80 F. average high on June 18.
81 F. maximum temperature on June 18, 2015.
June 18, 1939: Tornado hits Anoka. 9 were killed and over 200 were injured.
June 18, 1850: Territorial Governor Ramsey reports that about halfway between Ft. Ripley and Ft. Snelling on the Mississippi a severe hail storm occurred in the evening. One or two hailstones picked up were as large as hens eggs and he thought he saw one about the size of a "musket ball."
The Pope's Encyclical on climate change reminds us that our impact on God's Creation is a moral challenge. For people of faith, any faith, this comes down to Creation Care and stewardship. Can we do whatever we want with the land, water and air that sustains us - with no consequences? When did that become OK?
Why is this so important to me? Because a warmer, wetter atmosphere is spiking the weather patterns I'm tracking. Because this will be one of the big ongoing narratives of the 21st century, impacting nearly everything, including the freedom to live where we want to live, where we we can successfully grow crops, the reliability of water supplies, coastal flooding as sea levels continue to rise, weather disasters putting an even greater strain on America's deficit, infrastructure challenges, resilience of our cities - it's a long list.
Because this is a story of injustice, spin and subterfuge. It's so much easier to believe conspiracy theories on the Internet than real scientists. "Let's confuse the public and protect special interests, at the expense of the common good". Trillions of dollars are at stake as we clean up the energy sector and invent new technologies and sustainable solutions. This is highly disruptive to some of the richest multinational corporations on the planet - that's why there's been so much push-back, manufactured doubt and resistance - from Congress to lobbyists - to the rest of us trying to keep the carbon-party going.
When in doubt follow the money.
This is tobacco times 1,000, because of the amount of money in play.
Because, as a businessman, I refuse to believe that, in order to keep the lights on and the economy powered up, we have to pollute - threatening not only the poor but generations to come.
Actions have consequences. Take responsibility for your actions. Don't spin the truth or kick the can down the road. Don't make our kids clean up our mess. Those are conservative ideals; at least that's the way I was raised. There is another way forward. We can have everything we want and need - but with far less impact on Earth's life-support system. That's not Marxism. It's common sense.
We'll figure this out - because before long we won't have much of a choice.
Now excuse me while I climb down off my soap box.
NOAA predicts temperatures and rainfall near normal into August for Minnesota, in spite of a strengthening El Nino warming phase which may not peak until winter. More details below.
Heavy T-storms arrive late tonight; another round of cauliflower cumulonimbus sprout late Sunday. Expect 80s this weekend followed by a little puff of free A/C next week, courtesy of Canada.
* More details on El Nino below, courtesy of IRI, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University:
- El Niño and La Niña events tend to develop during the period Apr-Jun and they
- Tend to reach their maximum strength during Dec-Feb
- Typically persist for 9-12 months, though occasionally persisting for up to 2 years
- Typically recur every 2 to 7 years
An Average Summer? Oh to be average again, not flip-flopping back and forth between drought and flood. Based on a strengthening El Nino NOAA CPC is predicting much wetter than normal conditions into August from the central Rockies into the Plains and much of the southern USA, the result of a stronger, El Nino-spiked southern branch of the jet stream. Temperatures are forecast to be cooler into August over the southern Plains, but warmer for the southeast, much warmer for the west coast and Alaska.
TODAY: Warm sunshine, breezy, a bit more humid. Winds: S 15. High: 81
FRIDAY NIGHT: Clouding up, strong T-storms possible late. Low: 68
SATURDAY: Stormy start with locally heavy rain from T-storms in the morning, then some sticky PM sun. Winds: SW 10-15+ Dew point: 65. High: 83
SUNDAY: More sun, slight late-day T-shower risk, especially northern/western MN. Wake-up: 66. High: 84
MONDAY: Partly sunny, still lukewarm. Wake-up: 65. High: 82
TUESDAY: Sunny start, PM T-storms. Wake-up: 63. High: 79
WEDNESDAY: Cooler and drier, isolated shower possible. Wake-up: 60. High: 74
THURSDAY: Sunny, breathing easier. Dew point: 56. Wake-up: 57. High: 76
Photo credit above: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia.
“The destruction of the human environment is extremely serious, not only because God has entrusted the world to us, men and women, but because human life is itself a gift, which must be defended from various points of debasement.”
“Outside the Catholic Church, other Churches and Christian communities- and other religions as well- have expressed deep concern and offered valuable reflections on issues which all of us find disturbing.”
“He [St. Francis] shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.”
“The world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.”
“..to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.”
“...the climate is a common good.”
“It [climate change] represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”
“The warming caused by huge consumption of the world, especially Africa, where a rise in temperature, together with drought, has proved devastating to farmers.”
“As the United States Bishops have said, greater attention must be given to ‘the needs of the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable in a debate often dominated by powerful
“Still less is there room for the globalization of indifference.”
“We still lack the culture needed to confront this crisis.”
“Many people will deny doing anything wrong because distractions dull our consciousness of just how limited and finite our world really is.”
“For all of our limitations, gestures of generosity, solidarity, and care cannot but well up within us, since we were made for love.”
“This is the way human beings contrive to feed their self-destructive vices: trying not to see them, trying not to acknowledge them, delaying the important decision, and pretending that nothing will happen.”
“Rather, all creatures are moving forward with us and through us towards a common point of arrival, which is God, in that transcendent fullness where the Risen Christ embraces and illuminates all things.”
“Jesus lived in full harmony with creation and others were amazed: What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him! (Mt 8:27)”
“A certain way of understanding human life and activity has gone awry, to the serious detriment of the world around us.”
File photo credit above: AP Photo/Andy Wong.
Photo credit above: "Cardinals follow a news conference to present Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, (Praise Be), at the Vatican, on Thursday. The far-reaching papal letter addressed climate change and the poor." Andrew Medichini/AP.
Animation credit above: "An animation of Landsat satellite images showing dramatic shrinkage of the Columbia Glacier in Alaska. The animation pauses for extra time on the first image, acquired in 1986, and the last one from 2914." (Images: NASA Earth Observatory. Animation: Tom Yulsman).
* More details on the new research highlighted above from newsminer.com in Fairbanks.