Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Persistent,stormy weather pattern gripping the NYC area for the fourth straight month

Since the Spring 2017 season began,practically,the Jet Stream has been practically stuck in a pattern that has let the Eastern two-thirds of the US to remain persistently wet,stormy,raw and cool across two seasons now as though it's been a particularly steamy summer so far,this has led temperatures to trend near or slightly below normal this summer (Note the lack of 90-degree temps so far this summer and the fact that the highest temp for 2017 so far occurred in mid-May,just over a month before the 2017 summer season even officially started,for example). Here's the High and Low Temperature and weather stats for the city of White Plains,NY for each day since April Fool's Day; April 1,2017,as of 12:30AM,EDT,July 27,2017 from

April 1:                    46/36          50/34               -4/+2
April 2:                    61/37          51/35             +10/+2
April 3:                    64/36          51/35             +13/+1
April 4:                    50/44          52/36               -2/+8
April 5:                    60/42          52/36               +8/+6
April 6:                    51/39          53/35                -2/+4
April 7:                    49/39          54/36                -5/+3
April 8:                    54/38          54/36                 0/+2
April 9:                    67/33          55/37              +12/-4
April 10:                  73/41          55/37              +18/+4
April 11:                  78/48          56/38              +22/+10
April 12:                  72/52          56/38              +16/+14
April 13:                  62/44          57/39                 +5/+5
April 14:                  63/41          57/39                 +6/+2
April 15:                  60/40          58/40                 +2/0
April 16:                  85/51          58/40              +27/+11
April 17:                  70/54          59/41              +11/+13
April 18:                  63/45          59/41                +4/+4
April 19:                  53/41          59/41                 -6/0
April 20:                  66/46          60/42                +6/+4
April 21:                  52/48          60/42                -8/+6
April 22:                  56/46          60/42                -4/+4
April 23:                  65/43          61/43                +4/0
April 24:                  62/40          61/43                +1/-3
April 25:                  56/50          61/43                -5/+7
April 26:                  63/53          62/44                +1/+9
April 27:                  67/57          62/44                +5/+13
April 28:                  83/57          62/44              +21/+13
April 29:                  84/62          63/45              +21/+17
April 30:                  64/48          63/45                 +1/+3
May 1:                     70/46          63/45                +7/+1
May 2:                     74/60          64/46              +10/+14
May 3:                     63/45          64/46                 -1/-1
May 4:                     61/39          64/46                 -3/-7
May 5:                     60/48          64/46                 -4/+2
May 6:                     64/52          65/47                 -1/+5
May 7:                     54/46          65/47                -11/-1
May 8:                     55/43          65/47                -10/-4
May 9:                     58/42          65/47                 - 7/-5
May 10:                   61/45          65/47                  -4/-2
May 11:                   60/42          65/47                  -5/-5
May 12:                   61/43          66/48                  -5/-5
May 13:                   54/44          66/48                -12/-4
May 14:                   64/50          66/48                 -2/+2
May 15:                   66/52          66/48                   0/+4
May 16:                   77/55          67/49               +10/+6
May 17:                   85/57          67/49               +18/+8
May 18:                   95/71          67/49               +28/+22       (Record High Set)
May 19:                   90/62          68/50               +22/+12
May 20:                   66/48          68/50                  -2/-2
May 21:                   67/47          68/50                  -1/-3
May 22:                   59/51          69/51                -10/0
May 23:                   70/54          69/51                 +1/+3
May 24:                   70/56          70/52                   0/+4
May 25:                   58/54          71/53               -13/+1
May 26:                   74/54          71/53                +3/+1
May 27:                   73/53          71/53                +2/0
May 28:                   70/56          72/54                -2/+2
May 29:                   57/53          72/54               -15/-1
May 30:                   60/54          72/54               -12/0
May 31:                   75/55          72/54               +3/+1
June 1:                    79/55          73/55               +6/0
June 2:                    74/50          73/55               +1/-5
June 3:                    72/50          73/55                -1/-5
June 4:                    70/54          74/56                -4/-2
June 5:                    64/56          74/56              -10/0
June 6:                    56/50          74/56              -18/-6
June 7:                    68/50          75/57                -7/-7
June 8:                    70/50          75/57                -5/-7
June 9:                    81/47          75/57               +6/-10          (Record Low Set)
June 10:                  85/57          76/58               +9/-1
June 11:                  92/66          76/58             +16/+8
June 12:                  93/69          76/58             +17/+11          (Record High Set)
June 13:                  94/70          77/59             +17/+11          (Record High Set)
June 14:                  85/59          77/59               +8/0
June 15:                  77/57          77/59                 0/-2
June 16:                  68/58          77/59                -9/-1
June 17:                  74/68          78/60                -4/+8
June 18:                  86/72          78/60               +8/+12
June 19:                  84/70          78/60               +6/+10
June 20:                  85/65          78/60               +7/+5
June 21:                  82/64           79/61              +3/+3
June 22:                  85/71           79/61              +6/+10
June 23:                  82/72           79/61              +3/+11
June 24:                  82/72           80/62              +2/+10
June 25:                  81/63           80/62              +1/+1
June 26:                  78/58           80/62                -2/-4
June 27:                  79/59           80/62                -1/-3
June 28:                  79/57           81/63                -2/-6
June 29:                  82/68           81/63               +1/+5
June 30:                  87/69           81/63               +6/+6
July 1:                     84/68           81/63                +3/+5    
July 2:                     88/70           81/63                +7/+7      
July 3:                     87/67           81/63                +6/+4
July 4:                     85/65           81/63                +4/+2
July 5:                     84/66           82/64                +2/+2  
July 6:                     78/64           82/64                 -4/0
July 7:                     80/66           82/64                 -2/+2
July 8:                     84/66           82/64                +2/+2
July 9:                     81/63           82/64                 -1/-1
July 10:                   84/62           82/64                +2/-2
July 11:                   83/71           82/64                +1/+7
July 12:                   88/72           82/64                +6/+8
July 13:                   90/70           83/65                +7/+5
July 14:                   66/62           83/65                -17/-3
July 15:                   82/64           83/65                 -1/-1
July 16:                   84/64           83/65                 +1/-1
July 17:                   82/66           83/65                 -1/+1
July 18:                   86/70           83/65                 +3/+5
July 19:                   92/72           83/65                 +9/+7
July 20:                   92/72           83/65                 +9/+7
July 21:                   91/75           82/64                 +9/+11
July 22:                   84/72           82/64                 +2/+8
July 23:                   78/68           82/64                  -4/+4
July 24:                   69/61           82/64                -13/-3
July 25:                   68/58           82/64                -14/-6
July 26:                   78/62           82/64                  -4/-2

