4.37" rainfall estimate at Farmington (Dakota County).
2.98" rain fell on Waconia (Carver County) - 24 hour total.
2.7" rain fell at Jordan (Scott County)
2.31" Kimball (Stearns County)
1.9" fell at Chanhassen.
.5 to 1" hail pelted the metro between 1-3 am Sunday morning, winds over 60 sparked some pockets of damage, numerous tree limbs down in the Bloomington area. More details from NOAA here.
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* here is a good overview on haboobs from Wikipedia.
Finally, Looks Like Spring. The GFS is hinting at consistently lukewarm temperatures between May 13 - 21, highs in the 60s and 70s. No more frosty relapses. I think you're safe to dig in and plant your annuals without any nasty Canadian surprises.
Photo credit above: "Lightning strikes in the distance as volunteers (on right) help rescue more than a thousand turkeys from a destroyed barn on the property of a farmer who did not wish to be identified east of Wayland, Iowa Thursday, May 3, 2012 after a suspected tornado went through the area. Wayland Police Chief Ron Roth said he saw a tornado around nine o’clock Thursday night heading for the small town. (AP Photo/The Gazette-KCRG,Brian Ray)."
Upper left photo credit: "This photo combo shows a view of Main Street in Greensburg, Kan., a few days after the town was leveled by a tornado on May 4, 2007, top, and what it looks like on May 1, 2012, bottom. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)."
Upper right photo credit: "This photo combo shows an area of Greensburg, Kan., a few days after the town was leveled by a May 4, 2007 tornado, top, and what it looks like on May 1, 2012, bottom. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)."
Photo credit above: "Volta Volare GT4 Daniel Schumpert and Jason Briney."
* more on the Ford Focus Electric here, courtesy of The Ford Motor Company.
"Beatings will continue until morale improves." - anonymous
"Only in Minnesota can you be ankle-deep in mud with dust blowing in your face." It's been a surreal 48 hours; flash flooding reported in some drought-stricken counties across southern Minnesota. I just wish Mother Nature would take one weekend off.
"Mamma, don't let your kids grow up to be meteorologists." I love the weather, but it's a full-time, 24/7 gig.
"You're up at the cabin. Relax! Here, grab a rake," my wife pleaded yesterday. "Honey, there's severe weather over southern Minnesota - I need to update the blog." So there I was, hunched over a hot laptop, enjoying my "day off".
Maybe hooking up Wi-Fi at the cabin wasn't such a great idea after all. Bottom line: meteorology isn't an 8 to 5 job. You don't predict the weather; you live it, 7 days a week. No complaints, it still beats punching a clock.
"Paul, where else can you be wrong half the time and still get paid!" Haha. LOL. Gag me with a Doppler.
A wet start to May is taking the edge off our drought; we've gone from dusty to standing water in some fields. The storms are gone, a cool frontal passage dries us out later - the sun (remember?) could make a cameo appearance by late afternoon or evening.
Minnesota's Fishing Opener? Friday storms give rise to weekend sun and low 70s. We may just luck out.
In New Mexico, firefighters standing in the remains of the Santa Fe Forest, which was burned last summer during the state's worst wildfire in history.
In Pakistan, a group of women holding dots in front of the makeshift shelter that became their home after the devastating floods in 2010 that displaced over 20 million people.
In Lebanon, over 1,000 students making their dots the wheels of a giant bicycle to protest air pollution and request more bike-lanes to combat the problem.
In Vermont, citizens unfurling a "dot" banner at the site of a covered bridge that was swept away in the devastating flooding brought on by Hurricane Irene last August.
Over the next 12 hours, climbers will unveil giant dots on melting glaciers, divers will carry dots underwater to bleached coral reefs, and more hi-res photos and videos will stream into the ClimateDots.org website that is serving as a virtual hub for Climate Impacts Day.
Photo credit above: Paul Zunkel, who captured this "supercell" near Fairmont, Minnesota late Friday.
The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the private petro-chemical giant
Altria Client Services Inc, parent company of Philip Morris and Ste. Michelle Wine
Credit Union National Association
CTIA - The Wireless Association
Eli Lilly & Company
Golden Rule Insurance Company
John William Pope Foundation associated with Variety Wholesalers, Inc.
Kayser Family Foundation
Reynolds American Inc., parent of RJ Reynolds
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Time Warner Cable
Climate Change Is Real And Here: What You Can Do NOW To Protect Your Building. An interesting post from Habitat: "Based on the model of probability used by New York City's task force on climate change, extreme precipitation is expected, and in a greater frequency, intensity and duration in coming decades. Greater downpours will put considerable strain on the combined sewage outflow system of the city. Condos and co-ops can do their part to mitigate this by installing green roofs. These structures can absorb and capture the excess rainfall during intense precipitation events, helping to forestall sewage overflows. Additionally, rainfall can be captured and re-appropriated for use in building systems or, in some cases, toilet flushing. Doing this not only saves on water, it also hygienically preserves quality, since the increased flooding makes the water grid susceptible to dirt."
Photo credit above: "In January of this year, snow was still sparse at high elevations in the Sierra Nevada. (Molly Samuel/Climate Watch)."
Skeptical Science's response: "97% of climate experts agree humans are causing global warming. Science achieves a consensus when scientists stop arguing. When a question is first asked – like ‘what would happen if we put a load more CO2 in the atmosphere?’ – there may be many hypotheses about cause and effect. Over a period of time, each idea is tested and retested – the processes of the scientific method – because all scientists know that reputation and kudos go to those who find the right answer (and everyone else becomes an irrelevant footnote in the history of science). Nearly all hypotheses will fall by the wayside during this testing period, because only one is going to answer the question properly, without leaving all kinds of odd dangling bits that don’t quite add up. Bad theories are usually rather untidy. But the testing period must come to an end. Gradually, the focus of investigation narrows down to those avenues that continue to make sense, that still add up, and quite often a good theory will reveal additional answers, or make powerful predictions, that add substance to the theory. When Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev constructed his periodic table of elements, not only did he fit all known elements successfully, he predicted that elements we didn’t even know about would turn up later on – and they did!"