82 F. average high on July 27.
88 F. high on July 27, 2015.
.48" rain fell at Twin Cities International Airport yesterday. Only .08" fell at St. Cloud
6.74" rainfall so far in July in St. Cloud.
2.90" average rainfall as of July 27.
Comfortable Breeze Returns Today - 90F Next Week
You may be old enough to remember the line from the movie 'The Graduate'. "I want to say one word to you. Just one word....PLASTICS!" A wise investment tip, back in 1967.
Today's portfolio advice? "WATER MANAGEMENT!"
With climate volatility and increased weather disruption the sun will keep on rising in the east, but a warmer atmosphere is already making droughts and floods more intense.
Rain is falling with greater velocity; rapid water run-off into streets and lakes. Many analysts believe clean water, not oil, will be the most precious natural resource of the 21st century. Stay tuned.
Yesterday's crop of slow-moving thunderstorms dropped torrential rains, with rapid ponding of water on area freeways. Factor in construction obstacles and you have a really bad 3-D video game.
A few showers linger today as northeast winds pull cooler air into town. You should see more of the sun Friday with weekend highs in the low to mid 80s under a hazy-blue sky.
We should hit 90F a couple of days next week - simmering heat and tropical downpours spilling into much of August. A real summer!
* Image credits. Upper left: "The Graduate". Upper right: Jae C Hong, AP
DOT: Flood-Damaged Roads in Northern Wisconsin Won't Likely Be Ready Until Late Summer. Here's an excerpt from Wisconsin Public Radio: "Some flood-damaged roads in northern Wisconsin might not reopen until late August or September, according to officials with the state Department of Transportation. Most impacted state highways have reopened after major flooding caused extensive damage July 11. But some of the worst hit might be closed for another month or more. DOT communications manager Gina Paige said state and local road crews have been putting in long hours..."
Photo credit: Bureau of Indian Affairs
NOAA to Develop New Global Weather Model. Here's are a few excerps of a press release from NOAA: "NOAA took a significant step toward building the world’s best global weather model today, a priority for the agency and the nation. NOAA announced the selection of a new dynamic core, the engine of a numerical weather prediction model, and will begin developing a state-of-the-art global weather forecasting model to replace the U.S. Global Forecast System (GFS)....The new dynamic core, Finite-Volume on a Cubed-Sphere (FV3), was developed by NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey. The FV3 core brings a new level of accuracy and numeric efficiency to the model’s representation of atmospheric processes such as air motions. This makes possible simulations of clouds and storms, at resolutions not yet used in an operational global model..." (Image credit: NOAA).
As Corn Devours U.S. Prairies, Greens Reconsider Biofuel Mandate. Bloomberg Politics has the story; here's the intro: "Environmentalists who once championed biofuels as a way to cut pollution are now turning against a U.S. program that puts renewable fuels in cars, citing higher-than-expected carbon dioxide emissions and reduced wildlife habitat. More than a decade after conservationists helped persuade Congress to require adding corn-based ethanol and other biofuels to gasoline, some groups regret the resulting agricultural runoff in waterways and conversion of prairies to cropland -- improving the odds that lawmakers might seek changes to the program next year..." (File photo: Star Tribune).
Why Home Solar Panels No Longer Pay In Some States. The New York Times reports: "...For more than a century in the United States, the public utility rate system assumed a one-way flow of electricity from central power plants to their customers. The role of utility regulators was to adjudicate reasonable rates for the consumer, while allowing an adequate rate of return on the money power companies spent generating and distributing the electricity. But now, even though rooftop solar energy still accounts for less than half of a percent of the energy generated across the country, its growing popularity is challenging regulators and utilities to rethink their old ways..."
Photo credit: " Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times.
Photo credit: "Barrels of radioactive waste in the Asse II storage cavern in 1975". View gallery. Photo: Federal Office for Radiation Protection.
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TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Passing showers, cooler breeze. Winds: NE 7-12. High: 78
THURSDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, a few sprinkles. Low: 61
FRIDAY: More sun, isolated PM shower? Winds: E 5-10. High: near 80
SATURDAY: Partly sunny and drier, statewide. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
SUNDAY: Mix of clouds and warm sunshine. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 67. High: 85
MONDAY: Sticky sun, few strong T-storms. Wake-up: 69. High: 88
TUESDAY: Sunnier and drier. Still muggy. Wake-up: 71. High: near 90
WEDNESDAY: Touch of the jungle. Steamy with a few T-storms. Wake-up: 73. High: 91
Graphic credit: Hot Whopper. "Global mean surface temperature, progressive year to date to June 2016." Data source. GISS NASA
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Animation credit: "NASA created an animation showing “sea level fingerprints,” or patterns of rising and falling sea levels across the globe in response to changes in Earth’s gravitational and rotational fields." (NASA)
How Climate Disasters Can Drive Violent Conflict Around the World. In the words of the U.S. Department of Defense: climate change is a threat multiplier. It aggravates and accelerates other problems, including access to water and the ability to consistently grow crops. By turning up Earth's thermostat we're making it more challenging for a BAU (business as usual) existance. Here's an excerpt from The Washington Post: "It’s increasingly clear that the consequences of climate change won’t stop at just heat waves and sea-level rise. Scientists expect numerous social issues to arise around the world as well, such as food shortages, decreased water quality and forced migrations. And many experts now say that violence, war and other forms of human conflict may be driven or worsened by the effects of climate change. A new study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, lends support to the growing body of evidence behind this idea. The study finds that climate-related disasters may enhance the risk of armed conflict around the world — specifically in countries with high levels of ethnic divides..."
Changing Minds About Climate Change. Here's a snippet of an interesting post at Nexus Media: "...Monday morning quarterbacking is virtually a national pastime whether it be sports or public policy, but when these discussions flout the data and invoke conspiracy theories on a subject of such central and urgent importance, they can safely be classified as reckless. It is morally indefensible to use climate change as a wedge issue. Beyond the subversion of science and the political posturing, there is another insidious source of the misalignment between climate science and public perception of climate change: humans are simply not good at assessing long-term risk. We routinely underestimate threats that creep up on us. Unless there is an immediate negative consequence, we will often march straight into danger..."
Graphic credit: "Observed warming (black line) and projected warming (colored lines) under four emissions scenarios. The bars at right show the possible range in temperature for each scenario." Source: IPCC