July 2019 was Earth’s warmest month on record. Here in Atlanta, you have to go back to April of 2018 to find the last month where Atlanta’s temperatures were below normal.
Weekly Links: Minnesota will pay people to make their yards more pollinator-friendly, the Supreme Court will decide if Georgia can copyright its laws, and the southeastern hurricane shield may be coming to end.
Weekly Links: Georgia becomes the 42nd state to ban retaliatory evictions while NOAA reclassified last October’s Hurricane Michael to make it only the 4th category 5 hurricane to hit the U.S.
Weekly Links: In the ongoing regulatory wars over e-scooters, Atlanta imposes mostly permit fees. And, during the government shutdown farmers must make important projections without critical weather and crop data. Plus, the Supreme Court is fine with Exxon being forced to release documents about its climate change deception.
From HOT lanes to a hot year and from fights over parking to fights over supreme court decisions, here are some of our more popular articles from the year
Weekly Links: water does expand when it freezes, but this theory is missing some critical facts. Plus, the Supreme Court isn’t buying the argument that advertising toxic substances is a protected speech under the 1st Amendment. And, more parking is needed for the Olympics, so Tokyo’s famous fish market has to go.
Major media outlets said they had no warning about Hurricane Michael’s intensity. While the storm’s strength was unexpected, the real culprit is the media’s disinterest in understanding and reporting on the intricacies and difficulties of weather forecasting.
The term “heat wave” and excessive heat warnings are generally reserved for unusually uncomfortable and hazardous conditions. The weather doesn’t really meet that criteria right now, but perhaps we should still issue advisories for when temperatures are simply abnormal.