Strong storms are taking aim in the Plains today, especially the Dallas Metro and ArkLaTex. This live blog will be updated throughout the day to bring the latest forecasts and information for this severe weather event.
8:00 p.m. Central
The remaining severe thunderstorm watches are in effect through 10 p.m. Central time as the storms move through. Many have experienced strong, gusty storms already this evening from the southern Plains through the lower Mississippi Valley. Downed power lines, trees, roadway signs as well as shredded crops are all being reported as a result of today's activity, not only for the South, but also along the cold front in the central U.S. bringing isolated severe weather.
Not to be outdone, two to three inches of rainfall, more locally, have fallen in southern Plains with more than five inches being reported in the central Plains! The other effect the rainfall has is temperature drops. Check out Waco, Texas', forecast temperature drop as the storms move through.
7:00 p.m. Central
It's mid-evening and temperatures in central Texas, like in Waco, are running near 100 F helping to provide heat energy to support the storm development. The storms will continue through the evening and in a southeast direction.
6:00 p.m. Central
More than 50 severe weather reports have already been submitted to the National Weather Service this afternoon and evening and they include hail and gusty wind reports.
So far, hail 2.5 inches in diameter has been reported with winds in excess of 65 mph also being reported. storms are expected to continue through the early evening hours.
For this evening's activity, these storms are meant to be watched. Outflow boundaries from the current activity will be one of the main ignition parameters for severe storms to provide lift and more instability as it runs into a warm, water-laden air mass across northeast Texas and the ArkLaTex.
More specifically, the effect is the result of warmer air caused by carbon dioxide emissions, which increases wind shear in the jet streams. Directly strengthening turbulence, especially over the North Atlantic.
The Jet Stream is formed by narrow, fast-flowing bands of strong winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean.
Data shows that routes over the North Atlantic and USA experienced the most pronounced increase, through busy paths over Europe, The Middle East, and South America also felt the impact.
In addition to creating an uncomfortable ride for passengers, turbulence is estimated to cost the aviation industry between $150-500 million in the U.S. due to increased wear-and-tear on planes and injuries to those onboard.
This study analyzed 41 years of flight data over the North Atlantic from aircraft flying in clear-air conditions.
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Some ice survives each cycle through the year and is known as multiyear sea ice. Over the past four decades, this has slowly fallen from 2.70 million square miles (7 million square km) to 1.5 million square miles (4 million square km).
With that trend set to continue, we now have the first summer free from ice in our sights. This has the potential to make the situation in the region even worse.
Sea ice is bright white and can reflect some solar energy back towards the atmosphere, whereas the ocean below is much darker and absorbs that energy, warming faster, and making recovery for ice even tougher.
As sea ice is influenced by both atmospheric and oceanic elements, determining an exact date is not possible. It was previously thought to take place in the 2040s or 2050s by the IPCC depending on actions to limit carbon emissions.
Up to 90 percent of Arctic melt is considered to be the result of human actions.
The news is yet another symbol of our climate’s health, and follows research late last year showing that the planet is at risk of crossing six key climate tipping points.
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