July 2, 1972: A low of 32 is recorded at Big Falls in Koochiching County.
One Tough Weekend to be a Minnesota Meteorologist
A few people glared at me yesterday, in spite of having a few showers in the forecast up north. "I thought you said today would be perfect!" I did mentioned a shower risk today, ma'am. "Right."
True, people hear what they want to hear. Even when the forecast is accurate, if locals don't like the weather, they let me know. I have a new strategy for PR. Weeping openly and unashamedly. Keeping people confused helps too. "No, I'm not Paul Douglas. My name is...Ken Barlow and I will atone for my weather transgressions!"
Yesterday's scrappy band of showers gives way to a drying north breeze today, with low humidity and highs in the 70s; near 80F in the MSP metro with a boost from the urban heat island. A puff of Canadian air keeps us sunny much of Monday, but a few thundershowers may pop Tuesday afternoon and evening, especially west of the Twin Cities.
The mercury tops 90F Thursday, and I see a streak of 90s next week as some of the hottest weather of summer pushes north.
July is the hottest month of the year, and I suspect we'll soon get our fill of sweaty heat and humidity.
I Can't Remember Ever Seeing This Before. 7 separate tornado warnings in New Hampshire and Maine on Saturday? Wow.
Map credit: Eclipse2017.
Tsunami: An Underrated Hazard. David Bressan provides perspective at Forbes: "...Modern databases list more than 2,000 historic tsunamis. Most of these were recorded in historic documents, chronicles or even myths. The database shows that coastlines in the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Indonesian Sea are among the most vulnerable areas. Tsunamis can be triggered by movements along the seafloor, which are typically caused by earthquakes or underwater landslides. A tsunami that killed 40,000 people in December 1908 on Sicily, was probably not caused by the preceding earthquake, but rather a large landslide off the coast of Sicily (which likely had been triggered by the quake)..."
NOAA has more background information on tsunamis here.
Photo credit: "Peaches ready for packing and shipping at Lane Packing, a peach farm in Fort Valley, Ga." Grant Blankenship/Georgia Public Broadcasting.
As Sea Levels Rise, NOAA Scientists Work Toward Seasonal Tidal Flooding Forecasts. It no longer takes a storm (although that makes things far worse). As ocean levels rise all it takes today is a new or full moon, reports The Virginian-Pilot: "...A team of NOAA scientists recently began working toward a goal: to predict tidal flooding for Norfolk and coastal communities all over the country on a quarterly basis. They’re hoping that the seasonal forecasts will help everybody from emergency planners to homeowners be more attuned to the problem – and to the many conditions that can drive tides higher. “I think this is going to be an emerging thing,” William Sweet, a NOAA oceanographer who’s helping lead the three-year project, said in a recent interview. “As sea level rise is continuing and impacts are growing and expected to become much worse, there’s going to be a need to say how often, when, where and how deep the water is expected to be...”
Photo credit: "Grzegorz Swiech models the latest streetwear in Krakow, Poland, a city plagued by particulate pollution." Photographer: Tomer Ifrah for Bloomberg Businessweek.
Photo credit: " Photo: James Glover II/Reuters
Photo credit: "Seconds into the sub-two marathon attempt in Italy, Eliud Kipchoge (in orange) trails Zersenay Tadese (in light blue) and Lelisa Desisa (in white)." Cait Oppermann.
IBM's Watson Will Analyze Wimbledon to Suggest the Best Matches. Soon we'll all be working for Watson. Engadget has more detail: "IBM's Watson can apparently do everything. From manufacturing and medical treatment planning to portrait drawing and filing your taxes, there seems to be no limit to what the Jeopardy-winning AI can do. And next week, Watson will be offering its services to the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Those attending the event will be able to access a Watson-driven digital assistant named Fred via a mobile app. Fred will be able to help them navigate the courts, find food stands and vendors as well as figure out who is playing at any given time..."
File photo credit: IBM and Fortune.
