63 F. average high for April 27 at KMSP.
44 F. high temperature on April 27, 2011
11.8 mph: average wind speed Friday.
28 mph wind gust: peak wind in the metro area yesterday.
+3.6 F. April temperatures are running 3.6 F. warmer than average in the Twin Cities.
Wet snow may mix in with the rain from time to time this morning, but odds of slushy lawns has dropped.
8.5" snow fell on the Twin Cities on April 27, 1907. The locals were not amused.
"...it implies that the water cycle could quicken by as much as 20 percent later in this century as the planet warms, potentially leading to more droughts and floods." - from a New York Times story, details below.
- To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
- Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
- Look for the following danger signs:
- Dark, often greenish sky
- Large hail
- A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
- Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
- If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
Friday Pics. Thanks to Tracy Corris, who sent in a photo from Santa Monica, California (upper left - obviously). Joan Kruhoeffer sent me the photo of mamma duck and her babies from Manheim, Pennsylvania. I appreciate everyone who takes the time to send in photos, YouTube clips, tweets and FB posts.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Go Ahead and Exhale
Photo credit above: Reuters.
Photo credit above: "READING THE OCEAN: Around 3,500 robotic buoys have been deployed throughout the world's oceans, delivering unprecedented data on temperature, salinity and other measures. Image: CSIRO: Alicia Navidad."
Map credit above: "Surface salinity changes for 1950 to 2000. Red indicates regions becoming saltier, and blue regions becoming fresher. Credit: Paul Durack." Map courtesy of Climate Central.
Photo credit: Wichita office of The National Weather Service.
Video credit above: "EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says the American public supports her agency's mission. (David Abel/Globe Staff)."
"Warming Holes" Delayed Global Warming in Some Regions US Regions. Redorbit.com has the details: "Certain areas of the United States were spared the effects of climate change thanks to the presence of tiny particles in the atmosphere, suggests new research from climate scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Lead author Eric Leibensperger, a graduate student in applied physics at SEAS at the time of the study, and principal investigator Daniel Jacob, a professor of atmospheric chemistry and environmental engineering at SEAS and a professor of earth and planetary sciences at Harvard, used a 50 year model to study the effect of particulate pollution on regions in the eastern US, the school said in a Thursday press release."
Photo credit above: "The bottles lining this depth profiler deploy at different depths to study changes in temperature and salinity in the ocean. Credit: CSIRO."