36 F. average high on March 5.
15 F. high on March 5, 2015, after waking up to -5 F.
March 6, 1836: Unusual cold for March lasts for 12 days at Ft. Snelling. During this time, 7 nights were in the double-digits below zero.
A Confused Calendar: More April Than March
I'm so confused. I turn on the TV and can't tell if I'm watching CNN - or Saturday Night Live skits. Political pundits are making weathermen look good, which is hard to do. And the weather maps I'm staring at look nothing like early March. We seem to have skipped a month.
Walking into the TPT Almanac studio in St. Paul on Friday a man approached, eyes twinkling with hope. "Is winter really over?" he asked. I told him what I'm telling you: subzero weather is behind us now; we may see a few more days in the 30s - a couple sloppy, slushy snows, but yes, winter is mostly-over.
And a tame winter at that.
Perspective is important: the average high now is 36F. Today will be 20F warmer than average. 60s are possible by Tuesday, again next weekend. Instead of Tournament Snowstorms we'll enjoy a few showers and T-storms.
NOAA SPC has southwest Minnesota in a "marginal risk" of severe T-storms late Monday and Tuesday. Huh?
We'll see a few minor corrections later this month but our "St. Louis Winter" is rapidly fading in the rear-view mirror. 31.2 inches of snow so far at MSP.
3 PM Monday. Mid-50s today; a good chance of 60 degrees Monday and Tuesday before a slight midweek cool-down. Impressive, considering average highs are in the mid-30s in early March. It is still early March, right? NOAA NAM 2-meter temperature: AerisWeather.
Map credit: Climate Reanalyzer.
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Photo credit: "Dr. Ellen Williams (right), Arpa-E director: ‘We want power to be easy.’ Photograph: ARPA-E.
Almost 100 Million Homes May Run Only on Solar by 2020. Bloomberg Business has the story - here's a link and excerpt: "Almost 100 million households worldwide may be powered by solar panels by 2020, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The off-grid solar market has grown to $700 million now from non-existent less than a decade ago, according to a report Thursday from the London-based research company and the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global. They expect that to swell to $3.1 billion by the end of the decade..."
Photo credit above: "Workers secure solar panels to a rooftop in Albuquerque, New Mexico." Photographer: Sergio Flores/Bloomberg.
TODAY: Partly sunny, windy and milder. Winds: S 15-25. High: 56
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 45
MONDAY: Peeks of mild sun, nighttime thunder? Winds: S 10-20. High: 60
TUESDAY: Humid, scattered T-storms. Winds: SW 10-20. Wake-up: 51. High: 60
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, cooler breeze. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 38. High: 49
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. Winds: SE 5-10. Wake-up: 32. High: 47
FRIDAY: Partly sunny and milder. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 36. High: 56
SATURDAY: Intervals of sun, April-like again. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 42. High: near 60
The Fight to Hear Debate Questions on Climate Change in a State Struggling With Sea Level Rise. Here's a clip from ThinkProgress: "...Both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will be headed to Miami next week in advance of their next primary debates. Local Floridians, already on the front lines of climate change as rising seas spill into their neighborhoods, want them to talk about climate change. Cindy Lerner is the Mayor of Pinecrest, a coastal suburb of Miami. She and 14 other South Florida mayors sent letters to GOP candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush (before he ended his campaign) asking to meet with them about climate change. Both candidates agreed when Lerner went to New Hampshire to make the request in person. Bush has since dropped out of the race, and she is still trying to schedule a meeting with Rubio next week..." (File image: Stephen B Morton, AP).
Scientist Joanna Haigh Warns Global Warming is a "Runaway Train". Here's a snippet from an interview at Financial Times: "...Haigh says global warming is like a runaway train. Unless we put the brakes on, it will keep on rolling. People may argue about whether we’ll see 2C or 5C of warming this century, she says. “But if you ever want the global temperature to plateau, you’ve got to get to zero carbon emissions.” Zero? Haigh is firm. “At some stage we’ve got to bite the bullet.” Is that really going to happen? The 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris buoyed Haigh: 195 governments made surprisingly ambitious pledges. “I’m a careful optimist,” she says. “I think that the wind is in the right direction now.”
Intense Heatwaves Could Become "Annual Events" by 2075. Climate Home has the analysis; here's the intro: "Heatwaves that used to arrive once every 20 years or so could become annual events by 2075 across almost two-thirds of the planet’s land surface – if humans go on burning ever more fossil fuels and releasing ever more greenhouse gases. Claudia Tebaldi, visiting scientist at the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research, and Michael Wehner, senior staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, report in Climatic Change journal that stringent emissions reductions could reduce the risk of such extreme heat events. But, even so, by 2075, an estimated 18% of the Earth’s surface could still experience those once-rare extreme heat events every year..."
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