61 F. average high for April 22.
45 F. high temperature on April 22, 2012.
.03" rain fell Sunday at MSP International Airport.
Paul Douglas on MSNBC? What can possibly go wrong - details below the 7-Day.
Tornadoes And 6" Snow On The Same Day, In The Same State? Saturday was meteorologically bizarre. Details below.
Hints Of May (and March). Expect a warming trend into midweek, low 70s possible Tuesday and Wednesday. A cooler front knocks highs back into the low 50s the latter half of the week, a slight risk of frost for the outlying suburbs if skies clear next weekend (which seems doubtful right now). Graphic courtesy of Iowa State.
69,985 warm weather records during the last year, nationwide. Source: NOAA NCDC.
19,195 cold weather records during the last 365 days.
Saturday Tornado Details. Here is more information about Saturday's (freak) tornadoes over western Minnesota from SPC, the Storm Prediction Center.
Winter Relapse. NOAA's National Watch/Warning/Advisory map as of Sunday evening showed flood watches for much of New England, winter storm warnings for western PA, Maryland and New York State, with freeze warnings post from Rockford and Chicago to Toledo.
Very Plowable. Good grief - up to 16" for the Buffalo area by Tuesday morning? Lake effect in late April? Now I've officially seen everything.
11 years of the 21st century have been among the warmest 13 years on record, according to NOAA.
395 parts per million: concentration of carbon dioxide currently in the atmosphere.
280 parts per million: estimates of CO2 concentrations before the Industrial Revolution, in the last 19th century.
This kind of resilience requires planning, foresight and careful attention to a host of issues including the role of our natural environment in minimizing flood damage.Everything on the Vermont landscape is connected. Every action we take on the land and in the rivers has a reaction."
Seattle Sunrise. Thanks to the Seattle office of the National Weather Service for a picture-postcard-perfect sunrise pic.
* more (pure) speculation on the upcoming (October?) release of the iPhone 5 from eWeek.com.
* photo above courtesy of cultofmac.com, which has even more speculation about the iPhone 5.
A Lovely Weekend....For Ducks. Thanks to Joan Kruhoeffer for the Norman Rockwell-esque family of ducks.
A Stinker Of A Weekend. Yes, we need the rain. But it would sure be nice if Mother Nature cooperated and scheduled puddles for weekdays. I'm working on that. Under a gray, showery, unsettled sky highs ranged from 51 at Redwood Falls to 53 St. Cloud, 56 Twin Cities and 59 at Eau Claire.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Photo credit above: "Mark McReynolds, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Biola University."
1. Moving the military northward
"As the Arctic ice opens up, the world turns its attention to the resources below. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 30 percent of the world's undiscovered natural gas and 13 percent of its undiscovered oil are under this region. As a result, military action in the Arctic is heating up, with the United States, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Canada holding talks about regional security and border issues. Several nations, including the U.S., are also drilling troops in the far north, preparing for increased border patrol and disaster response efforts in a busier Arctic."
Image credit above: "This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012. Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring."
* note: the article above refers to "16 scientists in the WSJ" - it should be pointed out that only one of these skeptics was a published, peer-reviewed climate scientist (Richard Lindzen), who's theories about the (non man-made) origins of AGW have have been refuted by the 98% of climate scientists who see a link with greenhouse gas emissions. The recent NASA astronauts who stepped forward to scold their NASA colleagues for acknowledging the science: not one had any climate credentials. It would be a little like me writing a scathing article about using stents in heart transplantation surgery. It's totally out of my area of expertise and (real) experts/cardiologists would be very quick to point that out. Again, anyone is welcome to their opinion - but you're not free to make up your own scientific facts.
Image credit above: "A NASA map shows global temperature anomalies in March 2012."