Could Be Worse
Have I mentioned that July is the only month where snow hasn't been observed somewhere in Minnesota? I'd like to Explore Minnesota for signs of a warm front. Anything? You may be interested to hear the latest mega-snow on record in the Twin Cities was 6.6" on April 29, 1984. As I recall the locals were thrilled that year, too.
The sun is now as high in the sky as it was on August 19. Even on a gray day the sun's invisible infrared radiation will heat the ground, melting snow from below. Yes, it's hard to fathom, but by this weekend you'll be staring out at your lime-green lawn, serenaded by chirping robins.
This will be one of the more dramatic warm fronts I've seen in my 30 years living here on the tundra: from shin-deep slush to 70s in 5-6 days. The ECMWF is hinting at highs close to 80F by Monday.
Good news for our mental health - bad news for river flood potential, especially Red River Valley. If you live in an area that usually floods you'll want to be on high alert the next 1-3 weeks.
Look at the bright side: the drought is rapidly easing. Severe storm season has been delayed. Bugs & allergies are a non-issue.
And you'll never take a warm front for granted again.
File photo above: Brian Peterson, Star Tribune.
Photo credit above: "Flooding is seen along the Mississippi River near LaGrange, Missouri, in this April 21, 2013 handout photo courtesy of the Missouri Governor's Office." Picture taken April 21, 2013. REUTERS/Office of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon/Handout
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.
Image credit above: "NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars in 2012." Photograph: Nasa/JPL-Caltech/Rex Features
* more on the (sometimes imperfect) coverage on the networks last week from Huffington Post.
* photo courtesy of Laura Arne, who snapped this shot last night at her home in Minnetonka.
On Earth Day 2013, A Planetary Report Card On Global Warming. Here's an excerpt from a story at The Christian Science Monitor: "...Most climate scientists trace global warming to the relatively rapid buildup of atmospheric CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels long sequestered deep underground. Though only 0.04 percent of all the gases in the troposphere, where weather happens, CO2 is second only to water vapor as the most abundant greenhouse gas. And where a water molecule may remain airborne for up to 10 days before returning to the surface as rain, a newly emitted molecule of CO2 can remain in the air for centuries. "From the grossest physical indicator, we're not getting the job done as a planet," says Alden Meyer, director of the Union of Concerned Scientists office in Washington, of the steady rise in CO2 levels..."
Photo credit above: "The aurora borealis appeared just north of a snow-covered Canada in this image taken from the International Space Station last year. On Earth Day 2013, organizers have focused on global warming as a top issue." NASA/File
“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.