58 F. average high for October 16.
59 F. high on October 16, 2011.
Trace of rain fell Tuesday morning.
.30" rain predicted for the metro area by Thursday evening. (NAM model).
60+ F. highs possible again by Sunday.
"...Eighty-five percent of Democrats believe there is solid evidence of warming, up from 77 percent last year; 65 percent of independents hold that view, up two percent from last year, while 48 percent of Republicans see solid evidence of warming, a five point increase over last year and 13 points higher than in 2009..." - from a recent Pew poll reported at The Hill; details below.
Map credit above: NOAA NCDC.
Photo credit above: "This photo shows a handful of the Yellowstone supercomputer's 100 racks. An iconic scene from its namesake national park is feature mosaic-style ont he ends of each rack. The image by Michael Medford, licensed to National Geographic, centers on Fountain Geyser." Credit: UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin.
Photo above: University of Maryland.
Waterspout! This is not what you expect to see on your relaxing cruise, a full-blown (large) waterspout. The video clip is on YouTube; here's an explanation: "While on our cruise to the Bahamas just of the coast of Florida 2 waterspouts formed behind our ship the CARNIVAL PRIDE. They were on the water for almost 45 min - on Monday, Oct 8th 2012."
A Little Flag-Waving. Here's a shot from the Harry S. Truman National Historical Site in Independence, Missouri.
Postcard-Worthy. Michael Trofimov snapped this photo of fall color at Battle Ground, Washington on Tuesday
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota (and the rest of the free world):
Graphic credit above: "Arctic sea ice extent in September 2012 was the lowest measured, since satellite records began in 1979." Image credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).
- The planet has not seen a below-average temperature month since Ronnie Raygun’s presidency
- In both extent and quantity (extent x thickness), Arctic ice has set records this year — for lowest in recorded history.
- Weather extremes are demonstrating climate disruption around the globe — floods, droughts, severe storms, changed rain patterns, …
- In 2012, the United States has been hit hard by a wide range of weather disasters (major heat waves, Derecho, drought, floods, wild fires) that cannot be singularly attributed to climate disruption but cannot be seen/understood outside the context of global warming.
- For the United States, 2012 will almost certainly be the hottest year in temperature record."
Let me give you just a few examples of outrageously strong federal support for Big Energy companies:
- BP, after committing one of the worst environmental disasters in the modern history of America, was able to take a large tax deduction on the money it spent cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Coal companies are able to sign single-bid sweetheart leases to mine on federal lands without paying fair value in royalties to the taxpayers of this country...."