73 F. average high on May 28.
62 F. high on May 28, 2013.
May 28 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service.
1949: Downpour dumps over 7 inches of rain at Thief River Falls.
1947: Freak snow storm over far southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, and southern Wisconsin. Worthington, MN picked up an inch, while some places in southern Wisconsin got a half-foot.
A Tornado Conundrum
The media has a nagging double standard when it comes to airing tornado video. It's good for ratings and clicks, but are we encouraging people to drive into raging storms - in search of video clips that may cost them their lives?
In light of the 2013 El Reno EF-5 that killed several tornado researchers, including veteran Tim Samaras, many storm chasers have backed off, not as willing to risk life and limb.
Kory Hartman heads up Severe Studios, a network of professionally trained spotters and chasers. "They all have at least 2-3 years of National Weather Service spotter training" he explained.
No, you can't fix stupid, but live tornado footage - from trained professionals on the scene - serves a purpose: "It provides critical confirmation - it gets people to take action" Hartman said.
Warm, dry weather spills over into Saturday morning but a slow-moving front sparks numerous T-storms from Saturday afternoon into Tuesday of next week. The front stalls nearby, repeated rounds of storms may spark localized flooding in some towns. Yes, lake water levels may rise a little more.
In today's blog: 80s and ice on Lake Superior, and global CO2 levels pass the 400 ppm milestone.
* image above is a Doppler radar velocity field showing the enormous EF-5 tornado that hit El Reno, Oklahoma on May 31, 2013, killing at least one amateur storm chaser and 3 tornado research veterans, including Tim Samaras. The red dots are locations of storm spotters relative to the tornado vortex.
* Here is a G-rated version of the tornado video clip from North Dakota, courtesy of GMA and Yahoo News.
File photo credit: "In this 1889 file photograph, people stand atop houses among ruins after disastrous flooding in Johnstown, Pa. Facts, figures and anecdotes about the Johnstown flood in Pennsylvania, which killed 2,209 people 125 years ago, gave the Red Cross its first international response effort and helped set a precedent for American liability law." Photo: Uncredited, AP
On the other hand...
TODAY: Warm sunshine. Winds: SE 10 Dew point: 55. High: 83
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clear and mild. Low: 61
FRIDAY: Plenty of sun, even warmer. Dew point: 63. High: 87
SATURDAY: Sticky, PM T-storms likely. Dew point: 66. Wake-up: 64. High: 84
SUNDAY: Still steamy, more heavy T-storms. Wake-up: 65. High: 83
MONDAY: Front stalls, more T-storms nearby. Wake-up: 66. High: 81
TUESDAY: Showers linger, turning cooler. Wake-up: 63. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, less humid. Wake-up: 59. High: 77
Graphic credit above: "The location and April average CO2 levels measured at 12 World Meteorological Organization monitoring stations around the globe." Data: World Meteorological Organization.
File photo above: "Trees turning red in forests that have been attacked by the mountain pine beetles in Montana, July 7, 2011. Some scientists are increasingly worried that as the warming accelerates, trees themselves could become climate change victims on a massive scale." (Josh Haner/The New York Times).
File photo: Rick Rycroft, AP.
Scott: “Well, I’m not a scientist. But I can tell you what we’ve accomplished. We put a lot of effort into making sure that we take care of our natural treasures – the Everglades, making sure water flows south, any flooding around our coast. So we’re doing the right thing.”
Question (asked by citizen-activist): So do you believe in the man-made influence on climate change?
Scott: “Nice seeing you guys.”
Bill Maher Responds to Pat Sajak. Here's a clip from an online rebuke of Pat Sajak's moronic tweet last week - courtesy of HBO and Mediaite: "...Maher found it ironic how Sajak’s show is basically about pieces of a puzzle pointing to one obvious answer, but “when that happens with scientific consensus, he wants to take another spin.” He told Sajak when his grandchildren solve the puzzle that is climate change, it’ll read, “Granddad was an idiot.”