74 F. average high for KMSP on June 1.
76 F. high last year, on June 1, 2011.
+ 4.6 F. May temperatures were 4.6 F. warmer than average in the Twin Cities.
.06" rain predicted for KMSP Sunday night (00z NAM model).
Warmer than average temperatures predicted for Minnesota looking out the next 2 weeks. Details below.
4.34" average June rainfall in the metro area (1970-2000 averages from NOAA).
Today: mix of clouds/sun. Winds: NW 10-15. Highs: 72-77 F. Slowly falling barometer.
Sunday: Warm sun, a nighttime shower or T-shower. Winds: SW 5-10. Highs: 79-84. Falling barometer.
Beach-Worthy, Pool-Compatible. I'm liking what I see from CPC, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center - forecasting a warm bulls eye right over Minnesota and the Upper Midwest for not only the next 6-10 days, but looking out 2 weeks. Map courtesy of Ham Weather.
- Minneapolis recorded its second wettest May on record with 9.34" of rainfall. The record is 10.33" set in 1906.
- St. Cloud recorded its second wettest May on record with 8.76" of rainfall. The May record is 9.68" set in 1912.
- The NWS Forecast office in Chanhassen recorded an impressive 11.23" of rainfall in May.
Saturday Severe Risk. According to SPC, the Storm Prediction Center, parts of the southern Plains will experience a few storms with hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes later today. The cool front that sparked a few tornadoes from Pennsylvania into Maryland Friday is now sweeping all that rough weather out to sea.
Pipestone with 11.06 inches
Windom with 10.83 inches
Lamberton with 9.87 inches
Hawley 6.72 inches
Floodwood 9.14 inches
* Photo above courtesy of Yahoo.
High Plains Farmers Depleting Groundwater, Study Says. Meteorologist Andrew Freedman from Climate Central has the story; here's an excerpt: "Irrigated agriculture is rapidly depleting groundwater resources in parts of the High Plains and the Central Valley region of California, which are both critical regions for food production, according to a new study. According to the study, if groundwater depletion were to continue at current rates, 35 percent of the southern High Plains will no longer be able to support irrigation within the next 30 years. With climate change projections showing that more severe droughts in both the Southwest and High Plains are likely as the climate continues to warm, groundwater resources are going to be even more highly stressed in the coming decades, the study says."
Photo credit above: "Satellite image of fields that have been irrigated by central pivot systems, which use less water than many other irrigation methods. Credit: Wikipedia Commons."
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Photo credit above: WOODY HUBAND/Jacksonville.com. "John Gaughan, senior meteorologist at WJXT TV-4, says people shouldn't think that meteorologists are "crying wolf" just becaues a hurricane hasn't hit Northeast Florida in 48 years."
Hurricane Reporter (Fails). Don't you love it when the meteorologists tell you to evacuate inland, while they're frolicking on the beach, hanging onto poles, trying to keep from becoming airborne? Here's a lovely tribute to everything stupid about hurricane reporting from Huffington Post: "We love weather reporters. They warn us about dangerous hurricanes and tornadoes, giving us enough time to duck and take cover. That said, we're also highly entertained that at the very same time that we're taking cover, they're marching right into the eye of the storm with a camera and microphone. And while their reports protect many of us from getting injured, their (debatably excessive) bravery results in some pretty entertaining footage."
Photo credit above: "Solar geoengineering could lead to whiter skies, similar to the hazy and white effect often seen in urban areas (Photo: Shutterstock)."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Hurricanes And Climate Change. Here's an excerpt of an interesting story from cleanenergy.org: "This blog is the first of a four-part series by Simon Mahan, Chris Carnevale and Jennifer Rennicks on hurricanes and energy. Future blogs will focus on Hurricanes and Wind Farms, Hurricanes and Coastal Adaptation, and Hurricanes and Oil Rigs. Today officially marks the start of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season — the six months each year when hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions form in the Atlantic Ocean. While there’s nothing particularly magical about the time between June 1 and November 30 that precludes storms from brewing outside of this range, it is worth noting that neither Tropical Storm Alberto nor Tropical Storm Beryl waited for the official starting gun. Thus, for the first time in more than 100 years, two tropical storms with high enough wind intensities to earn names have formed before the season officially began."
North Carolina Wishes Away Climate Change. Here's a clip from a fascinating story at Mother Jones: "Some lawmakers will go to great lengths to deny the reality of climate change. But this week, North Carolina lawmakers reached new heights of denial, proposing a new law that would require estimates of sea level rise to be based only on historical data—not on all the evidence that demonstrates that the seas are rising much faster now thanks to global warming. The sea level along the coast of North Carolina is expected to rise about a meter by the end of the century. But business interests in the state are worried that grim projections that account for climate-induced sea level rise will make it harder for them to develop along the coast line."
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Is the basic premise of global warming even logical?
What on Earth has previously addressed the soundness of global warming's underlying formula. Greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect occur naturally in our environment. Earth would be too cold for our survival without them, and their existence has been proven by "centuries of science, laws of physics and direct observation." A simple experiment can demonstrate CO2's heat-trapping properties, as you'll see at the 48-second mark of this Bill Nye video. Or you can see the principle proven in Mythbusters' "Young Scientists Special."
More Corporate Contradictions On Climate. Huffington Post has the story; here's a snippet: "A few weeks ago I wrote a piece revealing that a number of major U.S. corporations that publicly acknowledge the threat of global warming are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a stealthy lobby group that ghostwrites legislation to scuttle climate change initiatives. This corporate disconnect on climate goes way beyond ALEC. A new report analyzing more than two dozen Standard & Poor 500 companies found that despite their public pronouncements about the reality of global warming, three-quarters of them at least indirectly hindered climate change mitigation efforts through lobbying, campaign contributions, agency comments, or their affiliations with trade associations and advocacy groups."
Photo credit above: "ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva has testified on Capitol Hill about the "potential long-term risks associated with climate change," but his company has flip-flopped on the issue for years." (AP)
Photo credit above: shutterstock.com.