Orange Cone Alert
Oh to have the orange cone concession in Minnesota. Construction season is reaching its zenith with parking lot conditions statewide. Thank God for traffic data on Google Maps. No, our roads don't heal themselves, and I have the utmost respect for MnDOT crews that toil away, in spite of lousy weather and rude motorists.
To honor their efforts I've installed orange cones in my office, around my recliner chair in the family room, even my bedroom. I'm repairing my life, so go slow and take it easy. Life isn't a race.
Mother Nature has set up her own orange cones. It may be my imagination or sleep deprivation, but weather patterns still seem to be moving slower - more prone to stalling - increasing the flood risk east of the Rockies and historic drought out west.
Today will be the nicer day of the weekend to stall out on your favorite lake; enough sun for mid and upper 80s with a small thunder risk tonight. A cool front that would feel right at home on Labor Day arrives tomorrow with PM showers and a cool breeze; another big dip in dew point arrives early next week. Summer continues to pull its punch.
Now if I could just figure out how to install orange cones on Lake Minnetonka.
Graph credit above: " National Interagency Fire Center.
Florida More Vulnerable to Tornadoes Than Midwest. For a variety of reasons: southeastern tornadoes are often rain-wrapped and harder to detect and confirm from ground-level, fewer storm shelters, and a local population that is not as "tornado-aware" as residents of traditional Tornado Alley. Here's an excerpt from gainesville.com: "Oklahoma and Kansas may have the reputation as tornado hot spots, but Florida and the rest of the Southeast are far more vulnerable to killer twisters, a new analysis shows. Florida leads the country in deaths calculated per mile as a tornado races along the ground, followed by Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio and Alabama, according to an analysis of the past three decades by the federal Southeast Regional Climate Center at the University of North Carolina..."
Photo credit above: "A damaged house in Sunrise after a possible tornado." AP Photo.
Image caption above: "This image was captured by ESA and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on July 22, 2012 at 10:48 PM EDT. On the right side, a cloud of solar material ejects from the sun in one of the fastest coronal mass ejections (CMEs) ever measured." Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO.
What Does a 20% Probability of Rain Really Mean? NPR has the quiz, and the answer - it's probably not what you expect; here's an excerpt: "...We put the question above to a few folks across the country, and many of them came to different conclusions. Some thought a 20 percent chance of rain means you should definitely bring an umbrella, while others said they would be surprised if it even drizzled. And at least one person looked at the question the other way: There was an 80 percent chance it wouldn't rain..."
The Down And Dirty History of TMZ. Here, while you click on this link and read a story that may appeal to your prurient interest I'm going to go and take another shower. Here's an excerpt from Buzzfeed: "...TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism. But it’s also that mode that some have claimed is responsible for acquiring a video of Justin Bieber telling a racist joke and, over the course of four years, not publishing it. BuzzFeed spoke to nearly two dozen former TMZ employees, and it’s clear that Bieber’s tape was not the only near-priceless piece of dirt in the proverbial TMZ vault..."
IcyBreeze Cooler Doubles As A Portable Air Conditioner. And here I thought the iPhone (and pizza) were the only perfect creations. Gizmag has the details: "The need for an ice cold drink tends to go hand in hand with stinking hot temperatures. And while a chilled beverage can help to soothe from the inside, nothing brings on sustained comfort like a blast of cool air. The team behind IcyBreeze is looking to refresh from all angles with a cooler that works as a portable air conditioner, putting to use the ice-cold air inside..."
85 F. high in St. Cloud Friday.
82 F. average high on July 25.
79 F. high on July 25, 2013.
.42" rain fell at St. Cloud Friday morning. MSP also picked up .42" rain. Go figure.
1.25" rain so far in July.
2.70" average for July, to date.
23.78" precipitation so far in 2014 at KSTC.
15.18" average precipitation from January 1 to July 25.
July 25, 1981: Chilly morning across northland with 33 degrees at Roseau and Wannaska.
TODAY: Lake-worthy sun & warmth. Dew point: 58. Winds: SW 10. High: 84
SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, isolated T-storm possible. Low: 59
SUNDAY: September-like. AM sun, PM clouds, showers. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 72
MONDAY: Partly sunny, comfortable. Dew point: 49. Wake-up: 53. High: 75
TUESDAY: Sunny and spectacular. Wake-up: 51. High: 77
WEDNESDAY: Plenty of sun, still very nice. Wake-up: 55. High: near 80
THURSDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, warmer. Wake-up: 60. High: 81
FRIDAY: Sun lingers, isolated PM T-shower? Wake-up: 62. High: 82
Photo credit: Trista Dunsmoor.
Photo credit above: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP Photo.
File Photo: Butch Dill, AP.
File photo above: Peter Morgan, AP.
Scientists Identify Potential Tipping Point. Here's an excerpt of a story at Nature World News that got my attention: "Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push the Earth's climate system past a "tipping point," and a new study from Oregon State University (OSU) may have finally identified that threshold. According to the research, synchronization of climate variability in the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans is that tipping point - where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible. This is what happened a few hundred years before the rapid warming that took place at the end of the last ice age about 15,000 years ago..."
Photo credit above: "Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push the Earth's climate system past a "tipping point," and a new study from Oregon State University (OSU) may have finally identified that threshold." (Photo : Christine Zenino (Wiki Commons).
Photo credit above: "The Mount McAllister wildfire burns 34 miles (56 km) west of Chetwynd in British Columbia, in this handout photo taken July 14, 2014. Wildfires like this are one source of black soot." Photograph: Reuters.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson: "Cherry-picking Your Science Because It Conflicts With Your Philosophy?" Salon has an interview with the host of "Cosmos"; here's an excerpt: "...In science, when you perform experiments and observations, and when the experiments and observations begin to agree with one another, and they’re conducted by different people — people who are competitive with one another, people who are not even necessarily in your field but do something that relates to your field — you start seeing a trend. And when that trend is consistent and persistent, no matter who’s doing the experiment, no matter where the experiment is being done, no matter whether the groups were competitive or not, you have an emergent scientific truth. That truth is true whether or not you believe in it...."