Here in The Land of Low Weather Expectations 40F is considered grilling weather. 70F is an invitation to take off your shirt and bask in the sun. Today may at least partially restore your faith in a Minnesota spring; probably the mildest day of the year, to date.
Soak it up. We cool off a bit Thursday with spotty showers Friday & Saturday. By early next week a major storm is forecast to spin up near the Quad Cities of Iowa, pulling colder air into Minnesota. A cold rain Sunday could, in theory, end as wet snow Sunday night and Monday morning; the best chance of slushy lawns and robins just south and east of the Twin Cities.
ECMWF (European) guidance shows highs holding near 40F Monday, chilly weather much of next week with an atmosphere just cold enough for a rain/snow mix by the end of the week. Something to look forward to.
Look at the bright side: no bugs or drippy humidity levels to accompany today's lukewarm serenade. No wailing tornado sirens to ruin the fun. Expect a long & luxurious summer; today's a preview of coming attractions.
And even if it does snow next week any flakes in your yard will be fleeting. The sun is too high in the sky for prolonged snow cover.
* last time we hit 70F in the Twin Cities? October 11, 2013, when the high was 75F. We're due.
8. The number of years since the U.S. was struck by a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher). The last one was Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 over Southwest Florida.<http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/history/>
2. The number of hurricanes during the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Humberto and Hurricane Ingrid were both Category 1 hurricanes but did not reach the United States.Source: National Hurricane Center
185. The number of coastline counties along the Atlantic (129 counties) and Gulf of Mexico (56 counties) most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes.<http://www.census.gov/newsroom/emergencies/additional/additional_information_on_coastal_areas.html>
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Photo credit above: "The Vue Cinema in Exeter, England got a taste of the movie “Noah” thanks to a faulty ice machine." Photo by Flickr user AroundExeter.co.uk.
NASA Study Finds Arctic Melt Is Now 15 Days Longer Than 30 Years Ago. Environmental News Network has the update; here's an excerpt: "The length of the melt season for Arctic sea ice is growing by several days each decade, and an earlier start to the melt season is allowing the Arctic Ocean to absorb enough additional solar radiation in some places to melt as much as four feet of the Arctic ice cap’s thickness, according to a new study by National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA researchers. Arctic sea ice has been in sharp decline during the last four decades. The sea ice cover is shrinking and thinning, making scientists think an ice-free Arctic Ocean during the summer might be reached this century. The seven lowest September sea ice extents in the satellite record have all occurred in the past seven years..."
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* 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...."
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