28 F. average high for February 13.
31 F. high on February 13, 2012.
Sunrise: 7:15 am
Sunset: 5:40 pm. We're picking up just over 2 minutes of additional daylight every day now.
7-8 days from now: next best chance for accumulating snow. Details below.
* Sandy was America's second costliest storm, second only to Katrina in 2005. Details from Huffington Post.
Image credit above: "Artist's impression of the interaction of the Sun and the Earth's magnetosphere." (Image: NASA)
Image credit above: Photography by Travis Anderson. "Engineer and Emprimus founder George Anderson".
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
** photo above courtesy of MTsevereweather and WeatherNation TV.
Bill McKibben, arguably the global leader for climate action, is coming to ski the American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon in NW Wisconsin. As cross-country skiers we have noticed a distinct lack of predictable snow over the past decade. Minnesota winters without snow? That's just not right. Here's what some Minnesotans/Wisconsinites are saying about "What I Love About Winter":
Grace, age 11, Edina: "I love, love, love ice skating and going sledding because I love the feeling of wind and snow in my face."
Jen, age 26, Whittier Neighborhood, Minneapolis: "When we actually get the snow I remember getting growing up."
Jonathan, age 54, Cable, WI: "The crunch of snow underfoot. Viewing the moon on a frigid evening. Watching my daughter make snow forts."
Kamin, age 54, Hayward, WI: "Finding wold tracks in the snow, snow shoeing and cross country skiing."
How do we get together to protect the things we love about this season that defines Minnesota and Wisconsin?
Photo credit above: "The author says this isn't a time for hesitation and half-hearted measures". | John Shinkle at POLITICO
Why Tokyo Has More To Fear From Sea Level Rise Than Vancouver. Not all coastal areas are (equally) threatened by rising sea levels, the result of warming/expansion and melting of Greenland and Antarctic ice. Here's an excerpt of a story at The Washington Post: "...Some coastal areas have more to fear from climate change than others. Tokyo and Sydney, for instance, are likely to see bigger sea-level rises than Vancouver or London. That’s according to a new study that attempts to model the oddities of the rising oceans. Climatologists have known for many years that the seas are creeping up on us. As humans warm the planet, the world’s ice caps and glaciers are melting and the oceans are expanding. Various projections have sea levels on pace to rise between 2 and 7 feet by 2100. What makes this so tricky to prepare for, however, is that sea levels won’t rise evenly everywhere. There are huge variations. In some regions, like the Mississippi Delta, the land is sinking, due to sediment erosion or oil drilling. In other places, strong wind and ocean currents can warp the waters and affect local sea levels. Meanwhile, the shrinking ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica have their own gravitational pull, creating further imbalances...."
* graphic above courtesy of New Scientist, which has an interactive graphic showing how sea level rise will vary across the globe. Coastal New England is much more vulnerable than the Pacific Northwest.