WednesdayAugust 20th, 2014 at 10:29 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This was an extremely friendly duck that came up to us while we parked down by the lake. It probably would have crawled in the car if I had let it. It was obviously used to being fed by humans. I didn’t have an duck food. It’s Weds. am – cloudy, light showers every so often. We had breakfast and are packing up to hit the road. Again the low clouds are brushing the top of the higher hills. The trails are quite muddy with lots of puddles, but the waterfalls are more like spring than late summer. The people that run the kayak business said they were 6 weeks behind their normal open to the season this year with the ice in Lake Superior. They said they were paddling around icebergs on Memorial Day. They said the last ice was in a cave that they checked daily and the first day without ice in the cave was July 2nd! The heat is coming. The GFS-plot has 88-88-89 for G.R. for Sun., Mon., Tue. and the Euro. would give us low 90s on Monday. The Euro. gives G.R. another +1″ of rain Thurs. PM – early Fri. The GFS-plot gives G.R. another 0.95″ from Thurs. night thru Fri.
Also: “The average temperature on Earth has barely risen over the past 16 years.” is the most important sentence at the link. With a cold PDO and an inevitable flip of the AMO to cold phase – the “pause” should continue and the global warming alarmists (those who forecast stuff like this) will keep searching for the “missing heat”. Note that the NCDC global temperature reports conveniently eliminate (grayed out on the graphic) the Antarctic – where there has been record cold this winter and the Arctic, where they will have either the coldest or 2nd coldest summer since 1958. Aurora seen from the Space Station. Above average (monsoon) rainfall in Arizona this late summer.