66 F. average high for May 5.
63 F. high temperature on May 5, 2011.
.91" rain fell yesterday at MSP International Airport. As of 7 pm.
1-3" many towns across the metro area have seen several inches of rain since Friday.
2.83" rain since May 1 in the Twin Cities. Talk about a precipitation turn-around. Like turning on a light switch.
4.37" rainfall estimate at Farmington (Dakota County).
2.98" rain fell on Waconia (Carver County) - 24 hour total.
2.7" rain fell at Jordan (Scott County)
2.31" Kimball (Stearns County)
1.9" fell at Chanhassen.
.5 to 1" hail pelted the metro between 1-3 am Sunday morning, winds over 60 sparked some pockets of damage, numerous tree limbs down in the Bloomington area. More details from NOAA here.
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* here is a good overview on haboobs from Wikipedia.
Photo credit above: "Lightning strikes in the distance as volunteers (on right) help rescue more than a thousand turkeys from a destroyed barn on the property of a farmer who did not wish to be identified east of Wayland, Iowa Thursday, May 3, 2012 after a suspected tornado went through the area. Wayland Police Chief Ron Roth said he saw a tornado around nine o’clock Thursday night heading for the small town. (AP Photo/The Gazette-KCRG,Brian Ray)."
Upper left photo credit: "This photo combo shows a view of Main Street in Greensburg, Kan., a few days after the town was leveled by a tornado on May 4, 2007, top, and what it looks like on May 1, 2012, bottom. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)."
Upper right photo credit: "This photo combo shows an area of Greensburg, Kan., a few days after the town was leveled by a May 4, 2007 tornado, top, and what it looks like on May 1, 2012, bottom. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)."
Photo credit above: "Volta Volare GT4 Daniel Schumpert and Jason Briney."
* more on the Ford Focus Electric here, courtesy of The Ford Motor Company.
"Beatings will continue until morale improves." - anonymous
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
MOTHER'S DAY: Blue sky, a few degrees warmer. Low: 50. High: 73
Photo credit above: Paul Zunkel, who captured this "supercell" near Fairmont, Minnesota late Friday.
The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the private petro-chemical giant
Altria Client Services Inc, parent company of Philip Morris and Ste. Michelle Wine
Credit Union National Association
CTIA - The Wireless Association
Eli Lilly & Company
Golden Rule Insurance Company
John William Pope Foundation associated with Variety Wholesalers, Inc.
Kayser Family Foundation
Reynolds American Inc., parent of RJ Reynolds
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Time Warner Cable
Climate Change Is Real And Here: What You Can Do NOW To Protect Your Building. An interesting post from Habitat: "Based on the model of probability used by New York City's task force on climate change, extreme precipitation is expected, and in a greater frequency, intensity and duration in coming decades. Greater downpours will put considerable strain on the combined sewage outflow system of the city. Condos and co-ops can do their part to mitigate this by installing green roofs. These structures can absorb and capture the excess rainfall during intense precipitation events, helping to forestall sewage overflows. Additionally, rainfall can be captured and re-appropriated for use in building systems or, in some cases, toilet flushing. Doing this not only saves on water, it also hygienically preserves quality, since the increased flooding makes the water grid susceptible to dirt."
Photo credit above: "In January of this year, snow was still sparse at high elevations in the Sierra Nevada. (Molly Samuel/Climate Watch)."
Skeptical Science's response: "97% of climate experts agree humans are causing global warming. Science achieves a consensus when scientists stop arguing. When a question is first asked – like ‘what would happen if we put a load more CO2 in the atmosphere?’ – there may be many hypotheses about cause and effect. Over a period of time, each idea is tested and retested – the processes of the scientific method – because all scientists know that reputation and kudos go to those who find the right answer (and everyone else becomes an irrelevant footnote in the history of science). Nearly all hypotheses will fall by the wayside during this testing period, because only one is going to answer the question properly, without leaving all kinds of odd dangling bits that don’t quite add up. Bad theories are usually rather untidy. But the testing period must come to an end. Gradually, the focus of investigation narrows down to those avenues that continue to make sense, that still add up, and quite often a good theory will reveal additional answers, or make powerful predictions, that add substance to the theory. When Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev constructed his periodic table of elements, not only did he fit all known elements successfully, he predicted that elements we didn’t even know about would turn up later on – and they did!"