84 F. average for July 13.
77 F. high temperature on July 13, 2011.
.96" rain fell at KMSP International Airport as of 7 pm Friday.
19: today will probably be the 19th day this year at or above 90 F. in the Twin Cities.
Today: 92 F. (dew point: 66 F.) Winds: west/northwest 5-10 mph.
Sunday: 96 F. (dew point: 62 F.) Winds: south/southeast 8-13 mph.
Monday: 100 F. (dew point: 64 F.) Winds: south/southwest 15-25 mph.
40% of America's corn crop described as in "good" condition, according to the USDA.
78% of America's corn-producing counties are in drought. USDA.
Now is when corn farmers most need rain, during the 10-12 day tassling phase.
$2 billion in insurance claims from June fires, floods and severe thunderstorms. Details from madison.com below.
X-Class Solar Flare scheduled to arrive early this morning. Hopefully we'll avoid disruptions to communications and the power grid; this "CME" could mean a greater chance of viewing the Northern Lights tonight. Details below.
1. 82.7 F in 2012
2. 82.4 F in 1948
3. 82.2 F in 1936
4. 81.2 F in 1989
5. 81.2 F in 1949
6. 80.8 F in 1937
7. 80.0 F in 1974
8. 79.2 F in 2002
9. 79.1 F in 2011
10. 79.0 F in 1988
* click here for latest U.S. Drought Monitor for Minnesota, courtesy of NOAA and USDA.
Photo credit above: "A tractor ploughs a corn field near Hondo, Texas. Natural disaster has been declared in many areas across the southern United States." Photograph: Eric Gay/AP
Damage Reports From Last Night's Storms. For the complete run-down from NOAA click here.
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Photo credit above: "Corn leaves curl under a withering sun in a field along Highway 14 near Arena on Thursday. Farmers have struggled to maintain crops amid record heat and droughts this summer."
2012 Quality of Life Points: 250 out of 350
2011 Quality of Life Rank: 8
"Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and all that natural beauty contributes to the quality of life. But there is more to the state than that. The home of the Mayo Clinic is one of America’s healthiest states. The crime rate is among the lowest in the country. Air quality is among the best, too. From the cosmopolitan Twin Cities to the remote beauty of the North Woods, Minnesota has it all."
Cold Fusion Is Hot Again"Now CNBC is a cable financial network, and 60 Minutes is a CBS show, so there must be some kind of partnership between the two companies. The explanation of ’60 Minutes on CNBC’ is, “CNBC brings you the latest on these classic stories with updates and never before seen footage of these award winning business news stories”
A report on cold fusion – nuclear energy like that which powers the sun, but made at room temperatures on a tabletop, which in 1989, was presented as a revolutionary new source of energy that promised to be cheap, limitless and clean but was quickly dismissed as junk science. Today, scientists believe that cold fusion, now most often called low temperature fusion or a nuclear effect, could lead to monumental breakthroughs in energy production.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Ben Franklin
"The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center estimates that about 76 percent comes from the combustion of coal and oil, and another 20 percent from natural gas. The remaining amounts to round up to 100 percent come from cement production and gas flaring." - source here.
Photo credit above: "About two-thirds of those surveyed said the U.S. should be a leader on the issue." AP Photo
Photo credit above: FlyDrake.com via Glacier Bay National Park. "Rock and debris from a landslide lie along five miles of what had been an ice-white glacier inside Glacier Bay National Park."
Photo credit above: "Traffic piles up in Los Angeles. The U.S. ranks last in energy efficiency in the transportation sector, according to a new report from ACEEE." (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)