Glass Half Full
At the 8th annual SAVE (suicide awareness, voices of education) Fashion Show on Thursday a woman came up and actually THANKED me for the weather. The only person to do so all year. Really? "Paul, I'm saving money on air conditioning and sunscreen; I haven't had to water my yard all spring! Lower melanoma risk too." I hadn't thought of it that way, but she has a point.
That said, most of us feel cheated. "Where's my warm front? Why can't we enjoy a sunny, lake-worthy Saturday!?"
According to Mark Seeley it was the wettest spring on record for southeastern Minnesota, where some counties shifted from drought to flood in the meteorological blink of an eye.
A cold swirl of low pressure aloft sparks more rain showers today; mainly PM hours. A north breeze and cool 60s will provide free A/C. The sun comes out tomorrow - temperatures 10 degrees below average. Only the brave & foolish will be in the water.
Blame a southward shift in the jet stream; maps look more like May 1 than June 1. The Time Warp of 2013.
Keep checking the blog for updates on a possible Gulf of Mexico (or Florida) tropical system brewing for late next week.
More good news: no earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes or sandstorms in sight!
Friday "Hailers". T-storms bubbled up in a hurry yesterday afternoon, producing a trail of 1" hail from Edina and Richfield to Arden Hills and Roseville, a period of torrential rain for downtown Minneapolis. SPC issued a Severe Storm Watch for the eastern suburbs and Wisconsin; big storms popping along the leading edge of a cooler front. Details from the KMPX Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service.
* record May rainfall in Oklahoma City; over 12" has fallen at KOKC. The drought is over.
Saturday Severe Threat. Oklahoma City gets a break today - finally, as a frontal boundary finally pushes east. Hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible fro Dallas to Memphis, Chicago, Louisville and Cleveland, according to NOAA SPC.
Tornado Distribution: 2001 - 2010. Here's an interesting map from NOAA, showing an apparent eastward shift in Tornado Alley. South Carolina and Alabama saw as many tornadoes per 10,000 square miles as Iowa and Oklahoma. Peak states for tornado touchdowns last decade: Kansas and Mississippi.
Image credit above: "First radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2 were obtained when the asteroid was about 3.75 million miles (6 million kilometers) from Earth. The radar collage covers a little bit more than two hours." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR.
Graphic credit above: "Graphic showing that we've been in an active period of tropical cyclone activity since 1995, where the average number of named tropical storms has jumped significantly to 15.2 per year." Climate Central.
Photo credit above: "A house is engulfed in flames as water and waves inundate homes on Galveston Island as Hurricane Ike approaches the coast Sept. 12, 2008." Photo: Smiley N. Pool, Staff / Houston Chronicle.