84 F. average high for July 14.
74 F. high last year, on July 14, 2011.
20. Today will be the 20th day this year at or above 90 F. in the metro. Average for an entire summer is 13. The record: 44 in 1988. I still think we'll wind up with 30-35 days above 90 this summer
Today: 95 F. (dew point: 66 F.) Winds: south 10-15 mph.
Monday: 102 F. (dew point: 65 F.) Winds: south/southwest 15-30 mph.
Tuesday: 97 F. (dew point: 70). Winds: east/northeast 8-13. Chance of a few cooling T-storms.
Photo credit above: "This image provided by NASA shows a solar flare, lower center, erupting from the sun on Thursday. Space weather scientists said there should be little impact here on Earth." NASA/AP
18 days/row of 90+ heat at Fort Wayne, a record for consecutive 90-degree days.
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.
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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
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."
Photo credit above: "Janet and Jerry Turner watch and wait to have water removed from their flooded home on Pine Belt on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in Cypress." (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)
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
Photo credit: Brandon Thibodeaux
"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.
'Would gravity be overturned if we could see Sir Isaac Newton’s personal letters?' -- Scott Mandia
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)