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Leave it to Stephen Colbert to perfectly cap off Our Daily Planet for the week. His monologue from Wednesday night covers fertile ground for us — the “boob job” the President gave the storm track map to make it a “perfect 10” and the tweets about the poor NOAA spokesperson who was not allowed to answer press questions about the National Weather Service’s correction of the President’s misstatement about the storm track (see actual National Weather Service tweet that set off the President below). And finally he gave the EPA light bulb efficiency rule rollback a light touch with the clip of the President’s statement on that — it was priceless. It made me (Monica) laugh after I spent most of the last 36 hours feeling like this Administration and President had reached a new low. I was, however, also so proud of the fine public servants at the National Weather Service Birmingham Forecast Office that had the guts to correct the Commander In Chief. So enjoy Colbert’s riff and we will be back on Monday. And in the meantime, our thoughts are with the victims of Hurricane Dorian and our gratitude goes to all those who are helping them.
Why This Matters: Here is what Monica told Don Lemon on CNN last night.
A new study conducted by Portland State University and the Science Museum of Virginia has revealed that a history of redlining in America has forced African Americans to live in neighborhoods that are much more affected by urban heat waves. As the authors explained, “Vulnerable communities—especially those within urban areas in the United States—are disproportionately […]
Our favorite local National Weather Service forecast office tweeted out this important message on Saturday when a strong line of storms ripped through central Alabama. With extreme and severe weather becoming the new normal, the National Weather Service and local emergency managers’ warnings are more important than ever. Lives are at stake. This forecast office […]
Cities in Alaska and the Southeastern U.S. saw some of the greatest extremes in weather in 2019 — with Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow, coming in at 9.3 degrees warmer than average and Bozeman, Montana was 5.3 degrees colder than average, while Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas was the wettest with 25.02 inches more rain than average and of U.S. cities, Tallahassee, Florida, had a 20-inch rainfall deficit.
Why This Matters: There were some big extremes in 2019 — with an impressive list and geographic spread of U.S. cities seeing record-breaking weather. Record warmth for Alaska is one of the biggest stories of the year.