77 F. high in the Twin Cities Thursday.
74 F. average high on May 30.
72 F. high on May 30, 2012.
.23" rain fell yesterday.
5.96" rain so far in May.
3.25" average May rainfall as of May 30.
9.34" rain fell in May, 2012 as of the 30th of the month.
Assorted Trivia from USDA:
* Little Sioux River at Correctionville, Iowa, climbed 6.27 feet above flood stage on May 28, the third-highest crest in that location behind 10.34 feet in June 1891 and 6.86 feet in April 1965.
* photo of the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines courtesy of Angie Kufner.
One more tidbit with Memorial Weekends. Looking at the solar radiation days for Friday through Tuesday, here's how they stack up from cloudiest to sunniest:"
"Yes, the Tuesday after Memorial Weekend is, on average, the sunniest. Not this year though!"
* credit for the solar data is the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus Climate Observatory.
Photo credit above: "A Tuesday, May 21, 2013 file photo, an aerial view shows Plaza Towers Elementary School, which was destroyed in Monday's tornado, in Moore, Okla. Unlike several others schools in the Oklahoma City area, Plaza Towers had no safe room." Photo: Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press.
* EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes comprise only 1% of all tornadoes in a given year, nationwide, yet they produce 70% of all tornado-related casualties.
Photo credit above: "Taxis in Hoboken, NJ, in October, after Hurricane Sandy." Courtesy: Todd Plitt, USA Today.
Image credit: CNET.
* access a Trulia Twin Cities map here.
Graphic credit above: "The happiest people in the country are more likely to report themselves both as less rushed and with no excess time."
Photo credit above: "A tornado passes across south Oklahoma City." Photograph: Paul Hellstern/AP.
Photo credit above: "Richard Thomas' Fenwick Island, Del., neighborhood flooded after Hurricane Sandy in 2012." Photo: Alex Brandon, STF / 2012 AP
* another perspecive on 108 ski resorts calling for collective action on climate change from Mother Nature Network.
Photo credit: AP, Carolyn Kasler.
Image credit above: "A computer climate model by the National Center for Atmospheric Research predicts an ice-free Arctic by 2040." Illustration by NCAR
Photo credit: "A man enjoys the ocean after sunset in 2012 on Ngapali Beach, Myanmar, located on the shores of the Andaman Sea."
Photo credit above: "Tiny Mora County in northern New Mexico recently became the first county in the country to pass an ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil extraction process known as fracking, which can release harmful chemicals in aquifers and municipal water supplies." (Julie Cart / Los Angeles Times)