Monday, June 29, 2009

Bad Moon Rising

For January, February, March, and April, rainfall has been pretty close to average compared to previous years. But in May, we got 2.6 inches more rain than average and so far in June, we’re 1.3 inches above average. This puts us on pace to be close to a three inch rain surplus this month too.

So why are we getting so much rain this time of year? Global Warming??????

The past couple of years we saw very heavy rain throughout the plains. Patterns have now shifted that towards the east coast to where we’re getting the rain and they’re not. We’ve seen droughts in the past couple summers, so the question is, will it be a dry summer? Or continue to pelt us with the wet stuff? We are going to see this rain continuing for us probably through the summer off and on. We’ll go through some wet spells and some dry spells followed by another round of rain. I don’t see us going back into a drought.

The high-altitude jet stream that guides the movement of weather across the country has been south of its normal position over the last couple of weeks, sending a series of storms across the Midwest and East, explained meteorologist Ed O'Lenic of the federal Climate Prediction Center.

It's a lot like an extended spring. For whatever reason (global warming), and the atmosphere only knows the answer.

While roman calendars say summer has begun, that refers to astronomical summer. Meteorological, or weather summer as I call it, begins July 1.

Parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and eastern Pennsylvania have received rain totals 1.5 to 3.75 inches greater than normal for the past weeks, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

One possible reason is "persistence," said Kathryn Vreeland, a climatologist at the center. Sometimes a weather pattern just persists, she said, "just hangs out there until something comes along to make things happen differently."(global warming)

Some climatologists make up excuses and say "for some reason people have this feeling that they ought to be able to remember, in their lifetime, something similar" to what is happening. "That is not the way it works. There is a lot of natural variability." Which may be true, but our climate changes have been extreme due to our treatment of our planet. People in normally damp cities have gone through a near-record spring dry spell, boosting the threat of wildfires in western Washington state.

Could El Nino be at fault? Always blame someone right...Never really face the truth.
El Ninos are periodic weather phenomena that develop in the Pacific. It looks as if one is developing, but it's not under way yet so what are they saying. Ever since I was studying meteorology in college there have always been excuses for our weather changes. No one ever wanted to face the truth in my classes.

Hmmm..... global warming?

Perhaps it's simply time to turn to Creedence Clearwater Revival:

"Long as I remember, the rain been comin' down,

"Clouds of myst'ry pourin', confusion on the ground,

"Good men through the ages, tryin' to find the sun,

"And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain."

Be well.

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