54 F. average high on April 8.
64 F. high temperature on April 8, 2011.
Freeze Watch posted for the Twin Cities and all of central and southern Minnesota for late Monday night.
134" of snow at Anchorage, Alaska - snowiest winter in 60 years. Details from The Washington Post below.
...WIDESPREAD FREEZING TEMPERATURES POSSIBLE MONDAY NIGHT... .COOL CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE WILL BEGIN SETTLING SOUTH INTO THE REGION ON MONDAY... MAKING FOR A COLD NIGHT MONDAY NIGHT. WINDS WILL NOT DROP OFF ENTIRELY MONDAY NIGHT... BUT COLD AIR POURING IN FROM THE NORTH WILL STILL PUSH TEMPERATURES DOWN INTO THE 20S ACROSS THE AREA. SOME LOCATIONS NORTH OF A MORRIS TO LADYSMITH LINE COULD SEE READINGS DROP TO AROUND 20 DEGREES BEFORE DAYBREAK TUESDAY. NOT ONLY MAY TEMPERATURES BE WELL BELOW FREEZING... BUT THE BELOW FREEZING READINGS MAY LAST FOR A FEW HOURS... WHICH COULD BE PARTICULARLY DETRIMENTAL TO TENDER VEGETATION AND FRUIT TREES WHICH ARE BUDDING IN SOME AREAS.
"Climate change means that we have to think about the consequences of every single thing that we do in our fossil-fuel powered lives. It requires fundamental reassessments of how we live our lives. That’s not easy to do. It’s not surprising that many people would just rather wish the problem away." - from an essay on the gradual "conversion" of a climate skeptic at Legal Planet below.
A Freeze....and 70 In The Same Week? A frost/freeze is likely the next 2 nights, but a quick rebound is likely the latter half of this week; a few models hinting at highs in the 60s to near 70 by Friday and Saturday.
Extreme Fire Danger. According to the Minnesota DNR an "extreme" fire danger exists across all of central and southern Minnesota. Here is what an extreme fire danger means:
"The fire situation is explosive and can result in extensive property damage". Fires under extreme conditions start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high-intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the very high danger class. Direct attack is rarely possible, and may be dangerous, except immediately after ignition. Fires burning in heavy slash or in conifer stands may be unmanageable while the extreme burning condition lasts. Under these conditions, the only effective and safe control action is on the flanks until the weather changes or the fuel supply lessens.
Temperature Roller Coaster. The GFS is printing out another frost/freeze the middle of next week, followed by 60s, even 70 the weekend of April 21-22. Showers and T-storms are possible early next week, another outbreak of showers and T-storms around the 22nd of April. Circle your calendars. I'm still worried about the drought.
Man Loses Home In Texas After Losing Home In Hurricane Katrina. Talk about the definition of bad luck. Denver's 9news.com has the story - here's an excerpt: "DALLAS - One man in Texas knows the pain of losing a home to Mother Nature all too well. Michael Lynch used to live in New Orleans. He lost everything to Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. He and his family moved to Texas, rebuilt and settled down in the town of Forney. His 3-year-old home was torn apart by a powerful E-F-3 tornado earlier this week. Although Lynch was glad no one died in the storm system, he can't believe he's lost his home not once, but twice."
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Photo credit above: "Snow falls in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, April 7, 2012. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen)."
Photo credit above: "March 21, 2012: Oil rig located on federal lands outside of Maljamar, N.M." Reuters.
A Blue-Sky Easter 2012. Yes, it was breezy out there, but at least the sun was out (considerably nicer than Saturday was). Highs ranged from 53 at International Falls to 61 St. Cloud and the Twin Cities, 64 at Redwood Falls. .09" rain fell at Grand Marais, a trace of sprinkles reported at Hibbing.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
The Other Arab Spring. The New York Time's (subscription may be required) Thomas Friedman has an Op-Ed examining the role of a changing climate in the Middle East, and how shifting rainfall/drought patterns may be having an impact on developments nearly half a world away. Here's an excerpt: "From 2006-11, they note, up to 60 percent of Syria’s land experienced one of the worst droughts and most severe set of crop failures in its history. “....According to a special case study from last year’s Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, of the most vulnerable Syrians dependent on agriculture, particularly in the northeast governorate of Hassakeh (but also in the south), ‘nearly 75 percent ... suffered total crop failure.’ Herders in the northeast lost around 85 percent of their livestock, affecting 1.3 million people.” The United Nations reported that more than 800,000 Syrians had their livelihoods wiped out by these droughts, and many were forced to move to the cities to find work — adding to the burdens of already incompetent government. “If climate projections stay on their current path, the drought situation in North Africa and the Middle East is going to get progressively worse, and you will end up witnessing cycle after cycle of instability that may be the impetus for future authoritarian responses,” argues Femia."
Map credit above: "NOAA concluded in 2011 that “human-caused climate change [is now] a major factor in more frequent Mediterranean droughts.” Reds and oranges highlight lands around the Mediterranean that experienced significantly drier winters during 1971-2010 than the comparison period of 1902-2010." Courtesy of Think Progress.
* March record daytime highs and warm nighttime lows (nearly 14,000) courtesy of NOAA and Ham Weather.