-Highest Temperature: 95 degrees on May 18
-Lowest Temperature:  33 degrees on April 9
-# of Highs above normal:   65 days
-# of Highs right at normal:  4 days
-# of Highs below normal:   47 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees above normal: 18 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees below normal: 12 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees above normal: 12 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees below normal:  3 days
-# of Highs at least 20 degrees above normal:  6 days
-# of Highs at least 20 degrees below normal:  0 days
-# of Highs at least 25 degrees above normal:  2 days
-# of Highs at least 25 degrees below normal:  0 days
-Rainfall: 15.9 inches
-# of Days of Measurable Precipitation:       48 days
-# of Days of No Measurable Precipitation:  68 days

Rare summer rainstorm to disrupt travel, activities in mid-Atlantic Friday

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
July 26,2017, 3:39:40PM,EDT
A rare storm for late July will deliver drenching rain and miserable conditions to a large part of the mid-Atlantic and southern coast of New England to end the week.
The rainstorm will be unusual since it will unleash steady rain for 12 hours or more in many locations as it moves slowly across the region. Typically in the summer, rainfall is limited to a few hours in the absence of a tropical rainstorm.
The storm will roll eastward along a zone of temperature contrast with unusually cool air to the north and warm, sticky air to the south.
"This type of setup has the potential to deliver very heavy rainfall and raise the risk of flooding," according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.
NE storm July 26 pm

Motorists from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, southeastern New York state, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware are likely to face difficult travel due to persistent downpours, excess water on the road and poor visibility.
Enough rain can fall to cause flash and urban flooding.
Significant airline delays are possible at the major hubs from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., due to a low cloud ceiling and fog. The leading edge of the rain will progress from west to east.
Major League Baseball games on Friday and Friday night will be at risk for being delayed or postponed.
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"The same storm system will affect the Midwest into Friday with torrential downpours and severe thunderstorms," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait.
Along the southern flank of the storm, severe weather with the risk of damaging winds and perhaps a couple of isolated tornadoes may occur in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia on Thursday afternoon and evening and Virginia, southeastern Maryland and Delaware later Friday into Friday evening.
North of the storm, cool and dry air will prevent rain from spreading across much of upstate New York and central and northern New England.
This cool air will be poised to rush southward in the wake of the storm this weekend.
Static US Weekend

"Much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation will benefit from the atypical southward intrusion of cooler and drier air that will even reach into parts of the Southeastern states this weekend and into the start of next week," Strait said.
High temperatures are likely to be no better than the 70s F for much of the Northeast on Saturday.
The steadiest rain will retreat to the mid-Atlantic coast and southeastern New England by Saturday morning. However, during Saturday afternoon, showers may crop up east of the Appalachians and migrate toward the coast with perhaps a second dose of rain.
Winds will pick up along the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts on Saturday, which may add to the coolness of the air for a time. As a result, Saturday may not be the best of beach days, even if rain fails to show up for an encore.
With less wind and a return of sunshine, temperatures may rebound to within a few degrees of 80 on Sunday in the Northeast.

