71 F. average high on May 23.
75 F. high on May 23, 2014.
Trace of rain fell yesterday at KMSP.
May 23, 1914: Early heat wave across the state with 103 at Tracy.
Serious Puddle Potential
Peering out my rain-splattered window I know, instantly, this must be a holiday. Mother Nature has a sadistic streak. It's more fun turning on the rain, thunder and lightning when people are trying to squeeze in a few dry, lukewarm hours outside.
"Paul, can't you DO something about the weather?" a couple in Nisswa joked yesterday. "Yes, but I choose not to" I answered. Why? Because you can't keep farmers, boaters and golfers happy, simultaneously.
The drought is fading fast as the pattern trends wetter - soggy storms taking a more northerly detour in recent weeks; cutting our rainfall deficit. This may be a symptom of El Nino; the warming of Pacific Ocean water. Texas went from severe drought to flood in 3 weeks. Yesterday 95 percent of Texas was in a Flood Watch. I've never seen that before.
Showers and scattered thunderstorms will prowl the state much of today and Monday. It won't be a steady ("stratiform") rain, like we see in spring and autumn but T-storms may drop heavy rain tonight into Monday morning. ECMWF (European) guidance prints out 2-3 inches of additional rain in the next week for MSP.
I'm always amazed by how fast the pattern can change here in Minnesota.
2.49" rain predicted by late Monday night in the Twin Cities (NAM model).
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: Showers and T-storms likely. Winds: SE 15+ High: 69
SUNDAY NIGHT: Showers and T-storms, locally heavy rain. Low: 59
MEMORIAL DAY: Humid and unsettled, more T-storms likely, especially AM hours. Winds: S 15+ High: 72
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, PM T-shower up north. Wake-up: 60. High: 75
WEDNESDAY: Warm, sticky sunshine. Wake-up: 59. High: 80
THURSDAY: Few showers, heavy T-storms. Wake-up: 61. High: 76
FRIDAY: Some sun, stray T-storm. Wake-up: 60. High: 77
SATURDAY: Slightly cooler, rain far south. Wake-up: 57. High: 72
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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