80 F. average high on August 19.
65 F. high on August 19, 2015.
.34" rain fell at MSP International Airport yesterday.
August 20, 1904: Both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul are hit by tornadoes, producing the highest official wind ever recorded in Minnesota over one minute (110 mph in St. Paul).
A Touch of "Aug-tober" - Sweatshirts Optional
Football is on the tube - it won't be long before I'm tracking big yellow school buses on Doppler and people-watching at the Minnesota State Fair. So why not cue up a cool front, just to remind us what cool feels like? By Sunday morning you may need to rummage around for a light jacket or sweatshirt. Goosebumps. What a concept.
A storm spinning up along the leading edge of brisk, Canadian air flushing south whips up more showers today, with temperatures stuck in the 60s and a whiff of wind chill after dark. Sunday looks MUCH nicer with sunshine, cotton-ball cumulus and afternoon highs in the low 70s. 80s return Monday and Tuesday, but models pull another puff of premature chill into Minnesota late next week; more random hints of autumn which spill into the last weekend of August.
Remind me not to complain. My colleagues in Los Angeles are trying to pinpoint wind speed & direction to help firefighters. Louisiana is facing a flood-related housing crisis. And the GFS model pulls a hurricane into Florida by August 31. I don't believe it yet - but what else can go wrong?
Cooler Than Average September? At some point the law of averages catches up with you and the weather swings in the opposite direction. We've been trending warmer than average for all of 2016; a mild La Nina cooling of the Pacific may pull cooler than average air into the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest next month, while temperatures continue to bake from Seattle to Anchorage. Source: NOAA CFS and WeatherBell.
Image credit: "Saturn, Mars, and Antares line up almost vertically on the evening of August 23 and 24, 2016. Have a look!" Credit: Sky & Telescope diagram.
13 Years After Northeast Blackout, U.S. Power Grid Remains Vulnerable. Here's an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal article: "...A coordinated attack on just nine of the nation’s 55,000 electrical substations could cause a blackout across the country, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report found in 2014. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Energy Department has spent $4.5 billion over the past few years to modernize the electrical grid. Most of that funding, which was more than matched by private dollars, went to “smart grid” efforts, with a notable focus on energy storage and creating stable power in multiple locations. This is just the beginning of what’s needed for infrastructure nationally if the goal is a decentralized (and, ultimately, renewable) electrical grid that ensures power even under extreme conditions..."
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Photo credit: "The tundra in Yakutia normally melts to a depth of 30-60cm, but this year it has reached a meter." Rex Features.
Photo credit: "An electric Tesla car recharges on the banks of a canal in Amsterdam. The Netherlands saw an all-time high in electric cars in December this year." Rex Features.
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“If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to serve as a horrible warning.” – Catherine Aird
TODAY: Cool and showery with a damp, annoying wind. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 67
SATURDAY NIGHT: Showers taper, clearing late - brisk! Low: 54
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, the nicer outdoor day of the weekend. Winds: NW 8-13. High: 73
MONDAY: Plenty of sunshine, gusty and warmer. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 61. High: 82
TUESDAY: Sticky sunshine, feels like summer. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 68. High: 87
WEDNESDAY: Few showers, grumbles of thunder. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 69. High: 79
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, brisk wind. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 61. High: near 70
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, fresh air. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 56. High: 75
Space, Climate Change, and the Real Meaning of Theory. Here's an excerpt of an excellent essay from Piers Sellers at The New Yorker: "...Climate-change deniers in the United States have done a first-class job in spreading confusion and misinformation. As a result, many prominent politicians insist, and get away with insisting, that climate change is a hoax, a mantra that has gained some credibility through sheer repetition. Climate deniers are also fond of saying that global warming is not resolved in science or is “just” a theory. This is a perfect example of Orwellian Newspeak which also flies in the face of three hundred years of scientific progress, in which intellectual argument and conviction must be based on facts and substantiated theories, rather than personal beliefs or biases. It is also dangerous. If nothing is done to reduce carbon emissions over the next couple of decades, our climate models predict that there will be massive changes in the global precipitation and temperature patterns, with huge effects on water and food security, and dramatic sea-level rise..." (Image credit: NASA).
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