57 F. average high on October 18.
47 F. high on October 18, 2011.
.01" rain in the Twin Cities yesterday.
Lakes and rivers across much of Minnesota at historic low levels.
30% of Minnesota experiencing extreme drought; severe drought now across most of the metro area.
70+ mph wind gusts across the Dakotas yesterday. Details from NOAA.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
- Americans’ belief in the reality of global warming has increased by 13 percentage points over the past two and a half years, from 57 percent in January 2010 to 70 percent in September 2012. At the same time, the number of Americans who say global warming is not happening has declined nearly by half, from 20 percent in January 2010 to only 12 percent today.
- For the first time since 2008, more than half of Americans (54%) believe global warming is caused mostly by human activities, an increase of 8 points since March 2012. Americans who say it is caused mostly by natural changes in the environment have declined to 30 percent (from 37% in March).