If your wondering where our snow and winter is coming from, here it is. Earthquakes and Volcanoes work together, but deep sea eruptions can not be monitored visually, but their condition can be assessed through earthquake data. Volcanoes erupt releasing massive amounts of pressure, and later they settle down and often seal. Due to the destabilization, they can easily erupt again but usually takes time to build in pressure, and sometimes they just continue to flow, like Hawaii. This is also demonstrated by the number of earthquakes before and after the event. These are two of many regions expelling massive amounts of heat into the Pacific Ocean impacting our weather short term. Hawaii has settled down, while Alaska still rumbles but is demonstrating a slow decline. Expect the SW of the US to heat up this year!
The Gulf of Alaska is a primary force providing the North American Continent with precipitation. I have been keeping track of buoy 46001 and current temperatures on 2/15/19 are the average temperatures once experienced in May, 3 months premature. This is promoting the snow like last year, and the longer it stays on the ground the longer the spring melt is delayed keeping lower than normal surface temperatures, last year we hit record heat when it lifted in May and June. In 2015, the only year that exceeded current temperatures, the heat and drought spread during the summer to the SW, along with fires.
Last fall I had reported that the warm ocean current would bring in massive snow pack into the Rockies resulting in massive flooding this spring, the size of the flood can now be compared to previous seasons. The snow pack in the Rockies is at an all time high since recording began in 2004, and this includes the 2008 great flood.
Our current snow pack is going to increase the local water tables, and all of this snow will find it's way towards the Mississippi. With the exception of the US SW region, all regions out west are above average levels, and some bursting. Here are all 8 regions out west and all of this will be heading east within the next few months. There is no way around it, it's a tsunami scale flood on the horizon.
What is going to make this season worse than 2008 is that since 2013 the snow pack in the Rockies is dissipating at a far more rapid pace, meaning more water at a faster pace. This graph demonstrates the first day when snow pack reaches .1%, which is the last remaining snow in the Northern Rockies and is now melting 2 weeks earlier than previous years.
When the air temperatures rise over the Gulf of Alaska, precipitation will decline as it did in 2015, but not until. The current North America snow pack is going to maintain a cool atmosphere short term, but by the end of April we will begin to see the showers and water levels rise. Last year we followed a similar pattern, but was followed by one of the hottest May and Junes on record. In the chart below we can see how May and June stacked up against other years across the entire state of Minnesota.
This region erupted January 23rd and the heat was registered by a nearby buoy. This is a confirmed volcanic event that continues and will increase as the plates contract going into winter. From 2000 to 2017 there were 76 level 3 earthquakes, this year alone there has been 2,872. This will delay the onset into winter but the heated surface water will generate massive water vapor as the cold air compresses. This will then drive inland massive snow creating the potential for a cold snowy winter and a very high probability of flooding in the spring.
In this graph we can see the historical activity of Alaska's North Slope. Earthquakes began in August at an escalated level with 450 recorded to this date and is demonstrated in the USGS image below. The two regions are on opposing edges of a ridge and both Fairbanks and Anchorage are in between. As the plate cools over the next few month the potential for both earthquakes and volcanic activity increases.
Combining both May and June in Minneapolis revealed the heat building, specifically the low temperatures at night. The year 1921 was an additional year of intensified heat during these months and is included in the data sets. Due to the movement of the weather station over the years, Milan, MN was also selected and the differentiation remained constant with Minneapolis.
A regional analysis was then reviewed for the entire state as well as counties from bordering states. Based upon this data our summer will be more severe than the 2012, and the degree and level will be determined by precipitation. With the Rocky Mountains snow pack in North America down to 0% as of July 4th, the recharging of the aquifers ends several weeks ahead of normal that will decrease timely precipitation in the weeks ahead.
Temperatures in the Twin Cities have been extremely warm, but in order to confirm this heating as being rural, Milan, MN was selected for analysis. This location is known for it's long term consistency and is located 130 miles west of the Twin Cities and located in the rural part of western Minnesota. Temperature analysis of this location demonstrated the exact same heating effect as the Twin Cities. Here is the average yearly temperatures through 2017 demonstrating the same shift in warming beginning in 1996.
After a very cool April, May brought about massive heat into the region just like the 1936 Dust Bowl Era when we attained the highest and lowest temperatures on record. Using 1921, 1933, 1934, 1936 and 2012 in comparison, the warmest May and June combination months on record, the following charts were constructed. Out current model is mirroring the 1936 era, with the 1934 heat. These charts demonstrate that our heat is not coming from extreme high temperatures, but a consistent and continual rise in the daily low temperatures. This is the amount of energy retained through the night within the earth. We are clearly surpassing the 2012 drought, but only time will determine the impact this will have on crop production.
Crop production is currently under stress in many parts of our nation. Our current snow pack in the Rockies that brings us precipitation throughout our summers shifted in 2012 and is demonstrated in the above graph, Data from NOHRSC. In 2011 the snow pack dropped to .1% in August, this year was one of the earliest now melting 2 weeks earlier than the 2004 to 2011 years. In the lower graph we can see the snow pack on April 1st and May 1st, the greater the disparity, the larger the flooding rains. This demonstrates the water source bringing in the 2008 and 2014 floods across the Midwest, and the flooding rains this year due to the increased snow pack and rapid loss. With the majority of the snow pack dissipated the cooling summer rains will decline and the potential for increasing heat accelerates.
Years ago, I was young and naïve in a world so large, and I was so small. Sometimes I would think, how could I alter such a large world? Now that I am older the world seems so much smaller, and with so many people I now think, how could we not alter such a small world?
As spring comes, so does the threat of earthquakes, especially along the west coast. The earthquakes and magma discharge from the Gulf of Alaska creates shifting in pressure under the plates and this may cause an acceleration earthquakes, only time will tell. The main cause is the energy shift as the conduction of heat flow shuts down and heat begins to build causing expansion in the plates. Here is earthquakes along the California coast to today.
The Gulf of Alaska is finally settling down, so the weather will warm within the next couple weeks. There is a lot of snow to melt, and with it will come more clouds and precipitation on top of the snow melt we already have. This will threatening many regions with flooding water this spring. The Gulf of Alaska is .5C warmer than last year at this time.
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