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Old 08-25-2015, 11:12 PM   #1
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Summers winding down-- it seems every season something memorial happens.
Tropical storms. tornadoes, flooding, ice storms, blizzards, etc.

This summer my area of the NW has been hit with several wild fires.
3 fire fighters lost their lives in Washington St. last week- others injured.

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Wildfires continue to burn actively across the West. Currently, 66 large fires (or complexes) have burned nearly 1.6 million acres in 11 states.
https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm

Here is a picture I took last week while visiting a job. While it doesn't show any active fires, you can see the affect the smoke has on my region. The location is from a condo project at one of our ski slopes 40 minutes north of my town. Normally this is a nice clear "post card" view

Also an A10 tanker in Eastern WA taking care of business. (not my shot)

Fires are the news buzz around here- what's happening near you?
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:00 AM   #2
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Coolest, wettest, summer we have had in years. A friend of mine just went to Washington with the Red Cross to help the firefighters. He volunteers for a lot of these disasters.
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The last 3 days have been 'cold' here - in the low to mid 60šs. The kids are whining because "it's too cold outside". I love it... the weather, not the whining. If it was mid-February, we'd think it was a heat wave.

Other than that, Michigan has had a lot of rain this summer, but for some reason it seems to go around our little town each time. Even one huge storm that was the size of Lake Michigan on the radar only gave us about 20 minutes of rain.

Still, there is no snow on the ground or in the forecast, so there is absolutely nothing to complain about.

I hope those wildfires stay away from your house Eplumber.
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After the cold last February, I would say we have had a fine summer--
More rain than usual--and not to hot---

This morning I put on a long sleeved T-shirt---all in all great---
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After the cold last February, I would say we have had a fine summer--
More rain than usual--and not to hot---

This morning I put on a long sleeved T-shirt---all in all great---
We've had something like .01" of rain this month and I swear it's been in the 90's more often than not....

Almanac says we're in for a wet winter though
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Western tip of Lake Superior here. It seems to have been an 'average summer' around here. We went almost a month without rain, which was interesting. It peaked in the high 80's for a few weeks and was oppressively humid. Now it's suddenly very wet and cool. We've had several wicked thunderstorms the last 2 weeks, lots of rain, and 45* the last several nights, with low 60's during the day. Supposed to hit 80 again during the weekend, though.
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Normal summer in every respect here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The weatherman is telling us that there's an "El Nineo" of warm water stretching from Hawaii to California in the Pacific Ocean. He's saying that's going to result in us getting another very mild winter like we had in 1997-98. I'm hoping so. Where I live, "winter" is a four letter word.

"El Nineo" is Spanish for "The Nineo".

Interestingly enough, there weren't any memorable hurricanes hitting the east coast this year. There were some doozies in the Pacific Ocean that hit the Phillipines and the Korean Peninsula, but nothing of any real consequence in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Normal summer in every respect here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The weatherman is telling us that there's an "El Nineo" of warm water stretching from Hawaii to California in the Pacific Ocean. He's saying that's going to result in us getting another very mild winter like we had in 1997-98. I'm hoping so. Where I live, "winter" is a four letter word.

"El Nineo" is Spanish for "The Nineo".

Interestingly enough, there weren't any memorable hurricanes hitting the east coast this year. There were some doozies in the Pacific Ocean that hit the Phillipines and the Korean Peninsula, but nothing of any real consequence in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Spanish word you're looking for is "El Nino" with a virgulillo accent mark over the second n, I'm not sure how to make that appear or I'd throw it in there for you.
Anyway, this is the strongest recorded El Nino, hence a weak Atlantic system due to lower sea temps, worse than usual fire hazard on the west coast due to moisture being drawn to the heat rise in the central Pacific, and we should have a colder than usual winter in the continental US. I haven't looked into how it might affect you northern neighbors.
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The Spanish word you're looking for is "El Nino" with a virgulillo accent mark over the second n, I'm not sure how to make that appear or I'd throw it in there for you.
Anyway, this is the strongest recorded El Nino, hence a weak Atlantic system due to lower sea temps, worse than usual fire hazard on the west coast due to moisture being drawn to the heat rise in the central Pacific, and we should have a colder than usual winter in the continental US. I haven't looked into how it might affect you northern neighbors.
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Anyway, this is the strongest recorded El Nino, hence a weak Atlantic system due to lower sea temps, worse than usual fire hazard on the west coast due to moisture being drawn to the heat rise in the central Pacific, and we should have a colder than usual winter in the continental US. I haven't looked into how it might affect you northern neighbors.
That is what I heard, that being the case, we are in for a rough winter, or you folks up north are. Not often do we see snow down this way anymore.

We usually don't get this slight cool snap until the second week in September, things are changing. Our summer here in the midsouth was not as hot as it has been and way more rain.
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Eastern shore of Lake Huron. Worst summer in the 8yrs I've lived here. Just was just cold and rainy. Finally kind of picked up in July. Had a handful of hot, hot days in August.

About a week ago, it felt like fall hit overnight. Cold, raining every day. Leaves are even turning.

Our vegetable garden is 100% a total write off this year. Not one good tomato. Usually we have bushels full.
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El Nino's literal translation is "the child". (masculine version) (female would be la nina.)
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Watching tropical storms develop and turn into hurricanes. Danny fizzled now it's Erikas turn.
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People dread winters up here. Every year someone gets drunk and loses his sense of judgement, and decides to have a nap in a snowbank on the way home. Needless to say, they fall asleep and never wake up. They freeze to death in the snow.

Interestingly enough, sled dogs can sleep in the snow. That's because their metabolic rate is so much higher than ours that their bodies produce enough heat to keep them warm even inside a snowbank. If anyone remembers them, the 1970's rock band called "Tree Dog Night" got their name from the Inuit practice of bringing sled dogs into their tents or temporary snow shelters to warm up those places. Each Innuit man would sleeping with one or several sled dogs around him, and that was like sleeping with one or several hot water bottles. And, for what it's worth, a "three dog" night would be a very cold night indeed.

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