Labor Day Flashback
Labor Day 2013, a chance to look back and remember the odd jobs I've had over the years.
Delivering newspapers - on a minibike, making subs & pizzas, washing dishes at a Sheraton (worst job ever?), being told by McDonalds that I wasn't "management material". That hurt. Asking a kid in high school study hall if the AM radio station he worked at had their own on-air weatherman. Updating 11 FM stations from a payphone in my (noisy) college dorm. Standing outside, like a wayward postal carrier, pointing to a green screen, trying to make sense of the weather for a string of TV stations. Launching my own TV weather studios in 2008, only to participate in a new national weather channel two years ago. Didn't see that coming. In fact my meteorological career has been tougher to predict than the weather, taking some odd twists and turns, more pleasant surprises than unpleasant setbacks.
It's been a strange and wonderful ride with great friends along the way. No regrets.
Today will be a meteorological breath of fresh air: blue sky, dew points in the 40s - a preview of coming attractions. Enjoy what may be the best day at the fair, because summer isn't nearly done with us yet. Highs may reach or top 90F from Thursday into Saturday. That's on top of the 16 days of 90-plus highs since May. Average is 13. Last summer: 31 days at/above 90F.
More than half the state is in a moderate drought again; I don't see any rain until Sunday & Monday of next week.<p>In fact I'm seeing a warm, dry bias into much of September. Long range guidance shows 80s looking out 2-3 weeks.
Photo credit: Chris Hardie. "A cornfield near Ettrick show signs of stress from the recent drought."
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Photo credit above: "In this Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, a member of the Bureau of Land Management Silver State Hotshot crew from Elko, Nevada, stands by a burn operation on the southern flank of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California. The wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has become the fourth-largest conflagration in California history." (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service, Mike McMillan)
Graphic credit above: "Amid perfect cosmic symmetry, there's us." Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer.
Photo credit above: "A tourist walks along a white sand beach in Doloda Island, North Maluku, Indonesia, on August 25, 2006. A new species of shark that "walks" along the seabed using its fins as tiny legs has been discovered in eastern Indonesia, an environmental group said Friday." (AFP Photo/Adek Berry).
Photo credit above: "U.S. Navy officers and sailors stand at attention as U.S. Navy ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) berths at the Changi Naval Base on Thursday April 18, 2013 in Singapore." (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E).
Spread Of Global Crop Pests Threatens Global Food Security As World Warms. EurekAlert has the story - here's an excerpt : "A new study has revealed that global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km a year. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change and carried out by researchers at the University of Exeter and the University of Oxford, shows a strong relationship between increased global temperatures over the past 50 years and expansion in the range of crop pests. Currently 10-16% of global crop production is lost to pests. Crop pests include fungi, bacteria, viruses, insects, nematodes, viroids and oomycetes. The diversity of crop pests continues to expand and new strains are continually evolving. Losses of major crops to fungi, and fungi-like microorganisms, amount to enough to feed nearly nine percent of today's global population. The study suggests that these figures will increase further if global temperatures continue to rise as predicted..." (file photo: Star Tribune).