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  1. The heartland has been devastated by tornados this year. For twenty years I have sought to convince folks that microwave energy beamed directly at severe rotating storms can moderate those storms so they don't produce tornados. I'll not use the aquariusradar name but rather use the term storm moderation with microwave energy. Let me use another way to try and explain what I believe happens when storms are targeted with microwave energy. A large storm is approaching, and using all the observation details available, is given a danger value of 95 and increasing; storms that are producing tornados are given a value of 100+. The danger storm is surrounded by lesser CN clouds with values of 65, 78, 84, and similar values. CN clouds are always competing for moisture and the top competitor is largest. The danger cloud is boss, having all the necessary factors in very slight advantage over the other nearby storm clouds. When microwave energy is focused on the danger cloud base, a tiny heating of the moisture droplets and water vapor entering the cloud base makes them less likely to condense into larger droplets and thus they do not release thier heat of vaporization as readily. The danger CN cloud is hampered in development. But other nearby clouds now grow at the expense of the danger cloud. The CN cloud rated 65 grows to 72, the CN cloud rated 78 grows to 83 and so on. The danger cloud remains at 95 and if targeted long enough may begin to reduce in strength. Operating a microwave emitter (radar) to target a storm cloud can be done on a local basis; i.e., volunteer fire department or emergency management. It is now possible because of the NWS system prediction(s) are very accurate and local authorities can prepare in advance. EMS, law enforcement, and insurance companies can call upon state and federal authorities for science investigations into any idea they think might reduce the damages caused by tornados every year. Local Emergency Management Services needs more that sirens, phone apps, etc, tv alerts to help save lives and property during tornado season. The nation has all the necessary equipment and personnel to do analysis and testing to show that microwave heating (moderation) of storm clouds can reduce tornado damage.
  2. I don't think it will be a record year. ENSO neutral may stretch right through the season.
  3. Only a small part of NE Iowa remains in serious drought. The rest of the corn belt ok- for now. Hot weather coming. Kansas and the OK/Tex panhandles now engulfed by the dry. Red winter wheat (bread wheat) not loooking to good. El Nino not yet over- the South continues very (record) wet. Idaho and Montana dry and the NW snowpack below normal. The SW continues in drought- extreme in south New Mexico.
  4. Yes, interesting to see the growth then the shrinkage. I am thinking the spring rains should have done more for Kansas. Looks thin for a wheat harvest. But the largest portion of the corn belt is looking ok and rains continue there. Iowa now only the NE corner in peril. More rain expected there. Dry continues from east Arizona to west Texas. New Mexico in serious fire danger.
  5. As this tornado season continues, this thread seems to be the good place to reiterate my belief that microwave energy can lessen the strength of CN thunderstorms; so strong the storms are capable of creating tornados. The forecasting by NWS is now accurate enough that mobile Aquariusradars can be station in advance along the threat areas. Just as storm chasers follow and video record the storms, the microwave transmitters could transmit microwave energy into the base cloud of the CN thunderstorm.as the truck upon which they are mounted is postioned for maximum effect. A single mobile unit with an effective range of 20 miles would radiate for 10 miles as the storm approached and 10 more as the storm moved away. This allows time for a second radar unit to set up and begin radiating at the storm as it approached the second unit. The first unit leapfrogs 40 miles ahead to setup and be ready. With a high speed capability, the two radars could possibly keep up with long track tornados. The other operational idea is fixed radar transmitter stations in populated towns. These radars would be operated by emergency management. The fireman simply switches hats, turns on the radar that sits atop the firestation and points the radar energy at approaching clouds designated by the NWS radar display(s) .This could be the year of long track tornados as the storms have included the areas where the devastating 1925 tornado blitz-(Tri-State Tornado) occurred.
  6. No changes to the drought map. April showers bring May flowers? April should have done better. Dry months ahead for the Midwest corn belt. The Southwest monsoon hopefully will start early.
  7. Not much change in the drought conditions. A little less of the intense drought in Iowa but Iowa and Kansas are mostly in some level of drought. The southwest drought continues.
  8. The tiny areas of extreme drought in upper Idaho and Montana have returned. The extreme area in Iowa has decreased. The drought areas of the Kansas and Oklahoma (very dry) and desert Southwest are expanding to merge in the Texas panhandle. If that trend continues, there will be a continuous line of drought that extends from the boot heel of New Mexico to the upper Great Lakes.
  9. No major change in the drought map. A small area of extreme drought in Western Montana has cleared.
  10. The weekly drought map shows no dramatic changes. But more and more, little by little, the upper regions of our biggest rivers are showing very dry or some drought. The Mississippi, Snake, Missouri, Colorado, and Rio Grande are all, at least, very dry. Your'e right Andie. Not looking good for a hot summer ahead. The Ohio, Tennessee, and other larger rivers of the Southeast are currently free of dry conditions. But these rivers lack a snow pack source and will be subject to rapid drying as the summer heat comes on. The Sacramento and west coast rivers are ok..with more moisture expected this spring and backed up by good snowpack.
  11. Very slow change in the map as Nebraska continues out of the worst drought conditions. Serious drought continues in portions of Iowa. The upper Mississippi remains in drought. Almost all of the Colorado remains dry.The Rio Grand, Pecos, and Permian basin contiues drought. The Texas hill country and the aquifer there remains in the grip of sparse rainfall.
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