OK, sometimes I’m in an article, and there is a link, and the site has a list of article, and I wander…
Had a comment by Ken McMurtrie about something unrelated (Amish and vaccinations) that led me to SOTT.net. I’d not heard of it before, and it looks interesting, so I poke around. Right off the bat ran into two very interesting article. One on the recent weather in Hawaii. They have had massive lightning strikes. Rather than make a ‘me too’ posting out of it, it’s worth reading here:
For the second time this year, Hawaii has experienced a spectacular electric show. In late February we saw nearly 21,000 lightning strikes in a five-hour window when a storm system stalled over Hawaii.
And if you look at a 30-hour window, Hawaii experienced a whopping 45,000 lightning strikes. Once again, residents were out with cameras and smart phones.
“As exciting as they may be to see and as neat as phenomena as they are they are exceptionally dangerous. Waterspouts can over-turn boats, they can swallow up swimmers, they can cause the water to drown you, the strong winds,” he said. “Lightning obviously can electrocute you and burn you severely and leave you either dead or with major trauma.”
OK, I’m thinking, maybe I need to track back the neat graph they have of lightning strikes and see if there is a way to use lightning strike counts to show that the PDO swap matters more than CO2?… then I stumble onto this other article about the snow falling in Czech Republic.
[Translated by Sott.net]
Czech Republic – Although it is May, the weather is more like in February.
Not only mountain tops were covered by a layer of snow during the night. In regions of Liberec, Karlovy Vary, Hradec Králove, Pardubice and Ústí snow fell even at lower elevations.
In the morning hours a layer of up to three centimeters lay on the ground. Also at midday it occasionally snowed even in the lowlands, Prague-Ruzyně reported sleet.
The midday air temperature on the Czech territory ranged from 0.2 °C in Liberec to 6.5 °C in the Brno area. At the top of Jeseník the temperature fell to -4.4 °C
The Czech Republic is the coldest
On top of the cold weather wind speeds reached 4-8 m/s, sometimes with gusts of around 15 m/s, which reduces the felt air temperature by 2 °C. The weather is more like in February. These low temperatures are caused by cold northern air currents[…]
OK, now I’m realizing that this is an interesting place to visit… and thinking maybe I need to look for some historical data on the Czech Republic spring to know just how normal, or not, this Prague Spring might be…
I did find a rather nice picture of the snowfall here:
and a check of the typical weather does make it look like this is a bit late for snow. Perhaps we have someone Czech reading who could comment on how usual, or not, this kind of May Snow might be?