71 F. average high on May 22.
71 F. high on May 22, 2014.
May 22, 2001: Record cold high temperatures set in over 30 cities in Minnesota including a chilly 47 in the Twin Cities and 39 at Grand Rapids and Pine River. A half-inch of snow fell at International Falls.
May 22, 1925: Temperature takes a nosedive from 100 to freezing in 36 hours at New Ulm and Tracy.
Not Bad For A Holiday
When in doubt, mumble. There is no shame in obfuscation. So here's what we know: a) there will be weather this holiday weekend, b) it will change from time to time, and c) you'll only be impacted by weather when you're outside. Everything else is pretty much up in the air.
Which reminds me of my favorite British (BBC) forecast verbiage; when they have NO IDEA what will happen: "Expect sunny intervals with showery spells." Uh huh. Can you be any more vague?
The holiday weekend won't win awards but it won't be a complete wash-out. A few headlines: today still looks like the best day, with fading sun but a dry sky into this evening. ECMWF guidance is consistently keeping most of the T-showers over southern Minnesota Sunday.
The farther north you go the smaller the risk of groan-worthy weather. Memorial Day still looks like the wettest day, statewide - sticky with heavy thunderstorms capable of downpours and a small severe threat. A few hours of rain is likely Monday; have a Plan B (indoors) for part of the day.
Maybe Netflix a sunny movie?
At least it won't snow. No beachball-size hail, blowing sand, wildfires or volcanic ash either. Let's all give thanks for a hurricane-free holiday!
1.14" rain predicted by Monday evening at KMSP.
Today: nicest, sunniest, driest day of the holiday weekend.
Best chance of heavy rain/T-storms: Sunday night into Monday morning. Have a Plan B.
6.21" at Moorhead
5.07" at Georgetown
5.98" at Artichoke Lake
6.48" at Cass Lake
5.32" at Park Rapids
5.00" at Pokegama Dam
4.53" at Kabetogama
6.72" at Morris..."
According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), May 2014 to April 2015 is the joint-warmest 12-month period in 136 years.
Those figures could rise further if the weather phenomenon known as El Nino continues to intensify, as scientists RTCC has spoken to believe it will.
- See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2015/05/21/el-nino-likely-to-ensure-2015-breaks-warming-records/#sthash.ALmaQ1Uu.dpuf
TODAY: Increasing clouds - more sun over far northern Minnesota. Winds: S 10. High: near 70
SATURDAY NIGHT: More clouds, chance of a shower or T-shower late. Low: 57
SUNDAY: Best chance of showers and T-storms, some heavy late Sunday and Sunday night. Winds: SE 15. High: 69
MEMORIAL DAY: Wet start, showers and T-storms linger - some peeks of PM sun possible. Wake-up: 58. High: 72
TUESDAY: More sun, drying out. Wake-up: 60. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: Hello summer. Warm, sticky sun. Wake-up: 61. High: near 80
THURSDAY: Heavy T-storms rumble into town. Wake-up: 62. High: 77
FRIDAY: More T-storms flare up. Wake-up: 61. High: 75
* right now models suggest that it will dry out and cool down by next weekend.
Saudi Arabia Ministoer Sees Day When Nation Exports Solar Power, Not Oil. This caused quite a stir, an acknowledgment that relying on fossil fuels, for a variety of compelling reasons, may be unsustainable. Here's an excerpt from The Boston Globe: "Saudi Arabia’s oil minister predicted an eventual end to the nation’s fossil fuel exports, anticipating instead the day the world’s largest crude exporter will sell solar power. “In Saudi Arabia we recognize that eventually, one of these days, we’re not going to need fossil fuels,” Ali Al-Naimi said at a climate conference in Paris on Thursday. “I don’t know when -- 2040, 2050 or thereafter. So we have embarked on a program to develop solar energy.” He later said fossil fuels will still dominate the world’s energy supply through 2050..."
Exclusive: The CIA Is Shuttering A Secretive Climate Research Program. Mother Jones has a curious story; here's a clip: "...Under the program, known as Medea, the CIA had allowed civilian scientists to access classified data—such as ocean temperature and tidal readings gathered by Navy submarines and topography data collected by spy satellites—in an effort to glean insights about how global warming could create security threats around the world. In theory, the program benefited both sides: Scientists could study environmental data that was much higher-resolution than they would normally have access to, and the CIA received research insights about climate-related threats. But now, the program has come to a close..."
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10 Reasons Why President Obama Says Global Warming Poses a Threat to National Security. In honor of David Letterman's retirement here is the format that helped to make him famous, courtesy of onEarth:
1. Batten down the hatches!
U.S. coastal areas—home to important military installations (including, duh, the Coast Guard), major infrastructure, and a growing percentage of the population—are increasingly vulnerable to rising seas, storm surges, and flooding.
2. A (new) sea of troubles.
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe. As a result, melting sea ice is opening new shipping routes that our military will need to keep tabs on. The warming waters also fuel the need to regulate commercial fishing for species like Arctic cod...