52 F. average high on April 4.
42 F. high temperature on April 4, 2016.
April 5, 1999: Heavy snow falls over the Arrowhead, with 11 inches at Two Harbors.
April 5, 1929: A tornado cuts a path from Lake Minnetonka through North Minneapolis and leaves six dead.
It's 2017, and still no flying cars. Most of us are walking around with little supercomputers in our pockets & purses. And smartphone apps are an effective way to get not only GPS-specific weather, but time-sensitive warnings. My favorites are Aeris Pulse (full disclosure: my company cooked this one up) and RadarScope.
- An active severe weather day is expected from the Ohio Valley to the Southeast on Wednesday. A Moderate Risk of severe weather is in place for tomorrow across parts of the Southeast, including metro Atlanta.
- The main risks across this area include tornadoes (some of which could be strong and long-tracked), damaging winds and large hail. These conditions will also be possible across the Enhanced Risk area, which stretches as far north as southern Indiana and Ohio.
Summary. A severe weather outbreak is expected Wednesday across parts of the Southeast north into the Ohio Valley, with tornadoes (some potentially strong and long-tracked), large hail and damaging winds possible. A Moderate Risk of severe weather is in place for portions of Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina Wednesday, including the cities of Atlanta, Columbus and Macon (GA), as well as Montgomery (AL). It is over this area that has the highest potential of seeing strong tornadoes, particularly during the afternoon and evening hours. Today would be the day to make sure facilities across the severe threat area are up to date on severe weather procedures as tomorrow is likely to be active.
D.J. Kayser, Meteorologist, Praedictix
Ripe for Supercellular T-storms. Watch the isolated cells out ahead of the main squall line later today. These are the storm most likely to start spinning in response to very strong wind shear. Conditions are ripe for a major outbreak of tornadoes, and city centers from Montgomery and Auburn to Atlanta, Macon and Columbia may see severe weather and violent winds. 3 KM NAM: Tropicaltidbits.com.
- Establish a program to improve tornado warnings.
- Protect the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program, whose funding was previously slashed.
- Develop a formal plan for weather research.
- Develop an annual report on the state of its weather models..."
Graphic credit: "More water is flowing this year in California from frequent storms and melting snowpack." Credit: Climate Central
Illustrations by Cam Floyd. Animation by Pablo Espinosa.
TODAY: More clouds, late shower or sprinkle possible. Winds: N 7-12. High: 56
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partial clearing, chilly. Low: 34
THURSDAY: Partly sunny and breezy. Winds: N 10-15. High: 53
FRIDAY: Mild sun. Leave work early. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 36. High: near 60
SATURDAY: Lukewarm sun. Evacuate outdoors. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 45. High: near 70
SUNDAY: T-storms may turn severe. Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 53. High: 72
MONDAY: Unsettled, few showers linger. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 50. High: 60
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, cooler breeze. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 39. High: 49
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True Conservatives Should Worry About Climate Change. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed at The Charlotte Observer: "...To follow Mr. Loris’ recommendations will push the concentration of carbon dioxide above 400 ppm. We are now aware that these choices have consequences for us, for our children and for generations to come. The moral choice has been different over the last 30 years than it was for our grandparents. Mr. Loris cannot simply argue for a limited set of jobs helped by fossil fuels without also accepting the burden we now understand – such as rising sea levels, abnormal precipitation leading to droughts in some areas and flooding or mudslides in others. It is not a conservative value to ignore our impacts on those around us or on the economic conditions we leave for our kids. Thankfully, there are conservative voices speaking out on this issue. Fifteen House Republicans have joined the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus to hold meaningful discussions on what can be done..."
Photo credit: " Matthew Brown AP.
Graphic credit: "Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels could reach a level unseen in 50 million years by the 2050s. If they continue rising into the 2200s, they'll create a climate that likely has no precedent in at least 420 million years." Credit: Foster, et al., 2017.
Photo credit: "What we need to talk about when we talk about climate change." (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Photo credit: "Former New York Mayor and U.N. Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg speaks during the C40 Cities Women4Climate event in New York City, U.S., March 15, 2017." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid.
What Financial Markets Can Teach Us About Managing Climate Risks. The New York Times reports.
The End of Winter May Signal Bigger Changes Ahead for Earth's Climate. An Op-Ed at USA TODAY captures the sense of disbelief that facts, data and evidence have become optional and politicized: "...We have no trouble believing that dinosaurs lived 150 million years ago, but who can even count back that far? We take it on faith that the continents drift around on tectonic plates like ice floes in a slush pond, but the ground feels pretty stable to me. Even though none of us can independently verify any of these things, most of us accept them as facts, not assertions. We recognize them as the settled conclusions of qualified experts who have studied the evidence carefully and ruled out every competing hypothesis. That’s what science does; it extends our reach and allows us to make connections, connect dots, that we couldn’t possibly link on our own. If we accepted only the evidence of our senses, we’d still think that the Earth was flat and the sun and stars revolved around us. When it comes to climate change, however, the Earth is still flat. Scientific facts have somehow become opinions, and carefully researched conclusions are written off as theories or even hoaxes. Climate scientists went to the same schools, earned the same degrees, and follow the same protocols as experts we wouldn’t begin to question on other matters, but millions of us find it easy to say, “I don’t think so....”
Image credit: Jeff Williams, NASA.
Climate Change Doesn't Care Who You Voted For. Here's a clip from Teen Vogue. What, you don't read Teen Vogue? "...Climate change denial has been able to flourish because it papers over a painful reality. It’s hard to reconcile the scope of danger with the sense that there is nothing we can do about it, but political inefficacy is just another myth in need of rejection. We must come together to insist on the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions via federal effort. Each passing day in this DEFCON 1 political climate, it seems less and less possible to bridge the party divide, but we can all be united by the need for clean air, fresh water, and a better world for our children. As it stands, Trump’s climate change policy puts all of those things at risk, and unfortunately floods and droughts don’t give a crap whom you voted for."