Wildfires force more than 10,000 people to evacuate in France

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
July 26,2017, 11:10:53AM,EDT
 A series of wildfires have burned more than 4,000 hectares (9,884 acres) and forced almost 12,000 people to be evacuated across southern France in recent days, according to The Guardian.
A new fire that broke out on Tuesday near a popular tourist area resulted in the evacuation of around 3,000 holidaymakers.
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Sunbathers are being evacuated from the beach in Le Lavandou, French Riviera, as plumes of smoke rise in the air from burning wildfires, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

France reached out to the rest of Europe on Tuesday asking for aid in tackling several dangerous fires across the country.
More than 4,000 firefighters and 19 firefighting aircraft were already battling the blazes when requests for additional help went out.
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A firefighting plane drops fire retardant over a forest near La Londe-les-Maures on the French Riviera, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Fires have also broke out near the popular tourist destination of Saint-Tropez. The influx of vacationers results in the population tripling during the summer months putting more people at risk from the fires.
Strong winds made fighting the fires more difficult on Wednesday. Gusty winds will continue on Thursday and Friday, especially during the afternoon hours.
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In this image dated Monday, July 24, 2017, a forest fire rages on a hillside above the village of Ortale in Corsica, France. (AP Photo/Raphael Poletti)

Warm and dry conditions are also expected to continue across the region through the weekend bringing no relief to the current fire situation.
France Weather Center
Interactive France weather radar
Detailed Saint-Tropez weather forecast

Wildfires are also burning in Portugal and Italy amid a hot and dry summer across all of southern Europe.

Persistent, unrelenting weather pattern has the NYC area persistently soggy and cool (relative to normal)

Thanks to a stubborn Jet Stream trough that has been in place virtually all spring and now into the summer,looks like the Northeastern US and the New York City metro-area,in particular,is in for one steamy,soggy,stormy summer of 2017.Here's the High and Low Temperatures compared to normal for each day since May 1,2017,for the city of White Plains,NY, in suburban Westchester,NY,as of 12AM,EDT,July 27,2017 from

