35 F. high in the Twin Cities Tuesday.
23 F. average high for January 8.
40 F. high on January 8, 2012.
2012: warmest year on record for the USA.
2012: second most extreme year on record for the USA.
Australia: experiencing the hottest weather on record. Details below.
* A 2012 national overview of major U.S. weather and climate events is available from NCDC here.
* NCDC has a chronological list of the all-time record highs, day by day, for the USA here.
* globally the 10 warmest years have been observed in the last 15 years. The New York Times has more on 2012's record warmth.
The eleven events include:
- Southeast/Ohio Valley Tornadoes — March 2–3 2012
- Texas Tornadoes — April 2–3 2012
- Great Plains Tornadoes — April 13–14 2012
- Midwest/Ohio Valley Severe Weather — April 28–May 1 2012
- Southern Plains/Midwest/Northeast Severe Weather — May 25–30 2012
- Rockies/Southwest Severe Weather — June 6–12 2012
- Plains/East/Northeast Severe Weather (“Derecho”) — June 29–July 2 2012
- Hurricane Isaac — August 26–31 2012
- Western Wildfires — Summer–Fall, 2012
- Hurricane Sandy — October 29–31 2012
- U.S. Drought/Heatwave — throughout 2012
1. Water is more destructive than wind. Media coverage of hurricanes and coastal storms places too much emphasis on wind speed. While images of trees, road signs, and reporters being buffeted by high winds make for good video, they distract from the more serious hazard associated with major storms -- coastal flooding from storm surge and inland flooding from torrential rains. There need to be better predictive tools for estimating how much water a storm may bring and when and where it is likely to go..."
Photo credit above: Brittney Misialek, Storm Prediction Center.
Photo credit above: "Aerial view of fire at Copping/Forcett, Tasmania, at around 4pm on 4 Jan 2013, taken from an airplane leaving Hobart Airport." Image credit: Wikipedia. Courtesy: Weather Underground.
Record Fires Rage Across Australia. According to CNN 130 major fires are burning across NSW, or New South Wales. These wildfires are symptoms of the hottest temperatures ever observed Down Under, as reported by AP (check out the AP video): "Firefighters are battling wildfires raging across southeastern Australia as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that blistering temperatures and high winds had led to "catastrophic" conditions in some areas."
Map above: Australia Bureau of Meteorology, The Atlantic. More on the Australia's blistering heat wave from Australia's The Age.
Image credit: file of Tropical Storm Debby courtesy of NASA.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
* photo of Canoe Creek State Park, Pennsylvania courtesy of "Spice of Life" on Facebook.
Graphic credit above: "The regeneration of Cermak Road includes new sidewalks with permanent wind/solar powered pedestrian lights." (Image: CDOT)
Cracks will form in the Republican Party's de facto ban on taking climate change seriously, and the self-imposed climate omerta we saw from both Presidential candidates and debate moderators will erode.
TV meteorologists, one of the last strongholds of any kind of science on television, will feel more empowered to connect the climate dots – partly due to the Forecast the Facts campaign, but also due to how bloody awful the world's weather has become..."