Ten Ways to Honor Indigenous Peoples Day
The Unitarian Universalist Association
|October 12, 2018|
One new large fire was reported. An Incident Management Team and a National Incident Management Organization Team are supporting relief efforts after Hurricane Michael.
Cooler temperatures and rain in the West helped firefighters contain 18 large fires this week.
Weather: High pressure will remain off the West Coast as a broad trough lingers over most of the U.S. The remnants of Hurricane Michael will move across the Mid-Atlantic and offshore by late Friday. It will continue to produce heavy rain from the Carolinas to New England before moving well into open waters Saturday. In the West, an upper cutoff low and the remnants of Tropical Storm Sergio will drift across the Southwest, bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region through the weekend. A deeper, colder trough will drop across the northern Rockies and Plains bringing snow by Saturday to Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. This will also bring northerly to northeasterly flow to California, setting up offshore wind conditions that could increase the risk of wildfires through the weekend. A cold front will push across the central and eastern U.S. during the week, bringing rain and thunderstorms to the Plains and Mississippi Valley through midweek and to the eastern states by the end of the week. Temperatures will plunge during the weekend across the center of the country before returning to seasonal conditions during the week while the rest of the country remains mild to warm through the period.
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Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World"–to my mind, this is
an inside view of a new ruling class. I don’t think I’m exaggerating.
It’s a world that–you have all the watering holes, the TED conferences,
the Aspen, everywhere else; you’ve been there, you’ve been there as a
journalist for The New York Times for about 12, 15 years. You studied
at some elite institutions, you worked at the Aspen Institute. And what
we meet in this book are people who are into a great exercise of
delusion, that they can make out like bandits and still be Robin Hood.
Is that not the deal?
~ Bob Scheer
|September 2018 climate highlights for Tucson
Warmest and 58th wettest on record
24th straight month with the average monthly temperature being above normal
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September 2018 climate recap for Tucson Arizona
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The last time the Tucson International airport recorded four straight months of above normal rainfall was back in 2006 (June - September). Since the previous three months this year were above normal at the airport, September had a chance to duplicate this feat. The month started off with scattered showers and thunderstorms each day through the 7th. Thereafter high pressure aloft brought much warmer daytime temperatures along with less thunderstorm activity on a daily basis for the next week plus. Triple digit high temperatures returned on the 8th and hung around through the 18th. This stretch of 11 straight days of triple digit highs ended up being one day shy of the September record which occurred in 1955.
Deeper moisture from the tropics moved across the area on the 19th which brought widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms. Periods of heavy rain resulting in localized areas of flooding. Thunderstorm activity trended less during the remainder of the month until moisture from Hurricane Rosa moved across the area on the 30th. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms occurred on the last day of the month and Monsoon 2018. Going into the last day of the month, the airport needed to recorded 0.17" to end up above normal. However only 0.01" of an inch was recorded at the airport which resulted in the month ending up below normal.
Temperature extremes for the month ranged from a high of 105° on the 14th and 15th to a low of 67° on the 20th. The monthly average temperature of 84.9° ranks as the WARMEST on record. The previous warmest September occurred in 2000 with an average monthly temperature of 84.8°. One high temperature record was tied (105° on the 15th) and one high minimum temperature was tied (78° on 24th) in September.
September 2018 daily high temperature departure from normal September 2018 daily low temperature departure from normal.
The International airport, which is the official recording location for Tucson, recorded 1.14" which ranks as the 58th wettest September on record. Rainfall amounts across the metro area, using several sources like rainlog, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District gages and CoCoRaHS, varied widely with values ranging from 0.25" to 2" with locally higher amounts, especially northwest of Tucson.
Monsoon 2018 - 8th warmest and 37th wettest on record
The forecast for Monsoon 2017, issued by the Climate Prediction Center back in mid-June, called for enhanced probabilities for ABOVE normal temperatures and rainfall. Tucson recorded the 8th warmest and the 37th wettest monsoon on record.
Haywood plot of monsoon rainfall at the official site in Tucson since 1895. Monsoon 2018 ended up with an average temperature of 86.7°, which is 1.7° above normal. Temperature extremes ranged from 112° on July 24th to a low of 65° on June 16th & 17th. The rainfall amounts, as is usual during the monsoon, varied widely across the metro area with values ranging from 4" to 9" with locally higher amounts. For the fifth straight monsoon, the airport recorded normal or above normal rainfall with the 2018 total coming in at 7.02". Click on the image to the right to see how 2018 compared to the historical record.
The average yearly temperature of 75.4° ranks as the WARMEST on record to date. The average high temperature of 89.2° through the end of September ranks as the 3rd warmest on record. The average low temperature of 61.6° through the end of September ranks as the 2nd warmest on record. Rainfall at the airport, which is the official recording location in Tucson, stood at 8.99" which ranks as the 56th wettest January through September period on record. The 2017-2018 hydrological water year, which runs from October 1st to September 30th, ranks as the 35th driest on record with 9.58".
Looking ahead into October
The Climate Prediction Center forecasts equal chances for either above normal, normal or below normal temperatures. Thanks to the remnant effects of Hurricane Rosa and its deep tropical moisture, October is likely assured of being above normal on the rainfall side.
Normal monthly high temperature 84.8°
Normal monthly low temperature 57.3°
Normal monthly temperature 71.0°
Record high temperature 102° on October 1, 2010 & October 3, 1993
Record low temperature 26° on October 30, 1971
Warmest October (avg.) 77.5° in 2016
Coldest October (avg.) 63.8° in 1908
Normal rainfall 0.89"
Wettest October day 2.96" on October 1, 1983
Wettest October 4.98" in 2000 & 1983
Driest October 0.00" in 2017 (last of 12 occurrences)
Daily normal | Daily records
The number of daylight hours will decrease from 11 hours 50 minutes on the 1st to 10 hours 54 minutes on the 31st, a loss of 56 minutes.
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