76 F. high in the Twin Cities Thursday.
80 F. high at St. Cloud yesterday; 82 F. at Alexandria.
57 F. average high on April 14.
72 F. high on April 14, 2015.
April 15, 2002: An early heat wave overtakes Minnesota. Faribault hits 93 degrees, and the Twin Cities would experience their earliest recorded 90 degree temperature with a high of 91.
There is one guy even lonelier than a Maytag Repairman. Yes, I'm talking about the forlorn tornado chaser with a rusted pickup, passing time up in Grand Marais, Minnesota.
In a House With a BasementAvoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you.
In a House With No BasementAvoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.
In an Apartment, Dorm or Condo
- A system making landfall in the Pacific Northwest will be the catalyst for a multitude of heavy weather events as the system eventually stalls out across the western United States.
- Heavy snow - six inches or more - is expected for parts of the Rockies, including Denver, as we head through the weekend.
- On the warm side, heavy rain will be likely across the High Plains from Friday into early next week. In some areas, rainfall totals will be over a half a foot, likely leading to flooding.
Summary. A blocking pattern is setting up across the United States as we head into the weekend, and a center of low pressure will get stuck out west. As this system lingers in one spot for several days, snow will accumulate across the Rockies, with the potential for at least six inches of snow in Denver and feet of snow at higher elevations. We will also see heavy rain across the High Plains, with 8”+ of rain for some locations from Nebraska southward into Texas. Facilities across the High Plains that normally experience problems during flash flood scenarios should continue to be on alert the next few days and prepared to take action if flooding occurs in their area.
D.J. Kayser, Meteorologist, AerisWeather
Texas' Monster Hail Could Be on the Rise with Warming. Here's one theory, courtesy of WxShift: "...The heating of the atmosphere also means that the freezing level is expected to rise, Allen said, which means hailstones have a deeper pocket of warm air to fall through before reaching the ground. Studies have suggested this could mean that smaller hail — below about 2 inches in diameter — will fall less often in the future because they are more likely to melt. Larger hail, like that that smashed through windows in Dallas, though, is better able to survive because it takes much more heat to melt it. So with a higher freezing level affecting it less — but increased instability giving it a boost — large hail is expected to happen more often, Allen said. There are other factors that affect hail formation, Allen said, and research into how warming might impact severe weather is still in its infancy..."
Chicago Clean Energy Competition Highlights Innovation, and Challenges. Here's a story excerpt at Midwest Energy News that got my attention: "...When you look back over the last 27 years, what you see is significant erosion of that monopoly. From a generation standpoint, 19 states now have a competitive market – generation is no longer regulated in those states. When you look at transmission, two-thirds of states have a regional transmission organization so the utility no longer operates it. On distribution, which you would think is a natural monopoly, you have storage on the rooftop, home management systems, and you see the erosion of the monopoly.” Rogers urged utility companies to embrace this change and be more flexible, innovative and responsive to customers, including modernizing their grids and being more welcoming to distributed generation..."
Wind Energy Construction Rebounds Across U.S., Texas. Here's the intro to a summary at the Houston Chronicle's FuelFix: "Wind turbine construction in the United States has rebounded to its highest level in three years, according to a report Tuesday by the American Wind Energy Association. More than 8,500 megawatts of wind power capacity was built last year, almost double the 2014 tally. More than 3,600 megawatts of that construction was in Texas, which now counts almost a quarter of the country’s wind energy supply..."
Photo credit: "A cluster of wind turbines in West Texas." (James Durbin/Reporter-Telegram).
TODAY: Warm and windy with generous sunshine. Winds: S 15-30. High: 77
FRIDAY NIGHT: Feels like late May, still breezy. Low: 58
SATURDAY: Warm sun, few T-storms western MN. Winds: S 10-20. High: 79
SUNDAY: Still mild, stray shower possible. Wake-up: 59. High: 73. Winds: S 8-13, shifting NW late
MONDAY: Cooler, better chance of showers. Winds: NE 10-15. Wake-up: 56. High: 64
TUESDAY: Partly sunny and pleasant. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 45. High: 67
WEDNESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, quiet. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 50. High: 68
THURSDAY: Clouds increase, late showers? Winds: W 5-10. Wake-up: 49. High: 66
Scientists Are Stunned by What Just Happened in Greenland. Chris Mooney reports at The Washington Post; here's an excerpt: "Emerging from a winter that has had staggeringly warm Arctic temperatures, scientists monitoring the vast Greenland ice sheet announced Tuesday that it is experiencing a record-breaking level of melt for so early in the season. The Danish Meteorological Institute reported that although it’s only April, nearly 12 percent of the ice sheet’s surface is covered with a layer of meltwater of a depth of at least a millimeter. “The former top 3 earliest dates for a melt area larger than 10% were previously all in May (5th May 2010, 8th May 1990, 8th May 2006),” the institute noted on the website Polar Portal..."
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Over nine out of ten relevant scientists believe human activity is warming the planet, a new review of multiple studies confirmed on Tuesday. The findings reach the same conclusion as a widely-cited 97% figure from a 2013 study compiled by the University of Queensland’s John Cook, who was involved in the new study. “We have shown that the scientific consensus on [anthropogenic global warming] is robust, with a range of 90–100% depending on the exact question, timing and sampling methodology,” say the authors in the journal Environmental Research Letters..."
Photo credit: Flickr/ Billy Wilson.
Photo credit: DIRK SHADD | Times. "U.S. Rep. David Jolly addresses the audience at an April 5 ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War."
Scientists Are Watching in Horror as Ice Collapses. Here's an excerpt from National Geographic: "...Scattered melt ponds already appear on some of the ice shelves that surround the Antarctic mainland, much farther south than any that have collapsed so far. The amount of ice lost each year from all of Antarctica’s ice shelves has increased 12-fold between 1994 and 2012. Aside from warm air, the fringes of Antarctica’s ice are under assault from another source—warming ocean currents that melt the undersides of ice shelves. (Read more about research on what climate change will mean for whales.)..."
Photo credit above: "Glacial melt at Everest base camp." Photo: Kent Harvey/TandemStock.