The Iceland and Greenland Seas are a crucial region for the climate system, being the headwaters of the lower limb of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Investigating the atmosphere–ocean–ice processes in this region often necessitates the use of meteorological reanalyses—a representation of the atmospheric state based on the assimilation of observations into a numerical weather prediction system. Knowing the quality of reanalysis products is vital for their proper use. Here we evaluate the surface‐layer meteorology and surface turbulent fluxes in winter and spring for the latest reanalysis from the European Centre for Medium‐Range Weather Forecasts, i.e., ERA5. In situ observations from a meteorological buoy, a research vessel, and a research aircraft during the Iceland–Greenland Seas Project provide unparalleled coverage of this climatically important region. The observations are independent of ERA5. They allow a comprehensive evaluation of the surface meteorology and fluxes of these subpolar seas and, for the first time, a specific focus on the marginal ice zone. Over the ice‐free ocean, ERA5 generally compares well to the observations of surface‐layer meteorology and turbulent fluxes. However, over the marginal ice zone, the correspondence is noticeably less accurate: for example, the root‐mean‐square errors are significantly higher for surface temperature, wind speed, and surface sensible heat flux. The primary reason for the difference in reanalysis quality is an overly smooth sea‐ice distribution in the surface boundary conditions used in ERA5. Particularly over the marginal ice zone, unrepresented variability and uncertainties in how to parameterize surface exchange compromise the quality of the reanalyses. A parallel evaluation of higher‐resolution forecast fields from the Met Office’s Unified Model corroborates these findings.
The Democratic-led county legislature voted Tuesday 14-3 to confirm Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s nomination of Timothy Sini, who is from Bellone’s hometown of Babylon. Sini inherits the tall task of cleaning up the mess left by Bellone’s previously appointed chief of the department, James Burke, who pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges two months ago for allegedly beating a suspect and orchestrating a cover-up.“I’m humbled by this experience,” Sini said after the vote. “I’m going to do everything in my power to move this department forward and do the right thing by the residents of Suffolk County.”Sini, who previously served as Bellone’s deputy county executive for public safety, unsuccessfully challenged Legis. Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst), the legislature’s GOP minority leader, in November.Around the same time, Ed Webber, the previous Suffolk police commissioner, announced his plans to retire. Bellone then appointed Sini as deputy police commissioner, and, once Webber left office last month, Sini was named acting police commissioner.Sini wasted no time in signaling he was intent on turning the department around. Among his first moves was announcing plans to invite the FBI to work more closely on the Long Island Serial Killer case, gang investigations and other probes. More recently, he unveiled plans to revamp the internal affairs unit, crack down on drug houses and hinted at an upcoming “unprecedented” law enforcement partnership.Despite his efforts, not everyone lent Sini their support. Some critics questioned why Bellone declined to perform a national search for candidates to replace Webber and instead opted for a local political appointee. After first taking office, Bellone had appointed Webber acting commissioner amid a national search before opting to name Webber the department’s previous top cop.“I’m disappointed in the process that was used here,” said Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga), a former detective and leading Burke critic. “There was no search.”Trotta added that he’ll give Sini a chance, but warned that he’ll be watching for any mistakes.Other Republican lawmakers questioned whether Sini planned to use the experience to pad his resume and run for district attorney in the future. Sini said he had no such plans.But he did win the vote of two members of the GOP minority. Legis. Tom Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma), a former police officer, broke ranks with his fellow Republicans and voted for Sini. So did Legis. Tom Barraga (R-West Islip). Legis. Leslie Kennedy (R-Smithtown) abstained from the vote.Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), chair of the public safety committee, blasted Bellone during a prior hearing on Sini’s appointment, but later opted to vote for the commissioner.Sini’s confirmation comes amid reports that the federal probe into the Burke case has expanded to include Christopher McPartland, the public corruption bureau chief under District Attorney Tom Spota. The charges and continuing investigation loomed large over the confirmation hearing. Democrats resisted GOP lawmakers’ calls to open a legislative review into the Burke scandal, citing their concern that it would clash with the federal probe.“Mr. Sini has instituted aggressive changes within the department,” Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) said. “He has also promoted some of Suffolk County’s most respected officers to leadership positions, and he has committed to ensuring women and minorities are better-represented among the department’s ranks. I look forward to the Legislature’s continued work with Mr. Sini to increase both transparency and trust in our department.”Meanwhile, in neighboring Nassau County, acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, who was also appointed after a predecessor resigned following a scandal, has yet to be sent by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to the Nassau County Legislature for confirmation, more than two years after taking over. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers voted in a 35-year-old former federal prosecutor as the new Suffolk police commissioner, making him the youngest man to lead the department.
