24 F. average high for January 5.
25 F. high temperature reported at MSP on January 5, 2011.
Thursday Record Highs:
43 F. at Eau Claire, Wisconsin Thursday, breaking the old record of 41 in 1930.
46 F. at International Falls yesterday, a new record for the date.
48 F. in Duluth yesterday, breaking the old record of 40, set in 1984.
51 F. at Brainerd yesterday.
52 F. in Mankato, breaking the old record of 45 set in 1958.
55 F. at Alexandria Thursday, breaking the old record of 38 in 1984. I can't remember the last time I saw a record broken by 17 degrees.
59 F. at Redwood Falls, breaking the old record of 47 in 1958.
63 F. at Marshall and Canby Thursday afternoon, more than 40 degrees above average for January 5.
63 F. Aberdeen, South Dakota. That's 41 degrees above average, a new state record for January.
* 115 record highs set Thursday around the USA. Source: NBC News.
Thursday Highs. What month is this again? Just glancing at the high temperature map above you'd swear it was mid April. 50s and 60s across much of central, western and southern Minnesota? During what is (allegedly) the coldest time of the entire year? Amazing, bordering on surreal.
70 F. at the same time in Tucson, Arizona.
60s in Minnesota...in January? I've been here 26 winters and I can't honestly recall seeing 60s during the first week of January. A period of mid and high-level clouds around midday kept the immediate metro a few degrees cooler than we would have been otherwise. Had the sun been out over the lunch hour we probably would have hit 50 or beyond. Just when you think you've seen everything...
9 minutes of additional daylight since December 21.
47.7 F. average temperature in the Twin Cities for the entire year of 2011.
46.3 F. average temperature from 1981-2010.
+1.4 F. temperature departure for 2011 at KMSP.
- Average annual winter storm losses have almost doubled since the early 1980s.
- Average thunderstorm losses have increased fivefold since 1980."
Photo credit above: "Storm hits Northern Ireland Causeway Coast at Antrim. Photo by Press Eye."
- The front FaceTime camera will be HD. The rear camera will be on par with the iPhone 4 or 4S camera. FaceTime calls will reportedly look a lot better.
- The iPad 3's body will be about 1 mm thicker than the iPad 2 to make room for new advanced parts.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
- 2011 was the worst wildfire year on record in Texas due to persistent drought.
- In spring 2011, over 3 million acres burned in west Texas from 12 major fires with over 200 homes and businesses destroyed, $50 million insured loss.
- In September 2011, the Bastrop County Complex Fire near San Antonio destroyed over 1,600 homes causing insured losses of $530 million.
- In 2011, heavy snowmelt, saturated soils, and over 20 inches of rain in a month lead to the worst flooding of the lower Mississippi River since 1927.
- Record river crests at Vicksburg and Natchez; Morganza Spillway opened in Louisiana to protect Baton Rouge and New Orleans from possible levee failures.
- The flooding caused extensive agricultural damage, property, and inland marine losses. The estimated economic losses are $2 billion and insured losses of $500 million.
Carbon Dioxide Super-Scrubber? Potential Good News In Global Warming Fight. The Christian Science Monitor has the story: "Using cheap, readily available materials, a team of chemists has developed a new compound for drawing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The compound holds the potential to drive down the cost of capturing carbon, although it's too early to say by how much, the scientists say. The results "add to the list of possible materials that can absorb CO2 from the air, and it potentially could be quite a good one," says Klaus Lackner, who heads the department of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University in New York and was not part of the team formulating the material."