Sometimes you read a story and just shake your head in utter amazement. Last week saw a rash of 911 calls in Madison - people reporting "dead bodies" on area lawns. It turns out it was just sun-starved college kids sunbathing. Yep, reluctant zombies, just trying to get a tan. Details below.
"I'm calling this WUMMER, Paul. A rude mash-up of winter and summer...since we never really experienced spring" a friend complained yesterday. Will this be one of those tentative, sickly summers, where we celebrate every time we hit 80? No idea, but I suspect it won't be anything like 2012, when we couldn't buy a cool front.
Welcome to an All or Nothing May: frost Sunday morning to low 90s today? Wear a light jacket over your shorts and don't ask any questions.
A Fire Weather Warning is posted; gusty winds and low humidity fanning & accelerating any brush fires later today. We cool off a little Wednesday - 70s into next weekend.
No need to water anytime soon: a series of storms rippling along an east-west frontal boundary may drop some heavy rainfall amounts Friday into Tuesday of next week. Minor flooding is even a possibility. Drought to flood - 30s to 90s?
I can't remember a spring like this.
Heat Spike. All the models show a high above 90 today; a few suggesting mid-90s. Temperatures cool off into the 70s Wednesday and Thursday, before rising above 80 again by Saturday.
Warm And Wet. I suspect the ECMWF is underestimating today's heat: unless we stay cloudy the mercury should rise into the upper 80s, with a better chance of low 90s by late afternoon. Another surge of heat and humidity sparks T-storms Friday, Saturday and Sunday; temperatures cooling off into the 50s by Tuesday of next week.
Big Swings. While residents of New England reach for jackets folks in the Upper Midwest will be sweating thru a July-like day; 90-degree highs surging into Minnesota by afternoon. The Southwest remains dry with only spotty instability T-showers over the Southeast. NAM model loop: NOAA.
HOT AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL ARRIVE ON TUESDAY WITH TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO REACH THE MIDDLE 80S TO MIDDLE 90S. SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS FROM 15 TO 25 MPH AND GUSTS OF 30 TO 40 MPH ARE FORECAST ALONG WITH MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES NEAR 20 PERCENT. THIS CAN RESULT IN DANGEROUS WILDFIRE CONDITIONS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA. ...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM CDT TUESDAY FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR MOST OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM CDT TUESDAY. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * WINDS...SOUTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH...SHIFTING WEST. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 20 PERCENT. * IMPACTS...WILDFIRES COULD BECOME FAST MOVING IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME DUE TO THE STRONG WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.
Photo credit above: Travis Heying / AP. 'Ben McClure examines a wheat stalk in a Reno County, Kan., wheat field. Forecasts show a smaller crop due to drought and late-spring cold."
Photo credit: Lake Nokomis, courtesy of Tom Wallace, Star Tribune.
* The MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) reports are here.
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* "Fierce Fire Season Predicted For West". USA Today has the story, following up on the JPL press release above.
Image credit above: "The sun erupted with an X1.7-class solar flare on May 12, 2013. This is a blend of two images of the flare from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory: One image shows light in the 171-angstrom wavelength, the other in 131 angstroms." Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA
WHICH TO CHOOSE?
Beetles and caterpillars are the most common meals among the more than 1,900 edible insect species that people eat. Other popular insect foods are bees, wasps, ants, grasshoppers, locusts and crickets. Less popular are termites and flies, according to U.N. data..."
Photo credit above: Associated Press/Arnold Van Huis, FAO, ho - "This Feb. 20, 2008 photo provided by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows insects for sale at a market in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The U.N. has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects."
"The Earth has had many-times-higher levels of CO2 in the past," said Marc Morano, former spokesman for Republican Senator James Inhofe and executive editor of Climate Depot, a blog that posts articles skeptical of climate change. "Americans should welcome the 400 parts-per-million threshold. This means that plants are going to be happy, and this means that global-warming fearmongers are going to be proven wrong..."
“One of our major findings is that the Arctic was very warm in the Pliocene [~ 5.3 to 2.6 million years ago] when others have suggested atmospheric CO2 was very much like levels we see today. This could tell us where we are going in the near future. In other words, the Earth system response to small changes in carbon dioxide is bigger than suggested by earlier models,” the authors state.....How sensitive is the climate to increases in CO2, according to this “absolutely new knowledge” of paleoclimate temperatures?
Another significant finding to emerge from this first continuous, high-resolution record of the Middle Pliocene is documentation of sustained warmth with summer temperatures of about 59 to 61 degrees F [15 to 16 degrees C], about 8 degrees C [14 F] warmer than today..."Graphic credit above: "Arctic sea ice is melting much, much faster than even the best climate models had projected (actual observations in red). The reason is most likely unmodeled amplifying feedbacks. The image (from Climate Crocks via Arctic Sea Ice Blog) comes from a 2007 GRL research paper by Stroeve et al."
Graphic credit above: "Global progress on renewable energy graphic." Credit: Climate Commission.