34 F. average high on March 1.
28 F. high on March 1, 2015.
March 2, 1913: A record low of 24 degrees below zero is set at the St. Cloud Regional Airport.
My Fading Film Career - April Returns Next Week
Life is absurd. Martha Stewart owes me a dollar (for a can of pop). Phil Mickelson broke our toilet. Steven Spielberg told me how he nearly drowned in Kauai during the filming of "Jurassic Park".
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of "Twister", the movie. A previous company provided special effects for the film. I drove to Iowa to help out, only to be offered a line in the flick. "Hey Bryce, you better come here and take a look at this!" I nailed it - after only 8 takes. My last residual check from Warner Brothers? One cent. God has a way of keeping us humble, right?
No twisters in the 7-Day, but a rumble of thunder is possible by Tuesday as another spurt of April-like air arrives. Expect 50s by Sunday, an outside shot of 60F Tuesday.
Tournament puddles this year, with temperatures 15-20F warmer than average into mid-March. A few more slush-events are possible into April, but NOAA CPC's new 3-month outlook calls for a warmer, drier bias into May.
Do you have a NOAA weather radio and a few warning apps on your phone? I expect a busy severe storm season.
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- Severe Weather/Tornadoes
- Rip Currents/Beach Hazards
Flood Potential Grows for West Coast. Heavy rains are already pushing into the Pacific Northwest; another wave of heavy rain pushes into California by Saturday with more soggy fronts lined up next week. Some 4-8" rainfall amounts are possible - I could see flash flooding and mudslides by next week. GFS 10-day rainfall forecast: NOAA and AerisWeather.
Ambitious Tornado Study Launches as Florida's Tally Hits 28 This Year. Florida has already experienced 28 confirmed tornadoes in 2016, five times the normal number, to date? Here's a clip from a story at PalmBeachPost.com: "...The so-called Dixie alley, which includes areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee, has more deaths on average per year than the more well-known tornado alley of the great plains where massive cyclones are often caught on camera. Florida, which has the third highest number of tornadoes on average per year nationally, will also be included in the study as researchers examine how tropical storms and hurricanes spawn tornadoes. The $5 million project, dubbed Vortex SE, comes following a tragic tornado outbreak last week that killed seven people along the Gulf Coast and in Virginia..."
"Are We Now The New Tornado Alley?" asks a writer at The Pensacola NewsJournal.
They closed schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (his hometown) in advance of severe weather. I don’t remember that happening before.An article from NOLA.com wrote,
Numerous schools and school systems in southeast Louisiana have canceled or curtailed classes Tuesday (Feb. 23) in advance of forecasted severe weather.Are we in the era of the “Tornado Day” for school systems?..."
File image: NASA ISS.
Best Pictures from #YearInSpace. Check out some amazing photos taken by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on the International Space Station, courtesty of Flickr.
Unprecedented Scientific Report Says Bees and Other Pollinators Are In Dire Need of Help. The Washington Post reports; here's a clip: "...An increasing number of pollinator species are thought to be in decline, threatened by a variety of mostly human pressures, and their struggles could pose significant risks for global food security and public health. Until now, most assessments of pollinator health have been conducted on a regional basis, focusing on certain countries or parts of the world. But this week, a United Nations organization has released the first-ever global assessment of pollinators, highlighting their importance for worldwide food and nutrition, describing the threats they currently face and outlining strategies to protect them..."
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Photo credit above: "It's going to get a bit more painful at pumps around the globe." (Reuters/Darren Whiteside)
THURSDAY: Slushy AM dusting, then slow clearing. Winds: NE 7-12. High: 34
FRIDAY: PM rain/snow mix; roads should be wet. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 25. High: 38
SATURDAY: Partly sunny and pleasant. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 28. High: 42
SUNDAY: Fever returns. Mild sun, windy. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 31. High: 52
MONDAY: Clouds increase PM showers. Winds: SE 10-20. Wake-up: 40. High: 54
TUESDAY: Hints of April. Stray T-shower? Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 47. High: near 60.
Photo credit above: "Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters during a campaign appearance in Minneapolis on Feb. 29, 2016." (Photo: Craig Lassig, EPA).
Image Credit: Leaflet via a Wiki CC BY-SA 3.0 License.
Photo credit above: "Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks while United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon listens during a Jan. 27 event about climate change at the U.N. headquarters in New York." (Justin Lane / EPA).
Extreme Cyclones Hitting the Philippines Are On The Rise - Study. Here's the intro to a story at Climate Home: "Typhoons barrelling into the vulnerable Philippines have become more intense over the last 45 years and wrought rising damages, according to a study. While the total number of cyclones making landfall has decreased, the strongest classification of storm has become more frequent, analysts found. The average rate of storms with wind speeds of 150km/hr or more rose from 5.5 to 6 a year between 1971 and 2013, researchers at the Royal Meteorological Society wrote in the International Journal of Climatology..."
Photo credit above: "Houses destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013." (Flickr/ Asian Development Bank).
How Leonardo DiCaprio Became One of the World's Top Climate Champions. The Guardian reports.
Exxon Mobil's Insane Argument Against Action on Climate Change. We can't do anything about it so why bother? Sounds rational to me. Here's an excerpt from Grist: "Exxon Mobil has devised a bizarre new argument to wriggle away from its shareholders’ demands: Humanity can’t fix the problem we created, so we shouldn’t even try. Yep — as it turns out, Exxon Mobil’s shareholders care a lot more about climate change than the company itself does. The planet’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company challenged a resolution about climate change regulations from its own shareholders on Friday, arguing that it’s a practical improbability that the emissions-restricting goals set forth by the recent climate accord in Paris will actually be achieved. Therefore, Exxon Mobil says, it shouldn’t have to address the impact that the regulations would have on its business..."
Photo credit above: Flickr/Mike Mozart.
Photo credit: Ned Rozell. "The accelerated loss of ice in several forms is a well-documented story of change in Alaska."