70+ mph wind gusts across the Dakotas yesterday. Details from NOAA.
* photo above courtesy of Mike Hall.
A Promising Weekend
Every other week I look at the maps and think "this is it for Indian Summer; time to dig out the heavy stuff!"
Step away from the Doppler Paul.
Now we get super-sized autumns in Minnesota; the last 10 Novembers warm enough to play golf in the metro area. Last winter we saw 50s into Thanksgiving week.
Ask any farmer; they'll tell you the growing season is longer than it was 40 years ago. Today's weather blog includes a story, highlighting evidence that Midwestern corn planting comes 12.4 days earlier than it did in 1981.
Considering the sun will be as high in the sky today as it was back on February 23 it's a bit reasurring to see 60s for Sunday - the ECMWF is hinting at 70 next Tuesday!
Fleeting warmth is nice. So is rain.
Over 30 percent of Minnesota is now in extreme drought - most of the MSP metro in a severe drought. A tenth of an inch is possible today, a potential for heavier rain by the middle of next week as Gulf moisture streams north, fueling an impressive storm.
We're sliding into a wetter pattern, but even a naive optimist like me finds it doubtful we'll pick up 4 to 11 inches of rain in the next month, enough moisture to kill the drought.
Then again.. we all know how quickly our weather can turn on a dime.
- Americans’ belief in the reality of global warming has increased by 13 percentage points over the past two and a half years, from 57 percent in January 2010 to 70 percent in September 2012. At the same time, the number of Americans who say global warming is not happening has declined nearly by half, from 20 percent in January 2010 to only 12 percent today.
- For the first time since 2008, more than half of Americans (54%) believe global warming is caused mostly by human activities, an increase of 8 points since March 2012. Americans who say it is caused mostly by natural changes in the environment have declined to 30 percent (from 37% in March).