Hope Springs Eternal
Sinclair Lewis said it best. "Winter is not a season, it's an occupation." 69.5 inches of snow, 17 inches above average, to date. The Polar Vortex is getting its own reality TV show. I'm relieved that spring has regained its bounce.
Expect another unsettling neighborhood diaspora as pale, pasty neighbors emerge from hibernation, shielding their eyes from a foreign, lukewarm sun.
Weather zombies in our midst.
Tomorrow may be the day you've been daydreaming about for 4 months; even milder than Sunday. Pacific air, a sun angle as high in the sky as it was on September 8, and dwindling piles of gritty snow should result in a high near 70F. Note to self: ask for that raise Wednesday when your boss may be delirious, temporarily drugged by a warm front. Worth a shot.
A puff of cooler air sets off light rain showers early Thursday; a few heavier T-storms may sprout Saturday, the milder day of the weekend.
A Canadian relapse is still on tap early next week; highs in the 40s Sunday & Monday, but no more accumulating snow is brewing.
I feel like I was just pistol-whipped by Old Man Winter. Maybe we should start a support group? Oh yeah, we already have one.
It's called "Minnesota".
* photo courtesy of KARE-11.
Image credit above: "Some parts of Russia have shown even more extreme warming - in the Arctic, south Chukotka and Kamchatka regions temperatures rose 150 to 200 per cent more than in the rest of the country." Picture: Alexander Lesnyanskiy.
Photo credit above: " " Credit Steve Hebert for The New York Times.
Apple's "Holy War" With Google. Steve Jobs was pretty upset (uber-pissed) with the search giant before his death, as reported by Quartz; here's the introduction: "In 2010, a year before his death, Steve Jobs outlined Apple’s strategy in an email to the company’s 100 most senior employees. He heralded the “Post PC era,” vowed “Holy War with Google,” promised to “further lock customers into our ecosystem,” and warned that Apple was “in danger of hanging on to old paradigm too long.” The email was an agenda for Apple’s annual “top 100″ meeting later that year. It was released this week as part of Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung over smartphone patents..." (Image: phandroid.com).
* Warming in the region has been amplified ... with the rate of warming observed to be ~0.60±0.07 o C per decade in the Arctic (>64 oN) compared to ~0.2C per decade globally during the last three decades.
* sea ice extent has been declining at the rate of ~3.8% per decade,
* while the perennial ice (represented by summer ice minimum) is declining at a much greater rate of ~11.5% per decade.
* Spring snow cover [is] declining by -2.12 % per decade for the period 1967 to 2012.
* The Greenland ice sheet has been losing mass at the rate of ~123 Gt per year (sea level equivalence of 0.34 mm per year) during the period from 1993 to 2010
* for the period 2005 to 2010, a higher rate of [Greenland ice sheet] mass loss of ~228 Gt per year has been observed.
* the average area of mountain glaciers has declined by as much as 10% per decade during the period from 1960 to 2000.
* Increases in permafrost temperature have also been measured in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere while a thickening of the active layer that overlies permafrost and a thinning of seasonally-frozen ground has also been reported...."
Photo credit above: Andres Forza/Reuters.
More Than 100 Scientists and Economists Call For Rejection of Keystone XL Tar Sands Project. Here's a late update from NRCD, the National Resources Defense Council: "Today, more than 100 scientists and economists called on President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that would bring some of the world’s dirtiest fuel from under Canada’s Boreal forest to the Gulf Coast mainly for export. They write in the letter, “The world is looking to the United States to lead through strong climate action at home. This includes rejecting projects that will make climate change worse such as the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline...”