A friend of mine at the office explained a recent epiphany. "I rode my bike to work - blue sky, gentle breezes, chirping birds - for a few precious minutes I almost forgot about our nasty winter" he sighed.
One female friend compared the last 6 months to the meteorological equivalent of childbirth. That may be a stretch, but I get her point.
Our on-again, off-again spring has given way to a fast-forward summer, with all the 'fixins.
Mid-80s will lure you outside again today; no chance of red blobs showing up on Doppler. Take advantage of a quiet sky because a stalled frontal zone will spark a sloppy parade of showers and heavier T-storms from Saturday afternoon into Tuesday of next week. NOAA models predict some 2-3 inch rainfall amounts by the middle of next week; heaviest amounts over central and northern Minnesota, where many waterlogged farmers are already hurting from incessant rains and muddy fields.
A brewing El Nino favors a wetter, slightly cooler summer for Minnesota and most of the Upper Midwest; we'll see if that semi-educated guess pans out.
Hurricane season kicks off Sunday, and the GFS model still tries to bring a tropical system into Florida late next week.
No storms with names for Minnesota.
.96" of rain forecast from Saturday afternoon into early Monday at KMSP. (NAM model).
File photo: Andrew Graettinger, University of Alabama.
* image above is a Doppler radar velocity field showing the enormous EF-5 tornado that hit El Reno, Oklahoma on May 31, 2013, killing at least one amateur storm chaser and 3 tornado research veterans, including Tim Samaras. The red dots are locations of storm spotters relative to the tornado vortex.
File photo above: Andy Newman/AP. "In this Aug. 31, 2006 file photo, National Hurricane Center director Max Mayfield briefs a Charleston, S.C., television audience on the progress of Tropical Storm Ernesto, at the hurricane center in Miami. Delivering the weather has put a whole new group of celebrities on the national radar: meteorologists. Mayfield, the retired director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, became an accidental TV personality following Hurricane Katrina in 2005."
Researchers Turn To Drones To Gather Hurricane Information. Because drones can capture real-time data that Hurricane Hunter aircraft can't. Here's an excerpt of a great article from AP and Longview's News-Journal: "...Hurricane hunter aircraft typically don’t fly below 5,000 feet and can’t descend below 1,500 feet, and real-time radar doesn’t provide information about the thermodynamics at work inside a storm’s cloudy core. Canisters stuffed with electronics dropped from the planes transmit data about a storm’s pressure, temperature, winds and moisture as they fall to the ocean, but they remain airborne for only a few minutes. The kind of drone that Cione plans to launch from the hurricane hunters will spend hours descending slowly, cruising on the air currents spinning through a storm, possibly even orbiting a hurricane’s eyewall..."
File photo credit: "In this 1889 file photograph, people stand atop houses among ruins after disastrous flooding in Johnstown, Pa. Facts, figures and anecdotes about the Johnstown flood in Pennsylvania, which killed 2,209 people 125 years ago, gave the Red Cross its first international response effort and helped set a precedent for American liability law." Photo: Uncredited, AP.
Someone's not getting a refund from the IRS:
IPCC Co-Chairman Says Scientists Being Intimidated By Climate Change Deniers. The Irish Times has the story - here's the introduction: "Global warming deniers have been involved in a “concerted campaign to isolate individual scientists and destroy them,” according to one of the co-chairmen of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Prof Thomas Stocker, Swiss-born co-chairman of the panel’s working group on the scientific basis for climate change, said the campaign to undermine its fifth assessment report was led by “people and organisations with vested interests”...
Image above: Clean Technica.
* "Keep your eye on the man, not the dog". deGrasse's Cosmos YouTube clip describing the difference between weather and climate is a brilliant.
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Graphic credit above: "The location and April average CO2 levels measured at 12 World Meteorological Organization monitoring stations around the globe." Data: World Meteorological Organization.
Obama To Offer Rules To Sharply Curb Power Plants' Carbon Emissions. The New York Times has an update; here's the introduction: "President Obama will use his executive authority to propose a global warming regulation that would cut carbon pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants by up to 20 percent and pave the way for the creation of state cap-and-trade programs without having to go through a reluctant Congress, according to people familiar with the rule. The proposed regulation, written by the Environmental Protection Agency and set to be unveiled Monday by Mr. Obama at the White House, would be the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change and could become one of the defining elements of Mr. Obama’s legacy..."
File photo above: "Trees turning red in forests that have been attacked by the mountain pine beetles in Montana, July 7, 2011. Some scientists are increasingly worried that as the warming accelerates, trees themselves could become climate change victims on a massive scale." (Josh Haner/The New York Times).