80 F. average high for June 20.
77 F. high temperature on June 20, 2011.
.07" rain fell at KMSP Wednesday.
0" predicted rain for the next 84 hours, out through Saturday night (00z NAM model).
95 F. high at Burlington, Vermont, another record high.
2/3rds of the Duluth Zoo was underwater for a time yesterday.
"Three day rainfall amounts of 8 to 10 inches were common across the Minnesota Arrowhead and northwestern Wisconsin from June 17th through June 19th. The heavy rain took its toll on the road infrastructure and caused rivers and streams to flood.
A cold front approached Minnesota from the High Plains on Sunday, June 17th and this front set off numerous thunderstorms through the evening. Duluth NWS received nearly an inch of rain (0.71”). The rains that fell on Sunday had indundated the soil, and created more saturated conditions than normal, which primed the Duluth area for runoff in the extreme rain event that we received. On Tuesday, June 19th another front slowly approached northeastern Minnesota. This front continually formed thunderstorms that developed over east central Minnesota and tracked northeast into the Duluth area, the north shore of Lake Superior and into northwestern Wisconsin. The official rainfall in Duluth on the 19th was 4.14 inches up until 1 am. The thunderstorms finally ended when a strong cold front moved through Wednesday afternoon. The rainfall on the 20th was 3.10”. Total rainfall for the large rainfall event was 7.24”.
Numerous roads were washed out from the deluge of rain from Carlton County through the Duluth metro area and into Douglas County and Bayfield County in Wisconsin.
A state of emergency was declared in Duluth, Hermantown and Superior, WI."
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
1026 AM CDT WED JUN 20 2012
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DULUTH MN HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
NORTHEASTERN CARLTON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST MINNESOTA...
NORTHWESTERN DOUGLAS COUNTY IN NORTHWEST WISCONSIN...
SOUTH CENTRAL ST. LOUIS COUNTY IN NORTHEAST MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 1030 PM CDT WEDNESDAY
* AT 1026 AM CDT...LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS REPORTED FLASH
FLOODING ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. THERE HAVE BEEN EVACUATIONS IN
THE FOND DU LAC AND THOMPSON NEIGHBORHOODS...AS WELL AS SPAFFORD
TRAILER PARK IN CLOQUET.
* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...CARLTON...
CLOQUET...ESKO...FOND DU LAC...NEW DULUTH...OLIVER...PROCTOR...
SCANLON AND THOMSON.
ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE
FLOOD WATERS ARE MOVING DOWN THE FROM THE HEADWATERS OF THE CLOQUET
RIVER DUE TO EXCESSIVE RAINFALL FLOWING THROUGH THE ISLAND LAKE
RESERVOIR. THAT FLOW WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT RISES DOWNSTREAM ALONG
THE SAINT LOUIS RIVER...AND WILL LIKELY CAUSE FLOODING FOR ADJACENT
AREAS ALONG THE SAINT LOUIS RIVER...INCLUDING CLOQUET...AS WELL AS
THE THOMPSON AND FOND DU LAC NEIGHBORHOODS.
Photo credit above: Andrew Krueger / The Duluth News-Tribune via AP. "A car is stuck in a sinkhole as floodwaters rush down a street in Duluth, Minn., early Wednesday."
* more on the sad story from the Duluth Zoo from dl-online.com.
Duluth Zoo's Barnyard Ravaged; Escaped Seal Captured. The Star Tribune has more information about a heroic effort to rescue as many zoo animals as possible.
A SHARP TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO IS PRODUCING A LARGE AREA OF CLOUDINESS...SHOWERS...AND THUNDERSTORMS THAT EXTEND FROM THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA ACROSS CUBA TO THE BAHAMAS AND FLORIDA. STRONG UPPER-LEVEL WINDS OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO ARE EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY DIMINISH...AND SOME SLOW DEVELOPMENT IS POSSIBLE AS THE DISTURBANCE MOVES SLOWLY NORTHWESTWARD TOWARD THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. THIS SYSTEM HAS A MEDIUM CHANCE...30 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. HEAVY RAINS AND LOCALIZED FLOODING ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS WESTERN CUBA...SOUTHERN FLORIDA...THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS...AND THE YUCATAN PENINSULA THROUGH FRIDAY.
Possibility Of A La Carte Content
This is exactly what the cable industry is most afraid of. Current leaders of the TV industry such as Comcast (CMSCA) and Dish Network (DISH) provide channel packages with a very standardized form, leaving very little room for individual preference or customization. The possibility of Apple being able to provide channels in an a la carte manner would be far more cost efficient for consumers, who could only choose to subscribe to the channels they prefer."
* image above courtesy of smokingapples.com, which has another article about a potential Apple iTV.
"We are consumed by that we are nourished by." - William Shakespeare
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Photo credit above: "Heating Up." Daniel Schumpert and Jason Briney
Photo credit above: "Agentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, second from left, gestures after arriving late to Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, second right, during the group photo at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Bottom row from left: Benin's President Boni Yayi, Agentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, France's President Francois Hollande, Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the Rio+20, and UN General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)."
Photo credit above: "Sunset over the Rockies, which are soon to get hotter and drier." Credit: Rocket Scientist X, Flickr Creative Commons