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first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson has been taking advantage of his offseason.Peterson traveled around with his wife, and this wasn’t just a trip to the east coast or the western parts of Europe.“We went to Bali, Dubai, Hong Kong and the Maldives,” Peterson told 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf.He’s not done, though. When the Cardinals’ mini-camp wraps up on Thursday, he’s headed to France to vacation in Monaco. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson (21) stretches during the NFL team’s organized team activity Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) What won’t be changing for Peterson, though, is the lack of throws in his direction. Of the least-challenged cornerbacks every year, the combination of Peterson being one of the best corners in the league and the lack of a go-to corner on the other side of the field brings a lack of action his way.Peterson’s thought process has evolved on being that guy throughout his career.“Early on in my career I used to get a little bored out there and kind of take plays off and not really focus in and hone in on my craft,” he said.“Now that I’m going into year eight, now that it’s been the last three years that I haven’t really been getting tested, I just want to make sure I’m always engaged in the game.”Peterson will certainly be engaged with Holcomb’s new looks defensively, where he’s looking forward to being put in a position to succeed as a playmaker.“Coach (is) gonna put me in a position to make a lot of plays,” he said. – / 9center_img 0 Comments   Share   Related LinksCardinals players back David Johnson’s decision to skip minicampCardinals’ David Johnson skipping mandatory minicampCardinals GM Keim excited as new pieces put into place at minicampCardinals honor kitchen staffer ahead of deployment with National GuardQB Sam Bradford, Arizona Cardinals sticking to the planPeterson always wanted to see the world as a kid, seeing the ways others live across the globe.His teammate Larry Fitzgerald is known for his offseason traveling, but Peterson is not as much.“Because Larry publicizes travel,” Peterson joked. “Me, I’m just under the covers.”NEW DEFENSEThis year has an adjustment for Peterson and all of his teammates learning a new playbook and style under new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb.“Honestly, I’m so excited for the strides we have been taking throughout OTAs,” Peterson said.The seven-year veteran credits the trust between Wilks and Holcomb and thinks it will translate to a very effective defense.“Coach Wilks is just letting [Holcomb] do his thing and I believe it’s just gonna allow us to line up and play fast football,” Peterson said. “I believe we will have less mistakes this year.”With Wilks implementing a 4-3, there are new opportunities Peterson’s defense didn’t have while playing in a different system.“When you’re in a 3-4 you have to do so many exotic looks to get to the quarterback,” Peterson said, emphasizing that a simplified approach will allow less thinking and more natural reactions for defenders. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Soil moisture alters nextday rainfall in the United States

first_img Samuel Tuttle, UNH Samuel Tuttle, UNH Samuel Tuttle, UNH When soils are abnormally wet, the chances of next-day rain rise in the West (red) by as much as 50%. Rainfall probabilities drop in the east (blue) but not as much. Soil moisture alters next-day rainfall in the United States By Eric HandMay. 12, 2016 , 2:00 PM When soils are dry, the chance of rain drops in the West (blue) and rises in the east (yellow). center_img When soils are dry, the chance of rain drops in the West (blue) and rises in the east (yellow). ‹› When soils are abnormally wet, the chances of next-day rain rise in the West (red) by as much as 50%. Rainfall probabilities drop in the east (blue) but not as much. Samuel Tuttle, UNH Will it rain tomorrow? Don’t look to the skies, because the answer depends partly on the dampness of the ground beneath your feet. Although the seasons and long-term weather patterns like El Niño matter more, a new study finds that soil moisture also plays a role in influencing next-day rain in the United States. For more than a third of the country, out-of-the-ordinary soil moisture can change the likelihood of next-day rain by a median factor of 13%. The effect depends on where you live. In the West, the feedback is positive: Wet soils increase the chance of a next-day downpour, and dry soils diminish that chance. But east of the Mississippi River, the feedback flips: Wet soils lower the likelihood of rainfall, and dry soils raise it. Why? Rainfall, in general, depends on two things: moisture and daytime heat that create rising, raincloud-producing updrafts. In the sunny, arid West, there is plenty of heat but limited moisture, and so a process called moisture recycling is at work—today’s storms supply the water that evaporates into tomorrow’s rainclouds. But in the east, moisture abounds, and the sun’s energy often goes into evaporating it. This keeps damper regions cool. Rare dry patches are the ones that can heat up enough to form rainclouds. The study, published today in Science, used 9 years of soil moisture data from NASA’s venerable Aqua satellite along with data from a network of rain gauges. Scientists are hoping that newer satellites, like Europe’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity or NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive, can start to accumulate long-time series of soil moisture data. Once that happens—and its predictive power is validated—the approach could be folded into weather forecast models, researchers say.last_img read more