81 F. average high for August 12.
77 F. high last year on August 12, 2011.
Trace of rain fell at MSP International Airport
Photo credit: "This image taken with a fisheye lens shows fireworks during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London." (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
50 consecutive days of 90+ heat in Wichita, Kansas. The all-time record is 52 days/row.
Photo credit above: "Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) examines soybeans growing on John Askew's farm, which has been affected by drought, in Thurman, Iowa, Aug. 10, 2012. With lawmakers at home for a Congressional summer recess, constituents are venting their anger over delays in enacting a new five-year farm bill." (Steve Hebert/The New York Times)
Hundred Year Forecast: Drought. Is drought occuring with greater frequency and intensity? How extraordinary is the current drought - impacting more than 62% of the USA? Here's an excerpt from an excellent Sunday New York Times story: "...Indeed, scientists see signs of the relationship between warming and drought in western North America by analyzing trends over the last 100 years; evidence suggests that the more frequent drought and low precipitation events observed for the West during the 20th century are associated with increasing temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere. These climate-model projections suggest that what we consider today to be an episode of severe drought might even be classified as a period of abnormal wetness by the end of the century and that a coming megadrought — a prolonged, multidecade period of significantly below-average precipitation — is possible and likely in the American West."
Graphic credit above: Sources: Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, University of Tennessee, "A 2,129-Year Reconstruction of Precipitation for Northwestern New Mexico, USA," 1996; David M. Anderson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center. Graphic: Bill Marsh, The New York Times.
"We have 3 open foursomes and would LOVE it if any of them got filled! The cost is $2,500 and includes everything (driving range, putting green, lunch, golf, contests, dinner, great silent auction, program) at the private, prestigious TPC in Blaine. It would be amazing if someone wanted one of these last few spots, and all for a good cause too. Why should they come out for this Monday:
* It'll be a great day with perfect weather; $5,000 cash hole-in-one contest, gift cards from local sports stores, special gift for golfers from the Mall of America, pictures with me (wow), Bill Popp from Popp.com, free cigars and much more!
* To support a local charity that doesn't get the public attention because of the topic.
* Because suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth in our state, 3rd leading cause of death for all adults.
* To help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness by participating in the event, especially wen there are 25 million adults living with clinical depression every day.
Bottom line: for every dollar raised by golfers coming out, we can literally save lives! A $2,500 golf foursome allows SAVE to distribute 12,500 wallet cards to youth, military and law enforcement personnel with life-saving information on it.
** Non-golfers are more than welcome for the appetizer hour, silent auction and dinner program beginning at 5:30 pm. Tickets for that are $30. More on SAVE's upcoming events here.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
* more 80s return next week, even a shot at 90+ by next Tuesday.
"This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations." Genesis 9:12
When Arctic sea ice sets a new record low in the next couple of weeks, the usual suspects will say "you can't trust area, sea ice extent is the only valid metric".
When Arctic sea ice extent sets a new record low in September, the following arguments will be run in parallel:
* There will be a frantic search for a definition of extent in which a new record was not set.
* There will be a complaint that the satellite record has been blighted by the failure of a sensor and the calibrations needed to get a new sensor in operation have corrupted the record.
* It will be claimed that it was all caused by the major Arctic storm that hit in August, and thus can't be attributed to global warming.
Photo credit: Kathryn Hansen, NASA.
One can react to this situation in various ways, leading to a choice of tactics.
-Mount a vigorous public crusade with greater signals of alarm.
- Rely on future technology to reverse the harm done to the atmosphere.
- Prepare for a future with a drastically different ecological balance.
- Do nothing, except perhaps pray."