A year ago Duluth was mopping up from 10 inch rains; a 1 in 1,000 year flood for the North Woods.
But according to The Minnesota Climate Office there have been 3 additional 1 in 1,000 year floods over southern Minnesota, just since 2004.
Reinsurance giant Munich Re reports a five-fold increase in thunderstorm losses since 1980. Scientists acknowledge a 4 percent increase in water vapor. It's basic physics: warm up the air, even slightly, and you increase the capacity of the atmosphere to hold more moisture, more jet-fuel for severe thunderstorms.
The approach of a hot front will leave the atmosphere draped over Minnesota irritable and thundery into Sunday. Not a continuous rain, but numerous showers and heavy T-storms. Models hint at some 2 to 4 inch rainfall amounts by Sunday, and I wouldn't be surprised to see some flash flooding with a few of these storms.
It should be warm and humid enough to go jump in a lake. Just make sure there's no rough weather moving in.
If the sun peeks out Saturday & Sunday temperatures may approach 90F, with hotter than average weather spilling over into much of next week. Factor in dew points in the 70s and it may feel like Manila on a good day.
All that trash-talking about cool fronts earlier this month?
Photo credit upper left: Bob King, Duluth News Tribune.
- The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for May 2013 tied with 1998 and 2005 as the third warmest on record, at 0.66°C (1.19°F) above the 20th century average of 14.8°C (58.6°F).
- The global land surface temperature was 1.11°C (2.00°F) above the 20th century average of 11.1°C (52.0°F), also the third warmest May on record. For the ocean, the May global sea surface temperature was 0.49°C (0.88°F) above the 20th century average of 16.3°C (61.3°F), tying with 2003 and 2009 as the fifth warmest May on record.
Photo credit above: "A home in Sea Isle City, N.J., is moved to an adjoining property to correct damage issues inflicted by Superstorm Sandy." (Anjalee Khemlani / Associated Press).
Image credit: gizmodo.com.
Artificial food dye: Makes your food pretty and inhibits nerve-cell development.
Found in: Practically everything we eat: cake mixes, sports drinks, cheese, candy, and even MACARONI AND CHEESE.
Why it’s dangerous: Artificial dyes are made from chemicals derived from PETROLEUM, which is also used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and TAR! Artificial dyes have been linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity, just to name a few.
Where it’s banned: Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the United Kingdom.
For more information on artificial dyes, visit 100 Days of Real Food.
12:04 AM. Official start to summer in the Central time zone as the sun's direct rays fell on the Tropic of Cancer, as far north as they ever reach. Today is, in theory, the best day of the year to get a painful sunburn.
Photo credit above: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press. "President Barack Obama speaks in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effort to make good on promises he made at the start of his second term. “We know we have to do more — and we will do more,” Obama said in Berlin."
Photo credit above: "New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced changes to the city's building code to make buildings more resilient to extreme weather events." Credit: Spencer T. Tucker, NYC.gov.