These are important questions, that I will try to deal with here. First, a note about the weather. Wow, that was a wet and cold weekend. We aren’t out of the woods, yet. (Huh, a double entendre and I didn’t even try.) There are very important topics for Northern Arizona’s weather, but things have been distracting me. Let’s get started with leaving the woods.
So, we are leaving the woods. My wife and I are moving to Germany. It’s not permanent, just a few years. We will be living in downtown Munich in an area called Glockenbachviertel. We are moving from our house in the woods to an apartment that would fit in part of our top floor. I leave on Saturday to acquire the keys to the apartment and start the move-in process. Quite a change. There’s deeper details that I would be happy to share if your are terribly interested. More or less, a shift in my career and an incredible opportunity.
That’s going to change the blog. I’m not sure how. But, occasionally, you might see a post about weather in Europe along side major events and issues for Northern Arizona weather. I am very curious about German weather. One thing I already learned, that is probably obvious to everyone else, is that because Munich is farther north, the days get longer at the first day of spring. Pretty obvious, but we usually just relate it with summer.
Ah, but what about Northern Arizona. Well, it looks like an El Nino is happening/on-the-way. But not quite. The winds and pressure continue to not be supportive. The major factor is the “Warm Blob.” I think I have mentioned the warming of the California coastal waters. It has now been titled the Warm Blob and it is persistent. And, it is a major factor for our weather. I want to go deeper on it, but for now, please see this post by my friend Bob Tisdale: North Pacific Update: The Blob’s Strengthening Suggests It’s Not Ready to Depart. There is also a good link in that post to a USA Today article. Basically, the warm blob is driving the California drought. Also, it is very interesting to note that the people studying the Blob say it has not relationship to Climate Change or Global Warming.
Back to the woods…I’m not sure what this means for this summer’s monsoon season. I am very concerned that it could alter the normal airflow patterns. we will have to wait and see.