Stages of "Spring"
Irritation. Anger. Incredulity. Shock. I hope I get to acceptance.
Now I look at the maps and just laugh. It's that - or weep uncontrollably, mourning a spring that might have been.
I'm so sorry I pressed the wrong button on my Doppler. It's all my fault.
Earth Day 2013 and the weather map still looks like something out of The Twilight Zone. A wave of low pressure tracking east along a cold front changes rain to snow tonight. Another plowable slush-fest is expected tonight, as much as 3-6" for parts of the metro. Then, a reinforcing cold front Wednesday, with PM sprinkles mixing with snow flurries.
Followed by a Light-Switch Spring: 60s by Friday; temperatures soar into the 70s Sunday & Monday. Snow - mud - green lawns, all in the span of 72 hours?
If you blink, hiccup or sneeze, you may miss spring altogether this year.
Rapid warmth, coupled with moderate to heavy rain predicted for the Red River Valley by Monday, will unleash the 4-10" of liquid water still trapped in the snow cover up north. I have a bad feeling about flood potential in Fargo & tornado season statewide.
What happened to global warming? Winter is hanging on here, but March was the 8th warmest on record, worldwide, according to NASA. Details below.
Photo credit above: RON JOHNSON/JOURNAL STAR "A boat sits in a flooded portion of a neighborhood along Oak Lawn Street in Chillicothe on Saturday."
8th Warmest March - Worldwide. NOAA NCDC reports 10th warmest, but NASA GISS data suggests that last month tied 2006 for 8th warmest. Thanks to Graham Saunders for bringing this link to my attention.
Chasing Ice, follows 'National Geographic' photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Balog's videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a young team of adventurers by helicopter, canoe and dog sled across three continents, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story in human history. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramp up around the world, 'Chasing Ice' depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to gather evidence and deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet."
* more on the (sometimes imperfect) coverage on the networks last week from Huffington Post.
“Smart investors can see that investing in companies that rely solely or heavily on constantly replenishing reserves of fossil fuels is becoming a very risky decision. The report raises serious questions as to the ability of the financial system to act on industry-wide long term risk, since currently the only measure of risk is performance against industry benchmarks.” Professor Lord Stern
Photo credit above: Armin Rose/Shutterstock
Photo credit above: "The polluted town of Huaxi in China, where excessive carbon use isn't penalised." Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters.