SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 46
SUNDAY: Patchy clouds, winds pick up. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 59
MONDAY: Cool sunshine, very pleasant. Winds: SE 5-10. Wake-up: 38. High: 56
TUESDAY: Few showers southern Minnesota. Winds: SE 10-20. Wake-up: 41. High: 52
WEDNESDAY: Cold rain tapers off PM hours. Winds: E 10-15. Wake-up: 43. High: near 50
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, gusty winds. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 40. High: 52
FRIDAY: More sunshine, less wind. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 38. High: 56
Addicted to Travel - No Complaints This Weekend
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” wrote Mark Twain. Traveling is our vice, preoccupation and obsession. Logging miles on Delta gives us new understanding of the world, and new appreciation for Minnesota.
Overhead at yesterday's Senior Expo in Scott County: "You're sure gone a lot Paul!" Well, we don't want to wait until we're in our 70s to tick off items on our bucket list. 50 countries so far - the goal is 100 before we take the ultimate journey.
And I'm not talking France.
You won't want to go anywhere this weekend with low 60s and sunshine dribbling through high cirrus clouds. Rain is still possible Tuesday and Wednesday, although latest model runs take the biggest puddles south of MSP. We warm up to 70F or beyond a week from today before cooling off for Halloween.
Don't buck the trends. In spite of a La Nina cool phase in the Pacific my hunch is a continued mild bias into at least November.
My wife of 32 years and I love to travel. But we also like coming back home. There's nothing better than returning to the cool, clean sanity of Minnesota.
Photo credit: Fidel L Soto.
ENSO Model Plume: Earth Institute, Columbia University.
Map credit: "The year-to-date heat has the world on track for its hottest year on record."
Let's Choose a New Name for "Indian Summer". Yes, the name is something of a head-scratcher. Here's more perspective from Atlas Obscura: "...In his extremely thorough research, though, Matthews never discovered a convincing explanation for what the phrase meant. Why associate Native Americans with warm days in fall? There were plenty of ideas floating around: Native Americans had predicted the warm spell to settlers; they used that time of the year to extend their harvest; a tribe's mythology connects the weather to the sigh of the personified southern wind. "Indian summer" may have had a tinge of colonial nostalgia to it, too. Some of the examples Matthews found argued that by the 1800s "Indian summer" had disappeared. "This short season of mild and serene weather, the halcyon period of autumn, has disappeared with the primitive rest," wrote one 19th century author. “It fled from our land before the progress of civilization; it has departed with the primitive forest..."
Photo credit: Forbes.
When Does an Artificial Intelligence Become a Person? How We Get To Next has another compelling, though-provoking, vaguely terrifying story; here's the intro: "The things that define something as someone — as a person — are complex, contested, and mutable. Thinking about the moral, legal, and philosophical arguments around who does and does not get to be a person is a crucial step as we move ever closer toward the birth of the first truly sentient machines, and the destruction of the most highly sentient, endangered animals. What level of sophistication will artificial intelligences need to attain before we consider them people — and all the rights that entails? And at what point on the spectrum of intelligence will we be creating machines that are as smart, and as deserving of legal rights, as the sentient animals we’re driving to extinction?..." (Image credit: Exosphere).
Map credit: "July 2016 was the hottest month every recorded according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)." Photograph: GISS/NASA.
9 Cities To Live In If You're Worried About Climate Change. I'm surprised the Twin Cities didn't make the cut. My theory, my hunch is that Minneapolis, St. Paul and all of Minnesota will be in relatively good shape for one big reason: an abundant supply of clean water. Here's an excerpt from The New York Times: "It’s hard to imagine that any city in North America will escape the effects of climate change within the next 25 years. But some will be better positioned than others to escape the brunt of “drought, wildfire, extreme heat, extreme precipitation, extreme weather and hurricanes.” Those were some of the climate change-related threats listed by Benjamin Strauss, who focuses on climate impacts at Climate Central, an independent nonprofit research collaboration of scientists and journalists. Dr. Strauss, 44, identified cities where people could settle in the next two decades if they are aiming to avoid those threats..."
Photo credit: "When water accumulates on the surface of an ice sheet, more sunlight gets absorbed, which results in more melt, in a cycle that builds on itself. This year’s melt season began so early that many scientists couldn’t believe the data they were seeing." Photograph by Daniel Beltrá.
Exxon Boss: Climate Change is "Real" and "Serious". Here's the story intro at ThinkProgress: "Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson said Wednesday the company backs a price on carbon and believes climate change brings “real” risks that require “serious” action. Speaking at the Oil & Money conference in London, Tillerson also noted that the Paris climate accord set to kick in this November is unlikely to limit near-term consumption of oil and gas, Climate Central reported..."
Photo credit: "ExxonMobil Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson." CREDIT: AP/Evan Vucci.
The Conservative Christian Case for Climate Change Action. My sincere thanks to Minnehaha Academy, which is hosting a book-launch event the evening of November 15.The first 500 people who RSVP will receive a complimentary copy of Caring for Creation. Details are here. Here's an excerpt of a Time Op-Ed written by "Caring for Creation" co-author, Methodist minister, former coal industry employee and EEN (Evangelical Environmental Network) President Mitch Hescox:"...Food and water scarcity are made worse across the developing world. Sea-level rise, increased asthma, and disease carrying insects across the U.S. are just a few of the other climate-related impacts. The good news is that overcoming climate change presents us with a tremendous opportunity to create a better world. In order to realize it, we must end the partisanship and dump the denial. The scientific debate about climate change is over. We might not know all the particulars about how quickly the oceans will rise, but the causation is clear. One only has to open a window to know that our environment has changed. We must honor our past, but we cannot live in it. Coal mining jobs continue to disappear. The blast furnaces of Pittsburgh and elsewhere won’t be rebuilt. We’re in the middle of an economic disruption..."