Eye Of The Storm
You may not be feeling very lucky when it comes to weather right now.
Trust me, we've dodged some big weather-bullets.
Fargo picked up 4.5 inches of rain Wednesday night; 5 week's worth. Iowa just saw the wettest spring on record with historic levels of river flooding in some counties. Much of the Midwest is mopping up from excessive rains, wet basements & swollen streams. In contrast Minnesota has dodged the worst of the severe storms and flash floods, with just enough rain to ease the drought.
Yes, my lawn is neon-green; there's water in the lakes. Now if the sun could stay out for more than 15 minutes so we could enjoy it all.
A tall order.
I suspect June will be cooler, wetter and stormier than average, the May we never had. 70s will be far more common than 90s. Just a strong hunch (more like a premonition).
Some early sun gives way to instability T-showers this afternoon; a cold storm aloft keeping us showery & cool on Saturday. We salvage some sun Sunday and Monday before the next storm arrives Tuesday. Not a hot front in sight.
We're keeping an eye on "Barbara", which just hit Mexico. It may regenerate into a tropical storm, possibly impacting Florida or the Gulf Coast by late next week.
Assorted Trivia from USDA:
* By late May, minor to moderate flooding was underway at nearly 100 river gauges in the western Corn Belt, with major flooding occurring in a few locations.
* For example, the Skunk River near Sigourney, Iowa, crested 9.93 feet above flood stage on May 28, surpassing the March 1960 high-water mark by a little over seven inches.
* Little Sioux River at Correctionville, Iowa, climbed 6.27 feet above flood stage on May 28, the third-highest crest in that location behind 10.34 feet in June 1891 and 6.86 feet in April 1965.
Latest snowfall on record in NY:
* In New York, a trace of snow fell on May 24—later than ever before recorded—in Syracuse and Binghamton
* The previous record for Syracuse had been May 17, 1973; Binghamton had received a trace of snow on May 18, 1973 and 2002.
* In Minnesota, Rochester’s record-setting precipitation totals for May and March-May reached 9.52 and 19.16 inches, respectively. Rochester’s previous records had been 8.41 inches in May 1982 and 15.87 inches in the spring of 2001.
* photo of the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines courtesy of Angie Kufner.
One more tidbit with Memorial Weekends. Looking at the solar radiation days for Friday through Tuesday, here's how they stack up from cloudiest to sunniest:"
"Yes, the Tuesday after Memorial Weekend is, on average, the sunniest. Not this year though!"
* credit for the solar data is the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus Climate Observatory.
Photo credit above: "A Tuesday, May 21, 2013 file photo, an aerial view shows Plaza Towers Elementary School, which was destroyed in Monday's tornado, in Moore, Okla. Unlike several others schools in the Oklahoma City area, Plaza Towers had no safe room." Photo: Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press.
* EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes comprise only 1% of all tornadoes in a given year, nationwide, yet they produce 70% of all tornado-related casualties.
Photo credit above: "Taxis in Hoboken, NJ, in October, after Hurricane Sandy." Courtesy: Todd Plitt, USA Today.
Image credit: CNET.
* access a Trulia Twin Cities map here.
Graphic credit above: "The happiest people in the country are more likely to report themselves both as less rushed and with no excess time."
Photo credit above: "A tornado passes across south Oklahoma City." Photograph: Paul Hellstern/AP.
Photo credit above: "Richard Thomas' Fenwick Island, Del., neighborhood flooded after Hurricane Sandy in 2012." Photo: Alex Brandon, STF / 2012 AP
* another perspecive on 108 ski resorts calling for collective action on climate change from Mother Nature Network.
Photo credit: AP, Carolyn Kasler.
Image credit above: "A computer climate model by the National Center for Atmospheric Research predicts an ice-free Arctic by 2040." Illustration by NCAR
Photo credit: "A man enjoys the ocean after sunset in 2012 on Ngapali Beach, Myanmar, located on the shores of the Andaman Sea."
Photo credit above: "Tiny Mora County in northern New Mexico recently became the first county in the country to pass an ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil extraction process known as fracking, which can release harmful chemicals in aquifers and municipal water supplies." (Julie Cart / Los Angeles Times)