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climate change and bad luck gave us extreme weather of august 2020

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MOST OF US NEVER HEARD OF “DRY LIGHTNING” until re­cently. It is cloud-to-ground light­ning without any nearby rain­fall. A dry light­ning storm over Mitchell’s Cove in Santa Cruz, Cal­i­fornia, caused more than 10,000 bursts of light­ning be­tween Au­gust 15 and Au­gust 19, 2020, which in turn set off dev­as­tating wild­fires across Cal­i­fornia.

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a collision of two giant monsters (tropical cyclones and mesoscale eddies)

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INCREASINGLY POWERFUL TROPICAL CYCLONES in the North Pa­cific Ocean may be fu­eling a pow­erful north-flowing ocean cur­rent, helping to boost the amount of heat it fer­ries to northern lat­i­tudes. By en­hancing the speed of some ocean whirlpools called ed­dies, and sup­pressing the spin of others, the passing storms may be ac­cel­er­ating the heat-carrying Kuroshio Cur­rent and that could warm the planet further.  [Continue reading]

there’s an ocean where there used to be ice

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THERE’S AN OCEAN WHERE THERE USED TO BE ICE. The ar­ticle that caught my at­ten­tion was “Stretched Thin on Thin Ice.” It in­cluded the threat­ening sub-title, “With the Arctic melting and northern coast guards strug­gling to keep up, the next dis­aster is a matter of when, not if.” [Continue reading]

even AOC can’t blame this one on the cow farts

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WHAT DOES ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ have to do with cow farts or methane? Well, I wanted a hu­morous title to catch the read­er’s attention—especially given the se­ri­ous­ness of the—and the word “farts” catches a lot of folk’s at­ten­tion. As for AOC, you will have to wait until the post­script below to find out how she is as­so­ci­ated with bovine flatulence. [Continue reading]

everyone knows it’s windy

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“CLIMATE CHANGE FOR THE BETTER” is not a slogan we hear often, if at all. Any silver lining that can be found in the dark cloud of global cli­mate change seems to be ex­ceed­ingly rare. But not non-existent, as wit­ness this head­line: “Off­shore Wind Is on the Brink of Be­coming So Cheap, the UK Will Pay People to Use It” by Dharna Noor for the Giz­modo web­site (“We come from the fu­ture”). [Continue reading]