68 F. average high for September 24.
62 F. high on September 24, 2011.
0" predicted rainfall over the next 8 days.
.30" rain so far this month in the Twin Cities, 2.19" less than average, to date.
"Indian Summer". Term given to unusual warmth following the first frost of autumn. Since much of Minnesota woke up to a frost/freeze Sunday, it's Indian Summer for the entire state (except for the still-frost-free Twin Cities metro area).
Photo credit above: "A mountainous area near Nuuk, Greenland, July 18, 2012. As a result of China having no Arctic territory, the country has been deploying its wealth and diplomatic clout to secure toeholds in the region." (Andrew Testa/The New York Times)
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
* the study is here (pdf file).
Image credit above: iStockPhoto/Thinkstock
Photo credit above: "Periodic changes in winds 15 to 30 miles high in the stratosphere influence the seas by striking a vulnerable "Achilles heel" in the North Atlantic and changing mile-deep patterns, which in turn affect Earth's climate."
UCS’s analysis finds that:
• Over a recent six-month period, 93 percent of Fox News Channel’s representations of climate science were misleading (37 out of 40 instances).
• Similarly, over the past year, 81 percent of the representations of climate science in the Wall Street Journal’s opinion section were misleading (39 out of 48 instances).
* The Washington Post has more on the UCS report here.
Viewer reaction to the PBS NewsHour segment from Getler's PBS post:
"I am incredibly disappointed with the amount of air time that was provided to Anthony Watts on the PBS News Hour. His arguments have been clearly debunked. It’s fine to provide a “balanced view” for things that are political or opinion. But climate change science has been fairly clear for 20 years, and indisputably clear recently. What’s next, are you going to start interviewing right wing evangelists about questioning the theory of evolution as science? Maybe we should start arguing about whether the earth rotates around the sun or not. Without exaggeration, this is really the level of stooping low in this interview. The debate on climate change is over. We are so far beyond this debate, and actually starting to face the severe consequences already. PBS should be reporting about what is already happening as a result of climate change and the very challenging things that are likely to happen in our lifetimes that few people are aware of. Wake up!!!!"
Michael Courtney, Saugerties, NY