Tuesday, July 06, 2010

NOAA's new study encouraging for our beaches

July 6, 2010
Miramar, Florida
Photographer states :  Beach Clean Up

Scientists say Florida's West Coast beaches least likely to be gooped-up by the oil  (click title to entry - thank you)

Posted: 8:13 PM

Last Updated: 46 minutes ago

By: Carson Chambers

ST. PETERSBURG BEACH, Fla. - Now there's a new, encouraging study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration giving the beach realty owner and others here strong hope that the West Coast of Florida might avoid the oil spill.In a historic bungalow on St. Pete Beach, where his name is printed on the awning, Frank Hurley is finally hearing reassuring news.
"I put a great deal of belief in their predictions and their studies," said the long-time realty owner.
"This has not been the best summer, as far as that's concerned. Neither has it exactly been a disaster,” said Hurley who rents around 300-properties in the area.
NOAA says the highest probability was the Panhandle which had a 81-to-100-percent chance of getting some oil. The Florida Keys, Miami and Fort Lauderdale have a 61-to-80-percent possibility of getting oil. But West Coast of Florida has the lowest probablity-- only 1-to-20-percent.
And NOAA says current gulf conditions are shrinking our chance of oil even more....

NOAA has determined the loop current will carry the oil in a different direction from the Florida West Coast.  That estimate is based on stable data and the circumstances will ONLY change with hurricane activity.  Good luck, Florida.  Video below picture presents the facts.

The Weather at Glacier Bay National Park is (Crystal Wind Chime) warm.

06 Jul 2010: Report

High Above the Earth, Satellites Track Melting Ice (click title to entry - thank you)

The surest sign of a warming Earth is the steady melting of its ice zones, from disappearing sea ice in the Arctic to shrinking glaciers worldwide. Now, scientists are using increasingly sophisticated satellite technology to measure the extent, thickness, and height of ice, assembling an essential picture of a planet in transition....

by michael d. lemonick

July 6, 2010
UV Map

Local Time: 3:33 PM AKDT (GMT -08)

Lat/Lon: 58.8° N 137.0° W

Elevation :: 33 feet

Temperature :: 57 Fahrenheit

Conditions :: Overcast

Humidity :: 88%

Dew Point :: 54 Fahrenheit

Wind :: 5 mph from the ESE (East Southeast)

Pressure :: 30.40 inches (Steady)

Visibility :: 10.0 miles

UV :: 2 out of 16

Clouds :: Overcast 2000 feet

I find the UV index interesting. This is a higher latitude and nearer the north pole than the lower 48 states. I don’t recall Alaska having any significant UV exposure in the past. Hm. What has the ozone satellites looked like this year?

2009 Ozone Hole

Recent observations and several studies have shown that the size of the annual ozone hole has stabilized and the level of ozone-depleting substances has decreased by 4 percent since 2001. But since chlorine and bromine compounds have long lifetimes in the atmosphere, a recovery of atmospheric ozone is not likely to be noticeable until 2020 or later.

2006 is considered to be the largest

2006 Ozone Hole Satellite

The First Ozone Hole Satellite was 1979
1979 Ozone Hole Satellite

Dangerously hot weather, please take care and become familiar with symptoms of the dangers to health. Calling 911 or going to the ER is a reasonable action.

July 6, 2010
UNISYS Water Vapor Satellite of North and West Hemisphere (click title to entry for 12 hour loop)

Earth is hot.  When the sun traversed the face of the planet on the first day of Spring, the temperature of North America 'immediately' went up by double digits.  The 'residual' coolness of Earth's troposphere is nonexistant.  The tropics of the Gulf and Atlantic are again reacting to the end of Alex.

July 6, 2010
2215 gmt

USA Temperature Map

Formula to convert from Fahrenheit temperatures to Celsius
- Subtract 32 degrees to adjust for the offset in the Celsius scale.
- Multiply the Fahrenheit temperature by 5/9

How to convert Celsius temperatures to Fahrenheit
- Multiply the Celsius temperature by 9/5.
- Add 32o to adjust for the offset in the Fahrenheit scale.

Canada Weather Map - Canada uses the Celcius Scale for temperature
July 6, 2010
1810 EDT

Currently there are emergency measures across Canada to protect the citizens from the heat.  Libraries and Civic Centers are opened to protect citizens from high heat.

Oddly some of the most susceptible to heat exhaustion and stroke don't appear to be a candidate.  Young men tend to be very resilient until it is too late.  They are active and are suddenly exposed to sweating that had caused dehydration and danger to their health.  The danger of heat exhaustion and stroke is the high temperature that can cause brain damage even though people recover.

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Heat exhaustion: This condition often occurs when people exercise (work or play) in a hot, humid place and body fluids are lost through sweating, causing the body to overheat. The person's temperature may be elevated, but not above 104 F.

Heat stroke: Heat stroke, also referred to as heatstroke is a life-threatening medical condition. The person's cooling system, which is controlled by the brain, stops working and the internal body temperature rises to the point where brain damage or damage to other internal organs may result (temperature may reach 105 F or greater).

Signs & Symptoms
For a Heat Stroke 

These signs and symptoms can occur suddenly with little warning:

Very high temperature (104ºF or higher). Hot, dry, red skin. No sweating. Deep breathing and fast pulse. Then shallow breathing and weak pulse. Confusion. Hallucinations. Convulsions. Loss of consciousness.

For Heat Exhaustion
Normal, low, or only slightly elevated body temperature. Cool, clammy, pale skin. Sweating. Dry mouth. Thirst. Fatigue. Weakness. Feeling dizzy. Headache. Nausea. Vomiting can occur. Muscle cramps. Weak or rapid pulse.

A heat stroke is a medical emergency.  Call 911 !

Heat exhaustion may respond to self-care measures. If not, medical care is needed.

Click this link to familiarize with signs and symptoms and what to do BEFORE it happens.


Drink plenty of water this summer ! 

Thank you.