37 F. average high for March 7.
30 F. high temperature a year ago, on March 7, 2011.
70 F. highs possible between Wednesday and Friday of next week, typical for mid May.
.04" rain fell yesterday at KMSP.
0" snow on the ground. 12" at Duluth, 14" on the ground at International Falls.
"Without ample, widespread precipitation in the late winter and early spring, Minnesota will face a number of drought-related issues at the beginning of the 2012 growing season. The drought situation will become rapidly apparent in the spring in the form of wildfire potential, deficient soil moisture supplies, and low water levels in wetlands, lakes, and rivers." - climatatologist Greg Spoden, of the Minnesota Climatology Working Group. Details below. Latest Drought Monitor here.
"Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn." - quoted by Lewis Grizzard in "Kathy Sue Loudermild, I Love You." Photo: Yahoo.
"Scruggs, the lead author, says the public's belief in climate change sagged as the economy dipped and unemployment climbed in the late 2000s, dropping from a belief rate of 60-65 percent in 2008 to about 50 percent in 2010." - from a USA Today article linking climate change denial with a worsening economy. Details below.
Growing Drought Concerns. Here's an update from Greg Spoden and a HydroClim Minnesota summary, from the Minnesota Climatology Group:
"A solar flare erupted from the Sun on Tuesday night at 7:04pm EST, creating a Strong (R3 level) Radio Blackout. The initial affects were mainly felt over the Pacific Ocean, during the central U.S. overnight period, which happened to be the sunlit side of the Earth at that time. The primary impact was a temporary degradation of High Frequency (HF) radio communications, which also affected communications with commercial aircraft over the Pacific."
The Display: Shows the intensity and location of the aurora as expected for the time shown at the bottom of the map. This forecast is based on current solar wind conditions and the average time for the solar wind to propagate from the ACE satellite at L1 to Earth. The model produces an estimate of the intensity of the aurora. In this product a linear relationship between intensity and viewing probability is assumed. This relationship was validated by comparison with data from the UVI instrument on the NASA POLAR Satellite ."
Photo credit above: "This March 3, 2012 file photo shows an American flag flying over the damaged gym at Henryville High School in Henryville, Ind.. Unlike snowstorms or hurricanes, which come with ample warning, the sudden nature of tornadoes presents unique challenges for school officials deciding whether to hold students in place or send them home. The choice, they say, boils down to evacuating well ahead of a storm or sheltering students inside until the storm passes. Neither is guaranteed to save lives. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)."
Photo credit above: "Mike Justice's pickup truck remained in a pond near his girlfriend's house in Woodbend, Kentucky, Tuesday, March 06, 2012. He was with his girlfriend, Melissa Rose, when the tornado struck. Rose's house was completely destroyed leaving only the basement foundation. They survived. Morgan County suffered 5 fatalities and significant damage as numerous tornados moved across Kentucky last Friday. (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)."
- A dual-core CPU (the processor is Apple's new A5X chipset, which Apple says is twice as powerful as the A5 found in the iPad 2 and four times more powerful than Nvidia's Tegra 3, according to Gizmodo)
- A rear iSight camera with 5MP sensor and advanced optics, including IR filter, autofocus, face detection, and white balance
- HD video recording (1080p resolution)
- Voice dictation (there's a new key on the keyboard for speaking into the iPad)"
** Gizmodo has a live-stream recap of everything-iPad here.
1. Never Stop Learning
“You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there’s no such thing as the unknown– only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.” (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia).
Photo credit above: "The house will be certified LEED Platinum, Minnesota GreenStar Gold and BATC Greenpath Master level.Joe Paetzel, The Landschute Group."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Chilly. Morning sun giving way to increasing clouds. PM flakes up north. Gusty. Winds: NW 15-25. High: 37
THURSDAY NIGHT: Evening flurries, then gradual clearing late, quite chilly. Low: 16
James Hansen TED Talk. "Why I Must Speak Out About Climate Change." Huffington Post has the story (and video). Definitely worth a few minutes of your time: "Climate scientist Dr. James Hansen, began a recent TED talk with two important questions. He asks, "What do I know that would cause me -- a reticent, midwestern scientist -- to get myself arrested in front of the White House protesting? And what would you do if you knew what I know?" Hansen explains that his work as a climate scientist dates back to 1981 and a paper he co-authored on global warming. He and his colleagues found that "observed warming of 0.4 C in the prior century was consistent with the greenhouse effect of increasing CO2." He says that they also found, "that Earth would likely warm in the 1980s, and warming would exceed the noise level of random weather by the end of the century."
Global Warming Skepticism Rose As The Economy Tanked. The story from USA Today: "Americans' skepticism about global warming has increased over the past few years, and a recent study says that the dismal economy is the prime reason. "We suggest that the decline in belief about climate change is most likely driven by the economic insecurity caused by the Great Recession," political scientists Lyle Scruggs and Salil Benegal of the University of Connecticut write in the study. The economy is even more of a factor than partisan politics, supposed biased media coverage, or changeable weather, they say." Photo above: Matt McKean, AP.
Photo credit above: "In this Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 photo, a 2012 Volt priced at more than $45,000 is displayed for sale outside at a Chevrolet dealership in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. General Motors is suspending production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks in hopes of reducing inventory to meet lower-than-expected demand. A GM spokesman said Friday, March 2, 2012 that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)."