Wednesday August 26th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Main Topic: Laura To Make Landfall Near The Louisiana/Texas Border Tonight With Devastating Effects…Ramped Up By Climate Change
Dear Diary. Overnight Hurricane Laura ramped up to a strong system at high end CAT 3 status. Forecasters are now predicting CAT 4 status at landfall, which is a stronger than was forecast from Tuesday. We have another “overarching” system, which is not too surprising given western Gulf of Mexico water, which is running in the upper 80s in spots at the surface…well above climatological averages. I have no doubt that climate change is coming into play since many a hurricane all over the planet has looked like this beast since Katrina in 2005.
Yesterday I gave my readers three different scenarios with the worst case being a CAT 5 making landfall just west of Galveston Bay moving north into Houston. Thankfully, we won’t see that, but we also will not get my best case scenario, being a CAT 2 moving into western Louisiana. The track is the same as that of the best case, but Laura will move inland at least as a strong CAT 3 and probably a CAT 4 with devastating, life ending storm surge for anybody fool enough to ride out the thing. Another concern is that destructive winds will move north along the Texas/Louisiana border mowing down huge chunks of the Piney Woods forest area, taking down power lines, leaving residents without power for days. I remember this effect when I storm chased Hugo, a CAT 4 from 1989 crippling South Carolina.
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Today and I will present the latest information from hurricane experts, which will be updated constantly, refreshed with the newest information appearing at the top of this list:
And Typhoon Bavi:
Here are more notes from Tuesday on the western fires and the heatwave, which I’ve dubbed Beelzebub:
Here is more climate and weather news from Wednesday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article. The most noteworthy items will be listed first.)
Now here are some of today’s articles and notes on the horrid COVID-19 pandemic:
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