76 F. average high for September 5.
72 F. high on September 5, 2011.
.02" rain fell on the metro early Wednesday.
.69" rain soaked Rochester yesterday (strong to severe storms rumbled across far southern Minnesota).
.21" rain predicted for MSP late tonight ahead of a second, stronger cool front. Highs hold in the 60s behind the front Friday; the coolest day in sight.
September Breeze. ECMWF (European) model data suggests a cool Friday, highs stuck in the 60s with a brisk north wind. We warm up to near 70 Saturday, low to mid 70s Sunday with less wind, highs reaching into the 80s Tuesday before cooling off again by the middle of next week. No significant rain is in sight. As lovely as this weather is, 2-4" rain over 2-3 days would qualify as lovely right now.
39.14" of rain fell on Pensacola, Florida during meteorological summer (June 1 to August 31). That makes this the wettest summer on record, 14.94" wetter than average. The previous record: 37.04", in 1994. Source: HootSuite.
Another Cool Front...and "Leslie". The NAM model shows another band of showers pushing across Minnesota tonight, followed by a Friday clearing trend. Note Hurricane Leslie coming into view on screen right, risk to Bermuda, but probably not the east coast of the USA. Is it me or does Leslie appear to be tracking more northwest than north? I hope it's an optical illusion.
Photo credit above: "A Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries officer walks along an oiled beach at South Pass in southern Louisiana in 2011." (Photo: John Moore/AFP Global Edition)
NOAA's "Weather Central" Settles Into Its New Home. 800+ scientists and employees of the National Weather Service in Washington D.C. are moving to new digs. Here's an excerpt of a post at "The Front Page", from the American Meteorological Society: "Riverdale, Maryland’s 800 newest citizens are starting to move in: the suburb of Washington, D.C., which is just a hailstone’s throw from the University of Maryland, is suddenly inheriting a major influx of meteorologists and their colleagues. This newcomers are a cadre of NOAA scientists with a long history behind them, and with the opening of the new 268,762 square-foot, four-story National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, a new era begins for the National Centers for Environmental Prediction as well as colleagues from the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service and the Air Resources Laboratory."
Photo credit: "David Caldwell and Louis Uccellini, back in April, awaiting a first meeting at the then-unfinished new home for NCEP and other NOAA groups, in Riverdale, Maryland."
Photos That Caught My Eye Yesterday:
Photo credit: iStockphoto.
Weekend Weather Preview. Yes, we will all learn the metric system, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. The web site I use (ECMWF model data) only displays in metric. English units aren't even an option, so there you go. Good news: a fine weekend is shaping up with low humidity; Sunday the warmer day for the lake with less wind.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
THURSDAY NIGHT: Unsettled with showers, possible thunder late. Low: 55
Graphic credit above: "Arctic sea ice extent for August 2012 was 4.72 million square kilometers (1.82 million square miles). The magenta 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.
Perspective: "Compared to September conditions in the 1980s and 1990s, this represents a 45% reduction in the area of the Arctic covered by sea ice. At least one more week likely remains in the melt season." - Leo Hickman
Another media spin to the same climate science questionaire:
Our Petition"Put Climate Change on the Agenda in the First Presidential Debate
Dear Mr. Lehrer,
In your role as moderator of the first presidential debate, you have the opportunity to ask questions about the most pressing issues facing our country. We urge you to ask President Obama and Governor Romney how they will confront the greatest challenge of our generation -- climate change.
This summer, the climate crisis has fallen right into America's front yards--in some cases literally. With trees crashing through their windows, fires burning through their neighborhoods, water flooding under their doorsteps, and droughts destroying their crops, Americans have been hurting from the effects of weather extremes that climate scientists have predicted would happen as a result of global warming."
"In nearly four years in office, Obama has occasionally paid lip service to the “threat of climate change”, but has yet to use his bully pulpit to lay out the scientific case in a high-profile setting. He once in a while mentions climate change in passing, but has yet to discuss its causes, the evidence, and potential impacts in detail. As a perfect example, at a speech in Charlottesville, Va. last week, Obama’s token reference to climate change was: “Denying climate change doesn’t make it stop...”
"Romney’s position on climate change science has shifted around as Brad Plumer documents on the Wonk Blog:
As recently as June 2011, Romney was telling voters in New Hampshire that “the world’s getting warmer,” that “I believe that humans contribute,” and that “I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.”Since then, however, Romney has softened his stance. “I don’t know if [rising temperatures are] mostly caused by humans,” he told another New Hampshire crowd last summer.