May 1:                70/46           63/45          +7/+1
May 2:                74/60           64/46        +10/+14
May 3:                63/45           64/46           -1/-1
May 4:                61/39           64/46           -3/-7
May 5:                60/48           64/46           -4/+2
May 6:                64/52           65/47           -1/+5
May 7:                54/46           65/47          -11/-1
May 8:                55/43           65/47          -10/-4
May 9:                58/42           65/47           - 7/-5
May 10:              61/45           65/47            -4/-2
May 11:              60/42           65/47            -5/-5
May 12:              61/43           66/48            -5/-5
May 13:              54/44           66/48          -12/-4
May 14:              64/50           66/48            -2/+2
May 15:              66/52           67/49            -1/+3
May 16:              80/58           67/49          +13/+9
May 17:              85/57           68/50          +17/+7
May 18:              94/72           68/50          +26/+22   (Record High Set)
May 19:              90/62           68/50          +22/+12
May 20:              65/49           69/51             -4/-2
May 21:              68/48           69/51             -1/-3
May 22:              59/51           70/52           -11/-1
May 23:              69/55           70/52            -1/+3
May 24:              70/56           70/52             0/+4
May 25:              58/54           71/53          -13/+1
May 26:              74/54           71/53           +3/+1
May 27:              73/53           71/53           +2/0
May 28:              70/56           72/54            -2/+2
May 29:              58/54           72/54          -14/0
May 30:              61/53           72/54          -11/-1
May 31:              75/55           72/54           +3/+1
June 1:                79/55           73/55           +6/0
June 2:                74/50           73/55           +1/-5
June 3:                72/50           73/55            -1/-5
June 4:                70/54           74/56            -4/-2
June 5:                64/56           74/56          -10/0
June 6:                56/50           74/56          -18/-6
June 7:                68/50           75/57            -7/-7
June 8:                72/50           75/57            -3/-7
June 9:                81/47           75/57           +6/-10       (Record Low Set)
June 10:              85/57           76/58           +9/-1
June 11:              92/66           76/58         +16/+8 
June 12:              93/69           76/58         +17/+11      (Record High Set)
June 13:              94/70           77/59         +17/+11      (Record High Set)  
June 14:              84/60           77/59           +7/+1
June 15:              77/57           77/59              0/-2
June 16:              68/58           77/59             -9/-1
June 17:              74/68           78/60             -4+8
June 18:              85/73           78/60            +7/+13
June 19:              84/70           78/60            +6/+10
June 20:              86/64           78/60            +8/+4
June 21:              82/64           79/61            +3/+3
June 22:              85/71           79/61            +6/+10
June 23:              82/72           79/61            +3/+11
June 24:              82/72           80/62            +2/+10
June 25:              81/63           80/62            +1/+1
June 26:              78/58           80/62             -2/-4
June 27:              79/59           80/62             -1/-3
June 28:              79/57           81/63             -2/-6
June 29:              82/68           81/63            +1/+5
June 30:              87/69           81/63            +6/+6
July 1:                 84/68           81/63             +3/+5
July 2:                 89/71           81/63             +8/+8
July 3:                 87/67           81/63             +6/+4
July 4:                 85/65           81/63             +4/+2
July 5:                 84/66           82/64             +2/+2
July 6:                 78/64           82/64              -4/0
July 7:                 79/67           82/64              -3/+3
July 8:                 84/66           82/64             +2/+2
July 9:                 82/62           82/64                0/-2
July 10:               84/62           82/64              +2/-2
July 11:               83/71           82/64              +1/+7
July 12:               88/72           82/64              +6/+8
July 13:               91/69           83/65              +8/+4
July 14:               66/62           83/65             -17/-3
July 15:               82/64           83/65               -1/-1
July 16:               84/64           83/65              +1/-1
July 17:               82/66           83/65              -1/+1
July 18:               86/70           83/65             +3/+5
July 19:               91/73           83/65             +8/+8
July 20:               92/72           83/65             +9/+7
July 21:               90/76           82/64             +8/+12
July 22:               84/72           82/64             +2/+8
July 23:               78/68           82/64              -4/+4
July 24:               70/60           82/64             -12/-4
July 25:               68/58           82/64             -14/-6
July 26:               78/62           82/64               -4/-2

-Highest Temperature: 94 degrees on May 18 and June 13
-Lowest Temperature:  39 degrees on May 4
-# of High Temperatures above normal:    43 days      
-# of High Temperatures right at normal:   3 days
-# of High Temperatures below normal:    41 days
 -# of Highs at least 10 degrees above normal:   7 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees below normal:  12 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees above normal:    5 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees below normal:    2 days
-# of Highs at least 20 degrees above normal:    2 days
-# of Highs at least 20 degrees below normal:    0 days
-# of Highs at or above 100 degrees:   0 days
-# of Highs between 90-99 degrees:    9 days
-# of Highs between 80-89 degrees:  30 days
-# of Highs between 70-79 degrees:  22 days
-# of Highs between 60-69 degrees : 18 days
-# of Highs below 60 degrees: 8 days
-Rainfall: 12.00 inches
-# of Days of Measurable Precipitation:       31 days
-# of Days of No Measurable Precipitation:  56 days

Extremes of flooding rain vs. drought to persist over north-central US into August

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
July 26,2017, 10:14:36AM,EDT
 While the north-central United States will get a break from storms in some locations and heat in others late this week, the pattern will resume as July ends and August begins.
A forecast push of dry air for the Midwest and slightly cooler conditions for the northern Plains will come and go by this weekend.
Frequent severe weather and heavy rainfall have been a problem for portions of the upper Mississippi Valley, while drought has been a problem for the northern High Plains.
"The pattern of extremes has been very persistent so far this summer and is likely to continue well into August," according to AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Mike Doll.
Static Flood and Drought North Central

A large dome of heat is forecast to build over the western U.S. next week. Part of that heat dome will extend across the northern High Plains and southwestern Canada.
Meanwhile, a flow of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will resume over the Mississippi and Ohio valleys, as a new crop of storms from northwestern Canada rolls southeastward next week.
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Downpours to target areas plagued by relentless rain so far this season
So much rain has been falling so often that many streams and rivers are running well above average for the middle of the summer from portions of eastern Minnesota to Wisconsin, Ohio, northern Illinois and northern Michigan.
As of Wednesday, July 26, rainfall in Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, for July has been two times that of normal with 7.65 and 8.16 inches, respectively.
Major flooding has been occurring along the Rock and Fox rivers in Illinois. Moderate flooding has been occurring along the Pecatonica River in Illinois and Wisconsin. Waters are receding along much of the Des Plaines River in Illinois for the time being.
July 1-24, 2017 Rainfall versus Average North Central US

