friday September 22nd, Minnesota found itself stuck between a strong and persistent high pressure area over the eastern United States, and a nearly stationary low pressure system and cold front to the west. In between, unseasonably warm and moist air flowed up into the state from the south and southwest, pushing temperatures into the 80s up to the Canadian border, with 90s common across the southern half of Minnesota. Dew point temperatures well into the 60s and 70s streamed into the state as well, resulting in heat index values exceeding 100 degrees in some places."

See more from MN DNR HERE:

(Image Credit: MN DNR)


 Record Setting Accumulated Cyclone Energy

The month of September spawned several very strong hurricanes in the Atlantic basin. In fact, these storms were so strong that the amount energy that was accumulated by these storms was record setting! It narrowly beat the previous record, which was set in 2004.

Record Number of Named Storm Days in September
September 2017 was a very active month in the Tropics with Maria, Irma and Jose generating 53.25 total days. With that said, there has never been another month on record that had that many named storm days!
Long-Lived MARIA
WOW! How about MARIA... As of Saturday, MARIA had been named a storm for 14 days, which makes it the 15th Atlantic tropical cyclone since 1966 to be a named storm for 2+ weeks!

 Tracking MARIA

Here's a visible satellite image of MARIA, which as of Saturday evening was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone with sustained winds of 50mph. MARIA has had a pretty long life in the Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center starting monitoring this wave on September 13th, which became a tropical storm on the 16th and by the 18th became a category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 160mph. The good news is that MARIA is weakening fast as is quickly lifts into the North Atlantic.

Tracking MARIA

Here's the official track from NOAA's NHC, which shows the storm quickly moving into the North Atlantic through the rest of the weekend and into early next week. The strong upper level winds are playing a big role in MARIA's quickened pace and interestingly, some of the remnants of this storm could end of getting close to Europe by midweek.


Atlantic Outlook Next 5 Days

Here's the Atlantic outlook over the next few days, which shows the left-overs of MARIA moving quickly into the North Atlantic, but there are 2 other waves that have a LOW chance of tropical development over the next 5 days. Keep in mind that the Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn't officially end until November 30th, so we still have nearly 9 weeks left of potential activity.
Watching The Tropics and the Southeast
Here's the forecast from Saturday into early next week, which doesn't show anything major developing, but there certainly appears to be some activity. As we monitor this area for tropical development, we will certainly be watching this area for areas of heavy rainfall.
Heavy Rainfall Potential
Here's the rainfall potential through midweek, which suggests areas of heavy rain across Florida and the along the coastal communities in the Gulf Coast. Some spots could see as much as 1" to 3" with localized areas of heavier rain.
Active in the Eastern Pacific
Things have quieted down a little more in the Eastern Pacific, but according to NOAA NHC, there is a MODERATE Chance of tropical development with a wave of energy west of Central America. Stay tuned.
September 10th - Official Peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season
Here's the average Atlantic hurricane season, which shows that peak activity generally occurs on September 10th and stays somewhat active through the month of October, but really diminishes through the month of November. Again, the Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn't officially end until November 30th.
PRELIMINARY 2017 Tornado Map

It certainly has been a fairly active first half of 2017 with 1377 preliminary tornado reports through September 22nd. Note that this is the most tornadoes through September 29th since 2011, when there were 1,796 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 1377 (through September 29th). Note that is the most active year for tornadoes since 2011, when there were 1,796 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.


National Weather Hazards Ahead...

1.) Heavy snow for parts of Montana, Mon-Tue, Oct 2-3.
2.) Much below-normal temperatures for parts of the western U.S., Mon-Wed, Oct 2-4.
3.) Periods of heavy rain for the upper Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, and parts of the northern and central Great Plains, Mon-Thu, Oct 2-5.
4.) Heavy rain for parts of the lower Mississippi Valley, Mon, Oct 2.
5.) Heavy rain for parts of the southern Florida peninsula and Florida Keys, Mon-Wed, Oct 2-4.
6.) Flooding occurring or imminent along the St. Johns and Withlacoochee Rivers across the Florida peninsula.
7.) Severe drought across parts of the northern Rockies, northern and central Great Plains, Midwest, and Hawaii


"The Great Wheat Drought That Spooked Traders Seems Overblown"

"When drought spread across the Northern Plains this summer, traders feared the worst for the U.S. spring-wheat crop. Those concerns now seem overblown. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday said growers harvested 416.2 million bushels of the grain this year, topping a previous outlook and the average estimate by analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. At the peak of the drought, some experts were dreading a crop as small as 300 million bushels. The agency’s report sent spring-wheat futures tumbling as much as 3.8 percent on Friday. The price is down almost 19 percent this quarter, the biggest loss in three years. Early in the summer, drought spread across much of North Dakota and Montana, the two biggest growers of the variety of grain used to make bread, bagels and pasta. Luckily for bakers, rains came later and brought some relief. At the same time, yields in Minnesota rose to the highest ever, allowing the state to become the second-largest U.S. grower, trailing North Dakota."

