8 days above 70 F. this month in the cities, breaking the old record of 5 days in 1910. Source: NOAA.
+17.1 F. The first 23 days of March ran more than 17 degrees above average at KMSP.
45 F. average high for March 24.
33 F. high temperature a year ago, March 24, 2011, after waking up to a low of 18 (wind chills were around 10-15).
4" snow on the ground last year at this time in the metro.
Cooler today, patchy clouds giving way to partial clearing, highs holding in the 50s (still 5-10 F. warmer than average).
Frost likely statewide between April 5-8. Hold off on those annuals (another 6 weeks to be safe). A slight winter relapse is likely in less than 2 weeks.
Earth revolves around the sun at at rate of 30 kilometers/second.
Sun rotates around center of Milky Way Galaxy at 220 km/second.
Milky Way being "dragged in a stately gyre toward constellation Virgo at 370 km/second.
Feeling dizzy? Me too. Amazing stats courtesy of a Subaru BRZ auto review from Dan Neil at the Wall Street Journal (subscription required, but - in my humble opinion - worth it). Milky Way/Perseid Meteor Photo above: Wikipedia.
50.5 F. average temperature during the last year. The preceding 365 days were the warmest on record, dating back to 1871, according to NOAA.
18 new daily maximum and minimum temperature records so far this month in the Twin Cities, all since March 10.
40 F. water temperature on Lake Erie at Buffalo; first 40 F. ever observed in March. Records go back to 1927.
10 days. Spring comes an average of 10 days earlier than it did 20 years ago. Details below.
- As of March 24nd, the maximum temperature in the Twin Cities has reached or exceeded 70 degrees on eight days, breaking the March record of 5 days set in 1910.
- The Twin Cities maximum temperature reached or exceeded 70 degrees for four consecutive days (March 16-19), breaking the previous record of three consecutive days, which occurred on March 23-25, 1939 and March 22-24, 1945.
- When the Twin Cities temperature reached 80 degrees on March 17, it was the first 80 degree temperature since October 9, 2011. The span without 80 degree temperatures was 159 days, the fewest consecutive number of days without 80 degrees in the modern record.
- March 23, 2011 through March 22, 2012 was the warmest 365 day period on record, back to 1871, with an average temperature of 50.5 degrees.
- Temperatures in the Twin Cities haven't dropped below the average high temperature since March 13.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale will change as follows:
Category 3: 111-130 mph (96-113 kt, 178-209 km/h)
Category 4: 131-155 mph (114-135 kt, 210-249 km/h)
Category 5: 156 mph or higher (136 kt or higher, 250 km/h or higher)
Category 3: 111-129 mph (96-112 kt, 178-208 km/h)
Category 4: 130-156 mph (113-136 kt, 209-251 km/h)
Category 5: 157 mph or higher (137 kt or higher, 252 km/h or higher)
* the last week's worth of records above, courtesy of NOAA and Ham Weather.
|Low Max Temp:||146|
|High Min Temp:||555|
Photo credit above: Fred Squillante, Dispatch.
Photo credit above: "A home breaks apart as it is engulfed by Missouri River flood waters, Wednesday, June, 22, 2011 in the Hoge Island area of Bismarck, N.D. (AP Photo/The Bismarck Tribune, Brian Gehring)."
Photo credit above: "As residents of Carencro, La. cleanup after Mondays flooding, areas in the West of Lafayette Parish are still fighting flooding Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Trucks travel past flooded fields on Mills Street as the sun comes out. (AP Photo/The Advertiser, P.C. Piazza)."
- Don’t leave your car unlocked. Approximately 50 percent of all vehicles stolen were left unlocked.
- Never leave your car running, even if you’ll only be gone for a minute. Vehicles are commonly stolen at convenience stores, gas stations, ATMs, etc. Many vehicles are also stolen on cold mornings when the owner leaves the vehicle running to warm up.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Beyond The Statistics
Photo credit above: "In this photo taken Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, Shelby Eramo and Hannah Lewis spot a male Northern Cardinal on nature trails near Redings Mill, Mo. Eramo and Lewis were taking part in the third annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids organized by Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter. (AP Photo/The Joplin Globe, Kellen Jenkins)."
Photo: Ron Edmonds/AP.
Map credit above: "Surface temperature departures from average from march 13-19, showing the heat in the U.S. and Canada (in orange and red). Click on image for a larger version. Credit: NOAA/ESRL."
Photo credit above: "Boats lay on a dried-up bed of the artificial lake on river Neretva near the Bosnian town of Konjic, 45 kms south of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. A lack of rain has caused a drought across the region making water shortages in some parts of the country and difficulties in production of electric energy in hydropower plants. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)."
Photo credit above: Etsa/Corbis.
Let’s try a simple math equation, looking not so much to the past or even the present, but rather to the future:
___________________ Civil Rights Movement
___________________ Climate Change