61 F. average high for October 10.
76 F. high on October 10, 2011.
2.5" snow fell on the Twin Cities on October 10, 1977.
.84" rain predicted for KMSP by Sunday morning at 7 am. 00z NAM model.
15 tropical storms.
1 major hurricane (Michael).
3 tropical storms impacted the southeastern USA, Category 1 Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana in late August.
Some of the report's findings:
-- The intensities of certain weather events in North America are among the highest in the world, and the risks associated with them are changing faster than anywhere else..."
* more details on the implications of a stronger, more persistent Bermuda High for the USA from Climate Central below.
Photo credit above: "This is the interior of an ABC Domes facility in Lakeland, Fla. The company, whose Texas base is in Sealy, hopes to build several shelters along the Texas coast as part of a FEMA program to protect people from hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and fires."
Technicolor Sunset. Did you see the sunset yesterday evening? I snapped this photo around 6:45 pm, the sky the color of molten lead. Nice.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota:
Global Warming May Shift Summer Weather Patterns. Here's more on the recent Nature research paper, courtesy of Andrew Freedman at Climate Central: "By altering the heat balance between land and sea, manmade global warming may be altering summer weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere, a new study found. The study, published on Sept. 30 in Nature Geoscience, shows that the sprawling high pressure areas that set up shop over the Western North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans during the summer months have become larger and stronger during the past 40 years, and these trends are likely to continue during the next several decades as temperatures increase. These changing weather patterns could have far-reaching impacts, from redirecting powerful hurricanes toward the East Coast, to making the Southeast and Central states see-saw more frequently between extremely hot and dry summers and cooler, wetter summers. In addition, a shift in the strength and shape of the North Pacific subtropical high could affect the South Asian Monsoon, which is already being altered by warming and increased regional pollution. .."
Graphic credit above: "The Bermuda High helps steer tropical storms and hurricanes." Credit: Penn State.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-10-climate-lengthen-season.html#jCp
Photo credit above: "A survey released Oct. 9, 2012, finds the majority of Americans think global warming worsened extreme weather events, including the U.S. drought and record-high summer temperatures." Credit: NOAA.
- 5.8 percent: U.S. electricity needs met by non-hydro renewable energy.
- 3.1 percent: electricity produced by non-hydro renewables in 2008.
- 213: current measure of the UN's World Food Price Index.
- 210: the price threshold associated with a sharp rise in social unrest and food riots.
- 50 percent: world transport fuels replaceable by converting 17.5% of farm waste to biofuel.
- 1.32 million square miles: Current Arctic sea ice, the least in 33 years of satellite records...."
Experts: Global Warming Means More Antarctic Ice. Here's a clip from an article at AP: "WASHINGTON (AP) — The ice goes on seemingly forever in a white pancake-flat landscape, stretching farther than ever before. And yet in this confounding region of the world, that spreading ice may be a cockeyed signal of man-made climate change, scientists say. This is Antarctica, the polar opposite of the Arctic. While the North Pole has been losing sea ice over the years, the water nearest the South Pole has been gaining it. Antarctic sea ice hit a record 7.51 million square miles in September. That happened just days after reports of the biggest loss of Arctic sea ice on record..."
Photo credit above: "This handout photo provided by NSIDC, University of Colorado, taken in Oct. 2003, shows the Antarctic sunlight illuminating the surface of the sea ice, intensifying the effect of the fracture lines. The ice goes on seemingly forever in a white pancake-flat landscape, stretching so far it just set a record. And yet in this confounding region of the world, that spreading ice may be a cock-eyed signal of man-made climate change, scientists say." (AP Photo/NSIDC, University of Colorado)
Photo credit above: Reuters. "Hestia is currently working on maps for Indianapolis, Indiana, Los Angeles, California, and Phoenix, Arizona."