56 F. average high on April 12.
75 F. high on April 12, 2015.
Trace of rain yesterday at KMSP.
Trace of snow reported.
April 13, 1949: A late-season snowstorm dumps over 9 inches in parts of the Twin Cities metro area.
"The history of storytelling isn't one of simply entertaining the masses but of also advising, instructing, challenging the status quo" wrote Therese Fowler. It's in our collective DNA to respond to stories.
Thanks to a research effort by NASA and the Japan Exploration Agency, researchers have taken the first 3-D snapshots of precipitation — both raindrops and snowflakes — from the vantage point of space.
The pictures were taken from the GPM Core Observatory, a satellite launched in 2014 that's a between the two nations. GPM's mission is to gain a better understanding of Earth's water and energy cycles and provide better of extreme events that cause natural disasters.
- See more at: http://www.space.com/32471-nasa-3d-pics-weather-from-space-gpm.html#sthash.5bk6w3qI.dpuf
Image credit above: "This detailed astronaut photograph depicts the summit caldera of the Tambora volcano." Photograph: NASA Earth Observatory.
Graphic credit above: "Investment in Power Capacity, 2008-2015" Source: BNEF, UNEP.
Image credit: WCN 24/7 / Flickr.
A Zika Catastrophe Could Rival Hurricane Katrina. Alarmist hype? I sure hope so. Here's an excerpt of a story at The Atlantic: "...Hotez also points to the poorest urban areas of coastal Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Florida as particularly at-risk. “This could be a catastrophe to rival Hurricane Katrina or other recent miseries that disproportionately affect the poor,” he wrote in an essay for The New York Times on Friday. Which means that scientists and doctors shouldn’t be the only officials scrambling to plan for a potential public-health crisis. Because a vaccine for Zika won’t be developed in time for this year’s mosquito season—if ever—Hotez says aggressive mosquito-control and environmental cleanup is urgently needed, especially in poor urban areas..."
Map credit above: "The estimated range for two species of mosquitoes that could spread Zika in the United States." (CDC)
Image credit: Animations by Lisa Larson-Walker. Images via Flickr CC.
TODAY: Partly sunny, balmy. Winds: S 8-13. High: 67
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy. Low: 50
THURSDAY: Blue sky, feels like May. Winds: S 10-20. High: 71
FRIDAY: Gusty with fading sun, punching out early. Winds: S 15-25. Wake-up: 53. High: 72
SATURDAY: Lukewarm sun, the nicer day of the weekend. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 56. High: 72
SUNDAY: Peeks of sun, stray T-shower? Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 55. High: 71
MONDAY: Better chance of showers, T-storms. Winds: E 10-20. Wake-up: 57. High: 68
TUESDAY: Periods of rain, a bit cooler. Winds: E 10-15. Wake-up: 50. High: 59
File image of noctilucent clouds: NASA.
NASA: Global Warming Is Now Changing How Earth Wobbles. Nothing to worry about here folks - please move along! Here's an excerpt from AP and Sci-Tech Today: "Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis, a new NASA study finds. Melting ice sheets -- especially in Greenland -- are changing the distribution of weight on Earth. And that has caused both the North Pole and the wobble, which is called polar motion, to change course, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances. Scientists and navigators have been accurately measuring the true pole and polar motion since 1899 and for almost the entire 20th century they migrated a bit toward Canada. But that has changed with this century and now it's moving toward England, said study lead author Surendra Adhikari at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab..."
Wildfires, Once Confined to a Season, Burn Earlier and Longer. Here's a snippet from The New York Times: "...Fires, once largely confined to a single season, have become a constant threat in some places, burning earlier and later in the year, in the United States and abroad. They have ignited in the West during the winter and well into the fall, have arrived earlier than ever in Canada and have burned without interruption in Australia for almost 12 months. A leading culprit is climate change. Drier winters mean less moisture on the land, and warmer springs are pulling the moisture into the air more quickly, turning shrub, brush and grass into kindling. Decades of aggressive policies that called for fires to be put out as quickly as they started have also aggravated the problem. Today’s forests are not just parched; they are overgrown..."
Photo credit above: " Credit Heber-Overgaard Fire District
Photo credit above: "Students from Edison Elementary School joining climate change activists in front of the Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon on March 9, 2016." Image: Brian Davies/The Register-Guard via AP.