61 F. high on October 22, 2011.
Today: mildest day in sight - if skies brighten 70 is possible later today.
30 degrees colder by Friday.
A Real Rain Event? I'm tempted to discount this, because we haven't been very lucky in the rainfall department in recent months, but the models all print out roughly a half inch of rain late Wednesday into Thursday. I hope the models are right.
"For the Twin Cities, are we looking at a winter closer to that of 2010-11, or a more mild winter such as last year (2011-12)?"
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Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Morning showers, skies brighten a bit by afternoon, still mild. Winds: South 5-10. High: 69
TUESDAY NIGHT: Mild with clouds and patchy fog. Low: 58
“Climate-driven changes are already evident over the last few decades for severe thunderstorms, for heavy precipitation and flash flooding, for hurricane activity, and for heatwave, drought and wild-fire dynamics in parts of North America.”So concludes Munich Re, a top reinsurer, in a major new study that, for the first time, links the rapid rise in North American extreme weather catastrophes to manmade climate change. At the same time non-climatic events (earthquakes, volcanos, tsunamis) have hardly changed, as the figure shows. Prof. Peter Höppe, who heads Munich Re’s Geo Risks Research unit, said:
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