This Year, When In Doubt, Just Predict Rain
"It is curious - curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare" said Mark Twain. Tomorrow, at the University of Minnesota I have the honor of introducing one of my personal heroes, Rep. Bob Inglis. A member of the GOP, Inglis was voted out of South Carolina's 4th Congressional district for acknowledging the obvious: the climate is changing - and this time around it's probably not a "natural cycle". He's speaking on how free enterprise can solve climate change as part of the Kuehnast Lecture Series at the Department of Soil, Water and Climate. Details here.
After a stunning Columbus Day reality creeps back in today as clouds stream in; a few light showers tonight and Wednesday morning. That said, this will be one of the drier weeks in what has been a very wet year.
A light frost can't be ruled out Thursday morning before the next sloppy front drags more ill-timed showers into Minnesota Saturday. Sunday looks like the nicer day of the weekend to rake leaves or walk around the lake. Rain returns Monday & Tuesday, but nothing severe.
2016 brought 637 severe storm reports in Minnesota, the most since 2010. Details below.
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Hurricane Matthew: Trail of Devastation; 28 Dead Across 5 Southern States. Here's an update via ABC News.
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Photo credit: "Civil War-era cannonballs were discovered on a South Carolina shore on Sunday." (AP)
WEDNESDAY: AM showers, then partial clearing and cooler. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 52
THURSDAY: Frosty start? Brilliant sunshine. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 35. High: 57
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, milder breeze arrives. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 42. High: 64
SATURDAY: Chance of rain increases, fairly soggy. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 51. High: 62
SUNDAY: Brighter, drier day of the weekend. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 47. High: 66
MONDAY: Ugh. More rain - rumble of thunder? Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 56. High: 67
"Caring for Creation" Makes The Christian Case for Climate Action. Here's an excerpt of a review at The Guardian: "...Recently a book has been published by a faith-science duo. That duo is Paul Douglas, respected meteorologist, entrepreneur, Republican, and Christian, and his writing partner Mitch Hescox who leads the Evangelical Environmental Network (the largest evangelical group devoted to creation care). Their book, entitled Caring for Creation, provides a masterful balance of science, faith, and personal journey. The style of the book is one I have not seen before. It is a side-by-side presentation of first science, then faith, then science, and back to faith. Interspersed within the main text are enlightening anecdotes mainly from weather forecasters across the country which show an informed lived experience of experts watching the climate change before their very eyes. Importantly the authors provide a list of concrete things that we all can do, starting right now to make a meaningful impact in reducing global warming..."
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A Military View on Climate Change: It's Eroding Our National Security and We Should Prepare for It. A friend of mine, fellow Penn Stater Admiral David Titley (retired) has the story for The Center for Climate and Security; here's the intro: "In this presidential election year we have heard much about some issues, such as immigration and trade, and less about others. For example, climate change was discussed for an estimated 82 seconds in the first presidential debate last week, and for just 37 minutes in all presidential and vice presidential debates since the year 2000. Many observers think climate change deserves more attention. They might be surprised to learn that U.S. military leaders and defense planners agree. The armed forces have been studying climate change for years from a perspective that rarely is mentioned in the news: as a national security threat. And they agree that it poses serious risks..."