84 F. average high on July 12.
78 F. high on July 12, 2011.
Slight severe risk today for the Twin Cities and much of central/eastern Minnesota. Watches & warnings are possible.
60.84% of America is in a moderate drought (or worse). Nearly 80% of the lower 48 states are abnormally dry. Details below.
55 days above 100 F. at Phoenix this year. Every day in June was 100+.
61% of America is in a drought, the highest percentage in 12 years. More from USA Today.
* 80 percent of the country is at least abnormally dry this year, compared to 36 percent last year.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
FRIDAY NIGHT: A few heavy thunderstorms, locally heavy rain possible. Low: 70
60 % Chance of Confusion
Answer: 1,000,000,000,000 Tons of Carbon Pollution (that's one trillion tons of carbon dioxide)
"Our weather has turned dangerous because our climate is breaking down. 40,000 heat records have already been broken this year across the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As the planet heats, climatic patterns unravel, creating destructive weather. Warm air sucks more water from the ground and holds more water (about 4 percent more for every 1 degree F increase in temperature), creating droughts in many regions and severe flooding when larger amounts of water are unleashed elsewhere."
Photo credit above:
The World's Worst Ideas For Addressing Climate Change. The story from slate.com; here's an excerpt: "Rupert Murdoch made waves on Twitter yesterday by dunking his toe into the climate change debate:
"Climate change very slow but real. So far all cures worse than disease. Shale gas huge breakthrough for US. Half carbon of coal and oil."
Photo credit: AP | "A U.S. Bureau of Land Management vehicle battles a wildfire north of Jackpot, Nev." (July 10, 2012)