66 F. old record for KMSP Tuesday (2007). Source: NOAA.
3-5 more record highs in the next week? May-like warmth lingers through the middle of next week.
40 F. average high for March 13.
30 F. high temperature a year ago; March 13, 2011.
64 F. today's old record, set in 2010. We should break that by noon or 1 pm at the latest.
5 days above 70 in 1910, the most ever for the Twin Cities in March. Source: Pete Boulay, Minnesota Climate Office.
Tuesday Record Highs:
82 F. record high at Pierre, South Dakota yesterday.
82 F. Joplin/Springfield, Missouri, a new record for March 13.
81 F. high at Sioux City, Iowa.
80 F. high in Washington D.C. Tuesday. That's the average high for June 2.
79 F. high at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a new record for March 13.
70 F. high at Albany, New York.
55 F. high at International Falls, a new record.
* thanks to Fred Allen at EarthNetworks for sharing some of these records.
"About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research". - from an article at The New York Times, details after the 7-Day Outlook.
"Many people believe the solution to global warming is suppressing economic activity, Scruggs says, but that's an unpopular view when the economy is struggling. "So it's easier for people to disbelieve in climate change than to accept that it is real, but little should be done about it right now," he says." - from an article at physorg.com below.
"Science does not know its debt to imagination." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If global average temperatures reach 1.6 degrees C (2.9 degrees F.) above preindustrial levels, the iconic ice sheet probably will tip toward irreversible loss, a new study finds. With a rise already of 0.8 degrees C, global average temperatures already are halfway there." - from an article at The Christian Science Monitor. Details below.
6" of moving water can cause a vehicle's tires to lose contact with the roadway surface. Source: NOAA.
"In a long-term trend that has been linked to global climate change, daily record-high temperatures are now outpacing daily record-lows records by an average of 2 to 1, and this imbalance is expected to grow as temperatures continue to warm. According to a 2009 study, if the climate were not warming, this ratio would be expected to be even." - from an article at Climate Central below. Image above courtesy of NOAA and the Capital Weather Gang.
Small Chance Of Rain Next 84 Hours. The latest NAM (above) shows a few spotty showers (thundershower?) Thursday night, along the leading edge of a May-like surge of warmth and humidity. I wouldn't rule it out, but any showers in the next 5-6 days will be the exception, not the rule.
Photo credit above: "Texas A&M University worker Rodney Fontenot sweeps water from campus walks. Texas was the exception to dry weather in the South. Storms helped moderate drought. Stuart Villanueva/Bryan-College Station Eagle/AP."
If you're in a mobile home, get out. People are 15 times more likely to die in a mobile home during a tornado than in a permanent home; more than half of people killed in tornadoes in the last 50 years have died in mobile homes. Get out and go to a safer place.
BUY A WEATHER RADIO AND USE IT
TV and radio stations are a great source of information but they have to be turned on. A weather radio can sound an alarm if your county has a tornado warning, alerting you to the danger during the night."
"Ask Paul". Weather-related Q&A:
This e-mail came into the Star Tribune last Thursday, March 8:
Right photo credit: "University of Minnesota Duluth student Matt Uhen shovels out the end of his driveway along London Road on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for much of Minnesota through Wednesday evening. The heaviest snow is expected in the central region. (AP Photo/The Duluth News-Tribune,Steve Kuchera)."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear and unseasonably mild. Low: 48
Rising Sea Levels A Growing Threat To Coastal U.S., Study Says. I tell friends looking for water-front real estate in Florida to consider buying something 2-3 blocks inland. And be patient. I say that only half tongue in cheek. Between hurricanes, escalating insurance premiums, and slowly rising sea levels, it might not be the best long-long term investment. Here's an excerpt of a story from The New York Times: "If the pace of the rise accelerates as much as expected, researchers found, coastal flooding at levels that were once exceedingly rare could become an every-few-years occurrence by the middle of this century. By far the most vulnerable state is Florida, the new analysis found, with roughly half of the nation’s at-risk population living near the coast on the porous, low-lying limestone shelf that constitutes much of that state. But Louisiana, California, New York and New Jersey are also particularly vulnerable, researchers found, and virtually the entire American coastline is at some degree of risk." Image courtesy of NASA.
* to see the relative risk of your home from rising sea levels plug your zip code into this "Surging Seas" web site, courtesy of Climate Central.
Global Warming Skepticism Climbs During Tough Economic Times. The details from phyorg.com: "Lyle Scruggs, associate professor of political science in UConn's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, says the public's belief in climate change dropped significantly as the economy dipped and unemployment climbed in the late 2000s. His research with UConn political science graduate student Salil Benegal found that popular alternative explanations -- partisan politics on the issue, accusations of biased media coverage, and weather fluctuations -- could not explain the suddenness and timing of the changing opinions."