LeBRON James scored 29 points as Los Angeles Lakers reached their first Western Conference in 10 years with a 119-96 win over Houston Rockets.The last time they reached this stage was when Lakers legend Kobe Bryant led them to the 2010 NBA title.Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in January.James, who joined Lakers in 2018, said it was an “honour” to play for the team and continue the “legacy”.Five-time NBA champion Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with Lakers and is the only player in league history to have two shirt numbers retired with the same team after wearing both for a decade.“The reason I wanted to be a part of this franchise is to take them back to a place they were accustomed to being,” said three-time NBA champion James, 35. “And that’s competing for a championship.“It’s an honour for me to wear the purple and gold and for us to try to continue the legacy and just play great basketball for our fans.”Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points for Lakers, Markieff Morris got 16, Danny Green contributed 14 and Anthony Davis 13, while James Harden finished with 30 points for Rockets.Lakers, who won the series 4-1, will face either Los Angeles Clippers or Denver Nuggets in the next round, with Clippers leading that series 3-2. (BBC Sport)
MLB trade rumors: Dodgers could make ‘a strong play’ for Royals reliever Jake Diekman Even more complicated, San Francisco is 2 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot in the NL, and if it really wanted to, it could consider buying and getting into the race in Farhan Zaidi’s first year running the organization.That probably won’t happen. The Giants have some talent and have had some good performances this year, but their starting lineup averaged 29.2 years of age on opening day, Madison Bumgarner is likely to leave in free agency and Jeff Samardzija has just one year left on his deal. It’s time to rebuild and the Giants know it. Related News MLB trade rumors: Rangers ‘likely’ to move Mike Minor; Phillies, Brewers interested in starter Dud of the NightJesse Chavez gave up seven earned runs in 2/3 of an inning in the Rangers’ loss to the Diamondbacks.HighlightJustin Smoak really shouldn’t have run to second base on this long single to center in the Blue Jays’ loss to the Red Sox.Don’t run on Jackie. pic.twitter.com/Z0Wu1bhpze— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 18, 2019What’s NextTigers (29-62) at Indians (54-40) 7:10 p.m. ET — The Indians are within four games of the Twins. They could get to within three on Thursday and they have Trevor Bauer (8-7, 3.65 ERA) on the mound. The issue for Cleveland is Matthew Boyd (6-7, 3.95) is on the mound for the Tigers. He’s a hot commodity on the market, as well. There are a lot of interesting storylines surrounding this game. But, here’s the thing, because the Giants dominated the Rockies so thoroughly, Colorado is starting to consider making some moves. General manager Jeff Bridich said as much. And if Colorado decides to sell, the trade market changes massively. Jon Gray and Scott Oberg could become available, Daniel Murphy could be on the move and maybe even Jake McGee could be considered as a chip.Murphy could fetch a hefty price on the market and might just be the best bat available, McGee would possibly be the best non-closer lefty out there and Gray is a former top-3 pick. The Rockies could get huge returns on their investments if they decide to sell and teams could get some really valuable pieces.The Giants didn’t just sweep the Rockies, they may have changed the landscape of the deadline.Studs of the NightAmed Rosario went 4 for 4 with a home run, triple, two singles, three RBIs and a walk in the Mets’ 14-4 win over the Twins.Jurickson Profar went 2 for 3 with two home runs and four RBIs in the Athletics’ 10-2 win over the Mariners. Things are getting complicated in the National League West and the trade market might soon feel the effects.With San Francisco’s 11-8 win over the Rockies on Wednesday, the Giants swept a four-game series over Colorado and are now a half-game up on the Rockies for third in the West. MLB trade rumors: Potential sleeper moves Astros, Yankees, Phillies could make to bolster rotations