Saturday February 24th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s climate change related topic: February Flood and Warm Wave of 2018 Day Five
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Today into Sunday morning will be the last period of heavy rain across the Midwest, thank goodness, since our mega ridge that has been parked over the Southeast will break down. The stalled front, which has been the focusing mechanism for the Midwestern flooding rain, should begin moving south and east tonight. Of the five days that I have been reporting on this climate change induced event, today may be the moat volatile, however.
Tornado watches, such as this one, will be in effect for Saturday (Using Weather Channel Graphics):
Another tool that meteorologists have been using in the last five years is a high resolution model called the HRRR, which simulates future radar depiction. This shot indicates that by this evening severe weather will be rolling through the Mississippi Valley with heavy rain continuing across the water logged Ohio River Valley:
The above simulated radar depiction is what I would typically see during my 30+ career as a meteorologist from late March into April…not in February. This is an example of some of the flooding taking place today looking at “real time” radar:
Winamac Town Park – Tippecanoe River Flooding – Feb 23, 2018
Today will be the last day of widespread record heat across the South:
— Ryan Maue | weather.us (@RyanMaue) February 24, 2018
The first extreme temperature report I have seen today just so happens to be from my home town of Atlanta:
The record breaking February warmth continues across the Southeast.
The Climate Guy