* Small potential for Tropical Storm Arlene in the Gulf of Mexico within the next 48 hours.
* Slight severe risk today (Red River Valley and central Minnesota).
* 85-90 F. on Friday, followed by a slight cooling trend over the weekend.
* Nice weekend? Sunshine should be the rule, 75-80 north, low 80s southern Minnesota, a drop in humidity.
* May recap: 3" wetter than average over parts of central Minnesota (details below).
* "Figuring in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, global insured-disaster losses are also on record pace, having already passed $50 billion this year, according to insurance broker Aon Corp." - CBS Marketwatch article "More Misery In Cards As Hurricane Season Kicks In".
* “The country (USA) is two decades behind in taking action because both parties are in thrall to Big Oil and Big Coal,” says Sachs. “The airwaves are filled with corporate-financed climate misinformation.” - Newsweek article "Are You Ready For More?"
DISORGANIZED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE FAR NORTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO ARE ASSOCIATED WITH AN ELONGATED LOW PRESSURE AREA. SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM IS UNLIKELY AS ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE NOT PARTICULARLY CONDUCIVE OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO. THERE IS A LOW CHANCE...10 PERCENT...OF THIS SYSTEM BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AS IT MOVES WEST-SOUTHWESTWARD AT 25 MPH.
- by Kevin J. Kikta, DO
More Weather Videos:
MI stormlapse yesterday:
MO river flooding in OMA... starts about 3:00:
Dakota Dunes sandbagging SUX, IA/SD along MO river:
Pierre, SD spillway:
Significant Weather Events:
- The month began with the coolest run-up week to Mother’s Day since 2005, suppressing seasonal demand.
- A warm up occurred in week 2. It was the warmest 2nd week of May since 2004, and the driest since 2007. These warm and dry conditions resulted in favorable demand for Spring products, and also supported traffic into many locations, particularly in the East.
- Week 3 experienced a flip to cool and wet conditions. It was the coolest since 2002, and the wettest in over 18 years.
- The final week of the month trended near normal, although cooler than LY. A significant warm up in the East over the Memorial Day weekend supported demand for Spring and Summer apparel.
- Over 350 tornados were reported in the month of May, including many which hit population centers such as Joplin, Missouri. To date, the 2011 severe weather season has experienced the most fatalities since 1953.
- Flooding was prevalent in May. Several cities along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, including Memphis and Louisville, experienced flood waters near record levels. click for full report
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Plans To Increase Resilience
Twenty six of the C40 cities already have plans to protect their infrastructure against climate change. Sao Paolo has sped up the implementation of a drainage master plan, and Copenhagen plans to become the world's first carbon neutral capital city. Jakarta is taking advantage of an anticipated uptick in rainfall to think about extending green areas."