68 F. average high on May 14.
58 F. high temperature on May 14, 2015.
May 15, 1998: Damaging tornadoes impact Minnesota. One tornado hits a flea market in Albany, killing one person and injuring 30 others. 102 homes are severely damaged in the northern Twin Cities due to another tornado.
May 15, 1969: Torrential rain occurs in Synnes Township, dumping 8 inches of rain in three hours.
Saved By a Breeze - May Mellows This Week
Well that was fun, as refreshingly unexpected as a cold slap across the face. Yesterday may have been the coldest Minnesota Fishing Opener since 2004. Freezing temperatures were reported across central and western counties - a coating of snow delighted anglers over the Minnesota Arrowhead.
Once again we're waking up to frosty temperatures, mainly north of the MSP metro. The same gusty wind that carved out whitecaps on area lakes yesterday kept the low layers of the atmosphere stirred up. That, coupled with the urban heat island, prevented widespread frost damage in the immediate Twin Cites.
The last few days were a vivid reminder that the march into summer rarely goes in a straight line, but lukewarm days are coming. A stray instability shower sprouts Monday afternoon; otherwise dry weather is the rule this week with highs in the 60s - 70s by late week. Mother Nature may restore your faith in May next weekend with mid-70s under a sunny, lake-worthy sky.
A sticky warm front may shove heavy T-storms into town in 8 days; enjoy the quiet spell and a well-deserved warm front.
80s Early Next Week? I wouldn't take it to the bank, not yet, but the trends are encouraging. GFS guidance hints at low to mid 80s by early next week (with a good chance of heavy T-storms). Source: Aeris Enterprise.
Photo credit: Mike Hall.
Weather Prediction: It's Math! Lot's and lot's of math - calculus that still gives me night-sweats. Here's an excerpt from NOAA: "Dutifully processing 2.8 quadrillion mathematical calculations per second around the clock, these computers — each about the size of a school bus — are the nucleus of weather and climate forecasting in the United States and the calculations they make are the foundation of NOAA’s life-saving weather predictions. Every day, the supercomputers collect and organize billions of earth observations, such as temperature, air pressure, moisture, wind speed and water levels, which are critical to initialize all numerical weather prediction models. All these observations are represented by numbers..."
Image credit: "The following graphic shows the relationship between the median number of named storms predicted each year by those three sources and the actual number of named storms in the Atlantic."
File photo credit: Aaron Shafer.
Twister Chasing in Tornado Alley. Josh Edelson at AFP takes us along for the frustrations, terror and temporary euphoria of an ultimately successful tornado chase; here's an excerpt: "...As far as taking pictures, it was a challenging situation. I was soooo excited to finally see one after all these days waiting and all of the sudden I had to think about things like what lens to use, what aperture setting, what shutter speed, the ISO, how to compose the shot. At one point, I was shooting and I realized that for the past five minutes I had been shooting in manual focus and I thought, “Damn, did I just blow the whole thing?” (Luckily I didn’t). As I was shooting, I tried to also just take it all in. It was just monstrous -- there was no end to it, it just melded into the sky, ominous and otherworldly..."
Photo credit: AFP / Josh Edelson.
America's Shrinking Middle Class: A Close Look at Changes Within Metropolitan Areas. Why are we so angry? New findings from Pew Research Center offers strong clues: "The American middle class is losing ground in metropolitan areas across the country, affecting communities from Boston to Seattle and from Dallas to Milwaukee. From 2000 to 2014 the share of adults living in middle-income households fell in 203 of the 229 U.S. metropolitan areas examined in a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. The decrease in the middle-class share was often substantial, measuring 6 percentage points or more in 53 metropolitan areas, compared with a 4-point drop nationally..."
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TODAY: Sunny and milder after a frosty start in some outlying suburbs. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 61
SUNDAY NIGHT: Clear and cool. Low: 47
MONDAY: Clouds increase, PM shower. Winds: NW 7-12. High: 63
TUESDAY: Bright sun returns, light winds. Winds: NE 7-12. Wake-up: 44. High: 64
WEDNESDAY: Sunny and spectacular. Winds: S 5-10. Wake-up: 49. High: 69
THURSDAY: Blue sky, mild breeze returns. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 51. High: 72
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, lukewarm. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 54. High: 73
SATURDAY: Plenty of sun, cabin-worthy. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 56. High: 75
Illustration credit: Eric Morgan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Image credit: "The future of the globe used to look a lot brighter." ToastyKen.
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Freddie Mac Economist Warns of Housing Crisis Caused Sea Level Rise. New-Times Broward Palm Beach has the story; here's a link and excerpt: "...In an April "Insight" report by Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored home loan agency, its chief economist warned of sea levels and flooding reaching a point where properties becomes uninsurable and unmarketable, causing homeowners to begin defaulting on their mortgages. This would instigate another housing crisis—except this time, it'd be unlikely that housing prices ever recover. Sean Becketti, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac said in a statement: “In the housing crisis, a significant share of borrowers continued to make their mortgage payments even though the values of their homes were less than the balances of their mortgages. It is less likely that borrowers will continue to make mortgage payments if their homes are literally underwater. As a result, lenders, servicers and mortgage insurers are likely to suffer large losses…"
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