Along comes breaking (shocking!) news that, given a choice between locating that new business in a gray, dreary northern location or the sun-drenched southwest, it might make more dollars and sense to set up shop Up North. Really.
Recent studies at Harvard and The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill confirm that workers are more productive on rainy days. Blue-bell days were distracting, with more work-related errors. Details on the blog. You're telling me there's a good reason I have a company in the Twin Cities vs. Phoenix or L.A.?
What the report didn't mention: if the weather is too lousy it's hard to attract great people.
I tell my new recruits the truth: Minnesota's coldest days (which aren't that cold anymore) tend to be sunny, which takes some of the sting out of those cold fronts. Rationalizing the chill? Perhaps. I'm not above trying that...
We're heading into a warmer, positive phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation, which may tip the odds in favor of more rain than snow the next 1-2 weeks.
Not exactly Indian Summer but 50s will feel good today, followed by a slight cooling trend Saturday - near 50F again Sunday. A light mix may brush MSP on Tuesday. The European model hints at a cold rain on Halloween.
Image credit above: "Heavy smog has shrouded much of eastern China, and air quality levels have been dropped to extremely dangerous levels. The heavy smog is caused by industrial pollution, coal and agricultural burning, and has been trapped by the mountains to the west and wind patterns. The thick haze of smog is clearly visible as the murky gray color in this true color satellite image." NASA/NOAA.
Photo credit above: Sage and Coombe Architects. "Sage and Coombe Architects’ trellised canopies perch in front of restored concession stands in Queens, N.Y."
Photo credit above: "Theodore Fujita was born Fujita Tetsuya." University of Chicago.
Photo credit above: Shutterstock "More solar is on its way."
Photo credit above: "Owens, cruising the streets of Richmond." (Associated Press).
- When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
- Where: Fine Line Music Cafe
- Address: 318 First Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55401
- Doors: 8:00pm | 21 +
- Tickets: $6 at door
- Event page: http://thelostwheels.com/the-lost-wheels-rule-for-a-day-cd-release-show/
"Australia's Bureau of Meteorology says this year the average daily temperature has been 1.36 degrees above the historical average and the 12 months ending September 30 were Australia's hottest year ever recorded". - The Sydney Morning Herald.
Photo credit above: Rob Griffith - AP. "Firefighters control flames during hazard reduction in Bilpin, 46 miles from Sydney, Oct. 23, 2013."
Photo credit: "Jeff Severinghaus, a professor of geosciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography." — K.C. Alfred.
Photo credit above: Stanley Greene/NOOR/Redux. "Greenland, photographed from a boat navigating the melt where dog sleds used to travel across the ice, October 2009."
Climate Change Cost You The McDonald's Dollar Menu. Quartz has the story - here's the intro: "The McDonald’s “Dollar Menu” is no more—or rather, it will now be the “Dollar Menu & More,” including sandwiches, sides, and snacks that cost up to $2. The new menu, driven by rising prices on commodities, is the product of extensive negotiations between McDonald’s corporate headquarters and their franchisees. Here are some of the trends behind the change.
1). Droughts have driven up the wholesale price of cattle. Since 2011, rising temperatures across the United States have led to drought conditions in cattle-ranching states like Texas and Oklahoma.