A few pockets of abnormally dry conditions have been intertwined among saturated areas around the Great Lakes.
Storms will continue into Thursday and then resume later this weekend. The rainfall will cause a new surge of water on area streams and rivers from Minnesota to Ohio.
"Rain will reach some needy areas of the lower parts of the northern and central Plains, while other locations will be missed during the upcoming pattern," according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.
Little rainfall, heat to continue in areas with building drought conditions
Areas of saturated soil become more sparse and transition to abnormally dry farther west across Iowa and Minnesota.
From much of the central and western portions of the Dakotas and Nebraska to much of Montana and Wyoming, the Palmer Drought Severity Index indicates severe to extreme conditions, as of July 22.
Miles City, Montana, has received only a little over an inch of rain since May 1. Average rainfall for the location from May to the end of July is 6 inches. As of July 25, no measurable rain has fallen on the city since July 1.
The dry soil and intense sunshine have been boosting temperatures to well above average over the northern High Plains this summer. Temperatures for the period are running between 3 and 6 degrees Fahrenheit above average since June 1.
On multiple days, highs have been at or above 100 in the Dakotas, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Wyoming during July.
The drought and heat are taking its toll on the spring wheat crop in the region, Pastelok stated.
There is some hope that storms from the Pacific Ocean will take a more southerly path into the northern Rockies and northern High Plains as August progresses. Even if this occurs, the storms may fail to tap into the moisture supply from the Gulf of Mexico farther to the east.
Some sporadic rainfall may develop but not enough to have a big impact on the pattern.
"It would take a major storm or a series of major storms to break the drought, and we just don't see that happening that far west through most of August," Pastelok said.
The outlook appears grim for the spring wheat in the area and the quality of other crops, such as soybeans and corn, in part of the drought area may suffer.

5 hidden hazards of summertime swimming

By Bianca Barr Tunno, AccuWeather staff writer 
 When refreshing water beckons, millions of people across the United States jump right in. But there's always a possibility of contamination, regardless of whether it's fresh or salt water, chlorinated pools or the neighborhood splash pad.
You may never contract the following illnesses, but they do exist and experts say you should know about them.
Cyanobacteria (toxic algae)
Toxic algae washes up along the south swim beach at Lake Anza inside Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley, California. (Photo/East Bay Regional Park District)

Also known as blue-green algae, cyanobacteria are microscopic organisms found naturally in all types of water (fresh, combined salt and fresh water and marine water), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Sometimes the algae start to multiply quickly, forming toxic blooms in warm waters that aren’t moving fast and are filled with nutrients, such as fertilizer or septic overflows.
You may be able to see the blooms that spread across the water’s surface and the CDC recommends you and your pets stay away from water that is discolored or has a foamy or scummy surface.
"Cyanobacteria tend to outcompete other algae when water temperatures get above about 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit), and they outcompete most other organisms and persist for long periods of time," Beverley Anderson-Abbs, a senior environmental scientist for the California State Water Resources Control Board, said in an email.
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Naegleria fowleri (brain-eating amoeba)
Naegleria fowleri
Naegleria is an amoeba commonly found in the environment, in water and soil. Only one species of Naegleria has been found to infect humans, Naegleria fowleri. (Image/CDC)

It’s important to note that these deadly infections are rare, but they do happen in the U.S. Between 1962 and 2016, the CDC reported 143 known Naegleria fowleri infections, with only four survivors – a fatality rate of more than 97 percent.
The amoeba, a single-celled organism, lives in warm freshwater, such as lakes, rivers and hot springs. These organisms can travel up the nose to the brain and spinal cord as people swim or dive. This can cause a brain infection called Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM). CDC researchers said people do not become infected from drinking contaminated water.
Naegleria fowleri is thermophilic, or heat-loving. Most infections occur during July, August and September when there is prolonged heat, higher water temperatures and lower water levels.
Vibriosis (flesh-eating bacteria)
Vibrio vulnificus
This scanning electron microscopic image depicts a grouping of Vibrio vulnificus bacteria. (Image/CDC/Janice Haney Carr/Colorized by James Gathany)