TODAY: Plenty of sunshine, a nicer day. Winds: N 5-10. High: near 80
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 61
MONDAY: Partly sunny and pleasant. Winds: SE 5-10. High: 82
4TH OF JULY: Sun much of the day. Late thunder? Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 63. High: 83
WEDNESDAY: Sticky sun, slight risk of a T-storm. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 66. High: 85
THURSDAY: Hot steamy sunshine, feels like July. Winds: SW 8-13. Wake-up: 70. High: 92
FRIDAY: Clearing, breezy and less humid. Winds: NE 10-15. Wake-up: 71. High: 86
SATURDAY: Sunny, looks promising right now, dip in humidity. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 63. High: near 80
The Pope's Moral Case for Taking On Climate Change. Here's an excerpt from The Atlantic: "The majority of people living on our planet profess to be believers.”It is a statement of fact, an intellectual premise, a gentle claim of territory. In his new encyclical on environmental degradation, Laudato Si, Pope Francis is not just addressing the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. He’s tagging God into the global conversation on climate change. The document, which was leaked on Monday by an Italian newspaper and officially released by the Vatican on Thursday, bitterly condemns the human failures that have eroded much of the environment. The pope rattles off fact after fact about the pitiful state of the earth: Pesticides have contaminated farmers’ soil. Air pollution has poisoned cities. Man-made waste checkers landscapes. There’s not enough clean water for people to drink or tropical forests to regulate carbon in the atmosphere. Whole species of animals are dying out..."
Image credit: Gregorio Borgia / AP.
He got Republicans to act on climate change.
With an amendment to the House 2018 defense authorization bill, Langevin got his Republican and Democratic colleagues to address the national security implications of rising sea levels, desertification and other nasty effects global warming.
The amendment, which made it into the final version of the bill, explicitly states that climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the United States.
Graphic credit: "Produced by Carbon Brief using data from RSS."
Heat Deaths in U.S. Cities Could Jump 10-Fold if Climate Change Isn't Slowed. Here's an excerpt from Healthday News and Bismarck Tribune: "America's exit from the Paris climate change agreement will lead to more punishing summer heat waves and thousands of additional heat-related deaths each year in major U.S. cities, a new report claims. Conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the report projected that all 51 of the country's urban areas with more than 1 million people will experience more dangerously hot summer days both in the middle and late parts of this century. In 45 of the largest cities, excess deaths on dangerously hot days could increase 10-fold, from an average of about 1,360 each summer between 1975 and 2010 to 13,860 by the mid-2040s, the report concluded..."
Photo credit: Tom Wang, Bismarck Tribune.
Photo credit: "Fire and smoke is seen on the IC8 motorway during a forest fire near Pedrogao Grande, in central Portugal on June 18, 2017." Credit: REUTERS/Miguel Vidal.
Photo credit: "Kit Harington – AKA Jon Snow – has described ‘terrifying’ evidence of global warming." Photograph: HBO/2015 Home Box Office.
Nuclear Power and Climate Change. Here's a response to a recent Op-Ed in the New York Times from Carol Browner, former administrator of the EPA, and a member of Nuclear Matters, a national coalition: "...Trying to fight climate change without our existing nuclear fleet is akin to trying to fight a fire with a steadily decreasing supply of water: It just won't work. We need to recognize this and take steps to preserve the critical carbon-free power we get from our nuclear plants..."
Photo credit: "The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pa. Exelon has said it will shut down the last reactor there by 2019 unless it receives financial assistance." Jonathan Ernst/Reuters.
Climate Change in the U.S. Could the Rich and Hurt the Poor. The Washington Post explains the implications of a warmer, wetter, more volatile climate: "...Researchers have long warned that unmitigated climate change could cause severe financial hardship to the United States in coming decades. But a new study published Thursday in the journal Science details how global warming could disproportionately affect poor areas of the country, contributing to widening economic inequality among Americans. “The poor regions will get poorer and the richer regions will benefit,” said study co-author Solomon Hsiang, a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. “What we’re seeing here is that climate change will have a very large impact on the quality of life and economic opportunity in the coming decades for ourselves and our children...”
What Can We Learn From Dystopian Fiction About Climate Change? Hyperallergic.com has an interesting post.