...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN WISCONSIN... CHIPPEWA RIVER AT DURAND AFFECTING BUFFALO AND PEPIN COUNTIES EAU CLAIRE RIVER NEAR FALL CREEK AFFECTING EAU CLAIRE COUNTY .OVERVIEW... RECENT RAINFALL COMBINED WITH THE SNOW MELT HAS CAUSED THE CHIPPEWA AND EAU CLAIR RIVER TO RISE. HOWEVER...NO SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... DO NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. TURN AROUND...DON`T DROWN. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR LOCAL RADIO OR TV STATION FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS FLOOD EVENT.
"Sandy" Retired From List Of Hurricane Names By World Meteorological Organization. You could certainly see this coming. Any storm that claims considerable lives is automatically "retired"; details from Reuters and Huffington Post: "The World Meteorological Organization has retired "Sandy" from its rotating list of hurricane names because of the devastation last year's storm by that name caused in Jamaica, Cuba and the northeastern United States, forecasters said on Thursday. Atlantic and Pacific storm names are reused every six years but are retired "if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of the name would be insensitive or confusing," forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Sandy is the 77th name to be retired from the Atlantic list since 1954. It will be replaced with "Sara" beginning in 2018, when last year's list is repeated..."
* February-like snowfall from the Dakotas into Minnesota and Wisconsin - plowable snows possible over central and northern New England over the next 48-72 hours. The heaviest snow is over for the Twin Cities (where 3-7" piled up). Another 1-2" slush is possible by midday Friday, but the worst of the storm is winding down.
* As expected, river flooding is increasing from the Central Plains into the Upper Midwest and Ohio Valley, the result of recent heavy rains.
Photo credit above: "The Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera, or MASC, is able to capture 3D photos of individual snowflakes in free-fall."
Think The Planet Isn't Warming? Check The Ocean. Climate scientists estimate that 90-93% of all warming is going into the world's oceans - the rest is heating up the air and melting ice. Here's an excerpt from Discovery News: "A recent article in The Economist stated that “over the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat while greenhouse-gas emissions have continued to soar.” The Economist went to great lengths to point out that “the mismatch between rising greenhouse-gas emissions and not-rising temperatures … does not mean global warming is a delusion.” But the piece was predictably lauded by climate skeptics as “further evidence” of the case against climate change. Except that … it wasn’t. As The Economist piece itself pointed out, this wasn’t an argument that “global warming has ‘stopped.‘” The past two decades have been the hottest in recorded history; of the nine hottest years on record, eight have come since 2000. The question, though, is why the year-on-year/decade-on-decade increase appears to have been somewhat less in the past 10 to 15 years, given the ongoing increase in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations..."
What Is Climate Sensitivity, Why Does It Matter And Who's Got What Wrong and Why? Perpetual climate deniers like to point out that Earth's climate isn't nearly as sensitive to man-made greenhouse gases as all those "alarmist/warmist" scientists claim. Here is a good explanation of climate sensitivity from climate scientist and Minnesota native Greg Laden at scienceblogs.com: "Climate sensitivity is the number of degrees C that the earth’s average temperature (of the atmosphere air and water on top of the “earth” per se) will increase with a doubling of “pre-industrial CO2″ in the environment. This is an important number … and it is a number, and to save you the suspense, the number is about 3 … because it tells us what the direct effects of the release of fossil Carbon (mainly in the form of CO2) from the burning of fossil fuels would be. Here’s the thing. Climate change denialists would like the number to be 1, or some other number lower than 3. Well, we would ALL like the number to be low, but those of us interesting in actual science and truth and such things mainly want to have a good estimate of this important value. Climate change denialists want to pretend that the number is lower than it is, regardless of what that number may be..."