81 F. average high for August 14.
84 F. high last year, on August 14, 2011.
Trace of rain fell at KMSP yesterday.
.39" rain predicted today and tonight (best chance of heavy showers and storms tonight). NAM model.
Slight severe storm risk this evening and early tonight.
20-30 mph wind gusts tomorrow, from the northwest, on the backside of tonight's cool frontal passage.
"The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a study in August 2010 that concluded heat illness is the leading cause of death and disability among American high school athletes. The CDC estimated that heat stress is responsible for an average of more than 9,000 heat illnesses among high school athletes annually and that football players are 10 times more likely to experience heat illness than students who played the eight other surveyed sports." - from a Union of Concerned Scientists press release; details below.
Might there come a time when the climate in the South is just too oppressive for summer football workouts? "I think you can do it safely, but you have to really monitor," Grundstein said. "I do think it's really important to have a policy in place because you're only going to get more days that are really oppressive." - from a Daily Climate article.
"The 2012 edition of the risk atlas identified 30 countries as being at extreme risk. The top 10 most at risk include: Haiti, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Cambodia, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and the Philippines....The countries in the best position to adapt to climate change's challenges mostly include those in Northern Europe, such as Finland, Ireland, Sweden and Norway, CNN reported. Iceland topped the list, but the United States also had a relatively low risk rating." - from a Live Science article below focused on nations most at risk from climate change.
Photo credit above: "Tony Frost of Frost Farms, not pictured, tops off a stock tank with water for his cattle on Aug. 3, 2012 in Tallula, Ill.. After months of drought, the central Illinois creeks and ponds that the 300 cows and calves drink from on the Frost Farms are dry or close to it. Frost has to buy and haul water, about 4,000 gallons a day, split up in four trips to different pastures." (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Photo credit: Missouri Valley, Iowa, on August 13, courtesy of Carolyn Kaster, AP.
* the latest U.S. Drought Monitor for Oklahoma is here.
Photo credit above: "On Kauffman Avenue in Fairborn, Ohio." Chris Stewart.
Photo credit above: "Fire burns along a ridge in western Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex." Credit: U.S. Forest Service.
Graphic credit above: "Predicted height above ground of the water from a worst-case Category 4 hurricane in the Tampa Bay region, as computed using NOAA's SLOSH storm surge model. The Tampa Bay convention center would go under 20 feet of water, and St. Petersburg would become an island, as occurred during the 1848 hurricane."
This is courtesy of GOES-R, a super sophisticated weather satellite that should provide the National Hurricane Center and other U.S. weather agencies a major forecasting boost by 2016. Hovering 22,000 miles above Earth, it will be armed with a camera powerful enough to capture a hurricane's core in intricate detail or the total amount of lightning that zapped the United States on any given day. "If you sum it all up, it's going to provide 30 times more data than what we're getting from current satellites," said senior hurricane specialist Jack Beven."
NOAA's GOES-R web site is here.
Image Credit: Eumetsat
Photo credit above: "Mars forecast: Clear skies, cold temps: "Temperatures on Mars hover around 0 Fahrenheit during the day and drop to as low as -200 at night." By Time Walters and Todd Halverson. August 9, 2012.
I’m so confused by this. When we were growing up, didn’t we all have the goal of a huge house full of things? I found a far more quality life by rejecting things as a gauge of success.When I came across his original story of only owning 15 items, I was so inspired I immediately went home and found 15 things to give away. Most of these things were clothes that I had long since stopped wearing, but I held on them because . . . well, just because. In fact I have no idea why I still had a tie I hadn’t worn in four years or a shirt that no longer fit."
Illustration above: Carl Richards, The New York Times.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear and comfortably cool. Low: 55 (some 40s up north).
Photo credit above: "Wikimedia Commons/xnatedawgx."
Graphic credit above: "Arctic sea ice extent for August 13, 2012 was 4.90 million square kilometers (1.9 million square miles), 450,000 square kilometers (173,745 square miles) below the same day in 2007. The orange line shows the 1979 to 2000 median extent for that month. The black cross indicates the geographic North Pole." Sea Ice Index data. About the data. Credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Photo credit above: AP.
Photo credit above: "A submerged American flag shows the devastation of a flood in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 13, 2008." Credit: U.S. Air Force, Staff Sgt. Oscar M. Sanchez-Alvarez.
And it doesn’t mince words: