Off The Rails
Mother Nature is off her meds again. I've seen a lot of things in 30 years, but I don't think I've ever witnessed frost to 100F in 58 hours. Like turning on a light switch: instant blast-furnace heat. It was 102F at St. James, but only 44F in Grand Marais. The Twin Cities broke the old record of 95F in 1932. We're taking weather whiplash to a whole new level.
An omen for another sweltering summer to come? I doubt it. Overall I'm still predicting a cooler, wetter, stormier summer for Minnesota. Last year's debilitating drought will be a dusty memory for most of the state in a few weeks.
Last summer saw 31 days above 90F; I expect closer to 10-15 this year. But every now and then we'll see a sudden (breath-taking) heat spike, like yesterday.
We cool off a bit today - pleasant skies into Thursday before the next volatile warm front arrives with showers and T-storms Friday & Saturday. We may have enough low-level moisture (60-degree dew points) and wind shear for the first severe outbreak of 2013. Showers spill over into Sunday; another sharp cooling trend early next week.
In fact it may snow on Tuesday over the Minnesota Arrowhead.
Your choices this year? 100F or slushy snow.
Photo credit: Lake Nokomis, courtesy of Tom Wallace, Star Tribune.
* The MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) reports are here.
Image credit above: "An animation of infrared images from the GOES-13 satellite shows a massive system of convective clouds approaching and then enveloping the New York area on the morning of May 8." (Source: Cooperative Institute for Satellite Meteorological Studies.)
Photo credit above: "This stream gauge on the Boise River is one of several hundred in Idaho. The U.S. Geological Survey is shutting down up to 150 gauges to meet spending-cut requirements known as the sequester. Photo by Aaron Kunz/Earthfix."
Here's what we're monitoring:
- Cyclone Mahasen is pushing toward coastal Bangladesh and Myanmar. Although a worst-case scenario should be avoided, coastal storm surge flooding may still result in considerable loss of life Wednesday and Thursday.
- There have been three separate X-class solar flares since Sunday. Activity is increasing on the sun; conditions increasingly favorable for geomagnetic storms that may disrupt communications, GPS and pose some risk to the power grid in the months ahead.
- Two volcanoes: one outside Mexico City is coming to life; another on Alaska's Aleutians, capable of disrupting air travel to Asia if and when it erupts.
* More on Alaska's smoldering Cleveland Volcano from Discover Magazine.
A guest is more likely to get walked if:
1. He booked using Expedia, hence he has a deeply discounted rate and is less important.
2. He never stayed here before and may never visit the city again.
3. He’s a one-nighter..."
Photo credit: Michael Cunard.
98 F. record high yesterday in the Twin Cities (old record was 95F in 1932).
69 F. average high on May 14.
85 F. high on May 14, 2012.
"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..."