Several cases of Vibrio vulnificus have been confirmed this summer in Mobile County, Alabama. Those affected are recovering, but health officials continue to warn the public about how to avoid soft-tissue infections.
Vibriosis infections can occur when people eat raw or undercooked seafood – particularly oysters – or when an open wound is exposed to warm seawater, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Vibrio bacteria naturally live in certain coastal waters, according to the CDC, and are measured in higher concentrations between May and October.
“If you have open wounds, cuts, abrasions and sores, stay out of [brackish and warm salt water.] Persons with low immune systems, cancer, diabetes, liver disease and other chronic conditions should avoid eating raw or undercooked seafood, especially oysters,” Dr. Karen Landers, assistant state health officer with the Alabama Department of Public Health, said in a statement.
Cercarial Dermatitis (swimmer’s itch parasites)
swimmer's itch
(Photo/Facebook User/Yvonne Mortensen)

This itchy rash occurs when you come into contact with water that’s infested with parasites.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the parasites burrow into your skin when the water starts to evaporate – not when you are in the water. They cause tingling or burning spots, welts or blisters in the affected areas.
Yvonne Mortensen of Shelley, Idaho, told AccuWeather about her encounter with swimmer’s itch from a recreational swimming area. She said after 20 minutes of swimming and wading, she started to feel an itch on her shoulder. As time passed, she said the itching became more intense, especially on her legs.
“It felt like being pricked with needles all over my body,” Mortensen said in a Facebook message. “Just constantly being stabbed with pins. My legs were the worst...The name 'swimmer's itch' does not convey the experience.”
She said oral and topical medication eventually calmed the rash but her skin was very sensitive for a week.
Cryptosporidiosis (parasites)
swimming pool
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This parasitic infection is often found in swimming pools and water playgrounds. Outbreaks occur when swimmers swallow water contaminated with fecal matter.
“Cryptosporidium is the leading cause of outbreaks from recreational water venues,” Brittany Behm, spokesperson for the CDC, said in an email. “It can survive for up to 10 days in properly chlorinated water, making it extremely hard to kill.”
Crypto causes a gastrointestinal illness that lasts for a few weeks. The CDC's preliminary data for 2016 shows at least 32 outbreaks occurred in 13 states, compared to 13 outbreaks reported for 2013 and 16 outbreaks reported for 2014.
Behm said the higher numbers could be due to an actual increase in the number of outbreaks, or it could be related to better surveillance systems and laboratory methods for diagnosis.

Tropical Storm Nesat to strengthen, bring flooding rain to Philippines and Taiwan

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
July 26,2017, 11:10:59AM,EDT
 Tropical Storm Nesat is currently to the east of the Philippines and will bring dangerous impacts to Luzon and Taiwan this week.
Nesat became the fifth cyclone to develop in the west Pacific basin in less than a week's time. Nesat is known as Gorio in the Philippines.
Locations from the northern Philippines to Taiwan should be on high alert for potential impacts this week ranging from flooding rainfall and mudslides to damaging winds.
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The biggest concern across the Philippines will be heavy rainfall as the developing cyclone passes east of Luzon this week.
This will create a strong easterly flow, pulling ample moisture into the island and causing torrential downpours from Wednesday into this weekend.
Rainfall has already totaled more than 50 mm (2 inches) in Manila with more than 100 mm (4 inches) falling in Iba to the north of the capital.
Flash flooding and mudslides will be possible across Luzon with an increased risk each day as downpours continue over the same areas.
The threats for Taiwan are becoming more clear now that Nesat has developed, and it appears likely that Taiwan will be at risk for a direct hit from the strengthening cyclone.
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Impacts across Taiwan are possible as early as Saturday with the worst impacts expected from Sunday into Monday.
"Nesat is expected to be a typhoon when it reaches Taiwan," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty.
"As a result, impacts ranging from widespread flooding and mudslides to damaging winds are expected," Douty added.
Interaction with Taiwan will cause Nesat to weaken, however, flooding rain will continue to be a concern into early next week as the storm stalls between Taiwan and eastern China.
This stalling will continue the risk for flooding across Taiwan, but also expand the risk into eastern China, especially coastal Fujian province.
Elsewhere in the basin, Typhoon Noru became the first typhoon of the season on Sunday. However, the storm is expected to remain well east of Japan this week with no impacts to land.
A track toward the west next week could bring Noru near Japan.

