35 mph wind gust shortly before 7 pm at MSP.
1 in 22 trillion: odds that you will be personally impacted by falling NASA satellite debris from Thursday into Saturday.
1 in 1 million: odds that you'll be struck by lightning within the next 12 months.
RIP. More on NASA's UARS satellite forecast to crash to Earth on or around Friday: "The satellite, launched in 1991 from the Space Shuttle, was the first multi-instrumented satellite to observe numerous chemical constituents of the atmosphere with a goal of better understanding atmospheric photochemistry and transport." (courtesy of NASA).
Typhoon Roke is pushing into southern Japan with 110 mph+ winds. Over 1 million residents of coastal Japan have evacuated to higher ground - more details below.
"Cut-Off Low" The 500 mb map, valid 1 pm Saturday, shows a swirl of cold air aloft, cut off from the main jet stream. This upper level storm will spark clouds and showers over the Great Lakes, possibly brushing eastern and central MN with patchy clouds, especially PM hours on Saturday into a portion of Sunday. 70-degree sunshine will probably be delayed until later next week.
“...All weather events are now influenced by climate change because all weather now develops in a different environment than before,” according to the group Climate Communication, in a report released shortly after Irene dumped record amounts of rain on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. This probably doesn’t seem like news to much of the eastern half of the country, where tropical storms and hurricanes dumped massive amounts of water in the past month, as well residents in Texas who are still coping with some of the worst wildfires in history." - article below on adapting to climate change.
More details on the UARS satellite at NASA's web site here.
Tropical Storm Ophelia. We're up to the O's in the alphabet - Tropical Storm Ophelia was packing 40 mph winds last night. It may pose some risk to the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean by the weekend. Beyond that it's truly anyone's guess.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clouds and sprinkles. Low: 47
Outlook: Space Junk