Last 32 F. temperature at MSP? May 3, 2011.
60+ temperatures likely Sunday and Monday.
40s return for highs by the end of next week.
Halloween: 50s, probably dry.
October 2010 to September 2011: driest 12 month period in Texas history.
64 mph Chicago Harrison-Dever Crib
63 mph Michigan City Indiana
53 mph Chicago Soldier Field
Wave heights were predicted to reach as high as 20 to 25 feet overnight. The Chicago Weather Center reports waves on Lake Michigan reached 19 feet at 8 a.m. (7 a.m. CT) this morning 50 miles east southeast of Milwaukee."
Homes Damaged As Tornado Hits Broward. NBCMiami has the details: "Storm survey teams from the National Weather Service confirmed the touchdown of a tornado in West Broward Wednesday, a day after it ripped through and damaged several homes. Brad Diehl, an NWS meteorologist, confirmed it was a moderate tornado, a 2 on the Enhanced Fujita Tornado Damage Scale. The weather service said the tornado had maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour and the tornado was 125 yards wide and its path was 1.11 miles long. Residents in one Sunrise neighborhood woke up to debris-strewn lawns after the storm hit shortly after 10 p.m. in the area of Northwest 8th Street and 133rd Avenue, according to fire department officials. Officials said up to 50 homes were damaged or destroyed in the area, and residents said one house was knocked to the ground. Trees were uprooted, roofs ripped off homes and at least a couple people suffered minor injuries."
Drought Update. With a mild to moderate La Nina pattern forecast to linger into much of the winter, NOAA officials expect little or no improvement in drought condiitions gripping the southern Plains states. Dry weather has expanded northward across Missouri and Iowa into Minnesota, and I don't see any major storms capable of 1"+ soakings looking out 1-2 weeks. With any luck we'll see significant rain before the ground freezes up (mid/late November). Until then get out and give your shrubs and trees a good watering, especially newly planted trees and evergreens. Click here to see NOAA's Drought Monitor.
Flood Fears Loom Large For Bangkok. The Washington Post has the very latest on what is rapidly turning into Thailand's worst outbreak of flooding - now impacting the capital city of Bangkok: "The threat has loomed large over this giant metropolis for weeks: Floodwaters could rapidly swamp glitzy downtown Bangkok, ruining treasured ancient palaces and chic boutiques on skyscraper-lined avenues in the heart of the Thai economy. The floods haven’t come, but the sense of imminent doom is growing by the day, seeping in through worried conversations, school closings and emptied store shelves. One measure of the fear: the protective walls of sandbags scattered across the city’s canals, homes and shop-fronts are expanding in number and height daily."
"Asperatus": Gathering Storm To Force New Cloud Name. Thanks to the U.K. Guardian for passing on this incredibly eerie photo of "asperatus", a newly discovered genus of clouds: "No new cloud type has been officially classified since 1951 but Gavin Pretor-Pinney who runs the Cloud Appreciation Society believes that there is a new cloud that deserves international recognition. He calls it asperatus, which means rough in Latin, and he is working with the Royal Meteorological Society to have it officially classified by the World Meteorological Organisation in Geneva."
Picture Postcard Fall Day. Under a flawless blue sky the mercury climbed to 48 at International gfalls, 53 at St. Cloud and 55 in the Twin Cities, just a couple degrees below average.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Generous sun, very nice. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 58
FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy. Low: 40
The United States is the "one significant outlier" on responding to climate change, according to a recent global research report produced by HSBC, the London-based bank. John Ashton, Britain’s special representative for climate change, said in an interview that “in the U.K., in Europe, in most places I travel to” -- but not in the United States -- “the starting point for conversation is that this is real, there are clear and present dangers, so let’s get a move on and respond.” After watching the Republican candidates express skepticism about global warming in early September, former President Bill Clinton put it more bluntly, “I mean, it makes us -- we look like a joke, right?”I think it's great that Rosenthal has done this. My beef, insofar as I have one, is that she doesn't push far enough in uncovering the causes of this state of affairs. She tiptoes up to identifying the main culprit, but never quite takes the leap."
Breaking News: The Earth Still Goes Around The Sun, And It's Still Warming Up. Here's an Op-Ed from climate scientist Peter Gleick at Forbes.com: "Oh, we already knew that. That’s what crossed my mind today when I read the news release and then the actual scientific papers and then the Wall Street Journal opinion piece about the new conclusions of the study of the Earth’s surface temperature records from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) group. The scientific community has known — and been saying for decades — that the earth is warming up. Except for a small cadre of highly vocal, ideologically stuck, but increasing marginalized people, there is no dispute about this among scientists. The data are extensive – covering the globe – and they have been vetted, reanalyzed, corrected for error, compared with satellite data, and subjected to every known criticism. And independent group after independent group has found the same thing: the earth is warming. The fact that this is actually old news can be seen in the latest poll (from Stanford University with Ipsos and Reuters) that, despite the inability of all the leading Republican presidential candidates to publicly acknowledge this, even 83% of the American people believe the earth is warming. And there probably isn’t much that 83% of the American people will agree on these days. Indeed, even most remaining climate change skeptics and deniers have moved away from saying there is no warming. Now, their major talking points are that it isn’t caused by humans, or only a little bit, or it won’t be bad, or we can’t afford to fix it, or… Denial is a moving target."