Soggy,wet,cool Spring leads to soggy,wet,muggy (and relatively cool) Summer. Persistent weather pattern lingers across 2 seasons for Northeastern US and NYC metro-area

A persistent trough in the Jet Stream over the Eastern two-thirds of the US has lingered for going on 4 straight months resulting in above normal rainfall and precipitation amounts since mid-March 2017 and now that it's lingering into the 2017 summer season,the result has been above normal rainfall totals as well as stiflingly humid,muggy conditions in the New York City tristate area in particular. Here are the Temperature and Rainfall stats for the 2017 summer season so far for the city of White Plains,NY,in suburban Westchester County,as of 11:30PM,EDT,July 26,2017 from

June 21:              82/64           79/61            +3/+3
June 22:              85/71           79/61            +6/+10
June 23:              82/72           79/61            +3/+11
June 24:              82/72           80/62            +2/+10
June 25:              81/63           80/62            +1/+1
June 26:              78/58           80/62             -2/-4
June 27:              79/59           80/62             -1/-3
June 28:              79/57           81/63             -2/-6
June 29:              82/68           81/63            +1/+5
June 30:              87/69           81/63            +6/+6
July 1:                 84/68           81/63             +3/+5
July 2:                 89/71           81/63             +8/+8
July 3:                 87/67           81/63             +6/+4
July 4:                 85/65           81/63             +4/+2
July 5:                 84/66           82/64             +2/+2
July 6:                 78/64           82/64              -4/0
July 7:                 79/67           82/64              -3/+3
July 8:                 84/66           82/64             +2/+2
July 9:                 81/63           82/64              -1/-1
July 10:               84/62           82/64             +2/-2
July 11:               83/71           82/64             +1/+7
July 12:               88/72           82/64             +6/+8
July 13:               91/69           83/65             +8/+4
July 14:               66/62           83/65            -17/-3
July 15:               82/64           83/65              -1/-1
July 16:               84/64           83/65             +1/-1
July 17:               82/66           83/65              -1/+1
July 18:               86/70           83/65             +3/+5
July 19:               91/73           83/65             +8/+8
July 20:               92/72           83/65             +9/+7
July 21:               91/75           82/64             +9/+11
July 22:               84/72           82/64             +2/+8
July 23:               78/68           82/64             -4/+4
July 24:               69/61           82/64           -13/-3
July 25:               68/58           82/64           -14/-6
July 26:               78/62           82/64             -4/-2

-Highest Temperature: 92 degrees on July 20
-Lowest Temperature:  57 degrees on June 28
-# of High Temperatures above normal:   23 days      
-# of High Temperatures right at normal:  0 days
-# of High Temperatures below normal:   13 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees above normal: 0 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees below normal: 3 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees above normal: 0 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees below normal: 1 day       (July 14)
-# of Highs at or above 100 degrees:   0 days
-# of Highs between 90-99 degrees:    4 days
-# of Highs between 80-89 degrees:  22 days
-# of Highs between 70-79 degrees:    7 days
-# of Highs below 70 degrees: 3 days            
-Rainfall: 3.9 inches
-# of Days of Measurable Precipitation:        12 days
-# of Days of No Measurable Precipitation:   24 days

Unseasonable heat to surge across part of western US into early August

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
July 26,2017, 3:37:20PM,EDT
 As thunderstorms begin to diminish away from the Four Corners states, a resurgence of heat will arrive in the balance of the western United States by the weekend.
“We expect most of the West, Rockies and western Plains to have unseasonable heat, including the Pacific States [at the end of July and into August],” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston said.
Temperatures will climb 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit above normal with highs well into the 90s F from Elko, Nevada, to Boise, Idaho; Pendleton, Oregon; Spokane, Washington; and Great Falls, Montana.
The wave of heat could come close to breaking daily record highs in Missoula, Montana, on Sunday and Monday.
Seattle can expect multiple days in the lower to middle 80s spanning this weekend into early next week. Portland, Oregon, will flirt with or exceed the 90-degree mark.
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“A part of the Four Corners region and central and southern Rockies will have near- to below-normal temperatures due to higher soil moisture due to recent monsoon rainfall,” Boston said.
In this part of the West, more of the sun’s energy will be used to evaporate moisture from the soil as opposed to heating the ground and surrounding air.
Temperatures along the beaches of the Pacific Coast will average 10 to 20 degrees lower than areas farther inland. However, those seeking relief from the heat should be wary of stepping into the water.
Hurricane Hilary, churning south of Baja California, may raise surf and the frequency and intensity of rip currents along the south-facing beaches of Southern California from Friday through Monday.
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The northward surge of moisture associated with the North American monsoon will begin to throttle back across the Great Basin and northern Rockies with drier air taking its place into next week.
“In spite of the monsoon weakening, we can still see scattered high-elevation thunderstorms in the afternoons and evenings out West,” Boston said.
The thunderstorms outside of the Four Corners region will hold the greatest risk of lightning-induced wildfires as little to no rain will reach the ground.
Static US Weekend

The combination of sparse rainfall and excessive heat will not be good news for firefighters in the region. Montana, Idaho, Nevada and Washington, are currently the most active states in terms of large wildfires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
In the Four Corners region, soaking thunderstorms will continue to douse the wildfire danger while threatening flash flooding. Outdoor enthusiasts will need to remain on alert even if thunderstorms are well off in the distance. A torrent of water can come rushing down an arroyo or canyon in a matter of minutes.
Wherever a thunderstorm erupts, strong gusty winds can cause blowing dust, reduced visibility and erratic wildfire behavior.

