34.8 billion tons of CO2 pollutants released into the Earth's atmosphere in 2011, a new world record.
The Drought Is Pretty Much Over. Here's the latest NOAA Drought Monitor, showing an amazing turn-around in the rainfall department.
Wet Weather Gardening Tips. Master Gardener Tricia Frostad has some good advice in light of the recent (torrential) rains in May, well over 9" of rain in many gardens across the metro: "All this moisture can lead to fungal diseases on plants. Fungus overwinters in infected plant residue and excessive overhead watering (as in rain) can activate the fungus. The fungal spores are spread by splashing water and wind to nearby plants and it thrives in damp weather. Spots typically appear on leaves at the base of the plant and move upward as the infection progresses. Remove any plant material that is affected but be certain to never remove more than 1/3rd of a plant's leaves. Displose of these diseased leaves in the trash or burn thhem. Do not return them to the compost pile. Try to make sure that your plants have proper air circulation around the foliage, which may mean pulling "volunteer" plants. Avoid wetting the leaves when watering - it's much better to water at the base of the plant. Fungicides can help in controlling the spread, but will not "cure" the leaves that have already been affected."
Tour The Gardens Of Master Gardeners. If you're looking for something to do this summer, and you love gardening, consider touring the gardens of Master Gardeners - kind of like the Parade of Homes, only better (and greener!) The event is in July, but you can purchase tickets now and save a few bucks. Details: "Visit eight gardens designed and tended by Carver-Scott Master Gardeners on Saturday, July 28, 2012, 10 am to 4 pm. The gardens are in Carver County (Minnestrista, Waconia, Excelsior, Chaska and Chanhassen). Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the tour at each garden. Advance tickets can be purchased by clicking the "Buy Now" button below or at Tonkadale Greenhouse, Ambergate Gardens, Glenrose Floral (Chanhassen), or by calling the Carver County Extension office (952-466-5300), or the Scott County Extension office (952-492-5410).
The gardens showcase wonderful water features, shade gardens, sun combinations, interesting containers, unusual decor, a restored prairie with grasses and wild flowers, a berm with interesting shrubs and an amazing collection of trees.
Ticket Information. For more information, and a quick and easy (Paypal) way to purchase tickets, click here.
Warmest Spring In Chicago In 142 Years. Here's an excerpt of a story from WGN's chicagoweathercenter.com: "The weather as meteorological spring 2012 draws to a close couldn’t be less representative of the season as a whole. Abnormal warmth has characterized the past three months. Spring 2012 is to go down in the record books as Chicago’s warmest in 142 years running a stunning 9-degrees above normal! The last spring with temperatures even close to the one about the end occurred 35 years ago in 1977 when temperatures finished within a degree of this one."
- Date Started: 05/16/2012
- Number of Personnel: 1,246 personnel including
- Location: Approximately 15 miles E of Glenwood, NM
- 17 hotshot crews, 11 hand crews
- Cause: Lightning
- Equipment: 59 Engines, 27 Water Tenders, 7 Dozers
- Size: 170,272 acres
- Aircraft: 10 Helicopters
- Percent Contained: 5%
- Injuries to Date: Five
Photo credit above: David J. Phillip / AP and MSNBC.com. "Andrew Hagen, left, and Dante Diaz both lived through Hurricane Andrew -- and both now are forecasters at at ImpactWeather in Houston."
Photo credit above: Kaylee LaRocque. "NAS Jax Emergency Management Officer Ray Edmond discusses hurricane preparedness measures with NAS Jax Chapel staff during a briefing May 22. Hurricane season begins June 1."
Graphic credit above: "Hurricane Tracker - Florida app, available on iTunes. The free app provides tailored information for Florida during hurricane season. The company also has Tracker apps for Lousiana, Texas and North Carolina. iTunes."
Photo credit above: Joplin damage aftermath photo courtesy of NOAA.
I'm happy for a break from heat, humidity and raging storms - not hiding in my weather bunker.
I'm still waiting for Garrison Keillor's creative crew to do a sketch about a mythical Lake Wobegon family, unable and unwilling to come out of their basement. Ever. One too many tornado warnings.
Weather phobia is a concern, especially for kids. Tornado trauma can inspire them to grow up to be meteorologists. In fact most TV forecasters were inspired by a storm, a flood or blizzard. No one with full command of their faculties sets out to guess the weather on a daily basis.
Breaking news: ClimateClimate reports we're about to crush the record for warmest spring, nationwide, since 1895.
Yesterday came a report that CO2 levels in the Arctic just hit 400 ppm, a troubling milestone. Last year nearly 35 billion tons of CO2 was released into the atmosphere, a new record.
We warm up in the coming days, low 80s by Sunday, a lake-worthy day up at the cabin. This weekend should not be as squishy as last weekend. Saturday should be the drier day - scattered T-storms late Sunday, but probably not severe.
9.34 inches of rain soaked the cities in May, nearly 3 times the normal amount!
Photo credit above: Alamy.
* the actual paper from IOPscience is here.
* Another perspective on this jaw-dropping attempt to censor science from Rabett Run.
On Climate Change It's Money Vs. Mouth. Corporations speaking out of both sides of their mouth? I'm shocked. Here's an excerpt of an interesting story from The New York Times: "A number of major United States corporations publicly support climate change science but contribute heavily to politicians and research groups that deny or play down the threat of global warming, according to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists. The study found that ExxonMobil, General Electric, Caterpillar and Boeing are among companies that play both sides of the fence, supporting groups that promote climate change science as well as those that seek to undercut it."
Photo credit above: "A screenshot of the cover of the Union of Concerned Scientists' report, "A Climate of Corporate Control." (Union of Concerned Scientists / Los Angeles Times / May 30, 2012)
The results of their five-year study provide a holistic picture of the social, environmental and economic effects of the highway project, including relationships with climate change. Among the findings:
- Highway paving facilitates migration and population growth in communities, which can result in forest clearing and conflicts over natural resources.
- Highway paving has left the Amazon rainforest more vulnerable to clearing with fire, which results in carbon emissions."