"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." - Tenneva Jordan
"Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs...since the payment is pure love." - Mildred B. Vermont
"What we think we become..." - Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
"....A common refrain from both the speakers and the audience was that that people were tired of hearing the same jeremiads about greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, and government panels. Even people who care deeply about the environment are fatigued. This is a particularly acute problem on the Internet where the distribution of a story largely depends on readers to share the narrative with their friends through social media. The standard climate change narratives are not shareable.." - from a story at The Atlantic below.
Looks Like Summer. Enjoy today's mid-70s and low humidity levels. We should sample low to mid 80s tomorrow, near 80 again Tuesday before a slight cooling trend by Wednesday and Thursday, back above 80 by the end of the week with a growing chance of late-week T-storms. Graph: University of Iowa Meteorology Department.
Dry Into Wednesday. A surge of warm, humidified air will spark scattered T-storms from late Wednesday night into Saturday - I wouldn't be surprised to see a few strong/severe T-storms by late week. Enjoy the quiet weather.
Shifting Into Summer. The 180 GFS outlook (GFS, courtesy of NOAA) shows heavy showers and T-storms pushing into the eastern states later today and Monday, hot, sticky air pushing north across the Plains, setting the stage for a few rounds of "ridge-rider" T-storms the latter half of the week from the Dakotas to the Twin Cities, Green Bay and Chicago.
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May 1st: 1.73 inches at St Cloud Airport
May 2nd: 2.05 inches at Windom and 2.10 inches at Elk River
May 3rd: 2.21 inches at Zumbrota and Wabasha
May 4th: 1.70 inches at Amboy
May 5th: 2.41 inches at Winnebago and 2.33 inches at Sherburn
May 6th: 2.78 inches at Marshall, 2.86 inches at Hawley, 3.06 inches at Redwood Falls, 3.50 inches at Hastings, and 3.62 inches at Pipestone
The 3.62 inches of rainfall reported at Pipestone on May 6th was a new state record for the date, beating the 3.48 inches that fell at Minneota on May 6, 1983.
Upper left photo credit: "Twin waterspouts seen off the coast of Grand Isle, La., on May 9. Click on image for a larger version. Credit: Capt. Danny Wray, via NWS/Facebook."
Upper right photo credit: "Four waterspouts seen at once off the La. coast on May 9. Credit: WRAL Mike Maze via Facebook."
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Photo credit above: "Science satellites operated by NASA and NOAA track a broad range of environmental markers, including the thinning of ice sheets and changes in cloud cover and temperature. (NASA / June 26, 2010)."
"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." - Alexander Woollcott
"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers" goes the wise Jewish proverb. My mom, like all moms, was a force of nature; larger than life. She tolerated my eccentricities, while pushing me to be a reluctant cellist and composer, an avid Eagle Scout, and then a would-be meteorologist. "Are you sure about weather? Can you find all 50 states on a map?" she liked to joke. Mom had a great sense of humor, an infectious laugh.
Two Christmases ago she fell down the stairs (walker in hand, in search of freshly baked cookies). She's in a nursing home now, battling dementia. But she hasn't lost her spark. On a good day I can still make her chuckle. Not enough good days.
Moms will need extra sunscreen today; the day you were daydreaming about back in February: blue sky and mid-70s.
80s return tomorrow, and after cooling slightly midweek the approach of sticky 80s will set off T-storms Thursday into Sunday. By Saturday it should look and feel like early July: mid-80s with drippy dew points in the mid-60s, humidity levels entering the oh-zone.
Yes, the older I get the less I take for granted. Give your mother extra hugs today. Assume nothing.
Every day (and every mom) is a gift.
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" – Richard Feynman
Photo credit above: NOAA.
Photo credit above: "A coal mine in Utah (Reuters)."
What Is "Global Dimming"? In a strange paradox, sulfer-based pollutants may be screening out some of the harmful effects of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, lowering the rate of warming in some areas. As we install scrubbers on smoke stacks and clean up the air, we may be inadvertenly increasing the rate of warming, according to this article at The Guardian: "Measurements from the 1960s to the early 1990s, backed up by a wide range of data and a number of independent studies, showed there were substantial declines in the amount of the sun's energy reaching the Earth's surface. This reduction is known as "global dimming". The observed "dimming" has strong regional differences across the globe. While the southern hemisphere saw modest dimming in the period 1961–90 (which has continued to date), the northern hemisphere saw much more significant declines (reductions of 4–8%). Since then some parts of the world, such as Europe and North America, have seen partial recovery (known as "brightening"), while other regions (most notably China and India) have seen further although regionally mixed declines."
"The Koch-Stone XL Pipeline". Here's an excerpt of a Bill McKibbon story from The Huffington Post: "Two pieces of crucial evidence emerged in the tar sands fight yesterday. One, happily, got all kinds of notice -- Jim Hansen's op-ed in the New York Times was the "most emailed" item of the day, which is appropriate since he explained new calculations showing that those Canadian deposits contain "twice the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by global oil use in our entire history." If we burn them on top of all the coal and oil and gas we're already using, "concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eventually would reach levels higher than in the Pliocene era," the government's leading climate scientist explained, which you think would be enough to end the debate -- even in our weird political culture, there aren't many leaders clamoring to return us to the Pliocene." Photo credit: salon.com.
Photo credit above: Ralph Timmermann / Alfred Wegener Institute. "Part of Antarctica's Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf is seen in the Weddell Sea. Two new studies project the shelf will disappear by 2100, potentially releasing ice trapped on Antarctica's largest ice sheet."
tar sands, one of the top climate scientists on the planet, NASA’s James Hansen (head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies), wrote an op-ed in the NYTimes this week. Here are some of the highlights (emphasis added):
GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening. That is why I was so troubled to read a recent interview with President Obama in Rolling Stone in which he said that Canada would exploit the oil in its vast tar sands reserves “regardless of what we do.”
Photo credit above: Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters. "Lone tourists walk along Red Square in heavy smog, caused by peat fires in nearby forests, in central Moscow, Aug. 9, 2010."
* Hansen's paper can be found here (pdf).
Photo credit above: "A tornado makes its way through farmlands near Rush Center, Kansas, on April 14, 2012. Over 100 tornadoes ripped through several Plains states in just 24 hours that weekend." Gene Blevins / Reuters