Yesterday was a WOW moment, an atmospheric daydream; a healing gift from on high. We set out the Adirondack chairs and reintroduced ourselves to dazed, long-lost neighbors. Our dog, Leo, took us on a nice long walk.
You could almost see lawns greening up before your eyes; no small feat after the winter we just experienced. Based on the WMI, the Winter Misery Index, which measures snow amounts and severity of cold it was the toughest winter in a generation. You have to go back to 1983-84 to find a more severe winter overall. Yes, we were due for a perfect spring day, and I'm glad it came on Easter Sunday.
Northwest winds pick up behind a cooler front today; upper 60s will make for a distractingly nice Monday. Showers return Wednesday with a potential for a soaking rain Thursday as a storm spins up nearby. Chilly exhaust on the backside of the storm keeps us in the 40s Saturday.
And then it gets interesting. ECMWF (European) model guidance shows a big storm passing to our south early next week. It's too early for specifics, but let's just say it's conceivable a cold rain Sunday might end as wet snow or a mix 1 week from today. No, I'm not kidding.
Keep the faith. 70s return by the first weekend of May.
Judge Strikes Down Minnesota's Anti-Coal Energy Law. The Star Tribune has the story - here's a clip: "A federal judge on Friday struck down a landmark 2007 Minnesota law that bans new power generation from coal, saying it regulates business activities of out-of-state utilities in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson enjoined the state from enforcing key sections of the law, which North Dakota coal and utility interests said hampered their ability to find buyers for power from existing coal-fired generating plants or to plan for new ones...."
File photo: John Giles, AP.
Running Out Of Time. The New York Times ran an Op-Ed on the need to tackle this problem now, and not kick the can down the road for future generations to grapple with, when costs may be exponentially higher. Here's a clip: "...Avoiding that fate will require a reduction of between 40 percent and 70 percent in greenhouse gases by midcentury, which means embarking on a revolution in the way we produce and consume energy. That’s daunting enough, but here’s the key finding: The world has only about 15 years left in which to begin to bend the emissions curve downward. Otherwise, the costs of last-minute fixes will be overwhelming. “We cannot afford to lose another decade,” says Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and co-chairman of the committee that wrote the report. “If we lose another decade, it becomes extremely costly to achieve climate stabilization...”Why Climate Deniers Are Winning: The Twisted Psychology That Overwhelms Scientific Consensus. Debating the consensus and conspiracy ideation (if you believe 9-11 was an "inside job" or NASA faked the moon landings you're more likely to believe climate change is a hoax) takes center stage in this long, but excellent article. Here's a clip from a story at Salon: "...It’s a simple fact that your typical scientist already knows intuitively: Uncertainty grows with risk, exposure and potential loss, especially with complex nonlinear systems, like the global climate system. In fact, it’s not even possible to calculate how much damage could come from worst-case climate scenarios, as Working Group III lead co-author Christopher Field pointed out at the press conference for their report. The relationship between greater uncertainty and risk is both obvious to those in the know and invisible to those who aren’t. So it’s never been properly talked about — or even rigorously analyzed — until now..."