"Didn't you invent Doppler?" I get that a lot. No I didn't, but previous companies created 3-D TV weather graphics and Doppler on a cell phone, inventions I still use every day. "What's next Paul?" a service rep at St. Boni Motor Sports asked me on Saturday.
We're still scratching the surface with personalization. Think "Siri", but tailored for your calendar, commute and outdoor needs. Everyone sees something unique, personalized weather, updated hourly, 24/7.
On Saturday my oldest son was taking a dip at Big Island when strong T-storms arrived. "Why didn't you check the radar app on your phone?" I asked. "I was in the lake Dad." Did you check the sky when you came up for air? There are hundreds of apps to choose from now; a great source of storm info when you're away from your TV or PC.
Lukewarm sun and low humidity today gives way to Wednesday showers, a potential tornado outbreak today as close as Iowa.
We're stuck in a very wet pattern; more storms Thursday - again Saturday, then a cleansing breath of cooler, drier, Canadian air on Sunday.
Enjoy a long spell of 70s; we heat up again late next week.
Finally, 2014 precipitation is now 7 inches above average in the metro.
* Flooding is possible on the Mississippi River at Wabasha. Details from NOAA.
File photo of Hurricane Katrina courtesy of NOAA.
Hurricane Irene imagery courtesy of NOAA.
Photo credit above: "Juan de La Cruz operates a drilling rig probing for groundwater 2,500 feet beneath Fresno County." (Sasha Khokha/KQED).
Australia Experiences Its Hottest Two Years On Record. The Guardian has details, here's a clip: "Australia has experienced its hottest two years on record and high temperatures are set to continue through winter in a clear sign of climate change, a report warns. May 2012 to April 2014 was the hottest 24-month period ever recorded in Australia, but that is likely to be eclipsed by the two years between June 2012 and May 2014, according to the Climate Commission's latest report, Abnormal Autumn..."
Photo credit above: "The average minimum temperature in Australia was 1.31C above normal." Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/AAP.
"...When Americans or the British answer the telephone, most of them simply say, "Hello." Responses are a bit different in other countries:
- Germans tend to answer the phone by barking their last names such as "Schmidt" or "Mueller"
- In Denmark, the Danes will answer with both their first and last names.
- The curious French say, "Hello, who’s on the line?"
- Italians greet callers with "Ready" upon which the caller demands, "Who's speaking?"
- The Spanish give the command, "Speak!"
- In Greece, the people answer “Please”
- Those living in Zimbabwe answer by giving their telephone number and then say hello such as “8675309 Hello”
- The Chinese proclaim, "Hey, hey, who are you?"
- In Mexico, they usually answer "Bueno," which means "Good" or "Well."
- In the Arab world, many answer the phone "May your morning be good."
- Russians often say, "I’m listening..."
TODAY: Blue sky, less humidity and less wind. Dew point: 53. Winds: W 10. High: 76
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase, chance of showers, especially south/west of MSP. Low: 59
WEDNESDAY: Sun north, rain far southern MN. High: 72
THURSDAY: Some sun, few PM T-storms possible. Wake-up: 58. High: 78
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, late thunder up north. Wake-up: 60. High: 81
SATURDAY: Humid and unsettled, T-storms likely. Wake-up: 63. High: 76
SUNDAY: Clearing, cooler, less humid. Wake-up: 58. High: 73
MONDAY: Sunny start - clouds, storms late. Wake-up: 56. High: 75
* Photo credit above: Daniel Bovitz.
"The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen."
- Arthur C. Clarke
- Average temperatures have risen across the continental U.S. since 1901.
- Between 2000 and 2013, every part of the Southwest felt higher than average temperatures that exceeded the long-term average dating to 1895.
- Seven of the top-10 hottest years on record in the Lower 48 have occurred since 1998.
- Nine of the 10 largest wildfires in terms of acres burned have occurred since 2000.
- Water levels in most of the Great Lakes have fallen.
- Tropical storm activity in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean has increased over the past two decades..."
Will New Climate Regulations Destroy The Economy? Author Peter Gleick responds at Huffington Post: "No. On the contrary, they might just save it by helping stimulate new technologies and industries and by reducing the risks of climate disruption. There is a long history of claims that new rules to protect the environment or human health will seriously harm the United States economy. These claims are political fodder, they are provocative, and they are always wrong. In fact, the evidence shows the opposite: environmental regulations consistently produce enormous net benefits to the economy and to human health. In 2008, for example, the United States' environmental technologies and services industry supported 1.7 million jobs. The industry at that time generated approximately $300 billion in revenues and exported goods and services worth $44 billion..."