Hurricane Outlook Update (Aug. 9th)

August 13, 2017 0 Comments
Hurricane Outlook Update (Aug. 9th)

  It now appears that there will be an even more active Atlantic hurricane season than earlier expected.  NOAA’s seasonal outlook was updated on August 9th. They now say there is a 60% chance of an above normal number of tropical systems compared to 45% from their May outlook.  The chance of near normal activity […]

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The Big Ice Review

August 11, 2017 0 Comments
The Big Ice Review

If you only browse headlines, you are probably not getting the complete story. Headlines are meant to grab your attention so the most dramatic rise to the top. When it comes to changes in the earth’s climate you are probably either seeing “The Earth is Doomed” or “Global Warming is a Scam” most of the […]

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Death Valley Just Endured The Hottest Month Ever Recorded In Earth’s History

August 8, 2017 0 Comments
Death Valley Just Endured The Hottest Month Ever Recorded In Earth’s History

Death Valley is notorious for being extremely hot, but July was a whole new level of sweltering. Last month, the average temperature in Death Valley was 107.4°F, which set a record for the hottest month anywhere on Earth…ever. Not the average high temperature, the average overall temperature, combining both the high and low temperature for […]

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Ragweed Allergy Season Begins

August 6, 2017 0 Comments
Ragweed Allergy Season Begins

  We’ve made it through the tree and grass pollen allergy seasons but now we have to struggle through ragweed season (late summer into early fall).   Ragweed pollen production peaks as the days shorten.  A 2009 national health survey found that nearly 50 million Americans have some degree of ragweed allergy. Ragweed allergy symptoms […]

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Bad Things Might Happen in Future

August 3, 2017 0 Comments
Bad Things Might Happen in Future

Imagine this. You go to a restaurant. After the main course you decide to have dessert. After all, desserts are delicious and the restaurant you are at makes a great bananas foster. You order the dessert. It’s great. You gladly pay for it and are thankful for the delicious food. The next day, you go […]

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Lake Temperatures Are Fairly Warm

July 30, 2017 0 Comments
Lake Temperatures Are Fairly Warm

  Perhaps you have a trip planned to one of the Great Lakes in upcoming days.  We are nearing the seasonal peak in water temperatures on the Great Lakes.  As you can see in the July 29th image from NOAA, even Lake Superior water surface temperatures are reasonable.  The water is as warm as 66 degrees […]

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Environmental Action Continues

July 28, 2017 1 Comment
Environmental Action Continues

You might recall that a couple of months ago there was a great outburst of angst, criticism, depression, and anger about the future of the planet. What was the reason? The president of the United States called the Paris Climate Agreement a “bad deal” and removed the country from participation. I blogged about the decision […]

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Robots, Robots, Everywhere!

July 27, 2017 0 Comments
Robots, Robots, Everywhere!

If you read the weather blog you are often more up-to-date on current weather and climate information and economic trends that could influence future habitability on the planet. You might recall the many years of tracking progress in robotic technology. I started with the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge back in 2004-05, and have continued […]

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How, where, and when to watch next month’s total solar eclipse

July 26, 2017 0 Comments
How, where, and when to watch next month’s total solar eclipse

By now you’ve probably heard a solar eclipse will be occurring across North America in a few weeks. Monday, August 21st to be exact. I’ve been hearing a lot of “What’s the big deal? It seems like we have eclipses every year!” lately and just wanted to clear up why this is going to be […]

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Los Angeles Air Pollution Actually Improving

July 25, 2017 0 Comments
Los Angeles Air Pollution Actually Improving

  It’s nice to hear about relative success stories when it comes to any kind of pollution.   We’ve all heard about or seen first hand the smog that can choke major cities including Los Angeles.  It looks bad, it’s bad for human and animal health, and is bad for the atmosphere.  So when I […]

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