8:29 pm sunset this evening.
14 hours, 36 minutes of daylight today
5 hours, 50 minutes of additional daylight since December 21
Tacklebox of angler "must haves"...
- Print off your copy of the 2012 Fishing Regulations
- Get your Fishing License from the 24/7 online license sales site
- Get info about your lake with the DNR's LakeFinder tool or take it offline with the LakeFinder mobile app.
- Check out Minnesota's top Walleye Lakes
- MNDOT's traveler information - check the roads before you head out
Boatload of angler "must reads" ...
- In Minnesota it is illegal to transport prohibited invasive species. Prevent the transport of harmful invasive species - help stop aquatic hitchhikers.
- Read up on what the DNR's doing for Walleye Management
- DNR's Fishing News
- Explore Minnesota Fishing Report
- The Minnesota Climatology Working Group's Fishing Opener Weather Forecast
- Learn about becoming a Minnesota Master Angler
Best Times For Fishing:
- One hour before and one hour after high tides, and one hour
before and one hour after low tides. Inland, the times for high tides
correspond with the times when the Moon is due south. Low tides are
halfway between high tides.
- During the "morning rise" (after sunup for a spell) and the "evening rise" (just before sundown and the hour or so after).
- When the barometer is steady or on the rise. (But even during
stormy periods, the fish aren't going to give up feeding. The smart
fisherman will find just the right bait.)
- When there is a hatch of flies—caddis flies or mayflies,
commonly. (The fisherman will have to match his fly with the hatching
flies or go fishless.)
- When the breeze is from a westerly quarter rather than from the north or east.
- When the water is still or rippled, rather than during a wind.
A Promising Outlook. Minnesota's Walleye Fishing Opener and Mother's Day - what can possibly go wrong? The only chance of showers/thunder over the next 8 days comes Friday, otherwise dry weather prevails, the ECMWF not predicting any rain for the weekend (miraculously). Temperatures mellow well into the 70s next week, possibly reaching 80 the by Thursday and Friday of next week.
Searching For A Pot Of Gold. Thanks to Lori Ryan (and Instagram) for reminding us about the proverbial end of the rainbow, following a heavy shower in the St. Louis Park area. Well done!
26 states across America experienced the warmest January - April period on record; temperatures running an average of 5 degrees F. warmer than normal.
10 warmest years on record for the USA observed since 1999. Details from NOAA NCDC below.
...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN MINNESOTA... REDWOOD RIVER NEAR REDWOOD FALLS AFFECTING REDWOOD COUNTY MINNESOTA RIVER AT NEW ULM AFFECTING BROWN AND NICOLLET COUNTIES .OVERVIEW...THIS RIVER FORECAST IS BASED ON OBSERVED PRECIPITATION OF 4 TO 6 INCHES OF RAIN THAT FELL OVER THE BASIN IN THE PAST FEW DAYS. THE REDWOOD RIVER AT REDWOOD FALLS HAS CRESTED ONCE...AND WILL CREST AGAIN AS MORE WATER ARRIVES FROM UPSTREAM MARSHALL. THE HEAVY RAINS ARE QUICKLY GETTING ABSORBED INTO THE EXTRA DRY GROUND OVER SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA... PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... DO NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. TURN AROUND...DON`T DROWN. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR LOCAL RADIO OR TV STATION FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS FLOOD EVENT.
Photo Of The Day. A chance of turbulence? Yes, I'd say so. Details on this amazing photo, courtesy of the Reno office of The National Weather Service: "This photo was taken by pilot Gordon Boettger while soaring in the vicinity of Wells, NV. The camera is looking south across the Ruby Mountains. Gordon reported that at the time a rotor cloud to his left was "turning like a washing machine". Rotor clouds, when present, indicate turbulence that is very dangerous to aviation. Thanks for sharing this photo Gordon!"
Suddenly Hungry For Ice Cream. Check out the photo from the Brownsville, Texas office of The National Weather Service, via Facebook: "Taken outside the office a few minutes ago...look at the striations!"
"One of the main conclusions of the report was that governments would be unsuccessful in their attempts to mitigate or prevent global warming. “We need a system of governance that takes a more long-term view,” Randers said “It is unlikely that governments will pass necessary regulation to force the markets to allocate more money into climate friendly solutions, and must not assume that markets will work for the benefit of humankind.” - from an RT.com article, details below.
Photo credit above: "This NASA "Blue Marble" image of Earth was generated from data produced by the Suomi NPP Satellite. Click on the image for a larger version. Credit: NASA."
Map credit above: "Locations where monthly record high temperatures were set during April 2012. The colors indicate the magnitude by which the previous record was exceeded. Credit: NOAA."
Slow-Motion Warming Trend. We should reach mid-60s today, then mid-70s Thursday afternoon with a stiff south breeze. A cool frontal passage knocks highs into the mid-60s Saturday, a shot at 70 on Mother's Day. Temperatures continue to mellow into the 70s next week, reaching 80 by the end of next week.
