Welcome Spring Fling
Minnesotans EARN their springs. 2013 could be a poster child for crazy extremes: from 5-inch snows to 70s in 4 days? Impressive. Time to clean up the yard, drag out the lawn chairs, remove stubborn doggy deposits and banish my coats and long johns to cold storage.
The icing on the cake? I may rest my 21 foot Malibu on the surface of my icy lake....and try to be patient.
With highs over 70 today, Sunday and Tuesday ice should break up on metro lakes next week. I can only hope Governor Dayton enjoys ice fishing - I'm not at all convinced ice will be off the Park Rapids Lakes by May 9.
Always have a viable Plan B, right?
Today will be the day you've been day-dreaming about since November: blue sky, 71-74F, a gentle southwest breeze, no humidity, few bugs & allergies under control. About as good as it gets.
A weak cool front ignites T-storms by Sunday night but most of the weekend looks dry. A warm front surges north Tuesday; highs near 80F. Soak it all up because a temperature tumble arrives midweek; 40s by Wednesday.
Expect shorts, t-shirts & random convertible sightings this weekend, but keep a heavy jacket handy.
I almost forgot: the ECMWF hints at rain by Wednesday - mixing with wet snow next Thursday.
I'm not joking.
Photo credit: Seth Perlman / AP. "Steve Peters uses a make shift bridge to access dry land in Peoria Heights, Ill. The Illinois River crested at 29.35 feet, eclipsing a 70-year record in Peoria."
Photo credit: "A New Norris House: perhaps the most modest building in the AIA's top ten " (Photo: Ken McCown).
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Graphic credit above: 398.36 ppm. The very latest CO2 concentrations can be found at The Keeling Curve web site, operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
• Completely contrary to the popular contrarian myth, global warming has accelerated, with more overall global warming in the past 15 years than the prior 15 years. This is because about 90% of overall global warming goes into heating the oceans, and the oceans have been warming dramatically.
• As suspected, much of the 'missing heat' Kevin Trenberth previously talked about has been found in the deep oceans. Consistent with the results of Nuccitelli et al. (2012), this study finds that 30% of the ocean warming over the past decade has occurred in the deeper oceans below 700 meters, which they note is unprecedented over at least the past half century..."
Photo credit above: "The campaign suggests climate change has emerged as a serious issue for Obama to pursue in his second term." Photograph: Gideon Mendel/Corbis.