Check your Doppler!
Outdoor grilling on a Saturday? Good luck. Here's how my Saturday went. "What TIME is it going to rain!" my wife barked. 2:47 PM I replied. "How LONG will it rain?" 2 hours 13 minutes I speculated.
Hey, I check the weather like everyone else, but I have zero pull with Mother Nature.
No, I didn't invent Doppler, but a previous company was the first to put radar on cell phones (2001). It's nice to see how (Doppler in your pocket) has caught on; people getting little bursts of weather info throughout the day. Smartphone apps are a great way to personalize weather & get warnings for your current GPS location.
The more sources of weather info - the better. Multiple safety nets.
Yesterday's MCS (meso-convective system), a swarm of heavy T-storms, is long gone. Today should still be the sunnier, drier, warmer day of the weekend. Nothing like a Father's Day sunburn. Don't forget the SPF 50 sunscreen before hitting the lake. The approach of slightly cooler air sets off a few T-showers tonight and Monday but I see a return of 80s, even 90F with T-storms by late week. In fact long range models are hinting at a severe storm outbreak next weekend, as Minnesota teeter-totters on the edge of blast-furnace heat (south) and unusually cool air just north.
A frustrating pattern for corn, bean and alfalfa farmers, delayed by a soggy spring.
Drought or flood? It's hard keeping everyone happy.
Especially my wife.
Relatively Quiet. The approach of slightly cooler air may set off a T-shower anytime from this evening into Monday, followed by mostly-dry skies Tuesday and Wednesday. A return flow of heat and higher dew points may fuel a few late week and weekend T-storms as highs return to the 80s.
More May Than June. The core of the jet, the prevailing winds aloft, are still hundreds of miles farther south than 2012, and considerably more south than average less than 1 week from the Summer Solstice. As slightly cooler air sags southward out of Canada a few scattered showers and T-storms are likely from Minnesota, spreading east as the week goes on. Monsoon-moisture may spread into Colorado Springs by Monday, with more numerous showers allowing firefighters to finally get the upper hand in the Black Forest blaze. 84 hour NAM loop: NOAA.
30 Day Rainfall Percent of Normal. Much of central Minnesota and the immediate Twin Cities has picked up twice as much rain as normal in the last 30 days, according to NOAA. Farms over southeastern Minnesota have seen 2 to 3 times more rain than average since May 15.
* The PBS NewsHour has more on Colorado's most destructive wildfire in it's history here.
Photo credit: Eyevine.
* the story at The Oklahoman is here.
Photo credit above: "Even after Panama's canal expansion is complete, Nicaragua's would be bigger." AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco.
The Worst Charities: Get Information Before You Make Donation. Here's an excerpt of an eye-opening report from Marketplace.org (which puts on a fine radio show on Public Radio, btw): ..."The top of our list is an organization called Kid's Wish Network. They operate out of a metal warehouse in Holiday, Fla. Over the past decade they've raised millions of dollars. Of that, about 80 percent -- $110 million -- has gone to professional solicitors, $4.8 million has gone to the charity's founder and his consulting firm, and only $0.03 of every $1 that they've raised has actually spent directly on helping kids," says Taggart. "Most of the causes are popular causes that appeal to donors and may sound like a more well-known group." To make sure that you're sending your money to good places, Taggart says there are many resources to research charities online."
The top 10 worst U.S. charities:
See the full list
Global Warming Conversation Changes. We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a planetary scale, but that won't reduce the need to adapt to this new world. Adaptation is a fact of life, as discussed in this article at NBC Philadelphia; here's an excerpt: "...University of Michigan professor Rosina Bierbaum is a presidential science adviser who headed the adaptation section of the administration's new National Climate Assessment. ``It's quite striking how much is going on at the municipal level,'' Bierbaum said. ``Communities have to operate in real time. Everybody is struggling with a climate that is no longer the climate of the past.'' Still, Bierbaum said, ``Many of the other developed countries have gone way ahead of us in preparing for climate change. In many ways, the U.S. may be playing catch-up.'' Hurricanes, smaller storms and floods have been a harsh teacher for South Florida, said Jacobs. "Each time you get walloped, you stop and scratch your head ... and learn from it and make change,'' she said. "It helps if you've been walloped once or twice. I think it's easier to take action when everybody sees'' the effect of climate change and are willing to talk about being prepared..." (photo credit: Marco Beltrametti).
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* the PDF report referenced above is here.