61 F. high yesterday in the Twin Cities.
69 F. average high for September 23.
60 F. high on September 23, 2011.
0" predicted rainfall thru Sunday morning in the Twin Cities.
"...While there is virtually no mention of climate change in the local news, reporters have turned the weather into a national pastime. Perhaps this is because storms, hurricanes and tornadoes ignite a primal reaction, whereas climate change requires an intellectual one....
....sharks claim about 12 lives per year, while car crash fatalities average around 93 per day. In the case of climate change, fear over problems that will affect us 50 years from now cannot compare with fear of challenges we face today. What people don't understand is that climate change is, in fact, already affecting our economy."
- excerpts from a Guardian story on U.S. media misinformation on climate change; details below.
"Serial Mastery". A life of continuing education, new skills, perpetual training and reinvention? Sounds like the 21st century to me. The New York Times captures the challenge (for all of us) to stay current and employable in an article below. Photo credit here.
Textbook September. This week sums up how spectacular (and dry) September can be. A series of clippers keep the Great Lakes and New England air conditioned, a few showers and T-storms over the Ohio Valley and South Florida, otherwise it's a dry, quiet weather map for much of the USA. 84-hour NAM model animation: NOAA.
Video credit above: Here's an excerpt from a YouTube clip of significant flooding in Alaska: "View Aerials of a few flood damaged areas as the Assistant Borough Manager talks about what he saw while surveying the flood damaged areas from helicopter."
"When the highs/lows are listed for a certain day of the week - what hours does that include? I always thought it was the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight, so when you wake up, say, on Sunday and read the paper, the low from Sunday could have already been reached during the midnight to 7 am time of the 24 hour clock of Sunday. Is that correct?
"Inliers": Why Non-Experts Are Better At Disruptive Innovation. Is it possible to be "too close" to your subject matter, too engrossed in your area of expertise, to see (disruptive/revolutionary) solutions? Here's an excerpt of an interesting article at Huffington Post: "I believe that people who will come up with creative solutions to solve the world's biggest problems -- ecological devastation, global warming, the global debt crisis and distribution of dwindling natural resources, to name a few -- will not be experts in their fields. The real disruptors will be those individuals who are not steeped in one industry of choice with those coveted 10,000 hours of experience, but instead, individuals who approach challenges with a clean lens, bringing together diverse experiences, knowledge and opportunities. And while experts will have a part to play in solving today's looming crises where incremental evolution is needed, I believe that non-expert individuals will drive disruptive innovation. Here's why."
To Stay Relevant In A Career, Workers Train Non-Stop. I keep telling my boys that things have changed. When I graduated from college in 1980 a degree was a passport for a better life. It still is, but the rate of technological innovation has increased dramatically with smaller business cycles. The only predictable thing: change. That means life-long learning, continuing education and reinvention is critical to stay current and employable. I thought The New York Times did a good job capturing this technological treadmill in this article; here's an excerpt: "...But exhaustion may be a luxury that Mr. Hallock can never afford. The need to constantly adapt is the new reality for many workers, well beyond the information technology business. Car mechanics, librarians, doctors, Hollywood special effects designers — virtually everyone whose job is touched by computing — are being forced to find new, more efficient ways to learn as retooling becomes increasingly important not just to change careers, but simply to stay competitive on their chosen path.....Lynda Gratton, a professor of management practice at the London Business School, has coined a term for this necessity: “serial mastery.”
"Q: "Why do you believe the earth is flat?"
A: It looks that way up close. In our local reference frame, it appears to take a flat shape, ignoring obvious hills and valleys. In addition, Samuel Rowbotham et al. performed a variety of experiments over a period of several years that show it must be flat. They are all explained in his book, which is linked at the top of this article."
On This Date In Weather History (for September 23). Information courtesy of the local Twin Cities NWS:
1985: 0.4 inches of snow fell in the Minneapolis area.
1982: Tropical air over the state. The Twin Cities has a low of 71.
1869: Heavy rain dumps nearly 10 inches on the White Earth Reservation.
* photo credit above: Nick Klenchik, who snapped this photo near Binghampton, New York.
"We base our decisions on emotion far more than reason."Flawed climate risk perception may also explain why meteorologists have an advantage over climate scientists in making immediate weather more urgent than climate change. Although hard data do influence thinking, the psychology of risk perception is complicated."
Photo credit above: "Sixty-one per cent of Americans consider themselves 'cautious', 'disengaged', 'doubtful' and 'dismissive' on climate change." Photograph: www.memphisflyer.com
Welcome To A New World Of "Dirty Weather". It's the first time I've heard this expression - and it makes a certain amount of sense, at least to me. Man's fingerprints may be showing up on some (not all) extreme weather events; there's a growing body of evidence greenhouse gases, a warmer atmosphere and 4-5% more water vapor floating overhead are all contributing to spike some weather events, making heat waves hotter, droughts drier, and turbo-charged rainfall amounts. Here's an excerpt from The Hill: "Al Gore hopes to show links between climate change and the effects of extreme weather worldwide with an online and social media-fueled event built around the idea of “dirty weather.” Gore’s advocacy group, the Climate Reality Project, announced Sunday that its second multi-media “24 Hours of Reality” event will occur Nov. 14-15 and bear the title “The Dirty Weather Report.” “We are in a new era where the . . . extreme weather that is occurring is not fully caused by the natural cycles of time and natural events, but by dirty energy, so it is really important to articulate that and name it more precisely,” said Maggie Fox, the CEO of the Climate Reality Project, in an interview Saturday."
Graphic credit above: "A recent study by Climate Central found a higher risk for wildfires on Forest Service land from warming average temperatures and longer fire seasons." Special to the Daily / Climate Center
Photo credit above: "A badly under-watered Kansas cornfield awaits rain this past August. An end-of-summer wet spell helped nurture soybeans, but came too late for the corn crop -- a development that could raise food prices around the world." (Reuters)
Photo credit above: "The University of Montreal's Alexandre Guertin-Pasquier at his study site in Nunavut in June 2010." (HANDOUT)