81 F. high in Redwood Falls yesterday. Low to mid 80s are likely over southwestern MN later today.
The BWCA fire is now almost 60% contained with 93,469 acres burned. No anticipated date of containment has been released, but the fire is surrounded, and conditions are favorable for fire teams to continue working.
There is an Air Pollution Advisory out for the Dallas/Fort Worth area, prompting a warning for sensitive groups. This includes people with asthma and emphysema, along with young children and the elderly.
San Angelo hit 100 degrees at 1:02 PM CDT Tuesday, making today the 100th day of triple digit temperatures in 2011.
Record rainfall amounts were recorded in Indianapolis, IN, Dayton, OH, and Rockford, IL. Over three inches of rain was recorded in each location.
* The United States experienced it’s second warmest summer on record, with an average of 3 degrees above normal. The only warmer summer was in 1936, which was at the height of the Dust Bowl.
"...Take sea-level rise. Just fortifying the lower 48 states against a three-foot hike in ocean levels by century’s end could cost more than $1 trillion, according to the EPA’s sea-level experts (and that doesn’t include the indirect costs of destroying huge swathes of U.S. coastal wetlands with concrete sea barriers)." - from a Washington Post article focused on which countries are most vulnerable to climate change.
"...The U.S. has had more than its share of bad weather (and it doesn't seem to let up). The record-breaking, tornado-packed storm system that hit a dozen states this past spring killed over 300. The southwest has been in drought and aquifers, already overdrawn and underfed, were further challenged by summer dry spells and heatwaves. In April, 83 wildfires consumed hundreds of square miles of Texas in one week. Extreme weather has reduced grain yields in the Southeast and in the Midwest Corn Belt." - story on the true cost of carbon in The Atlantic (below).
"Weather Monster". With spiral bands rotating into the center of a nearly stationary low pressure system (a "landicane"!) the "cut off low" sparked showery rains over the Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota, while much of central and western Minnesota enjoyed a beautiful day with highs in the mid 70s to near 80.
* Click here for an amazing animation of the closed low that has tormented the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest for the better part of 5 days, sparking waterspouts over Lake Michigan and some 5-7" rains over Ohio, courtesy of the U. of Wisconsin.
Extreme Rainfall Amounts. The stalled storm over the Great Lakes has squeezed out some 3-6" rainfall amounts over Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky since September 20.
Just About Perfect. After wrestling with the outer bands of a stalled storm near Chicago the sun will be out (statewide) today, highs ranging from the mid 70s in the Twin Cities metro to low/mid 80s over southwestern Minnesota. Yep, air conditioners may click on for a few hours later today. Map courtesy of Ham Weather.
Former Typhoon Roke Deals British Columbia An Early Fall Lashing. Although no longer a hurricane/typhoon, the soggy remains of Roke (which struck southern Japan as a Category 3 storm a week ago) is spiking the rain and wind over far western Canada. AccuWeather reports: "Rain and strong winds persisted along Canada's west coast on Tuesday as a powerful storm slowly waned. The storm, which was formerly Typhoon Roke when over the western Pacific, unleash high winds and heavy rain as it approached the west coast on Monday. The storm caused widespread power outages and aggravated already high water on streams and rivers, as it came on the heels of recent excessive rainfall and flooding. Some ferry sailings, such as those linking Vancouver with the provincial capital of Victoria, were scrubbed, causing traffic backups. Upwards of 20,000 electrical customers in northern Vancouver Island lost power, according to CBC News. Thousands more elsewhere on the island and the mainland also suffered outages. Winds at Solander Island, off the north shore of Vancouver Island, reached as high as 105 mph (169 km/hr) on Monday. Hurricane gusts were registered elsewhere along BC's northern coast."
Hurricane Hilary. Downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, Hilary is forecast to take a northerly turn, possibly curving toward Baja Mexico by early next week. A few long-range computer models bring the soggy remains of Hilary into Arizona or New Mexico next week.
Tropical Reincarnation. Ophelia has weakened into a tropical depression east of Puerto Rico. According to NHC there is a high probability (greater than 80%) that this depression will restrengthen into a tropical storm in the next 48 hours, and then accelerate northward, possibly hitting Nova Scotia, Canada as a minimal, category 1 hurricane by Monday of next week.
- Know the difference between a tornado watch and a warning. A watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area, the Red Cross reports. A warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
- Review and discuss your emergency plans with your family and check supplies, including non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries and a weather radio.
- Prepare to head to a reinforced safe room, basement, storm cellar or interior space — closet, hallway or bathroom — on the lowest level of your home away from windows.
- Look for dark, often greenish clouds, a reflection of ice and water or hail, that might form a wall or isolated lowering at the base of a thunderstorm.
- Be aware of hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift.
Recommended items to include in a family emergency kit or ‘Go Bag’:
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- A three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered AM/FM radio and/or a NOAA Weather Radio receiver
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit and whistle
- A dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
- Wrench, pliers, matches and can opener
- Local maps
- Cellphones with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Using a keyword search for "zombies," the following map visualizes the absolute concentrations of references within the Google Maps database. The map reveals two important spatial patterns. First, much of the world lacks any content mentioning "zombies" whatsoever. Second, and related, the highest concentration of zombies in the Geoweb are located in the Anglophone world, especially in large cities. The results either provide a rough proxy for the amount of English-language content indexed over our planet, or offer an early warning into the geographies of the impending zombie apocalypse."
Partly Amazing. While a tangle of clouds and showers kept far eastern Minnesota cool and foul, the sun was out over central and western Minnesota. St. Cloud reported 78, with 81 at Redwood Falls. That 70-degree air will sweep across all of Minnesota today.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear and pleasant. Low: 58