The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track planetary 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: A New September Heatwave to Remember…The Likely Rise of Falkor
Dear Diary. With the end of August, boreal summer, or meteorological summer is coming to a close. Usually with the start of September most locations across the United States start to cool with a few exceptions along the West Coast. After a roasting hot 2022 summer, most of us want to put torrid tines in the rear-view mirror. Not this year, though. Meteorological models are quite bold in predicting a very anomalously hot pattern for the bulk of the continental U.S. this coming week, with conditions only getting hotter going into Labor Day Weekend into September. My tweet from last night caused a bit of a stir:
Most a familiar with my ranking and naming system for heatwaves. Once a heatwave attains my category 3 ranking it gets a dragon name this year. The next letter on our alphabetical list would be F, so I’m choosing the name Falkor. This dragon name comes from the dragon in The Never Ending Story. It’s quite likely that we will see Falkor by the end of this week in the West. As an aside, most significant heatwaves have been in the West, exacerbating a historic drought there, to start out this decade.
I won’t pronounce that we have a dangerous Falknor unless and until we see numerous National Weather Service heat advisories and warnings later this week. It looks like we will see some very hot conditions across southwest Canada, as well.
Of course, since everyone has access to met models, other meteorologists are starting to come to the same conclusions:
Stay tuned to this blog to get reports on this coming heatwave.
Here are some more “ET’s” and heavy precipitation notes recorded from around the planet the last couple of days, their consequences, and some extreme temperature outlooks:
Here is more climate and weather newsfeed from Sunday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid list 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.)
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Guy Walton “The Climate Guy”