98 F. record high yesterday in the Twin Cities (old record was 95F in 1932).
69 F. average high on May 14.
85 F. high on May 14, 2012.
Dry weather today and Thursday.
Slight severe risk Saturday, especially south/west of MSP.
Sunday appears to be the wetter day of the weekend.
Photo credit: Lake Nokomis, courtesy of Tom Wallace, Star Tribune.
* The MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) reports are here.
Image credit above: "An animation of infrared images from the GOES-13 satellite shows a massive system of convective clouds approaching and then enveloping the New York area on the morning of May 8." (Source: Cooperative Institute for Satellite Meteorological Studies.)
Photo credit above: "This stream gauge on the Boise River is one of several hundred in Idaho. The U.S. Geological Survey is shutting down up to 150 gauges to meet spending-cut requirements known as the sequester. Photo by Aaron Kunz/Earthfix."
Here's what we're monitoring:
- Cyclone Mahasen is pushing toward coastal Bangladesh and Myanmar. Although a worst-case scenario should be avoided, coastal storm surge flooding may still result in considerable loss of life Wednesday and Thursday.
- There have been three separate X-class solar flares since Sunday. Activity is increasing on the sun; conditions increasingly favorable for geomagnetic storms that may disrupt communications, GPS and pose some risk to the power grid in the months ahead.
- Two volcanoes: one outside Mexico City is coming to life; another on Alaska's Aleutians, capable of disrupting air travel to Asia if and when it erupts.
* More on Alaska's smoldering Cleveland Volcano from Discover Magazine.
A guest is more likely to get walked if:
1. He booked using Expedia, hence he has a deeply discounted rate and is less important.
2. He never stayed here before and may never visit the city again.
3. He’s a one-nighter..."
Photo credit: Michael Cunard.
"The Earth has had many-times-higher levels of CO2 in the past," said Marc Morano, former spokesman for Republican Senator James Inhofe and executive editor of Climate Depot, a blog that posts articles skeptical of climate change. "Americans should welcome the 400 parts-per-million threshold. This means that plants are going to be happy, and this means that global-warming fearmongers are going to be proven wrong..."