September 24, 2099: The next total solar eclipse will take place over Minnesota. It will be visible in the Twin Cites, depending on the weather.
September 14, 1964: The earliest official measurable snowfall occurs in Minnesota with 0.3 inches at International Falls.
September 14, 1852: Early frost hits Ft. Snelling and ends the growing season.
Frost Advisory Up North But 80s Return Next Week
Hennepin County has a new "mesonet" that reports current weather every MINUTE, August was the warmest in 136 years of modern record keeping according to NASA, and it's a very good idea to keep your seat belt fastened on future flights. Additional warming 6-7 miles above the ground is whipping up more wind shear; abrupt shifts in wind speed and direction - resulting in more clear air turbulence, and more injuries. Details in today's weather blog below (which is still free, after all these years!)
Here's a sign of the times: a Frost Advisory is posted for the Brainerd Lakes. Not much of a shock, considering the sun is as high in the sky as it was in late March. The metro remains frost-free with brilliant sunshine today, before the next sloppy front drags a band of heavy showers into town late Thursday and Friday. A few models print out more than 1 inch of rain, which wouldn't surprise me with the soggy year we're having.
A stray shower may pop Saturday; Sunday still looks like the sunnier, nicer day of the weekend. ECMWF guidance hints at 70s and some 80s next week. Summer isn't nearly over yet.
WIND: Tropical-storm-force winds are already occuring within the tropical storm warning area. RAINFALL: Julia is expected to produce 3 to 6 inches of rain near the northeast Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina coastlines through Friday afternoon. Isolated totals of 10 inches are possible. This rainfall could lead to flash flooding. Flooding may be further compounded with persistent strong onshore flow reducing river and stream discharges. TORNADOES: An isolated tornado or two will be possible tonight through Wednesday morning across parts of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia.
Fasten Your Seat Belt - Turbulence Is On The Rise. I had no idea, but yes, it's probably a good idea to leave your seat belt fastened (all the time). Here's an excerpt at The Guardian: "...Williams said that at heights of around 10 to 12km (6-7 miles), a typical cruising altitude for a modern passenger jet plane, temperature changes caused by increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have the effect of making different layers of airflow move at increased speeds relative to each other. When this unstable airflow produces clear-air turbulence – and there are no visual clues to give a pilot warning of what lies ahead – then the aircraft is thrown about with considerable force. “If the effect is severe, it will overcome the force of gravity and fling people out of their seats. Turbulence of this severity is being encountered by planes thousands of times a year now,” Williams added. In the United States alone, it is estimated that the damage, delays and disruption from turbulence already cost more than $500m (£374m) a year..."
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I-Team: Can Cuomo's $23 Million Weather Detection System Predict The Next Sandy? Short answer is probably not - but flash flooding and large extremes of rain, snow and wind? Yes. Here's an excerpt from NBC New York: "After a series of devastating hurricanes, coastal storms and blizzards, Gov. Cuomo promised to install a network of weather stations that will give New Yorkers early warning when disaster is about to strike. The $23 million network, called a "mesonet," will consist of 125 weather observation towers strategically installed across the state. The system is already partially up and running, but it is not clear the network can predict approaching storms any better than the National Weather Service already does..."
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Image credit: "Flooding in Vienna after an ice dam failed on the Danube River in March 1830, captured here in a watercolor painting by Eduard Gurk (Roßau, Schmidgasse am 2 März 1830)." Credit: Eduard Gurk.
Map credit: maps.nyc.gov/resiliency / Map by Joe Lertola/Bryan Christie Design.
Image credit: "Base reflectivity (left) and Differential reflectivity (right) radar images of Hermine at 10:38 p.m. EDT on Sept. 1. The red shaded area on the image to the right shows the birds swirling inside Hermine's eye just before landfall."
Image credit: "The Indian city of Bengaluru, in Karnataka state, is under curfew after violent protests broke out in the area over the sharing of river water with neighboring Tamil Nadu state." (Reuters)
How The Sugar Industry Shifted Blame To Fat. When data, facts and evidence don't go your way hire psuedo-experts to spin the truth and keep the discussion going, right? Here's an excerpt at The New York Times: "The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to downplay the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show. The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease — including many of today’s dietary recommendations — may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry. “They were able to derail the discussion about sugar for decades,” said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at U.C.S.F. and an author of the new JAMA paper..." (Photo credit: iStock).
New York Named America's Most Sustainable City. NBC New York has details: "New York is the most sustainable city in the United States, according to a design and consulting firm that said the city's friendliness to profits and environmental protection offset stiff housing costs. Arcadis released its Sustainable Cities Index on Monday, ranking 100 cities worldwide on their commitment to the pillars of "People," "Planet" and "Profit."
Photo credit: "The Karma Revero costs $130,000. Production has not yet started." Source: Karma Automotive.
Image credit: "Sun Lakes, Arizona in USA. A planned community with a population of approximately 14,000 residents, most of whom are senior citizens." Image by Overview.
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TODAY: Cool, blue sky. Winds: E 3-8. High: 68
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and cool. Low: 52
THURSDAY: Clouds increase, heavy showers late. Winds: SE 10-15. High: 70
FRIDAY: Unsettled, showers, possible T-storms. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: Wake-up: 60. High: 75
SATURDAY: More sun, pop-up shower PM hours. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 58. High: 70
SUNDAY: Sunnier, milder - a nicer day. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 53. High: 77
MONDAY: Plenty of sun, hints of July. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 62. High: 83
TUESDAY: Lukewarm sun, hard to concentrate. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 64. High: 80
Image credit: Jesse Allen—NASA Earth Observatory images. "
Photo credit: "Rain fell for seven days in the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy." Source: Max Becherer/AP.
Welcome to Carlisle, the British City with a Climate Change Bulls-Eye. Here are a couple of excerpts from a New York Times article: "After this ancient fortress city was hit by a crippling flood in 2005, its residents could take some comfort in the fact that it was the kind of deluge that was supposed to happen about once every 200 years. But it happened again four years later. And again last winter, when Storm Desmond brought record-breaking downpours that turned roads into rivers, fields into lakes, living rooms into ponds...In many places, the threat of climate change can still feel distant, even theoretical. But not here, a city of about 74,000 in the far northwest corner of England, where one of its rivers swelled to about 30 times its normal volume last year..."
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A Conservative Republican Tackles Climate Change. Rep. Bob Inglis (a friend and mentor) is fighting a lonely battle, but he is on the right side of science, and history. Here's an excerpt of an interview with Rep. Inglis at The Charlotte Observer: "...We’re essentially calling on conservatives to step forward with free-enterprise solutions to climate. Rather than regulating down the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, we simply have the government put a price on emissions. That price signal would be sensed throughout the economy, with the result that hundreds of millions of consumers would pursue their own self interest. They would be seeking cleaner fuels because it would be in their economic interest to do so. It’s something that conservative economists have talked about for quite a while, the idea of not regulating but attaching all the costs and revealing all the hidden costs of a product so the market can judge that product..."
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The Business Case To Mobilize Against Climate Change: Jobs and Innovation. Co.Exist has an article that resonated; here's an excerpt: "...By pursuing innovation, generating jobs, and doing our part, industry can help lead a climate mobilization effort with the same spirit and fervor that lifted the United States out of the Great Depression and defeated one of the most dangerous fascist regimes in history. A cover article in the New Republic recently made the case for viewing climate change as a global enemy—and the analogy delivers important parallels for the role of business, industry, and innovation. The idea that necessity is the mother of invention, and America’s uncompromising resolve for victory in World War II generated inventions that continue to enhance our lives today..."