67 F. average high on May 8.
62 F. high on May 8, 2015.
May 9, 1966: Minnesota experiences a widespread hard freeze, with temperatures in the teens as far south as Caledonia.
Nothing Severe - Welcome Spring Showers This Week
Were you outside yesterday? Looking at the sky was the rough equivalent of staring up through a dirty aquarium, which I don't recommend. An orange haze? It looked like L.A. - with lakes. Vast smoke plumes from the Fort McMurray, Alberta mega-blaze have been sweeping south into the USA; a vivid reminder than everything is interconnected.
Why so bad, so early in the season? Less winter snow, an early spring and record warmth were all factors. It's not limited to Canada. "Climate change has led to fire seasons that are now on average 78 days longer than in 1970," the U.S. Forest Service said in an August 2015 report. "The U.S. burns twice as many acres as three decades ago and Forest Service scientists believe the acreage burned may double again by mid-century" said a recent CNN story.
No complaints about rain in the forecast this week. Anywhere from .5 to 1 inch of rain may fall from this afternoon into Thursday, followed by cooler air. By late week highs hold in the 50s with a light frost over northern Minnesota next weekend.
No worries: balmy 70s & 80s return late next week.
Map credit: "How temperatures across the U.S. differed from normal during January-April 2016." Credit: NOAA.
NASA map above: temperature anomalies (C) between April 26 and May 3.
32,000 People Sign Up For Priviledge of Dining in the Nude. CNN has the hard-hitting story that may leave you with a diminished appetite.
TUESDAY: Cooler with showers in the area. Winds: SE 10-15. High: 62
WEDNESDAY: Another surge of rain, possible storms. Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 54. High: 68
THURSDAY: Cooler, showers slowly taper. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 52. High: 62
FRIDAY: Brisk. Mostly cloudy, isolated shower. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 47. High: 56
SATURDAY: Gusty and cool. Where's spring? Winds: NW 15-25. Wake-up: 40. High: 54
SUNDAY: Early frost up north? Partly sunny, not as windy. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 37. High: 61
The Coming Refugee Crisis: When Home Leaves Us. Here's an excerpt of a poignant essay at The Guardian: "...The economic, political and psychological toll of the coming droughts, famines, wars, storms and rising seas is difficult to fathom. Yet remarkably, even in this active political season, the need to adapt to climate change has hardly been mentioned. For Louisiana, my home state, the stakes couldn’t be higher. We’ve lost the equivalent of Delaware’s entire landmass over the past century, and the familiar outline of the state is being eaten away. The wetlands that once provided bountiful resources while serving as a buffer against storms and floods are continuing to vanish at an alarming rate. Watching the Louisiana coast sink faster than any other shoreline on the planet while being buffeted by ever-rising seas and storms, one thing is clear. It’s not that we are leaving home, but that home is leaving us..."
Photo credit above: "A car lies upside down at the edge of a marsh amid other storm debris from Hurricane Katrina." Photograph: Robert F. Bukaty/AP.
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