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: November Dawns With Record Warmth And A New Tropical Threat For The Southern U.S.
Dear Diary. The big day has come in which the United States decides whether to dump Trump or continue to go down a quite disturbing pseudo fascistic, oligarchical path in which science is not valued highly at all. Typically, November is a transition month as we move from late fall into winter weather season with snow flying across portions of the Midwest, with occasional grey wet, chilly weather elsewhere. Despite it being the cursed year of 2020, the weather gods are smiling on the lower 48 states this election day with nearly clear skies from coast to coast and no precipitation falling except in western Washington State, a rarity for early November. So, there is no excuse to get out and vote:
Accompanied by the lack of clouds some portions of the northwestern states will be seeing record warmth on this election day:
These maxes will be very comfortable across most of the nation except in Phoenix, which continues to suffer from near record heat, as has been the case for much of 2020:
For the most part, our near record warm pattern will continue well into November:
We will see a weather pattern change, though, with a cold trough digging into the West starting late this week, which will aid with fire fighting efforts, cooling the area down to below average levels:
The same trough/ridge configuration could steer Eta, which is currently bringing devastation to Nicaragua and Honduras, into portions of the southern United States, though. Here is the latest GFS operational model guidance valid by early Sunday:
At this point we are not even sure that Eta will survive its encounter with Central America, or if it does so, we certainly do not know how strong the system will be once it interacts with any portion of Florida or the Gulf.
In any case, there is a threat. If you are superstitious, given how badly Murphy’s Law can be applied to 2020, we are probably in for some trouble from Eta sometime down the road.
What is disturbing about Eta, concerning our changing climate, is that we have yet another hurricane that ramped up very quickly from tropical storm status to a current CAT4 monster as of this writing:
Goni was a western Pacific typhoon that made history as the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall on Earth with winds clocked at 195 mph. This figure needs some verification, though.
Plus, given how late it is in the tropical season this stat is eye opening:
I’ll be posting more reports on ETA as Tuesday progresses:
Here are more “ET” reports from Tuesday:
Here is more climate and weather news from Tuesday:
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