Salinas Aquifer Storage & Recovery Project – Salinas, Puerto Rico


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Status of Puerto Rico’s Doppler Radar

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service SAN JUAN PR Issued by National Weather Service Miami FL 239 PM AST Tue Oct 3 2017

To: Subscribers:
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From: Southeast River Forecast Center
Subject: Update – Impacts of TJUA NEXRAD Outage on Quantitative Precipitation


The WSR-88D NEXRAD radar on the Island of Puerto Rico was severely damaged during Hurricane Maria. A full engineering assessment is needed on the current damages to the radar. At this time, it is too early to speculate when the radar will be back online.

Hourly precipitation estimates from the WSR-88D NEXRAD radar were used to compare to ground truth rainfall gauge reports to derive a best quantitative precipitation estimate (QPE) across the island of Puerto Rico.

It is important to be aware of the quality of the data (QPE) for the duration that the radar is out of operation. With the loss of the radar, the QPEs will be based on the Hydro-Estimator (satellite plus rainfall gauge reports).

Studies have shown that algorithms which combine sensor inputs — radar, gauge, satellite — yield more accurate precipitation estimates than those which rely on a single sensor (i.e. radar-only, gauge-only, satellite-only).

Hourly QPE can be found at Daily, Monthly and Yearly QPE can be found at

Tesla makes quick work of Puerto Rico hospital solar power relief project

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Forecasted Wind Speeds and Rainfall For Puerto Rico during Hurricane Irma


A summary of predicted wind speeds (gusts) and rainfall amounts for Puerto Rico are provided below.  The estimates were obtained from the National Weather Service’s National Digital Forecast Database.

PREDICTED WIND SPEED/GUSTS (KNOTS) – NWS National Digital Forcast Database
Day time Mayaguez Cabo Rojo Aguadilla San Juan Arroyo Ponce
Wed 8am 14 10 15 16 14 10
Wed 11am 18 15 19 42 37 12
Wed 2pm 18 15 19 50 49 39
Wed 5pm 43 43 44 63 53 44
Wed 8pm 47 43 51 61 50 47
Wed 11pm 49 43 57 53 46 43
Thu 2am 46 43 54 43 24 43
Thu 5am 44 25 47 25 25 25
Thu 8am 21 20 25 21 17 13
PREDICTED RAINFALL (INCHES) – NWS National Digital Forcast Database
Day time Mayaguez Cabo Rojo Aguadilla San Juan Arroyo Ponce
Wed 8am 0.54 0.4 0.6 0.75 0.93 0.44
Wed 2pm 1.38 1 1.57 1.76 1.71 1.12
Wed 8pm 1.25 1 1.48 1.49 1.35 1.09
Thu 2am 0.96 0.85 0.96 0.96 0.96 0.96
Thu 8am 0.96 0.96 0.96 0.96 0.96 0.96
Thu 2pm 0.68 0.5 0.65 0.68 0.68 0.68
Thu 8pm 0.68 0.68 0.68 0.68 0.68 0.68
Fri 2am 0.1 0.1 0.06 0.03 0.07 0.11
Total 6.55 5.49 6.96 7.31 7.34 6.04

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Los mas probres de entre los pobres Documental online

Los mas probres de entre los pobres Documental online 

This video documents how the poorest of the poor in Bangladesh are exploited by industries that supply cheap products to rich countries.  Their plight is made worse by human-induced climate change, resulting in more frequent flooding and contamination of farm fields by sea water, which in turn is creating refugees from the rural areas to the overpopulated cities.

“While most Americans are fixated on Hurricane Harvey, which continues to break rainfall records since making landfall along the coast on Friday, an even deadlier disaster is unfolding in South Asia. Across Nepal, Bangladesh, and India, an exceptionally strong monsoon season has left almost 1,200 dead and displaced or affected tens of millions more. Heavy rains led to unprecedented landslides and floods—as much as a third of Bangladesh is under water—leaving communities cut off as they face food and fresh water shortages and disease threats that will remain long after the water recedes.”