See more from Agweb.com HERE:

Latest Drought Monitor

Here's the latest drought update from the US Drought Monitor, which shows EXCEPTIONAL drought conditions continuing across parts of Montana. Note that nearly 94% of the state is considered to be abnormally dry, but the EXCEPTIONAL drought covers nearly 18% of the state, which is the same as last week. In North Dakota, less than 1% is in an EXCEPTIONAL drought, but nearly 3% of the state is still in an EXTREME drought, which is also the same as last week.

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 weeks/months 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"!


Chetco Bar Fire - 5 Miles Northeast of Brookings, OR

The Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings, Oregon is a very large wildfire in the Western US that started on Wednesday,  July 12th by lightning and has grown to more than 191,000 acres! There are nearly 465 people working on this fire, which is 97% contained. The estimated containment date is set for Sunday, October 15th.

"Incident Summary: Firefighters continue to complete equipment recovery and fire suppression repair work on the Chetco Bar Fire. Over 160 miles of hose has been retrieved from the fire perimeter. Crews continue to work with chippers to dispose of brush that was cut when fire lines were constructed and to bring soil, duff and vegetation back over constructed hand lines. Excavators are working to repair dozer lines by spreading soil, duff, tree limbs and logs across the constructed lines to naturalize the area and are creating waterbars as needed to prevent soil erosion. With the return to warmer weather over the next few days, smoke may appear from very interior areas of the Chetco Bar Fire where fire could be smoldering in stump holes or large logs. Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the fire perimeter and respond as needed to these areas."

See more from Inciweb HERE:

(Credit: Inciweb)

Rice Ridge Fire - 1.4 Miles NE of Seeley Lake, MT

The Rice Ridge Fire near Sleeley Lake, MT is another very large wildfire that started on Monday, July 24th due to lightning. The fire has grown to more than 160,000 acres and is 87% contained. There are 193 people working on the fire and they hope to have it fully contained by Sunday, October 15th.

"The Rice Ridge Fire was detected on July 24, 2017. It grew to the current size of over 160,000 acres. With a change of the weather and the onset of fall, fire activity has significantly slowed although firefighters and engines continue to patrol and cool hot spots that are near the fire's edge. The perimeter in the Scapegoat and Bob Marshall Wildernesses are continually monitored for heat and fire activity. 
Fire suppression repair is in full swing, with a large variety of heavy equipment and a couple hand crews working to restore road surfaces, diminish roadside slash, install erosion barriers and similar work to repair resources that were affected by fire operations. Hauling back pumps and other equipment no longer needed, removing fire protective wrap from bridges and other structures, and opening trail access is also high priority work. The Northern Rockies Wildland Fire Management Team is managing the fire, under command of Diane Hutton (IC) and Joe Sampson (IC Trainee). Refer to the daily update under the News Tab for details."

See more from inciweb HERE:

(Image Credit: Inciweb - taken on 9/14/2017)

Diamond Creek Fire - Mazama, Washington

The Diamond Creek Fire near Mazama, Washington is a very large wildfire in the Western US that started on Sunday,  July 23rd and has grown to more than 128,000 acres! There are nearly 202 people working on this fire, which is 80% contained. The estimated containment date is set for Sunday, October 15th.

"Incident Summary: The Diamond Creek Fire was reported on July 23, 2017 at approximately 9:45 a.m. The fire is burning in the Pasayten Wilderness and Eightmile drainage about 11 miles north of Mazama, Washington. Smokejumpers responded to the fire within two hours of it being reported. However, due to extreme terrain, heavy dead and down timber, and critical fire weather conditions, the fire was unable to be contained during initial response. The fire crossed into Canada on August 29. Fire managers recognized that the Diamond Creek Fire would likely be a long term event. Monitor, confine and point protection strategies are being used inside the Pasayten Wilderness. Outside the wilderness, the fire is being managed under a suppression strategy using a mixture of direct, indirect and point protection tactics when and where there is a high probability of success. Fire personnel will engage the fire at the appropriate time and location, while keeping public and firefighter safety as the top priority. Fire personnel are currently focused on identifying and implementing suppression repair work on the primary and contingency control lines. The suppression repair will not compromise the intended purpose of the control lines should they be needed at a later date."

