62 F. high temperature in the Twin Cities Wednesday.
71 F. average high on May 20.
78 F. high on May 20, 2014.
May 20, 1892: Very late season snowfall over central Minnesota. Maple Plain received 4 inches of snow, with 3 inches falling in Minneapolis. This is the latest significant snow on record for the Twin Cities, and one of the latest widespread snowfalls in Minnesota.
May 20, 1876: Tornado struck near Ft. Ripley.
In Search of Rush Hour
Pick your poison: winter or road repair? I would wager a stale bagel that more Minnesotans are complaining about traffic conditions than the weather these days.
A recent Google Traffic map looked like something scribbled by a troubled child with a red crayon.
Wait, did I miss the announcement? Has someone from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's staff seized control of MnDOT? "Let's choke off most north-south freeways in the metro and see what happens!"
(Insert evil laughter here).
No, the roads don't repair themselves, and every time I fly east I give thanks for our highway system here in Minnesota. That said I did want to thank the construction-scheduling gurus for making the weather forecasters look good. That's pretty hard to pull off.
At least rain won't add to any traffic torment anytime soon. In fact the holiday weekend outlook looks a little better. After a flawless sky today into much of Saturday clouds increase Sunday afternoon; the best chance of showers Sunday night with a stray T-storm bubbling up Monday. ECMWF guidance suggests most of the weekend will be dry & lukewarm with enough peeks of sun for a respectable sunburn. Not bad for a holiday.
Remember to slow down in construction zones, and please avoid the urge to drive from north to south.
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TODAY: Sunny and beautiful. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 70
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clear and pleasant. Low: 50
FRIDAY: Blue sky, perfect. Leave work early. High: 72
SATURDAY: Plenty of sun, still nice. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 55. High: 71
SUNDAY: Fading sun, nighttime showers. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 56. High: 72
MEMORIAL DAY: Intervals of sun, stray T-shower. Wake-up: 57. High: 71
TUESDAY: Better chance of T-showers. Wake-up: 59. High: 75
WEDNESDAY: Some sticky sun, isolated storm. Wake-up: 60. High: 78
The "Shocking" Cost of Letting Companies Pollute for Free. Here's an excerpt of an Eric Roston column at Bloomberg Business: "...In that context, letting companies pollute for free, when that pollution carries a real social cost, can be thought of as a subsidy. That's how researchers at the International Monetary Fund describe energy subsidies in a sobering new paper that puts a comprehensive price tag on global aid to the energy industry. The price tag, which IMF officials describe as "shocking," is a big one: This year, the report estimates, fossil fuels are being subsidized to the tune of $5.3 trillion, or 6.5 percent of global gross domestic product..." (Image credit: EPA).
Photo credit above: "The Polar Pioneer drilling rig sits docked at the Port of Seattle, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Seattle. Demonstrators opposed to Arctic oil drilling rallied near the rig Monday, showing opposition to a lease agreement between Royal Dutch Shell and the Port to allow the Polar Pioneer and other drilling equipment to be based in Seattle." (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren).