66 F. average high on September 28.
76 F. high on September 28, 2012.
.14" Rain fell yesterday at MSP International.
1,300 years. The last 30 years have been the warmest, worldwide, in at least 1,300 years, according to the latest IPCC report.
95% confidence level that man is impacting the climate, up from 90% the last IPCC report.
Over The Horizon
I wasn't born here but I've come to appreciate this place, and hope it can stay this way for my kids, and yours.
That's why I talk about climate change. It's already impacting Minnesota's weather patterns, and greater impacts may be coming.
My intention isn't to alarm you or depress you but prompt you to go online and see the real scientific findings, free of ideological spin or snark.
I'm in Indianapolis talking to legislators & local media about extreme weather trends; how these are symptoms of a warming atmosphere. Friday, for the 5th time in 23 years, the world's leading researchers confirmed that we are altering Earth's climate.
The same day came news of a Danish ship becoming the second cargo ship to traverse the Northwest Passage, passing NORTH of Canada, a result of shrinking Arctic ice. It carried 15,000 tons of coal.
No, you can't make this stuff up.
Blue sky returns today, another week of mostly 70s as we sail into October. T-storms pop up on Thursday, by Friday a few flakes may be flying up north with highs in the 40s from Duluth to Brainerd. Dig out the jackets - there's a risk of a suburban frost by Monday AM.
We're still easing into autumn - models show more 70s by late next week.
Image credit: NOAA and hurricanescience.org.
Photo credit above: Diana Eva Maldonado, The Brownsville Herald. "A home on Van Buren Street in Brownsville remains boarded up from Hurricane Dolly, but today's rain has already flooded the street."
Photo credit above: "Irv Gordon has traveled 3 million miles in his 1966 Volvo 1800S."
TODAY: Sunny & beautiful. Dew point: 44. Winds: SW 10. High: 76
SUNDAY NIGHT: Clear and cool. Low: 57
MONDAY: Warm sunshine, "hooky alert". High: 79
TUESDAY: Blue sky, not bad for October 1. Wake-up: 59. High: near 80
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, still pleasant. Wake-up: 49. High: 73
THURSDAY: Few showers & T-storms likely. Wake-up: 57. High: 72
FRIDAY: Cold, raw & showery. Flakes north? Wake-up: 49. High: 52
SATURDAY: Jacket-worthy, cool and brisk with intervals of sun. Wake-up: 42. High: 56
* The IPCC AR5 Report Summary is here, courtesy of The New York Times.
* IPCC Climate Report: The Digested Read. Here's an overview at The Guardian.
Image credit above: "Humanity's choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S."
Image above: National Post and Nordic Bulk Carriers.
Why The World Won't Listen. Our grandkids are going to be pretty irritated with us - all the science and data and we sat on our hands, debating the "facts", listening to fossil-fuel-funded deniers babble on, hoping they might just be right. Here's an excerpt from NewScientist and Slate that explains how some of this perpetual denial is hard-wired into all of us: "...How did the rational arguments of science and economics fail to win the day? There are many reasons, but an important one concerns human nature. Through a growing body of psychological research, we know that scaring or shaming people into sustainable behavior is likely to backfire. We know that it is difficult to overcome the psychological distance between the concept of climate change—not here, not now—and people's everyday lives. We know that beliefs about the climate are influenced by extreme and even daily weather. One of the most striking findings is that concern about climate change is not only, or even mostly, a product of how much people know about science. Increased knowledge tends to harden existing opinions..."
Animated image credit: media.giphy.com.