See more from Inciweb HERE:

(Night time picture of a glowing yurt Credit: Brent Tannehill) 

Ongoing Large Wildfires

Here's a look at the current wildfire map across the country. While several fires are still ongoing, recent cool and somewhat wet weather has been helping curb the wildfire threat. 

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


National Weather Outlook

Here's the weather outlook through early next week, which shows a stalled front across Florida and the Gulf Coast, which will help to bring widespread T-storms to the region, some of which could produce heavy rainfall. There will also be some unsettled weather across the western half of the country, which will bring widely scattered showers and storms across the Plains, while heavy snow will fall again in the mountains.

5 Day Precipitation Outlook

According to NOAA's WPC, the next several days could produce very heavy rainfall across the Florida and the Gulf Coast with some 1" to 3"+ tallies possible. There will also be prolonged areas of rain across the Midwest and the Plains. Some areas there could see 2" to 4"+ through midweek and possibly even more through the end of the week.

Snowfall Potential
As our next storm system moves into the Western U.S., snowfall will once again be likely across the high elevations with some 6" to 12"+ tallies possible through midweek! 
Winter Storm Watch
A Winter Storm Watch (in blue) has been issued for parts of Montana through late Monday for the potential of 2" to 8" in the Plains and 6" to 12"+ in the mountains!
Wet Start to October. 1 to 3 Inches By Friday
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas

WANTED - A bottle of Saturday's weather to open on a rainy day. Anyone? I wish it was that easy.

Our bright fall sunshine from yesterday has been replaced by weather fit for a duck today. Those running in the Twin Cities Marathon will likely have to battle soggy shoes and socks, but it could be worse. True runners are hardy folk and will battle most elements to grind out a few miles. Good luck and have a great race!

A stalled frontal boundary will be responsible for scattered showers and storms through much of the first full week of October. Widespread 1 to 3 inch rainfall tallies maybe possible by Friday. By then, we'll all be ready to ditch the umbrellas.

By the way, The average high in the Twin Cities on the first day of October is 65 degrees and by the end of the month it is 51 degrees. We also average 0.6 inches of snow! In fact, on this date back in 1999, one of the earliest significant snowfalls of the season hit southern Minnesota. 4 inches fell in Montgomery; 2.8 inches fell in Mankato. I'll take a Rain check please!

Extended Forecast
SUNDAY: Growing puddles. PM rumble. Winds: SSE 10-20. High: 67.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Scattered showers and perhaps a thunderstorm. Winds: SSE 10-15.
MONDAY: More showers with a few PM T-storms. Winds: S 10-15. High: 71.
TUESDAY: Another soggy day. Afternoon thunder. Winds: WNW 5-10. Wake-up: 62. High: 70.
WEDNESDAY: Lingering AM shower. Slow PM clearing. Winds: W 5-10. Wake-up: 53. High: 65.
THURSDAY: Dry start. Brief afternoon shower. Winds: WNW 5-10. Wake-up: 50. High: 65.
FRIDAY: Clouds thicken. Wet overnight. Winds: ESE 5-10. Wake-up: 46. High: 66.
SATURDAY: Lingering clouds. Scattered showers. Winds: NNW 10-15. Wake-up: 53. High: 58.

This Day in Weather History
October 1st

1999: One of the earliest significant snowfalls in Minnesota history falls in a narrow track across southern Minnesota. Reported snowfall totals include 4.0 inches in Montgomery (Le Sueur County) and Northfield (Rice County), 3.8 inches in Springfield (Brown County), 3.0 inches in Vesta (Redwood county), and 2.8 inches in Mankato (Blue Earth County).

1989: High temperatures across central and southern Minnesota reach the 80's. Later in the day, a cold front would come through and drop the mercury to the 40's.

Average High/Low for Minneapolis
October 1st

Average High: 65F (Record: 87F set in 1897)
Average Low: 45F (Record: 24F set in 1974)

Record Rainfall: 1.29" set in 2009

Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
October 1st

Sunrise: 7:11am
Sunset: 6:53pm

Hours of Daylight: ~11 hours 41 mins

Daylight LOST since yesterday: ~3 minutes and 6 seconds
Daylight LOST since summer solstice (June 20th): 3 hours & 56 minutes

Moon Phase for October 1st at Midnight
3.5 Days Until Full "Harvest" Moon

"Oct. 5, 2:40 p.m. EDT– Full Harvest Moon. Traditionally, this designation goes to the September full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal (fall) equinox. This year's Harvest Moon comes unusually late. At the peak of the harvest, farmers can work into the night by the light of this moon. Usually, the moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans and wild rice — the chief staples of Native Americans — are now ready for gathering."

