83 F. average high on July 25.
83 F. high on July 25, 2013.
.42" rain fell at MSP International Friday morning.
2.24" rain so far in July.
3.22" average for July, to date.
28.07" precipitation so far in 2014 at KMSP.
17.05" average precipitation from January 1 to July 25.
July 25, 1981: Chilly morning across northland with 33 degrees at Roseau and Wannaska.
Orange Cone Alert
Oh to have the orange cone concession in Minnesota. Construction season is reaching its zenith with parking lot conditions statewide. Thank God for traffic data on Google Maps. No, our roads don't heal themselves, and I have the utmost respect for MnDOT crews that toil away, in spite of lousy weather and rude motorists.
To honor their efforts I've installed orange cones in my office, around my recliner chair in the family room, even my bedroom. I'm repairing my life, so go slow and take it easy. Life isn't a race.
Mother Nature has set up her own orange cones. It may be my imagination or sleep deprivation, but weather patterns still seem to be moving slower - more prone to stalling - increasing the flood risk east of the Rockies and historic drought out west.
Today will be the nicer day of the weekend to stall out on your favorite lake; enough sun for mid and upper 80s with a small thunder risk tonight. A cool front that would feel right at home on Labor Day arrives tomorrow with PM showers and a cool breeze; another big dip in dew point arrives early next week. Summer continues to pull its punch.
Now if I could just figure out how to install orange cones on Lake Minnetonka.
The Cost of America's Forest Fires Has More Than Quintupled In The Past 20 Years. The Washington Post has the stark numbers and trends. Here's the introduction: "Wildfires are scorching the earth and burning through the United States' bank account. More than 1.5 million acres of American forest have been burned to the ground so far this year, and that isn't even all that much. Last year, nearly 4.5 million acres were scorched; the year before, almost 9.5 million. Forest fires have destroyed some 143 million acres since 1985, or roughly 5 million acres a year, on average..."
Graph credit above: " National Interagency Fire Center.
TODAY: Lake-worthy sun & warmth. Dew point: 58. Winds: SW 10. High: 86
SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, isolated T-storm possible. Low: 64
SUNDAY: September-like. AM sun, PM clouds, showers. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 74
MONDAY: Partly sunny, comfortable. Dew point: 49. Wake-up: 58. High: 77
TUESDAY: Sunny and spectacular. Wake-up: 57. High: 79
WEDNESDAY: Plenty of sun, still very nice. Wake-up: 60. High: 81
THURSDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, warmer. Wake-up: 63. High: 83
FRIDAY: Sun lingers, isolated PM T-shower? Wake-up: 64. High: 84
Climate Change May Reduce Corn, Wheat Crop Yields. Here's an opportunity for new strains of corn, wheat and beans that are more flood and drought tolerant. Bloomberg reports; here's an excerpt: "Rising temperatures caused by climate change increase the odds that corn and wheat yields will slow even as global demand for the crops for food and fuel increases in the next 10 to 20 years, according to a study published in Environmental Research Letters. There is as much as a 10 percent chance the rate of corn yields will slow and a 5 percent probability for wheat because of human-caused climate change, said David Lobell, the associate director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, and Claudia Tebaldi, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado..."
Photo credit: Trista Dunsmoor.
Photo credit above: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP Photo.
File Photo: Butch Dill, AP.
File photo above: Peter Morgan, AP.
Scientists Identify Potential Tipping Point. Here's an excerpt of a story at Nature World News that got my attention: "Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push the Earth's climate system past a "tipping point," and a new study from Oregon State University (OSU) may have finally identified that threshold. According to the research, synchronization of climate variability in the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans is that tipping point - where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible. This is what happened a few hundred years before the rapid warming that took place at the end of the last ice age about 15,000 years ago..."
Photo credit above: "Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push the Earth's climate system past a "tipping point," and a new study from Oregon State University (OSU) may have finally identified that threshold." (Photo : Christine Zenino (Wiki Commons).
Photo credit above: "The Mount McAllister wildfire burns 34 miles (56 km) west of Chetwynd in British Columbia, in this handout photo taken July 14, 2014. Wildfires like this are one source of black soot." Photograph: Reuters.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson: "Cherry-picking Your Science Because It Conflicts With Your Philosophy?" Salon has an interview with the host of "Cosmos"; here's an excerpt: "...In science, when you perform experiments and observations, and when the experiments and observations begin to agree with one another, and they’re conducted by different people — people who are competitive with one another, people who are not even necessarily in your field but do something that relates to your field — you start seeing a trend. And when that trend is consistent and persistent, no matter who’s doing the experiment, no matter where the experiment is being done, no matter whether the groups were competitive or not, you have an emergent scientific truth. That truth is true whether or not you believe in it...."