Photo credit above: "CBS 11 viewer Leigh Taylor took this photo from the Crescent Court in Dallas on September 8, 2010."
#1). Hawaii. This chain of islands was literally formed by tectonic shifts that produced giant mountains that shoot red-hot molten material from Earth's core into the sky with alarming ferocity. And there's always a chance of a catastrophic tsunami or flood. While the island boasts some of the most beautiful vistas in the entire world, the Aloha spirit may not be enough to shield you from the awesome power of nature.
"I keep hearing you talk about a drought this year, yet on the same page, I see that we're 3.82 inches above average precipitation for the year.
So how are these drought conditions? Can you explain?"
Percentage of Normal Precipitation Since October 1. This maps does a slightly better job explaining how portions of Minnesota can still be in drought, in spite of recent heavy rains. Even factoring the 2-5" rain that fell the first week of May, since October 1 precipitation is 25-50% of normal across much of western, northern and central Minnesota. Only the Twin Cities metro and portions of southern Minnesota have seen "normal" precipitation since October 1, 2011. Map courtesy of NOAA.
"I'll be there for you until the last dog dies.." - Bill Clinton, campaigning in 1992
"An Accumulation of Coincidences"
I've been accused of being a "weather terrorist" for warning of tornadoes, and a "warmist" and "alarmist" - for pointing out jaw-dropping trends in the data. I can live with that. I've been called far worse (by loved ones).
Funny how we've gone from conversations & debates to screaming at each other, typing snarky e-mails and FB posts. Progress.
In an attempt to further endear myself to the usual climate-change-deniers let me point out some headlines from those left-leaning, tree-hugging alarmists down at NOAA: April was the 3rd warmest on record, following the warmest March on record. The last 12 months were the warmest ever recorded across the USA. NCDC reports America's 10 warmest years have taken place since 1999.
No worries. I'm sure it's all one great big cosmic coincidence.
No big storms or sloppy fronts are in sight through the end of next week; we all get a break. A stray T-shower is possible Friday, but skies clear for Saturday's Walleye Fishing Opener, highs in the 60s. Mother's Day looks sunny, highs near 70.
Keep in mind sunburn has nothing to do with air temperature; it's a function of sun angle. Sunscreen makes a lovely Mother's Day present! Maybe not.
* chart above courtesy of NOAA, NCDC and planetsave.com.
"There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet." - Brooke Medicine Eagle
Image Of The Day: Methane Leaking Through The Cracks. Here's an excerpt of a May 9 press release from NASA's Earth Observatory: "The fragile and rapidly changing Arctic is home to large reservoirs of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. As Earth’s climate warms, that methane is vulnerable to possible release into the atmosphere, where it can add to global warming. Researchers have known for years that large amounts of methane are frozen in Arctic tundra soils and in marine sediments (including gas hydrates). But now a multi-institutional study led by Eric Kort of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has uncovered a surprising and potentially important new source of methane: the Arctic Ocean itself. The photograph above was taken by Kort, and it shows leads and cracks in the ice cover of the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska. During five research flights in 2009–10, Kort and colleagues measured increased methane levels while flying at low altitudes north of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas in a National Science Foundation/National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Gulfstream V aircraft as part of the HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) airborne campaign."
Sweltering Earth: Dangerous Global Warming Awaits The Planet In The Next 40 Years - Report. Alarmist? Warmist? We'll see. Here's an excerpt from Germany's RT.com: "Rising carbon dioxide levels will most likely cause the global average temperature to rise two degrees by 2052, the Club of Rome think tank has said in a report. Failure to come up with a coordinated solution to address the issue of global warming will lead to a dangerous warming of the Earth’s climate, the report published by Norwegian academic Jorgen Randers says. The paper, titled “2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years” even raises the possibility that humankind might not survive if it continues on its path of over-consumption and short-termism. With the world population predicted to reach a peak level of 8.1 billion by 2042, global consumption and demand will only be growing, causing even more greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation."
Photo credit above: "Visitors to the American Museum of Natural History in New York inspect a model of a 60-foot sauropod, a plant-eating dinosaur. A study links sauropods' methane gas to late Jurassic climate change. (Mary Altaffer, Associated Press / April 13, 2011)."
* Never Stand Behind A Dinosaur, New Research Shows. The same story, from a different angle, courtesy of Climate Central.
Conservative Think Tanks Step Up Attacks Against Obama's Clean Energy Strategy. Here's an excerpt from The Guardian: "A network of ultra-conservative groups is ramping up an offensive on multiple fronts to turn the American public against wind farms and Barack Obama's energy agenda. A number of rightwing organisations, including Americans for Prosperity, which is funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, are attacking Obama for his support for solar and wind power. The American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which also has financial links to the Kochs, has drafted bills to overturn state laws promoting wind energy. Now a confidential strategy memo seen by the Guardian advises using "subversion" to build a national movement of wind farm protesters."
Photo credit: The Hollywood Reporter.