Warmest Meteorological Spring On Record. March set the stage, and the Minnesota Climatology Working Group reports that central and southern Minnesota just experienced the warmest March - May period on record. Details: "Spring 2012 is the warmest Spring on record over central and southern Minnesota and is in the top five warmest over northern Minnesota.
Meteorological Spring (March-May) will finish with an estimate of 54.0 degrees at the Twin Cities International Airport. This will make 2012 the warmest spring on record since modern record keeping began in 1873. The old record was 52.5 degrees in 1977. In addition, 2012 is the warmest Spring on record for other locations across central and southern Minnesota, including St. Cloud and Rochester. Farther to the north, Duluth tied the warmest spring on record and International Falls had the 4th warmest spring.
The warm spring was helped out enormously by the warmest March recorded in Minnesota's history. The average temperature in the Twin Cities was 48.3 degrees, 15.5 degrees above normal. April followed with 50.0 degrees, 2.5 degrees above normal and May 2012 (though May 30) had 63.9 degrees, 4.9 degrees above normal.
It was also a wet spring as well. The total precipitation in the Twin Cities from March to May 2012 was 13.78 inches, 5.87 inches above normal. This was enough to finish in second place for the wettest meteorological Spring back to 1871. The wettest Spring on record is 1965 with 16.13 inches of precipitation."
A Busy Sunday. Whether you're loitering at the Edina Art Fair or taking in the sights, sounds (and food) of Grand Old Day in St. Paul, the sun should be out much of today. The best weather should come morning and midday; clouds increasing this afternoon with a slight chance of an afternoon thundershower - a better chance of a few scattered storms this evening and early tonight (best chance south of the metro).
Wettest May Since 1906. Parts of the Twin Cities metro picked up a summer's worth of rain last month; it was the second wettest May ever recorded since 1877. Source: NOAA.
A Quiet Week - Hot & Stormy Next Weekend? Let's just enjoy today and not fixate on next weekend. Dry weather should be the rule much of this week, but the ECMWF model is hinting at highs near 90 next weekend, with heavy showers and thunderstorms - the European model (which does a pretty good job catching trends 4-8 days out) is printing out several inches of rain next weekend.
* Data for June (coldest, warmest, driest and wettest Junes on record for the Twin Cities) is here.
- Minneapolis recorded its second wettest May on record with 9.34" of rainfall. The record is 10.33" set in 1906.
- St. Cloud recorded its second wettest May on record with 8.76" of rainfall. The May record is 9.68" set in 1912.
- The NWS Forecast office in Chanhassen recorded an impressive 11.23" of rainfall in May."
Pipestone with 11.06 inches
Windom with 10.83 inches
Lamberton with 9.87 inches
Hawley 6.72 inches
Floodwood 9.14 inches"
* Photo above courtesy of Yahoo.
Photo credit above: "Satellite image of fields that have been irrigated by central pivot systems, which use less water than many other irrigation methods. Credit: Wikipedia Commons."
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- Be prepared. Keep flashlights, batteries, water and other similar supplies in your home. A battery-operated radio is also good to monitor storms.
- Keep an eye on what’s happening. Watch the weather radar (Here is the Weather Channel’s Fredericksburg radar).
- Take shelter. Being in a car is one of the most dangerous places to be during a tornado warning (that’s when a tornado has actually been spotted, vs. a watch, when conditions are prime for a tornado). If you’re driving into the storm, head toward a shelter to wait out the storm."
1. There have already been two named storms in the North Atlantic before hurricane season officially began.
2. All it takes is one major storm to throw you for a loop -- or worse.
Photo credit above: WOODY HUBAND/Jacksonville.com. "John Gaughan, senior meteorologist at WJXT TV-4, says people shouldn't think that meteorologists are "crying wolf" just becaues a hurricane hasn't hit Northeast Florida in 48 years."
Photo credit above: "Solar geoengineering could lead to whiter skies, similar to the hazy and white effect often seen in urban areas (Photo: Shutterstock)."
"The summer night is like a perfection of thought" wrote Wallace Stevens. I enjoy every one of Minnesota's manic seasons, but June is extra-special. Before the bugs, the humidity and the Dog Days comes a lush, neon-green atmospheric daydream. The long days energize, jackets banished to cold storage.
Meteorological summer began on June 1, marking the start of what is historically the warmest 90 days of the year.
Rapid warming of the air above the ground can clash with a chilly hangover aloft, sparking churning thunderheads. Welcome to the wettest, most tornado-prone month of the year.
But after the wettest May since 1906, second wettest since 1877, we all catch a break in the coming week: a warming trend - without the gaping puddles, wailing sirens and beachball-size hail. I'm happy to be bored for a spell, knowing full well the ying and yang of a fickle sky floating overhead.
I take nothing for granted.
Expect low 80s for the Edina Art Fair and St. Paul's Grand Old Days today. A T-shower may pop later today and tonight, again Wednesday, but much of this week will be dry; highs near 80. Spring the way it was meant to be.
Soak it up; the ECMWF (European) model, which is usually on-track with longer term trends, is predicting 90+ highs a week from today.
Graphic credit above: "Australian mean temperatures over the last millennium, with 95% confidence levels."
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Is the basic premise of global warming even logical?
What on Earth has previously addressed the soundness of global warming's underlying formula. Greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect occur naturally in our environment. Earth would be too cold for our survival without them, and their existence has been proven by "centuries of science, laws of physics and direct observation." A simple experiment can demonstrate CO2's heat-trapping properties, as you'll see at the 48-second mark of this Bill Nye video. Or you can see the principle proven in Mythbusters' "Young Scientists Special."
Photo credit above: "ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva has testified on Capitol Hill about the "potential long-term risks associated with climate change," but his company has flip-flopped on the issue for years." (AP)
Photo credit above: shutterstock.com.