79 F. average high for June 14.
80 F. high last year, on June 14, 2011.
.83" rain fell at Twin Cities International Airport Thursday.
Sunshine likely much of today and Father's Day. Showers/T-storms expected Saturday (.39" rain predicted by NAM).
Dew Point Outlook:
63 F. Today
68 F. Saturday
55 F. Sunday
* thanks to someecards.com for the lovely Father's Day sentiment above.
* the very latest damage (and rainfall) reports from NOAA are here.
Cyber Pearl Harbor: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has a dire warning about America's ongoing vulnerability to cyber-attacks; details below. Image above courtesy of wired.com.
Friday Severe Threat. Things settle downa bit today, but storms may exceed severe limits from the Black Hills of South Dakota southward to Denver, according to SPC.
Parade Of Storms. It seems like we get whacked every other day, a trend that will continue through Thursday of next week. According to the latest ECMWF (European) model Saturday and Tuesday appear to be the wettest days.
Weekend Details. As I've been saying for a few days now, best to have a Plan B for part of the day Saturday. It won't rain all day, but the ECMWF forecast (above) shows a high chance of showers and T-storms much of the day. Sunday looks dry - good news for Dad. Grad party our outdoor wedding tomorrow? Rent the tent!
Serious Puddle Potential. We get a badly needed break from monster-puddles today, again Father's Day. I suspect we'll pick up less than half an inch of rain Saturday, although - locally - some 1"+ amounts are possible. A series of low pressure waves rippling along a stalled east-west frontal boundary next week will mean more heavy showers and storms. The 18z GFS hints at 7" of additional rain by next Thursday!
Did you know:
High park fire: Over 1,200 personnel, 46,820 acres burned, 10% contained.
Whitewater- Baldy fire: 446 personnel, 289,478 acres burned, 56% contained
Little Bear fire: 37, 912 acres burned, 40% contained.
* information courtesy of Inciweb and Wikipedia.
Photo credit above: Hank Schyma
"I was wondering if maps showing yearly precipitation for Minnesota or the Metro Area are available somewhere. I have attached a sample of what I'm looking for but it is for average annual precip - I would like a map of actual yearly data."
"Lucky You." You probably know a few people who have a sense of entitlement. They went to the "right school". They "paid their dues". America owes them now, and they will take what's their's for the taking. If you have a couple of minutes you might want to read author Michael Lewis's commencement address to the graduating students at Princeton. He talks about luck. How lucky we all are to have been born in the USA. Yes, we all work hard, but there's no denying the role that luck plays in each of our lives. His message: those who have been lucky in life have a moral obligation to give back to those who have been unlucky. I'm sure Wall Street bankers, the so-called "Masters of the Universe" won't especially want to read this, but I think Lewis makes a very important point. Here's an excerpt of his speech from The Atlanta Journal Constitution: "This experiment helps to explain Wall Street bonuses and CEO pay, and I’m sure lots of other human behavior. But it also is relevant to new graduates of Princeton University. In a general sort of way you have been appointed the leader of the group. Your appointment may not be entirely arbitrary. But you must sense its arbitrary aspect: you are the lucky few. Lucky in your parents, lucky in your country, lucky that a place like Princeton exists that can take in lucky people, introduce them to other lucky people, and increase their chances of becoming even luckier. Lucky that you live in the richest society the world has ever seen, in a time when no one actually expects you to sacrifice your interests to anything." Photo above courtesy of bloomberg.com.
Monsoon Season. Did I mention that June is, historically, the wettest, most severe month of the year in Minnesota? No kidding Paul. After 1.2" of rain early in the day the sun came out at Alexandria, and the mercury shot up to 81, 88 at Redwood Falls. Clouds and heavy rain kept temperatures cooler farther east, a high of only 72 at St. Cloud, 70 in the Twin Cities, only 65 at Eau Claire.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
The Vanishing North. A warming Arctic will bring new prosperity to some, opening up waters for drilling and exploration. But in this article from The Economist, a rapid thaw up north will bring potential problems and challenges as well. Here's an excerpt: "NOW that summer is here, the Arctic is crowded with life. Phytoplankton are blooming in its chilly seas. Fish, birds and whales are gorging on them. Millions of migratory geese are in their northern breeding grounds. And the area is teeming with scientists, performing a new Arctic ritual. Between now and early September, when the polar pack ice shrivels to its summer minimum, they will pore over the daily sea ice reports of America’s National Snow and Ice Data Centre. Its satellite data will show that the ice has shrunk far below the long-term average. This is no anomaly: since the 1970s the sea ice has retreated by around 12% each decade. Last year the summer minimum was 4.33m square km (1.67m square miles)—almost half the average for the 1960s." Image above: NOAA.