Brent Herbert | 10.08.2003 21:18 | Ecology
Developing Monsoon over Sahara July-august 2003
"The extreme heat is being partly attributed to intense monsoon activity in sub-Saharan Africa which has poured hot desert air over Europe while keeping out cooler Atlantic lows."
The composite image above shows the developing situation beginning at the end of the first week of June, and then the current Monsoon conditions over the Saharan desert as of August the 10th. The image is a 'cloud height composite', with the brightest white being storm clouds over 12 kilometers in height, the greyish white tone being storm clouds about 10 kilometers in height, etc...
Devestating forest fires are raging in Europe, with millions of acres already burnt, and the forecast calls for no respite, with these conditions persisting even into September, and the Saharan conditions continuing to worsen in Europe (with possibly even more heat records being set in the days and weeks ahead).
This truly is an unmitigated disaster for Europe.