73 F. average high for May 28.
80 F. high on May 28, 2012.
.06" rain fell yesterday at KMSP.
.52" additional rain predicted by Friday afternoon (00z NAM model).
Slight severe risk later today, again tomorrow.
Photo credit above: "The funnel of a tornado touches the ground near South Haven, Kan., last week. It was part of a massive storm front that swept north through the central U.S." (Gene Blevins, Reuters).
Budget Cuts Will Hinder Our Ability To Predict Severe Weather. The dreaded "sequester" may be showing up at a local National Weather Service office near you; here's an excerpt from LiveScience and Business Insider: "The tornado that hit Moore, Okla., on Monday (May 23) killed an estimated two dozen people and caused devastating property damage. Residents had advance warning of the storm, thanks to weather forecasts. But with forced budget cuts in effect, forecasters may not be adequately prepared for future natural disasters. In March, $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts, known as the sequester, took effect. The cuts slashed 8.2 percent from the 2013 operating budgets of most federal agencies. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suffered a 7 percent reduction in its fiscal year 2013 budget as a result of sequestration. Thinned-out staffs and under-maintained equipment could hinder the agency's ability to give timely and accurate weather forecasts, experts say..."
1) Cherry picking;
2) Fake experts;
3) Misrepresentation and logical fallacies.
4) Impossible expectations of what research can deliver; and
5) Conspiracy theories;.."
Photo credit above: "The International Energy Agency estimates that one-third of emissions reductions must come from energy efficiency in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change."