(How Climate Change Contributed to Massive Floods in South Asia, )

How hot does it get inside your car?

I shared this old blog with my class today, so I thought I would reblog it.


Recently I said to someone

“I believe the scientific basis of global warming is very simple: if you put more heat (energy) into something than comes out, the temperature will go up. A commonly shared experience we can all relate to is getting into your car on a 90-degree day only to find that the inside temperature is around 120-degrees, due to the trapped heat.”

I wanted to check my statement about the 120 degree Fahrenheit (48.9 degree C) temperature inside the car to see if it was true.  I used a small automated weather station to get the inside and outside air temperatures and an infrared thermometer to measure surface temperatures.  Here is what I found (in degrees C):

12:15 PM, Location Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Sept. 22, 2014, 2001 Honda Accord, Black.

Air temperature outside 31.6 C

Air temperature inside car 49.1 C (My statement was very close!)

Surface temperatures…

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Some climate change-related articles you may have missed during the last couple of weeks

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Harvey shows how planetary winds are shifting | The Japan Times

Climate change juiced Hurricane Harvey  USA Today

Harvey’s flooding is triggering chemical spills, which could cause other environmental disasters – The Verge

For Scott Pruitt’s EPA, Climate-Change Denial Is Mission Critical | The Nation

Trump’s stance on climate change troubles some – CNN Video

In an era of dire climate records the US and South Asia floods won’t be the last | US news | The Guardian

The Relationship Between Hurricanes and Climate Change The New York Times

Arctic Warming Made Harvey A ‘Killer Storm,’ Climate Researcher Says | HuffPost

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt: “Science Shouldn’t Dictate American Policy” | IFLScience

This map reveals rising temperatures in every state that are causing chaos in America – San Antonio Express-News

Scientists Aren’t Sure What Climate Change Did to Harvey  Gizmodo

Ted Parson: It’s time to take climate engineering seriously – UCLA IoES

Houston, Tell Your President We Have a Problem: It’s Called Climate Change  EcoWatch

How Climate Change Contributed to Massive Floods in South Asia – Pacific Standard

Ex-NASA Scientist James Hansen: There is a Clear Link Between Climate Change & Stronger Hurricanes | Democracy Now!  Independent Global News

Climate change to damage U.S. economy, increase inequality  Princeton University

Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked? | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

Harvey Didn’t Come Out of the Blue. Now is the Time to Talk About Climate Change.  The Intercept

How A Warmer Climate Helped Shape Harvey  Flipboard

EPA Spokesperson: Abandoning Our Sponsorship of Climate Leadership Program ‘Shouldn’t Be a Surprise’  Gizmodo

‘Whoa!’: Climate Change-Denying Politicians React to Hurricane Harvey Jezebel The Slot

Was Climate Change Involved in Making Hurricane Harvey? ScienceAlert

Hurricane Harvey Probably Isn’t a 500-Year Event Anymore  Mother Jones

Houston, you have a problem, and some of it of your own making The Sydney Morning Herald

How farmers convinced scientists to take climate change seriously The Washington Post

Warmer waters from climate change causing fish to shrink in size, finds study Independent

Rick Perry Wanted to Prove the Obama Administration Killed Coal. But the Facts Got in the Way Time

Northeast States Just Delivered A ‘Major Victory’ Against Climate Change Huffington Post

Why is climate change’s 2 degrees Celsius of warming limit so important? The Conversation

Trump administration dismisses climate change advisory panel CNN

Climate Migrants Might Reach One Billion by 2050 Inter Press Service

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Climate Refugees: Kiribati CBS News

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“An Inconvenient Sequel” conveniently leaves out one big truth Salon

Climate change is already destroying lives in the Pacific The Spinoff

How Trump’s Climate Report Dismissal Would Put Americans In Harm’s Way Fast Company

Behind the Lens: Climate Refugees CBS News

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Climate: ‘Every year a contender for warmest on record’ DW

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