Thursday, March 25, 2010

Nearly Nine Degrees Above

It sure has been an odd month, hasn't it? Temperatures are running nearly 9 degrees above average thanks to a lack of snowfall and snow on the ground. The last few days of March are coming to a close quite rapidly and looking ahead to the end of the month, we've got only one decent chance of precipitation (this Saturday). However, the temperature profile in the lowest mile of the atmosphere will be conducive of mainly liquid precipitation. After that, a major warm up is in store through next week. Some spots across the state could see their first 70 reading of the season on Wednesday! This really could be a March without a tourney storm - gasp!

What Else is Making Science/Weather Headlines:
Please, click the blue links below for more information on these interesting stories.

Stunning Images from a Helium Balloon

A United Kingdom man takes pictures from space with a helium balloon.

Stunning Images Here

Killer Icicles Terrorize Russia

After the coldest winter in 30 years, places in Russia are dealing with falling icicles, which have already killed 5 and injured nearly 150 people:

Earth Hour - Saturday March 27th, 8:30pm to 9:30pm LST

Turn out your lights for one hour this Saturday! Take a look at the image below, this is what Earth looks like at night from nearly 23,000 miles high. The glowing lights are coming from cities/towns/metropolitan areas.

Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour’s non-partisan approach has captured the world’s imagination and became a global phenomenon. Nearly one billion people turned out for Earth Hour 2009 – involving 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents.

Last year, 80 million Americans and 318 U.S. cities officially voted for action with their light switch, joining iconic landmarks from around the world that went dark for Earth Hour, including:

  • Empire State Building
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Broadway Theater Marquees
  • Las Vegas Strip
  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Seattle’s Space Needle
  • Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple
  • Gateway Arch in St. Louis
  • Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro
  • St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
  • Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London
  • Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube
  • Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong
  • Sydney’s Opera House

Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota

Friday: Sun dimmed by increasing clouds, turning breezy late. Slight chance of a late-day shower. High: 52

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy with a stray shower or two. Low: 36

Saturday: Unsettled , more clouds, a few light shower or sprinkles possible. High: 51

Sunday: Partly sunny, breezy and drier. High: 52

Monday: Plenty of sun - take a sick day. High: 61

Tuesday: Partly sunny, more like mid May! High: 67

Wednesday: Mix of clouds and sun, rampant spring fever. High: 65

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