Photo credit above: "A flooded vegetable field at Hawthorne Valley Farm. Credit: Steffen Schneider, the farm's director of operations."
Photo credit above: "Texas State Park police officer Thomas Bigham walks across the cracked lake bed of O.C. Fisher Lake, in San Angelo, Texas, in this August photo. Record average temperatures scorched central Texas, the upper Midwest and much of the Northeast over the last year. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press / May 15, 2012)."
Federal Flood Insurance May Be Extended Until End Of June. Details from The Insurance Journal: "The House is expected to vote today on an extension of the federal flood insurance program until the end of June but the fate of program in the Senate is still uncertain. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is now scheduled to expire on May 31 unless both houses of Congress act to reauthorize it." Photo credit: FEMA.
"At what point does it stop being partly cloudy and start being partly sunny?
David L. Poeschel
Loan Document Specialist 4
Wells Fargo Funding
Image above: courtesy of Gigra.
The L.A. Times reports "The last time the globe had a month that averaged below its 20th century normal was February 1985. April makes it 326 months in a row. Nearly half the population of the world has never seen a month that was cooler than normal, according to United Nations data."
I hope you enjoyed our fleeting comfortable-front, because a summerlike airmass is brewing for Friday & Saturday; highs surging into the upper 80s. Some towns may experience the first 90-degree heat of the season, the hottest weather of 2012 so far.
This surge of hot, steamy air may set off a renegade T-storm today (best chance north of MSP), but most of the showers and storms hold off until late Saturday and Sunday as a slow-moving cool front limps east. Precipitation will be convective, showery. No all-day washouts are expected, but keep an eye out for a few severe storms late Saturday.
After brushing 90 Saturday - Sunday will cool into the low and mid 70s; the best chance of bumping into a shower around the dinner hour.
I'm feeling better about this weather pattern: the risk of a debilitating, statewide drought has lessened but I still detect a dry bias into early summer.
Let it rain!
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Photo credit above: "A researcher inspects a freshly drilled ice core. Credit: Kendrick Taylor/WAIS Divide Ice Core Project Research Professor."