See more from Space.com HERE:


Weather Outlook For Sunday

Sunday will be a pretty typical early October day with temps in the 60s across much of the state except across northern MN where readings will be in the 50s. Dewpoints will also be on the increase as scattered rain showers start moving in.

Weather Outlook For Sunday
Winds on Sunday will be a bit breezy as our next storm system moves into the region. Sustained winds out of the SSE will be around 10-20mph with gusts approaching 30mph, especially in the western half of the state.

Weather Outlook For Sunday

Sunday could be fairly wet as scattered showers and a few thunderstorms push through. The best chance of rain looks to be across the northern half of the state.
Simulated Radar Ahead...
Here's the simulated radar across the Upper Midwest from Sunday to Tuesday, which suggests a fairly soggy outlook as waves of rain and spotty storms roll through the region. The heaviest bouts of rain could come through late Sunday into Monday and again late Monday into Tuesday.
Rainfall Potential Ahead
Here's the rainfall potential through AM Thursday, which shows widely scattered 1" to 2"+ tallies as rounds of rain move through the state. Rain looks to begin late Saturday and could stick around through Thursday. 

Minnesota Drought Conditions

According to the US Drought Monitor, only 0.11% of the state is considered to be in a SEVERE drought, which didn't change much from last week. Also note that nearly 4% of the state is considered to be in a MODERATE drought, which is down from the near 16% from last week.


Minneapolis Temperature Outlook

Here's the temperature outlook through October 15th, which shows temps closer to or slightly above average through the first full week of October. However, we're getting indications of a cooling trend by the middle part of the month as we fall into the 50s.

6 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook

According to NOAA's CPC, the extended temperature outlook from October 9th to the 13th suggests warmer than average temperatures starting to shift east, while cooler than average temperatures begin filtering in to the west.


Extended Temperature Outlook

According to NOAA's CPC, the extended temperature outlook through October 13th shows that a good chunk of the Easter U.S. will still be warmer than average, but the Western be cooler than average.


"European tornadoes are real — and their threat is underestimated"

"It is often assumed that tornadoesdo not occur in Europe and that they are a weather phenomena specific to the United States. But this is far from true. Not only do tornadoes strike in Europe – they do millions of pounds worth of damage, cause serious injuries and even lead to fatalities. Despite these facts they are still perceived as a curiosity and as a result their threat is underestimated. Tornadoes have not always been overlooked in Europe and many natural philosophers and scientists have proposed theories about their formation and impact. Theories were proposed by Greek philosophers such as Aristotle in Meteorologica and Roman philosophers such as Seneca in Naturales Quaestiones. The systematic study of European tornadoes began in the 17th-century. Writing in 1694, the Italian astronomer and mathematician Geminiano Montanari analyzed a tornado that occurred in the Veneto region of Italy in July 1686."

See more from Buisiness Insider HERE:

(Image Credit: Kelly DeLay Via Business Insider)


"Algorithm Predicts Where to Find America's Brightest Autumn Leaves"

"Most people don’t know exactly when autumn leaves will be their most vibrant, making it hard to plan out Instagram photo shoots. An algorithm-based fall foliage prediction map from SmokyMountains.com, however, is here to help, showing users when and where in the United States leaves will be in “peak color” throughout the fall season. Over the next few decades, it will also likely show how climate change is messing with the autumn leaves. The interactive map, created by SmokyMountains.com co-founder and coder Wes Melton, using several million data points from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows what to expect of leaves nationwide from August 27 to November 12. Each year, Melton feeds the algorithm new data on historical and predicted temperature and precipitation, together with data on historical leaf peak trends and peak observation trends. In return, the algorithm spits out 50,000 predictive data pieces, which are then used to make the map."

