Posted on July 8, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Western U.S. bakes under record heat
Four states in the Far West reported record-warm January – June temperatures.
FRISCO — With an average temperature of 2.9 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, last month was the second-warmest June on record for the contiguous United States, ranking behind June 1933, according to the latest monthly update from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.
The West was sweltering, as five states (California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah) set all-time June temperature records. Wyoming, Montana and Nevada reported June temps that were in the all-time top five, while Colorado and New Mexico’s June readings were in the top ten warmest on record. Continue reading
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Posted on July 7, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Coral reefs in the Caribbean, like this one in the U.S. Virgin Islands, are at risk of bleaching as global warming heats up the world’s oceans. Photo by Caroline Rogers/USGS.
Warm oceans leading to widespread reef bleaching
FRISCO — Ocean researchers have updated their warnings of potential coral reef bleaching based on unusually warm ocean temperatures across the north Pacific, equatorial Pacific, and western Atlantic oceans this summer.
Scientists with NOAA’s coral reef watch say they expect bleaching of corals on Northern Hemisphere reefs through October, potentially leading to the death of corals over a wide area and affecting the long-term supply of fish and shellfish.
“The bleaching that started in June 2014 has been really bad for corals in the western Pacific,” said Mark Eakin, NOAA Coral Reef Watch coordinator. “We are worried that bleaching will spread to the western Atlantic and again into Hawaii.” Continue reading
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Posted on June 21, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Wet summer ahead?
May precipitation broke the all-time record for Colorado.
Every part of Colorado saw above normal precipitation in May.
FRISCO — May brought drought-busting precipitation to much of Colorado, state climate experts said last week during their monthly Water Availability Task Force meeting in Denver.
The beneficial moisture erased a long-running drought in southeastern Colorado and also helped boost the streamflow outlook in the Rio Grande Basin, where a meager winter snowpack had lowered expectations for summer runoff.
By contrast, the far western third of the state is still designated as experiencing abnormally dry conditions by the National Drought Monitor, which also shows a pocket of moderate drought across western Gunnison and much of Delta counties. Continue reading
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Posted on June 18, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Hard to find the cool spots.
Year to date temps also on record-setting pace
FRISCO — The world’s average surface temperature soared 1.57 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average in May to set a new all-record for the month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported in its new update this week.
Nearly all areas of the planet were warmer than average, with three cool spots: far northeastern Asia, a small area of the North Atlantic near Greenland, Australia and the central U.S.
All of Greenland, but particularly the far northeast, was colder than average for May, as was Iceland, where temps ran 5 to 7 degrees below the average of the past 10 years.
Notable hot spots included Alaska, northern Scandinavia and northern South America, as well as parts of the equatorial Pacific Ocean where a brewing El Niño has heated things up considerably. Continue reading
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Posted on June 14, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Strengthening El Niño fueling tropical storms in eastern Pacific
A NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Carlos strengthening off southern Mexico.
Hurricane Carlos is moving slowly northwestward along the southern Coast of Mexico. Via National Hurricane Center.
FRISCO — Taking a track parallel to the southern coast of Mexico, Hurricane Carlos has spurred warnings and watches along a long section of shoreline. Parts of southern Mexico could get pummeled by high winds, rain and surf the next few days, although the National Hurricane Center says the the storm’s path is still uncertain.
For now, a hurricane warming is in effect from Punta San Telmo to Tecpan de Galeana, with a hurricane watch extending west from Punta san Telmo to Manzanillo. Carlos is generating winds of about 80 mph and could strengthen in the next couple of days, with winds of up to 90 mph as it nears the coast. Continue reading
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Posted on June 8, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Wettest month ever, federal climate trackers say
Wetter-than-average conditions prevailed across a huge swath of the central U.S. during May, leading to a record-wet month for the U.S.
FRISCO — May 2015 was wet, not just in Colorado, but across the country, with average precipitation smashing the all-time record for the month — and for any month — during the 121-year span that records have been kept.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center, the May precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 4.36 inches, 1.45 inches above average. For the spring season (March-May), the precipitation total for the lower 48 states was 9.33 inches, 1.39 inches above average, and the 11th wettest on record. Continue reading
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Posted on June 6, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Hikers, motorists warned about overflowing streams and rivers
Subtropical moisture streaming into Colorado is triggering more flood concerns.
Flooding is possible in southwest Colorado, parts of the high country, as well as many Front Range streams.
FRISCO — With more subtropical moisture streaming into Colorado from the Southwest, parts of the state are under flood watches and flood warnings at the start of the weekend, including:
- South Boulder Creek near Eldorado Springs,
- Cache La Poudre River near Greeley affecting Weld County.
- South Platte River at Henderson affecting Adams County.
- South Platte River near Kersey affecting Weld County.
- South Platte River near Weldona affecting Morgan County.
- South Platte River near Balzac affecting Logan, Morgan and
In the high country, the Eagle River is expected to come close to overflowing this weekend, with a flood advisory for the weekend. Other rivers running high include the Roaring Fork between Aspen and Glenwood Springs and the Colorado River from the Eagle/Grand County line to the Utah border. Continue reading
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