5 tips runners should know before battling summer heat

By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer 
 Although the warmer months are popular for training, scorching summer temperatures can quickly mean serious trouble for athletes.
Runners can encounter all kinds of health threats, including dehydration, heatstroke and, in extreme cases, death.
“It’s incredibly important to be aware of the temperature when exercising outdoors,” said personal trainer and former Olympic athlete Samantha Clayton, who is also Herbalife Nutrition’s director of worldwide fitness and education.
“The thermic stress that you put on your body when training in excessive heat is not great for [it],” she said.
Female runner's silhouette
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“There’s a reason why a big bulk of marathons are early in the spring and fall,” said Runner's World Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso, who has run in extreme July temperatures of Iraq, Kuwait and California's Death Valley.
However, sweltering conditions don't always stick to the summer months. Marathons and races held during spring and fall have been called off because of unusually warm weather.
One person died and hundreds of runners fell ill as temperatures surged to the upper 80s Fahrenheit at the 2007 Chicago Marathon, prompting officials to cancel the race for the first time in 30 years.
Running in warm weather is perfectly doable, said Yasso, provided that runners look after themselves and adjust their paces accordingly.
Below are five expert tips for enduring and conquering the brutal summer heat.
Recognize the signs of illness
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), extreme heat kills more than 600 people annually in the United States.
If a runner's body is signaling a problem, experts advise paying close attention.
It’s imperative to recognize symptoms of potentially deadly heatstroke, which happens when the body can't regulate its own temperature, according to the Boston Athletic Association (BAA).
Symptoms include vomiting; nausea; changes in mental state, including delirium and confusion; and rapid breathing and heart rate.
Experts recommend to stop running and possibly seek medical help if you feel dizzy or your skin feels strangely hot or cold.
The BAA stated that those with a history of heatstroke have a higher chance of experiencing heat illness in the future.
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Let your body adjust to heat
Experts recommend that athletes give their bodies ample time to acclimate to performing in higher temperatures.
The gradual process takes between 10 and 14 days in higher temperatures, according to Dr. Chad Asplund, vice president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).
Hydrate, but don’t overdo it
As little as 2 to 4 percent of water loss will significantly hinder an athlete’s performance, Asplund said.
Exercising elevates the body’s core temperature, putting runners at risk for heat exhaustion or life-threatening heatstroke, said Asplund, who has treated soldiers and athletes inflicted with sometimes fatal heat-related illnesses.
Experts advised runners, especially those prone to cramps, to consider electrolytes when rehydrating. The salt and sugar help carry fluids to cells faster than water by itself.
Yasso recommended carrying your fluid replacement of choice, be it a sports drink or water, if running between 30 and 45 minutes in warm weather.
Urine should appear light yellow when rehydrating after runs and maintaining a normal hydration status, Asplund said.
If feeling parched, experts suggested seeking shade in a cool place.
Although it’s rare, over-hydration can occur. Runners who drink an excess of fluid are at risk of potentially fatal hyponatremia, or water intoxication, Asplund said.
Sweating runner taking a break
(Photo/Geber86/Getty Images)

Heed the dangers of humidity
Humidity will make any warm-weather run feel more oppressive than normal.
High humidity impedes the rate of sweat evaporation from the skin, making it harder for the body to cool.
It also rapidly raises the body’s core temperature, Asplund said.
Because of this, the elevated temperature can literally cook an athlete’s insides, according to the BAA.
“If the weather is hotter or more humid than usual, the best thing to do is slow your pace – and your expectations – if you are racing,” Asplund said.
He also recommended getting familiar with the temperature, humidity and heat index of where you’re running that day.
Protect yourself from the sun
Experts agree that running in the early morning or during sunset are ideal times for avoiding extreme temperatures.
Clayton recommended training indoors whenever possible, and if it isn’t, try sticking to shaded areas.
The BAA advised that runners wear sunscreen containing at least 15 SPF and choose sunglasses that protect against harsh UVA and UVB rays.
If the weather is too hot, a hard workout may need to be rescheduled or modified, said Asplund.
“Heat exposure is cumulative, so in the very hot months, plan to have at least 8-10 hours of heat respite per day to offload some of the heat,” he said.

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