72 F. average high on May 25.
76 F. high on May 25, 2016.
May 26, 1929: A tornado rakes Freeborn County and causes 10,000 dollars of damage to farms.
I should have gone into sump pump repair. Or invented a hail-proof film for vehicles and rooftop shingles. We will have to bake resilience into everything we do, as super-sized storms become more frequent.
Huge Landslide Buries More of Scenic California Highway. Huffington Post as the details: "A massive landslide covered a section of California’s famous Highway 1 last weekend that’s been beset by falling rocks and debris this year. Video footage released by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department on Monday shows a 35-40 layer of dirt and rock atop a 1/3-mile stretch of the roadway in Big Sur. “Mother nature hard at work,” said a tweet from Caltrans, the state’s transportation department. Images recorded from the sheriff’s department’s plane shows that the debris reshaped the shore beneath the highway..."
A Chinese Company Is Offering Free Training for US Coal Miners to Become Wind Farmers. Innovate, reinvent, or fade away. Quartz has the encouraging story: "If you want to truly understand what’s happening in the energy industry, the best thing to do is to travel deep into the heart of American coal country, to Carbon County, Wyoming (yes, that’s a real place). The state produces most coal in the US, and Carbon County has long been known (and was named) for its extensive coal deposits. But the state’s mines have been shuttering over the past few years, causing hundreds of people to lose their jobs in 2016 alone. Now, these coal miners are finding hope, offered from an unlikely place: a Chinese wind-turbine maker wants to retrain these American workers to become wind-farm technicians. It’s the perfect metaphor for the massive shift happening in the global energy markets..."
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TODAY: Mild sun, late thunder possible. Winds: S 5-10. High: 75
FRIDAY NIGHT: Spotty shower or two. Low: 54
SATURDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, best day of the holiday weekend? Winds: W 7-12. High: 72
SUNDAY: More clouds. Better chance of pop-up PM showers. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 55. High: 69
MEMORIAL DAY: Cooler, cloudier. Showery rain likely. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 50. High: 61 (50s most of the day).
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, PM sprinkle. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 49. High: near 60
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, more promising. Winds: W 7-12. Wake-up: 48. High: near 70
THURSDAY: Plenty of sun, feels more like June. Winds: SW 7-12. Wake-up: 52. High: 78
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Pope Lends Weight to G-7 Push to Bind Trump to Climate Deal. Bloomberg reports: "Pope Francis joined an international chorus urging Donald Trump to meet U.S. commitments on climate change in talks at the Vatican Wednesday. Francis gave the U.S. president a copy of his 2015 encyclical calling for urgent, drastic cuts in fossil-fuel emissions after a half-hour meeting in his private study. Francis’s choice of gift suggests he is adding his voice to those pressing Trump not to renege on the Paris accord, which is the cornerstone of global efforts to limit climate change. The Vatican said in a statement that the talks focused on international affairs and the promotion of peace, with particular emphasis on health care, education and immigration..."
Warming Has Increased U.S. Growing Season by 13 Frost-Free Days. The Independent has details: "The number of frost-free days in the northern United States has increased by more than 13 days in the past 100 years, according to new research. The other main areas of the mainland US also saw significant increases in the number of days without frost, essentially the growing season – 10.7 days in the west, 8.6 in a central region and 7.7 days in the south. Global warming was one of the reasons for the trend, but the researchers also found changes to local cloud cover and atmospheric circulation patterns played a part..."
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