Tuesday September 1st… 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: Current State Of United States Drought
Dear Diary. As I’ve stated over and over, anomalous heat breeds drought, which in a vicious cycle increases heat, leading to ever dryer conditions. Such a cycle has commenced over the western U.S. this warm season due to heat domes residing directly over the western third of the United States, cutting down on the usual penetration of monsoon moisture, which could have brought some beneficial relief. So, at near the end of the growing season this is where we stand:
Notice that drought conditions have crept into the Midwest and Plains. Unfortunately this will cut down on agricultural production, which in turn will raise food prices for the United States and a world trying to cope from an economic depression because of COVID-19.
A burgeoning La Nina may grow drought areas in the Midwest and Plains during the fall and winter since dry northern branch systems, which are a hallmark of cooler Pacific equatorial waters, may limit rain and snowfall by dominating the U.S. jet stream weather pattern. We will see after winter storms try to put big dents in the western drought.
We will keep in mind what I’ve mentioned in this short article for the growing season of 2021. We are about due for a severe drought and heat wave over the main growing areas of the Plains and Midwest. Let’s hope that the ominous signs I’ve mentioned here don’t lead to a worse situation than we already have during this awful year of 2020.
More heat news from the West:
Many overseas “ET’s” from Tuesday+ these significant note from Monday and Tuesday:
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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