58 F. average high on April 15.
36 F. high on April 15, 2014.
April 15, 2002: Early heat-wave over Minnesota. Faribault hit 93 degrees while the Twin Cities had its earliest 90 degree temperature with a high of 91.
I can't remember ever weeping my way through a book but "What Stands in a Storm" is profoundly moving. Kim Cross's dark masterpiece documents the record 2011 super-outbreak: 358 tornadoes over 3 days - 348 people deaths, most of them in Alabama.
In a day and age when media focuses on statistics, Doppler radar and the visceral, adrenaline thrill of tornado chasing, this book reminded me of the real toll: 348 individual tornado tragedies, and how shared pain and trauma ultimately pulls a community together and makes it stronger. Why does it take something unimaginably evil to pull people together?
Now comes new research showing that helmets (hockey, football, cycling) lower the risk of injury in a tornado from flying debris and blunt head trauma. One more way to lower your risk.
A test of the emergency sirens is scheduled for 1:45 PM and 6:55 PM today. But don't rely on the sirens as a primary source of information. Sirens were designed for outdoor use only. If you wait for the siren to sound you're setting yourself up for trouble.
Nothing severe brewing anytime soon, but latest model guidance shows a growing chance of showers late Saturday with a soaking rain chance on Sunday. The ECMWF prints out 1 inch of rain before we cool down into the 40s and 50s next week.
7 inches of snow delighted Twin Cities residents in April of 2014. So far this month: .3 inches. I think snow season is over now. No guarantees. There never are.
In a House With a BasementAvoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you.
In a House With No BasementAvoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.
* Nationally, floods claim nearly 200 lives each year, force 300,000 persons from their homes and result in property damage in excess of $2 billion. In Minnesota, floods kill more people than any other weather event; 15 people have died in floods since 1993.
* About 75 percent of flash-flood deaths occur at night. Half of the victims die in automobiles or other vehicles. Many deaths occur when people drive around road barricades that clearly indicate that the road is washed out ahead.
TODAY: Siren test. Sun through high clouds. Winds: S 8. High 66
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and quiet. Low: 45
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, still lukewarm and pleasant. High: near 70
SATURDAY: Clouds increase - showers late, especially south/west of the metro. Wake-up: 50. High: 67
SUNDAY: Soaking rain, up to 1" possible. Wake-up: 49. High: 53
MONDAY: Showers taper, clouds linger. Wake-up: 42. High: 49
TUESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, cool breeze. Wake-up: 33. High: 48
WEDNESDAY: Some sun, cooler than average. Wake-up: 32. High: 50
Open Data. New Tech. Better Climate Solutions. Here's an excerpt of a story at TheHill that resonated: "..."The climate gap” means that the poor, the sick, the elderly, and people of color—the same communities that are already disproportionately impacted by disease, illness, and injury—are again disproportionately harmed by the impacts of climate change. People with chronic illness are more susceptible to rising ozone levels. Those who live in tree-poor urban heat islands--or who work outdoors in construction or agriculture-- are at higher risk of heat illness. People living in poverty are less able to cope with rising food prices, or to rebuild their lives after a Katrina or a Sandy..."
Photo credit above: "Students protest outside the president's office Sunday night at Harvard University." Kirk Carapezza WGBH News.