Sunday, August 2, 2015


Over in Tampa, my friend John has been living in flooded conditions for days, as the rain continues to fall. Every day, he emails about his neighborhood where highways are flooded, his backyard is gone, neighbors have lost everything, and more. Yesterday, he wrote, "Hope I can get back home - Full Moon, Higher Tides".

On the west coast, we have all read about wildfires, drought, record breaking temperatures and more.

Here's today's news ...

Another round of rain brings severe street flooding in Bay area   Bay News 9 - August 2, 2015
Another round of heavy rain and storms has caused flooding around the Tampa Bay area. Street flooding has been reported throughout the Tampa Bay area, but Tampa was hit particularly hard this time. Viewers posted or sent in countless photos shooting street flooding in Tampa.

Extreme Weather: 'A tinderbox': Firefighter dies as thousands battle California wildfires   CNN - August 2, 2015

Watch The U.S. Burn In Frightening New Wildfire Map   Huffington Post - August 2, 2015
For some regions in the United States, summer is wildfire season. Climate Central, an independent organization of scientists and journalists dedicated to researching climate change, put together an interactive map that shows, in real time, all the wildfires in the 48 contiguous states and Alaska.

  Hurricane Guillermo Spinning in the Central Pacific; Hawaii Impacts Possible - August 2, 2015

Myanmar floods: UN says death toll 'to rise'   BBC - August 2, 2015
The death toll from floods in Myanmar is expected to rise over the coming days, the United Nations has warned. Four western regions have been declared disaster zones after heavy floods, caused by monsoon rains, left at least 27 people dead. But rescue teams have not yet reached many areas and are still awaiting reports on the worst-hit regions.

  Feels-Like Temp Reaches 164 Degrees in Iran; Days Off Ordered as Mideast Broils in Extreme Heat Wave - August 2, 2015

Flight MH370 Update

MH370 search: 'Second plane part' found on Reunion   BBC - August 2, 2015
A second piece of suspected plane debris has washed ashore on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, after a wing part suspected to come from the missing flight MH370 was found on Wednesday. The object, believed to be the door of an aircraft, was discovered just south of the city of St Denis. It is said to have writing on it and possibly some illustration. The Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared last March with 239 people on board.

This Week on TV

Jon Stewart airs his final shows
The Republican Party airs its first debate
Which will be funnier?

Preparing for Debate, Republicans Test Themselves Against Donald Trump   New York Times - August 1, 2015

  Here are Jon Stewart's final "Daily Show" guests   CNN - August 1, 2015
Monday, Aug. 3: Amy Schumer
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Denis Leary
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Louis C.K
Thursday ...