May 23, 1914: An early heat wave hits the state, with a high of 103 at Tracy.
By Any Measure Its Been an Extraordinary Spring
The MGE (Meteorological Goldilocks Effect) is elusive. It's hard getting the weather just right - for everyone. But somehow we just threaded the eye of the needle. A meager 36 inches of winter snow. A mere 5.9 inches of slush since March 1. No river flooding. An early ice-out. No severe storm warnings across most of Minnesota (the quietest spring, to date, since 1997). And adequate moisture for farmers with spring planting AND an abundance of lukewarm, sunny days.
Even the the dour, negative people in my life have been seen grinning.
The high pressure honeymoon is over. This week will be a puddle-pockmarked reality check with (numerous) showers and T-storms. The best chance of rain: later today, Wednesday, again Saturday. ECMWF guidance hints at a clearing trend Sunday with sticky sun much of Memorial Day and highs near 80F; probably the best day of the holiday weekend.
Over the next week I could see some 1-3 inch rainfall amounts as hot, humid air approaches.
But what a spell of weather. "Paul, this is why we stay..." someone mentioned Sunday. A reminder of how good it can be.
ECMWF: 3" Rains Next 2 Weeks. European and NOAA guidance is in close alignment, showing significant rains the next 1-2 weeks as Minnesota teeter-totters on the edge of very warm (sticky) air just to our south, sparking frequent outbreaks of showers and T-storms. Source: WeatherBell.
- Dr. Kenny Blumenfeld, Senior Climatologist, State Climatology Office, Minnesota DNR.
Graphic credit: "For large portions of the world's land surface, future heat waves with a 1-in-20 chance of occurring in any given year are projected to become more extreme than heat waves with the same chance of occurring today. Stringent efforts to mitigate human-produced carbon emissions would reduce the amount of land area at risk for these intense heat waves—defined as three days of exceptionally hot temperature."
Graphic credit: "Changes in peak snowmelt runoff in the Sacramento River." Credit: California Department of Water Resources.
5 Surprising Ways Natural Disasters Can Hurt Your Finances. The old Boy Scout motto applies: "Be Prepared". Here's an excerpt of a story with some very good advice from U.S. News: "...If you've lost – or can't easily access – vital paperwork, from social security cards and birth certificates to insurance information, you could experience delays in getting your insurance claims processed, government financial assistance and more. That's why it's important to know where your documents are. If you live in an area prone to natural disasters, consider making copies of your most important documents and storing them electronically, says Chloe Demrovsky, executive director at Disaster Recovery Institute International, a nonprofit specializing in business continuity and health and disaster emergency management..."
File photo credit: Reuters, TPX Images.
- A shift away from commodity coverage. "The digital news marketplace nudges us away from covering incremental developments — readers can find those anywhere in a seemingly endless online landscape. Instead, it favors hard-hitting 'only-in-The New York Times' coverage: authoritative journalism and information readers can use to navigate their lives..."
Weathering the Storm of Change. These are especially unsettling, disruptive times due to a convergence of factors. I had a chance to talk about my personal experiences with 4 weather-technology companies and offered up a little advice to the During his presentation, Douglas shared tips for businesses and entrepreneurs:
• Ask yourself: Is your business storm proof? Try to anticipate change and plan for it.
• Timing is everything. Being too early is just as bad as being too late.
• Embrace mistakes. Learn from them. One of his favorite quotes: "Be wrong as fast as you can."
• Don't be afraid to explore new ideas, daydream and re-imagine..."
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TODAY: Showers and T-storms move in. Winds: S 10-20. High: 78
MONDAY NIGHT: Showers linger. Low: 62
TUESDAY: Sunnier, drier. Sticky sunshine. Winds: NW 3-8. High: 82
WEDNESDAY: More showers and T-storms likely. Winds: E 10-15. Wake-up: 63. High: 76
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, temporarily drying out. Winds: SW 10-20. Wake-up: 63. High: 83
FRIDAY: Some early sun, PM T-storms develop. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 62. High: near 80
SATURDAY: Rain likely, possibly heavy. Winds: NE 10-15. Wake-up: 63. High: 74
SUNDAY: Damp start, then partial clearing. Winds: W 7-12. Wake-up: 61. High: 79
Group of House Republicans Assail Climate Fraud Investigations. No company has a First Ammendment right to deceive or defraud their investors - that is what is under investigation. InsideClimate News has the details; here's an excerpt: "...The irony of this letter is breathtaking, as its signatories appear to be part of a multi-pronged media campaign funded by the fossil fuel industry aimed at suppressing the free exchange of ideas among scientists, academics, and responsible law enforcement. New York will continue to work with and collaborate with its colleagues across the country, and those with expertise in this area, to protect its citizens from fraud," said Soufer. Ever since Smith gained control of the committee in 2013, its most conservative faction has aggressively questioned climate science and funding, including charging the scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of misrepresenting climate data..."
Carbon Dioxide's 400 ppm Milestone Shows Humans are Rewriting the Planet's History. Here's an excerpt of a post at The Guardian: "...So when was the last time the planet had CO2 levels like this, and what sort of a world was it? Dr David Etheridge, a principal research scientist at Australia’s CSIRO, told me: “We know [levels of CO2 in the atmosphere] from the air extracted directly from ice cores and we can go back to about 800,000 years ago. It is inconceivable that there would be any lasting concentration of CO2 much above about 300 parts per million in that record.” He says analysis of sea sediments can push our estimates of historic CO2 levels back even further – to about two million years. Those records also show today’s levels of CO2 are higher..." (Graphic credit: NASA).