See more from Inverse.com HERE:


"The Media Really Has Neglected Puerto Rico"

"While Puerto Rico suffers after Hurricane Maria, much of the U.S. media (FiveThirtyEight not excepted) has been occupied with other things: a health care bill that failed to pass, a primary election in Alabama, and a spatbetween the president and sports players, just to name a few. Last Sunday alone, after President Trump’s tweets about the NFL, the phrase “national anthem” was said in more sentences on TV news than “Puerto Rico” and “Hurricane Maria” combined. Those other stories are worth covering, of course. But compared to the other natural disasters of the past few weeks, Hurricane Maria has been relatively ignored. Data from Media Cloud, a database that collects news published on the internet every day, shows that the devastation in Puerto Rico is getting comparatively little attention"

See more from FiveThirtyEight HERE:

(Image Credit: Media Cloud Via FiveThrity Eight)


"Beyond Harvey and Irma: Climate Action Will Become Top Military Priority"

"The devastating hurricanes Harvey and Irma saw the U.S. military involved in emergency operations on a massive scale, writes energy expert and author Michael T. Klare. The future will hold more of the same. As the planet heats up, the armed forces and the nation will face an existential crisis, according to Klare, which will result in the need for a new, largely non-military strategic posture that puts climate action above other geopolitical priorities. Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadn’t even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Florida Governor Rick Scott, who had sent members of the state National Guard to devastated Houston, anxiously recalled them while putting in place emergency measures for his own state. A small flotilla of naval vessels, originally sent to waters off Texas, was similarly redirected to the Caribbean, while specialized combat units drawn from as far afield as Colorado, Illinois, and Rhode Island were rushed to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Meanwhile, members of the California National Guard were being mobilizedto fight wildfires raging across that state (as across much of the West) during its hottest summer on record."

See more from The Energy Collective HERE:

(Image Credit: The Energy Collective)


"The Folly of Fragile Infrastructure"

"The destruction wrought by hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is a tragic reminder of the high cost of fragile infrastructure. Compounding the destruction of homes and property, power and communications are reportly out everywhere. Cell towers and transmission towers blew down. Fallen power lines shorted, tripping off power plants that might have survived the winds and flooding. There’s no fundamental reason why it had to be that bad. We know how to build power and communications infrastructure that could shrug off even a direct hit by a category 5 hurricane. The problem? It takes money; money that is hard to come by in today’s economic and political climate.  We’re willing to spend billions for disaster relief, but prevention? Sorry, can’t afford it. What would a power and communications infrastructure able to shrug off a category 5 hurricane look like? It’s no great mystery. Just put as much of it as practical underground, and make the rest very sturdy."

See more from The Energy Collective HERE:


"Puerto Rican Solar Farms Heavily Damaged By Hurricane Maria"

"Hurricane Maria’s flooding rains and raging winds heavily damaged Puerto Rico’s solar farms - an emerging energy source for the U.S. territory. In the first sixth months of 2017, solar surpassed wind as Puerto Rico’s top producer of renewable energy. This trend comes as several large solar energy projects have found a home in the Caribbean Island in hopes to help solve their energy crisis. It’s a trend in jeopardy, though, as new aerial imagery shows several of these farms partially destroyed after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. Puerto Rico’s second largest solar farm, located in Humacao, took a direct hit from Maria’s eyewall. The farm currently accounts for nearly 40% of solar-produced electricity on the island and is currently under expansion to produce even more. Unfortunately, a majority of the newly added solar panels were ripped from their foundation and completely destroyed by Maria’s strong winds. These panels are so recent, the “before” image seen below doesn’t include the expansion."

See more from TheWeatherJunkies HERE:



"Farmers say Maria wrecked bright spot of Puerto Rico economy"

"The coffee industry was hit at the worst time, just before the beans are picked, said Eva Legner, who with her husband Kurt operates Hacienda Pomarrosa in Ponce, a city on the island's southern coast where they have 8 acres of coffee plants. The couple operates a small specialty coffee growing operation and a cottage where guests can stay on the coffee farm, tour the field and experience production. It is part of the island's growing agri-tourism industry. She said the storm cut right through the island's mountainous coffee-growing area. The specialty beans their farm produces grow on bushes that are planted beneath taller trees to protect them from direct sun. "We've lost many trees which fell on the bushes and broke them," Legner said. "My husband tells me we lost a complete harvest.""

See more from AgWeb HERE:

(Image Credit: MGN Image via AgWeb)



"Most now see climate change as responsible for hurricane severity (POLL)"

"More than half of Americans now see climate change as responsible for the severity of recent hurricanes – an about-face from 12 years ago, when most attributed it to happenstance. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds a near-universal shift in this direction, even among formerly skeptical groups, albeit with smaller gains among Republicans and Republican-leaning groups. In a Pew poll in early September 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina, just a quarter of Americans thought climate change likely was responsible for its severity. Two-thirds said it was more likely “just the kind of severe weather that happens from time to time. ”As the storm’s impact became clear, more, 39 percent, blamed climate change just weeks later, and this moved to a near-even 45-49 percent by 2006. It’s flipped entirely in the ensuing decade: In this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, 55 percent mainly blame climate change, vs. 41 percent happenstance."

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