26 F. average high for February 6.
29 F. high temperature a year ago in the Twin Cities, on February 6, 2011.
19.5" this winter at Midland, Texas. Source: NOAA.
14.9" snow so far this winter in the Twin Cities.
300+ fatalities in Europe attributed to heavy snow and bitter cold in the last week.
Snow in Rome for the first time in 26 years.
-18 F. reported at Moscow, coldest in 60 years.
75,000 people have been admitted to 3,000 shelters across the Ukraine.
Trains shut down in northern Sweden. "Too cold to operate safely". Details here.
"Cooper". Germany allows people or companies to sponsor the names of major winter storms, even cold fronts. The icy front responsible for hundreds of cold-weather-related fatalities has been nicknamed "Cooper" in local media. Go figure.
4.56" rain at Key West Sunday, wettest February day on record, and nearly 3 times the monthly rainfall average.
"Be very, very careful what you put into that head, because you will never, ever get it out." -Thomas Cardinal Wolsey (1471-1530)
Hundreds Of Deaths As Europe Struggles With Snow Amid An Intense Cold Snap. The New York Times has the latest on bitter air swirling across Europe. The USA has been very lucky this winter, in comparison: "Extreme cold and heavy snow buried parts of Europe over the past few days, claiming the lives of hundreds of people, straining utilities in France, snarling transportation in Britain and leaving people in cities like Rome stymied. Eastern Europe was particularly hard hit. Ukraine’s Ministry of Emergencies reported that at least 131 people had died during a cold snap that has lasted more than a week in which night temperatures have dropped well below freezing. Hundreds have been treated for hypothermia or frostbite."
Photo credit above: "In this photo made available Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 a woman walks along an ice covered car on the iced waterside promenade at the Lake Geneva in Versoix, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. A cold spell has reached Europe with temperatures plummeting far below zero. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)."
Photo caption above: "Radcliffe on Soar Power Station is seen from a snow covered Trent Lock in Sawley, central England as much of Britain woke up to a blanket of snow after the big freeze grounded planes and caused road and rail disruption Sunday Feb. 5, 2012. (P Photo/Matthew Vincent/PA Wire)."
* There has been only one recorded tropical storm during the month of February, in 1952. More details from Wikipedia.
* The Washington Post has more on the unusually wet February for parts of south Florida here.
NOAA Improves GPS Accuracy. I had no idea. NOAA reports: "Did you know that Mt. McKinley in Alaska is still growing at a rate of about 1 millimeter per year due to continuous tectonic pressure? Or that Louisiana is losing up to 40 square miles of wetlands per year? To help scientists and others monitor our ever changing planet, NOAA manages a network of advanced GPS receivers know as Continuously Operating GPS Reference Stations (CORS) that helps them obtain highly accurate positioning information. These receivers help monitor even the minutest changes in the horizontal and vertical movement of the land across the U.S. and collect data that are used for a variety of other purposes. Knowing these changes enables scientists, engineers, land surveyors, and others to track subtle changes to the Earth’s surface — down to sub-centimeter levels." Photo above courtesy of NOAA.
"The most violent element in society is ignorance." - Emma Goldman
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Patchy clouds, turning breezy and colder. Winds: N 10-15. High: 22 (wind chill from 5-15)
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clearing and plenty chilly. Low: 8
The Drought of 2012?
Caption for graphic above: "The Climate Change Threat Index (CCTI) aggregates data from 6 different polling organizations gauging how much people worry about global warming."
Ocean Stored Significant Warming Over Last 16 Years. NOAA has the details: "The upper layer of the world’s ocean has warmed since 1993, indicating a strong climate change signal, according to a new study. The energy stored is enough to power nearly 500 100-watt light bulbs per each of the roughly 6.7 billion people on the planet continuously over the 16-year study period “We are seeing the global ocean store more heat than it gives off,” said John Lyman, an oceanographer at NOAA’s Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, who led an international team of scientists that analyzed nine different estimates of heat content in the upper ocean from 1993 to 2008."