84 F. average high on July 11.
88 F. high temperature on July 11, 2011.
.31" predicted rainfall for MSP (NAM model). The best chance of showers and T-storms: Friday evening/night.
July 13: historically the hottest day of the year in the Twin Cities. Average high temperatures plateau at 84 F. from July 6 to July 21. Data: Minnesota Climatology Working Group.
June 25: last day the Twin Cities experienced a below-average high temperature (77 F.)
Graphic credit above: Above: Google hangout to discuss climate change and severe weather. Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh is joined by Harold Brooks of the NOAA National Severe Storms Lab, Martin Hoerling of the NOAA Earth System Research Lab, Angela Fritz of Weather Underground, Dave Metz of the FM3 opinion research firm, and Jason Samenow of the Washington Post.
Caption upper left: "Selected Annual Climate Records for 2011 - Green dots show the wettest, yellow dots the driest, red dots the warmest and blue dots the coolest records."
Caption upper right: "From extreme drought, heat waves and floods to unprecedented tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, wildfires and winter storms, a record 14 weather and climate disasters in 2011 each caused $1 billion or more in damages — and most regrettably, loss of human lives and property."
"Question: What’s better than looking at satellite imagery of powerful hurricanes?
Answer: Knowing they are harmless storms that will not affect anyone. The 2012 Eastern Pacific hurricane season has been heating up lately as areas of low pressure have been developing this past week. Two named storms have already formed and peaked in intensity: Hurricane Daniel and Hurricane Emilia. Hurricane Daniel, the third hurricane of the 2012 eastern Pacific hurricane season, generated over this weekend and peaked in intensity with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour. Hurricane Emilia, which formed into the fourth hurricane of the 2012 Eastern Pacific Hurricane season on July 9, 2012, became much stronger with sustained winds of 140 mph (Category 4 storm). Check out these amazing satellite images taken by NASA of these violent, yet harmless storms."
Image credit above: "Visible satellite imagery from NOAA showing twin storms in the eastern Pacific Ocean: Daniel and Emilia." Image Credit: NOAA.
* visible satellite image above courtesy of sat24.com.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Graphic above: NOAA NCDC.
"It's trying to help people understand that climate is like this big orchestra where you have all these different instruments playing. It's this complex orchestra, within the background now, we can measure and we can see that there is this steady drumbeat of warming - a trend as opposed to a cycle - imprinted on the background of this chaotic orchestra. What scientists are trying to untangle is how does our fingerprint on that complex system, how does it push it in any direction."
Graphic credit above: "These graphs from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change show the global temperature averages compared to the 1961-1990 average."
London file photo above: AFP PHOTO / Adrian Dennis.
Photo credit above: "Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius."
Photo credit above: "The greens are easy to spot at a Lexington, Ky., golf course, as record-breaking heat fuels droughts across the U.S. -- and conservatives pretend climate change isn't happening." (Charles Bertram / MCT / July 6, 2012)