4.5" snow fell on the Twin Cities March 28, 1994
100 days: average number of days every winter with at least 1" or more of snow on the ground at MSP.
127 days: number of days with 1" or more of snow this winter season.
.20" rain predicted for Wednesday as a cold front arrives (NAM model).
63 F. high temperature reported at MSP on Monday (average high is 55 F).
66 F. high predicted later today in the Twin Cities.
42 F. predicted high for Friday. Temperatures may hold in the 30s much of the day as rain changes over to wet snow.
.75" liquid precipitation forecast for Friday - Saturday morning, probably a cold rain ending as a few inches of slushy snow.
"Few Inches" of snow very possible late Friday and Friday night as a strong storm passes south/east of Minnesota.
August 29. Today the sun will be as high in the sky as it was in late August. Any snow that falls late in the week won't linger on the ground for long.
Bee Die-Off Threatens Global Food Calamity. I don't pretend to know why there have been so many reports of dying fish and birds falling out of the sky, but the die-off could present a major problem to the food supply. More details from goldseek.com: [This essay, by Cam Fitzgerald, a frequent contributor to Ricks Picks, is a stark reminder that we could soon be facing problems far more serious, even, than the collapse of the economy. For in fact, the alarming die-off of bumblebees and other cross-pollinators that Cam has written about could presage the devastation of food supplies around the world. Cam, a beekeeper himself, warns that, unlike global warming, which is happening slowly, the death of hives around the world has been so precipitous that a solution needs to be found and implemented soon, lest the food chain suffer catastrophic and irreparable harm. Although a pesticide called Clothianidin is suspected, we don’t have time for endless political debate. Time is running out, and that is why I would urge readers to spread awareness of the problem by disseminating a link to this commentary as far and wide as possible.]
Update On Massive Fish Kill In Redondo Beach, California. Yes, those are (dead) fish in the photo above. The L.A. Times has more information: "Authorities in Redondo Beach are investigating what killed millions of fish over the last day at King Harbor Marina. Fish, including anchovies, sardines and mackerel were floating lifeless in Basins 1 and 2 of the north side of King Harbor Marina."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Cruel & Unusual
Changes In Climate, Land Use Help Trigger Heavier Flooding. The last 3 years have been the wettest in South Dakota history. Here's a story focusing on recent trends, from the Argus Leader: "Spring flooding in eastern South Dakota to some extent follows a fairly typical storyline: A wet fall and snowy winter saturated the soil and filled up the river basins, and when the spring melt came the water had nowhere to go. But officials say the rising incidence of flooding and wet weather also is part of a broader trend, one driven by climate change and perhaps by changes in land use, too. Combined, the past few years created the wettest three-year period on record in South Dakota, state climatologist Dennis Todey said. And scientists throughout the Upper Midwest are seeing the same trends and the same signals: higher low temperatures throughout the year; higher streamflows; and heavier, more varied and more frequent precipitation."There isn't any question that there's been more precipitation between the 90th and the 100th meridians, kind of a slice in the middle of the country," said Mark Anderson, director of the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center in Rapid City. It's a wetness trend that shows a steadily upward if uneven slope, and it goes back decades, he said."
Q: Is global warming evident in the temperature records of Wisconsin for the past 30 or 40 years? Winters seem to be getting a whole lot warmer.
A: Indeed, and winter is actually warming faster than summer in Wisconsin, says Ankur Desai, an assistant professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at UW-Madison. "The annual average temperature has risen 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit, which is pretty consist with global trends, but what is different in Wisconsin is the strong increase in winter temperatures, of about 2.5 degrees in winter, and almost 4 degrees in the Northwest."
Extremely cold days are becoming less frequent, Desai adds: "The number of days below zero has decreased statewide; nighttime lows are not as low as they used to be. This winter, the Weather Service in Milwaukee reported there had been a record 723 days — virtually two years — since the last below-zero day. Even though Milwaukee does not get below-zero as much as Madison, this is still a pretty incredible stretch."