66 F. average high on May 5.
70 F. high on May 5, 2015.
Trace of rain reported at Twin Cities International Airport Thursday.
May, 1965: 6 strong tornadoes, 4 of which were rated F4 on the Fujita Scale, devastate parts of east central Minnesota, including parts of the Twin Cities metro area. 14 people are killed, and 683 are injured. 2 of the F4 tornadoes hit Fridley.
Case of "Summer Fever" - Tornadoes Can Hit Twice
Tornadoes are mesmerizing and fickle. And they can strike the same place twice.
Just ask residents of Fridley, Minnesota. On May 6, 1965 two severe, F4-strength tornadoes hit Fridley, roughly half an hour apart. This was part of a larger swarm of Kansas-size twisters that plowed up the Twin Cities, leaving 14 dead and 683 injured. It was a blunt reminder that large and violent tornadoes CAN hit the immediate metro area.
Speaking of bad luck the town of Codell, Kansas was hit by a tornado on the same day, May 20, in 1916, 1917 and 1918. According to Brent McRoberts at Texas A&M the 1918 tornado was probably an F-4; the town never fully recovered.
Nothing severe today, just an intense case of summer fever as the mercury pushes well into the 80s. A lonely thundershower may bubble up tonight. A drying northerly breeze clears skies Saturday with temperatures holding in the 60s. Winds ease a little on Sunday; enough sun for low 70s.
With the fiery conflagration gripping Fort McMurray, Alberta and high fire risk north of MSP you'll be happy to hear about more rain by Monday.
- "Forced all 88,000 residents to flee Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada exploded tenfold in size on Thursday, cutting off evacuees in camps and shelters north of the city."
- "The blaze, which erupted on Sunday, grew from 18,500 acres (7,500 hectares) on Wednesday to some 210,000 acres (85,000 hectares) on Thursday, an area roughly 10 times the size of Manhattan."
...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 8 PM CDT FRIDAY FOR VERY DRY AND BREEZY CONDITIONS FOR PARTS OF NORTHWEST WISCONSIN... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DULUTH HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR VERY DRY AND BREEZY CONDITIONS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 8 PM CDT FRIDAY. * AFFECTED AREA...IN WISCONSIN...FIRE WEATHER ZONES 001...002... 006...007 AND 008. * WINDS...SOUTHWEST 8 TO 12 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 20 PERCENT. * TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOW TO MIDDLE 80S. * IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW....OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.
Photo credit above: " Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times.
What Chatbots Can Teach Us About Ourselves. Here's the intro to a fascinating article at How We Get To Next: "There are more bots on the internet than humans. According to figures from Distil Networks, a cybersecurity firm, almost 60 percent of 2014’s internet traffic consisted of automated code. Despite the world’s growing population of internet users, that figure is undoubtedly higher today.Among the oldest of those bots is ELIZA, who turns 50 this year. ELIZA, who was written at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the mid-1960s by a German-Jewish computer scientist named Joseph Weizenbaum, can perform natural language processing and pattern match users’ responses to different scripts.."
TODAY: Hot sun, feels like June. Winds: SW 10-15. High: 85
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mild with a passing shower or thundershower. Low: 55
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, cooler breeze kicks in. Winds: N 10-15. High: 68
SUNDAY: Plenty of sun, a fine spring day. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 49. High: 72
MONDAY: Sunny start, showers arrive late - windy. Winds: E 15-25. Wake-up: 52. High: 66
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, few light showers. Winds: E 10-20. Wake-up: 51. High: 62
WEDNESDAY: Intervals of sun, comfortably cool. Winds: NE 8-13. Wake-up: 49. High: 67
THURSDAY: Clouds increase, few PM showers. Winds: NE 10-15. Wake-up: 50. High: 64
As Climate Change Cooks the Arctic, East Coast Blizzards May Become More Likely. Counterintuitive, but the rapid warming and melting of Greenland may be having a meteorological domino effect, as described at Capital Weather Gang: "...It is well known that many of the fiercest East Coast storms form when a massive area of high pressure develops over Greenland, known as the Greenland Block. This feature causes the jet stream to dive south over the eastern United States, achieving a configuration that delivers cold air and establishes a path for storms to draw moisture from the Atlantic. A study in the International Journal of Climatology published early this week documents “significant increases” in Greenland blocking “in all seasons” since 1981. A substantial fraction of the biggest snowstorms on record to strike major East Coast cities have occurred since the 1980s..."
Climate Change Will Transform U.S. Forests - Study. Climate Home connects the dots; here's an excerpt: "North America’s great forests could change in dramatic ways by the end of the century, according to new research. Subtropical species may colonise the forests of the Cascade mountain range straddling the US-Canada border, the woodlands of the US Gulf Coast may end up looking more like Cuba, and parts of Texas might become home to the hot, dry forests now found in Mexico..."
Photo credit above: "Native tree species are vulnerable to increasing drought risk." (Flickr/Nicholas A. Tonelli).
Photo credit above: "Smoke rises from a wildfire outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Tuesday, May 3, 2016." Image: Mary Anne Sexsmith-Segato/The Canadian Press via AP.
Photo credit above: "Global direct action began with hundreds of environmental activists invading the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales on Tuesday." Photograph: Kristian Buus for the Guardian.