40 F. average high on March 13.
62 F. high on March 13, 2015.
March 14, 1943: Snow, sleet and ice cripple parts of Minnesota south of a line from Duluth through St. Cloud and Ortonville. The heaviest ice was in the vicinities of Lake Benton, Springfield and Windom. Ice thickness was 1/2 to 3/4 inch around St. Cloud to 3/4 to 2 inches in the Pipestone, Ruthton, Lake Wilson, Slayton and Tracy. A good description of the ice was submitted in one report: '…ice was 2 inches across and 1 3/4 inch deep on wire. A little frost ice near the wire with the outside solid ice. The ice was irregular in shape.' Duluth had 6 inches of snowfall at the city office with 13 inches at the airport. The ice was confined to Moose Lake and south.
March 14, 1870: A severe snow and wind storm moves across Minnesota and Iowa. The 'Northern Vindicator' of Estherville, Iowa becomes the first newspaper to use the term 'blizzard' on this date.
Premature April Showers - Slow Temperature Slide
"Hi, my name is Paul. I'm addicted to my smartphone." Like Gollum huddled over his "Precious" I can't look away. I need a steady dopamine drip of digital distractions. It gives me the illusion of being informed and in control.
One-size-fits all weather is going the way of rotary phones, cassette tapes and Duran Duran. GPS-aware phones, supercomputers in our pockets, can now pinpoint severe storm warnings and forecasts for our precise locations. I may be biased but I suspect it will change the way most of us get personalized weather info. Everyone sees something different.
In spite of a cooling trend this week your lawn may green up a month ahead of schedule. Light showers today give way to heavier rain Tuesday as a storm spins up overhead; 1-inch amounts possible. By Wednesday PM it's cold enough for wet snow; a slushy coating can't be ruled out. After Saturday's euphoric 70F high mere "average" may feel like a cool slap across the face. We've been spoiled.
Sorry, I have to answer 78 e-mails, tweet something inspirational & gawk at my Facebook feed.
Where's the off-switch on this thing?
1-3" Rainfall Amounts West Central Minnesota? High-resolution NAM guidance prints out a smear of heavy rain from near Alexandria north to Detroit Lakes and portions of the Red River Valley by Wednesday morning, closer to .5" to 1" for the Twin Cities metro.
Map credit: "Anomalies (departures from average) in surface temperature across the globe for February 2016, in degrees Centigrade, as analyzed by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies." Image credit: NASA/GISS.
Photo credit above: "This is a road in French Settlement. It's hard to tell where the line of separation is between it and the Amite River." Source: Gerron Jordan.
Animation credit above: "Animation rains measured by NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement satellite." Credit: NASA/JAXA/SSAI, Hal Pierce.
Photo credit above: "Here’s an aerial view of the solar plant of Ouarzazate, in central Morocco. The world’s biggest solar plant using photovoltaics (PV), it takes advantage of the Sahara sunshine." Photo: Abdeljahil Bounhar/AP.
File photo credit: " Andrew J. Russell/Library of Congress.
Computers Will Overtake Us When They Learn to Love, Says Futurist Ray Kurzweil. I'll be happy if I can get my computer to work - without pleading, swearing and shrugging. CNN Money has an interesting story; here's a clip: "Ray Kurzweil, the celebrated American inventor who keeps predicting the future with scary accuracy, says computers will match -- and possibly beat -- human intelligence by 2029. Here's the trick: By then, computers will possess emotions and personality. "When I talk about computers reaching human levels of intelligence, I'm not talking about logical intelligence," Kurzweil said at an event in New York on Monday night. "It is being funny, and expressing a loving sentiment... That is the cutting edge of human intelligence..." (File image: CNN).
TODAY: Damp, few showers - still mild. Winds: SE 5-10. High: 58
MONDAY NIGHT: A shower or two. Low: 49
TUESDAY: Heavier, steadier rain likely - winds increase. Winds: W 15-25+ High: 55
WEDNESDAY: Cold rain mixes with wet snow. Raw. Wet roads. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 36. High: 39
THURSDAY: Chilly with flurries, slushy coating? Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 32. High: 36
FRIDAY: Mostly gray, few flakes. Winds: N 10-15. Wake-up: 31. High: 42
SATURDAY: Heavier jackets required, more flurries. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 29. High: 37
SUNDAY: More sun, not as chilling. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 28. High: 41
File photo: Tim Wimborne, Reuters.
Truth in Advertising. Here's an excerpt of an interesting article from EnergyDesk at Greenpeace: "...Across the Atlantic and in complete contrast, North Vancouver is implementing compulsory anti-smoking-style warning stickers for fuel pumps at petrol (or ‘gas’) stations. These ads will use text and images to remind customers of the climate impact of the fuel they’re buying, in the hopes that drivers will consider their fuel consumption more carefully and perhaps drive more fuel-efficiently. Or just drive less. Do it for the moose, Canada."