When will MSP International add condos, something with a nice runway view, for all those hard-charging, MQM-obsessed road warriors? OK. Not one of my better ideas.
I'm in dry, dusty Phoenix for a speech on weather & climate trends. It's true that Minnesota is blessed with a rich constellation of lakes and underground aquifers; plenty of fresh water to go around.
People living in the west don't take water for granted. Most urban areas rely on the Colorado River, which is stressed from increasingly fickle winter snows and perpetual drought. Dry areas are trending even drier; fueling larger, more intense wildfires.
As these trends accelerate many western states may look to Minnesota and the Great Lakes as an alternative, a "water safety net".
Wait for it.
Today should rub you the right way: more 70s under a sky that would feel right at home on Labor Day. A fleeting shower tomorrow heralds the arrival of a cooler front this weekend; 50s by Sunday under a dry, partly sunny sky.
You might want to check out the flaming fall foliage this weekend. Steady rain arrives late Monday into Wednesday of next week as highs slip into the 40s. Next week will feel like October; a metro frost 1 week from Saturday? For the record, that's about 2 weeks later than average. Whatever "average" is these days.
* image above: ThinkStock.
* The average length of the growing season in the contiguous 48 states has increased by nearly two weeks since the beginning of the 20th century. A particularly large and steady increase occurred over the last 30 years.
* The length of the growing season has increased more rapidly in the West than in the East. In the West, the length of the growing season has increased at the average rate of about 22 days per century since 1895, compared with a rate of about eight days per century in the East.
Photo credit above: "This aerial photo shows flood damage in Greeley Colo. during a helicopter tour by Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. John Hickenlooper, and FEMA officials, of flood-ravaged areas, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Kathryn Scott Osler, Pool).
* Congress's approval rating is at a record low of 5% Only Congress could make the meteorologists and economists look good. Details from The Atlantic Wire.
Photo credit above: molsoncanadian.ca
76 F. high in the Twin Cities Wednesday.
61 F. average high on October 9.
50 F. high on October 9, 2012.
1977: A few locations received early snow, including Minneapolis with 2.5 inches, Gaylord with 2 inches, and Jordan with 2 inches of snow.
1970: Early snowfall was recorded in west central Minnesota. Snow totals ranged from a trace to 4.2 inches in Benson. Other areas included Montevideo with 4 inches, Canby with 3.2 inches, Morris with 2.6 inches, Willmar with 2.5 inches. New London, New Ulm, and Buffalo all recorded 2 inches of snowfall.
1949: Bizzare storm brings Hurricane force winds across Minnesota. This was possibly the strongest non-thunderstorm winds seen in Minnesota. Top winds were clocked at 100 mph at Rochester, with a gust of 89 mph at the Twin Cities International Airport. 4 deaths and 81 injuries were reported. Numerous store windows were broken, and large chimneys toppled. The top 10 floors of the Foshay building were evacuated with the tenants feeling seasick from the swaying building.
1928: Record high temperatures were set across central Minnesota with high in the upper 80s to lower 90s. (information courtesy of the Twin Cities National Weather Service.
Photo credit above: "Ruth Macchione's old home in Fairbanks, Alaska, shown here on Aug. 26, is sinking into the ground. Her late husband hand-built it with sturdy logs, but the house rests on permafrost -- the top layer of which freezes and thaws each year -- so it's now tilted." (Photo: Wendy Koch, USA TODAY).
D.C. Climate Will Shift In 2047 Researchers Say, Tropics Will Feel Unprecedented Change First. Most of the climate models show the greatest risk of 2 and 3-Sigma events, 2 to 3 times the median in terms of extremes in temperature and rainfall, over the tropics. Here's a clip from a Washington Post article: "Locations around the globe will soon reach climactic tipping points, with some in tropical regions — home to most of the world’s biodiversity — feeling the first impacts of unprecedented eras of elevated temperatures as soon as seven years from now, according to a study released Wednesday. On average, locations worldwide will leave behind the climates that have existed from the middle of the 19th century through the beginning of the 21st century by 2047 if no progress is made in curbing emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, said researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who sought to project the timing of that event for 54,000 locations..."
* the actual paper (fairly technical but fascinating) is here, courtesy of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Photo credit above: AP Photo/The Washington Post, Linda Davidson, Pool.
First, isn’t the science too uncertain to act? No. Over the past five years, the scientific consensus has concluded resolutely that human emissions of greenhouse gases are heating the planet and will continue to do so. There is uncertainty over the rate of warming and the effect of feedback mechanisms, especially clouds, so future climate and weather conditions can only be thought of in terms of potential scenarios. Yet investors are trained to make decisions around a range of outcomes..." (Photo credit above: AP).
Photo credit above: "Copenhagen faces particular danger as sea levels rise and superstorms hit coastal areas with greater frequency." Photograph: Kontraframe.