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Rain Bursts

Rain Bursts

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, August 1, 2016/Categories: natural history, sustainability, environment, climate change

                   Far Above Average Sea Surface Temperature, July 25-30, 2016  (credit: NOAA)

NOAA combines data from several observation platforms including satellites, ships, and ocean buoys to develop daily temperature maps. Their OISST analysis saw an extreme temperature anomaly off the East Coast in late July. The environmental monitoring agency also measured extremer rainfall bursts between 7-10 inches in the same time period.

The fact that the ocean off the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts are the warmest ever measured is an obvious factor in the recent rain bursts as warmer oceans evaporate more moisture into the atmosphere. The bursts themselves are hard to predict but infrared ssensor of the atmosphere can determine their water vapor level.


            Nightime rainfall distribution estimate near Baltimore, 7-30-16 (credit: Washington NEXRAD radar)

Computer models have long predicted extreme weather events as a good indicator of climate change. They are becoming more common with almost every newscast.  



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