-1 F. high yesterday afternoon.
23 F. average high on January 7.
5 F. high on January 7, 2014.
January 7, 1902: January thaw across Minnesota. Twin Cities warms to 46 degrees. No, I don't remember this.
Means To An End
"Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark" wrote George Iles.
January is a tough month for most of us. You can't find the mercury in your thermometer, the sun - when visible - is scraping the southern horizon, holiday credit card bills are falling out of your mailbox. And the local weather dweeb is predicting a Conga-line of cold fronts, an IV-drip of meteorological misery.
But sneezes of Siberian air make everything we love about Minnesota possible: from pine trees and sugar sand beaches up north to loons, walleye and fertile fields to forced ingenuity. Surviving the cold; thriving in spite of anything Mother Nature can hurl at us, drives the engine of discovery & innovation. I may sound like a shill for the Chamber of Commerce, but the cold makes us better.
Now please excuse me as I check in for my Sun Country flight to Cabo!
Hold on, models continue to show a thaw by the end of next week. Today's clipper drops a slippery inch of powder, followed by one last subzero slap - for now. 2 more subzero nights, then a slow recovery next week. You'll be amazed and vaguely horrified by just how good freezing feels.
Go ahead and take a bow. You're surviving the coldest week of winter.
Image credit above: iowadot.gov.
The Best Places To Retire Abroad in 2015. Ecuador? OK. I'm trying to keep an open mind; details at Next Avenue; here's an excerpt: "Whether your dream is to retire abroad one day or the idea just offers a vicarious thrill, you’ll likely want to hear the winners in International Living’s just-released “World’s Best Retirement Destinations for 2015.” Mixing the latest data on everything from weather to retiree discounts with reports from its network of far-flung correspondents, International Living (a media company specializing in retirement abroad) ranked 25 countries for its annual Global Retirement Index. This year’s winner Ecuador nudged out the 2014 champ, Panama..."
- Vehicle fuel efficiency has increased by about 25%.
- Retirement of the baby boom generation has reduced miles driven.
- People in their 20s and 30s now prefer to live closer to city centers..."
Animation credit: Josh Valcarcel/WIRED.
TODAY: Snowy clipper, winds increase with some blowing/drifting. Coating - 1" with icy roads midday and afternoon. Winds: NW 20-30. High: 15
THURSDAY NIGHT: Windy and colder again. Low: -8
FRIDAY: Fresh air - fresh discomfort. Feels like -30 early. Bright sun. High: 3
SATURDAY: Cold start. Clouds increase, winds ease. Wake-up: -11. High: 10
SUNDAY: Sunny intervals, not warm. Wake-up: -4. High: 9
MONDAY: Some sun, light winds. Wake-up: 1. High: 14
TUESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, storm-free. Wake-up: 10. High: near 20
WEDNESDAY: Nice to be almost average again. Wake-up: 12. High: 22
And the answer is that most of the American coast will experience high waters that are 30-60 cms above local high tides, at least 30 times a year.
Nuisance flooding means just that − somewhere between an inconvenience and modest damage. But climate change, and its attendant sea-level rise, will make them much more frequent, and possibly more damaging.
- See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2015/01/06/us-coastal-cities-face-daily-flooding-by-mid-century-noaa/#sthash.qxqpMsQv.dpuf
- Climate change is causing higher temperatures and drier conditions in Australia.
- Climate change is leading to more destructive extreme heat events and bushfires..."
* The paper referenced at Mashable is here. An excerpt of the abstract: "It has been estimated that to have at least a 50 per cent chance of keeping warming below 2 °C throughout the twenty-first century, the cumulative carbon emissions between 2011 and 2050 need to be limited to around 1,100 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (Gt CO2). However, the greenhouse gas emissions contained in present estimates of global fossil fuel reserves are around three times higher than this and so the unabated use of all current fossil fuel reserves is incompatible with a warming limit of 2 °C..."