53 F. high in the Twin Cities Tuesday.
69 F. average high on May 13.
72 F. high on May 13, 2013.
1932: Minneapolis sets a record high temperature of 95 degrees.
Frost Advisory this morning over western half of Minnesota.
Nothing like a bracing May wind chill to perk you up, while much of the rest of Northern Hemisphere bakes under a hot, frying sun. Still think climate change is nothing but hot air? Check your latest insurance premium. A run of extreme summer floods and hailstorms in 2013 left behind $942 million in damage across Minnesota, one of the 3 costliest states in the nation.
Bob Johnson is President of the Insurance Federation of Minnesota and he's seeing the impact of climate volatility in the rates we pay for homeowners insurance. "This number means that Minnesota insurance consumers will continue to experience double digit premium increases due to severe weather claims, continuing the decade-long trend. This trend is not sustainable" he e-mailed me Monday night.
At least this rerun of (October) puts a lid on any severe weather risk into the weekend. A storm stalling over the Great Lakes keeps us cool and dry into Sunday; just a few instability showers Thursday. Fields & gardens will finally dry out a little.
Swarms of storms flare up along an advancing warm front next week as temperatures approach 70F. I still don't see a hot front - but 60s & 70s may return in time for Memorial Day.
That would be nice.
|Total Reports = 442|
|Tornadoes = 11|
|Hail Reports = 165|
|Wind Reports = 266|
TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE LOW TO MID 30S ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA. THIS WILL RESULT IN AREAS OF FROST...ESPECIALLY IN SHELTERED AND LOW LYING AREAS. SENSITIVE OUTDOOR PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNCOVERED.
Photo credit above: "A helicopter attacks a wildfire burning in the north county of San Diego Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in San Diego. Wildfires pushed by gusty winds chewed through canyons parched by California's drought, prompting evacuation orders for more than 20,000 homes on the outskirts of San Diego and another 1,200 homes and businesses in Santa Barbara County 250 miles to the north." (AP Photo)
File photo credit: Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy, cool & brisk. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 57
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partial clearing, patchy frost up north? Low: 39
THURSDAY: Gray & raw. Few PM showers and sprinkles. High: 53
FRIDAY: Weather remains "stuck". Mostly cloudy. Wake-up: 37. High: 56
SATURDAY: Partly sunny. Cooler than average. Wake-up: 36. High: 61
SUNDAY: More sun. Almost feels like May again. Wake-up: 41. High: 67
MONDAY: Showers and T-storms arrive late. Wake-up: 44. High: 68
TUESDAY: Unsettled. Shower, possible thunder. Wake-up: 47. High: 66
* Western Antarctic Ice Sheet Collapse Has Already Begun, Scientists Warn. The Guardian has details.
* This Is What A Holy (Crap) Moment For Global Warming Looks Like. It's the unknown unknowns, things like tipping points, that scare climate scientists the most. Chris Mooney has a different perspective at Mother Jones.
* the last time I checked this remarkable video had gone viral, with over 1 million views. Good for Mr. Oliver.