Meteorologist Paul Douglas writes about Minnesota weather daily, trying to go beyond the "highs" and "lows" of the weather story to discuss current trends and some of the how's and why's of meteorology. Rarely is our weather dull - every day is a new forecast challenge. Why is the weather doing what it's doing? Is climate change a real concern, and if so, how will my family be affected? Climate is flavoring all weather now, and I'll include links to timely stories that resonate with me.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Slow Low Brings More Rain
Todd's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
SUNDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy with showers threatening southeastern Minnesota. Winds: E 5-10. High: 65
SUNDAY NIGHT: More clouds, showers still in southeast Minnesota. Low: 52
MONDAY: More clouds, more showers across southeastern Minnesota and southern Wisconsin. Winds: NE 5-15. High: 66
TUESDAY: A mix of clouds and sun early. Better with more sun by late afternoon. Low: 52. High: 72
WEDNESDAY: Much nicer. Mild sunshine. Low: 55. High: 75
THURSDAY: Increasing clouds. Partly sunny, slight chance of a passing shower. Low: 54. High: 68
FRIDAY: More sun, warmer south wind. Low: 48. High: 67
SATURDAY: Partly sunny and breezy. Low: 50. High: 67
Hope you are enjoying your first weekend of Fall... can you tell that things are changing? The Autumnal Equinox was Friday, which coincides with equal days and equal nights. Our nearly 12 hours of daylight is down about 3.5 hours from the longest days of the year in mid to late June. The increasingly longer and cooler nights have triggered the slow breakdown of chlorophyll in trees near you, which masks the true color of the leaves. Anthocyanins are responsible for the sugary red colors you see in sugar maples, while tannins and carotenoid compounds reveal more yellow or brown colors found in birch, aspen/poplar and oak.
This truly is one of my favorite times of year, not only because of the beautiful colors, but I also like wearing flip flops in the car and when it's cold, I can blast the heater to make my toes all toasty warm... Is that a little weird?
A stubborn storm in the upper levels of the atmosphere has cut itself off from the stronger upper winds, so it's movement is nearly stationary over the Great Lakes. Cool, cloudy and sometimes damp weather will rotate our way through early next week, but sun and 70s return next week too - Todd Nelson
Video of Satellite Falling on Car
Smile, you're on candid camera! This is hilarious, I hope you get a little laugh out of this too!
NASA's abandoned 6-tonUARS Satellite probably crashed in the northern Pacific Ocean, the space agency said today -- though it conceded it did not know precisely where any remains may have come down. It said it did not believe anyone on the ground was injured.