Turning The Corner
It's been a ponderous spring: cool, wet and utterly forgettable. No kidding, Paul. The drought is fading fast, lawns are green, lakes brimming with (chilly) water. "That's all well and good, but am I going to be able to strip down to shorts, apply sunscreen and pretend it's May this holiday weekend?"
Next question please.
Although far from perfect I'm still cautiously optimistic you'll be able to salvage much of your 3-Day weekend outside. Saturday appears to be the driest day; an approaching warm front sparks T-storms Sunday into Memorial Day as dew points surge above 60F. A few misguided souls may accidently complain about the humidity by Sunday.
Timing warm frontal T-storms is difficult, but they often flare up at night, with some midday and afternoon sun. The model guidance I'm studying suggests that Sunday may bring the most widespread storms, a better chance of breaking out into a little hazy sun Memorial Day as highs brush 80F. A few downpours are likely - have an indoor Plan B ready to go, especially Sunday.
80s linger much of next week as the jet stream finally lifts north of Minnesota, allowing a more summer-like airmass to linger.
Next week may feel like July. Really!
Minnehaha Creek Unsafe For Paddling Due To High Water Levels. Here's a clip from an article at The Star Tribune: "The Minnehaha Creek has reached dangerous levels for kayakers and canoers this Memorial Day weekend. On Wednesday, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District advised paddlers to stay off the creek because of the unsafe conditions. With high, fast-moving water, downed trees and other debris, some bridge underpasses aren’t navigable..."
Photo credit above: Chris Grenz in Denver.
Dayton, We Have a Problem. A webcam operated by Ohio's Department of Transportation showed evidence of a big back-up on I-70 north of Dayton, which was temporarily closed for a time Wednesday due to flash flooding from intense thunderstorms.
Graphic credit above: "A map showing temperature anomalies across the globe in April 2014." Credit: NOAA National Climatic Data Center.
Map credit above: "Map of all reported tornadoes during the Enigma Outbreak. Note that the northernmost tornado tracks may actually have been downburst damage. It is likely that there were many more tornadoes that simply went unreported, and some tracks may have been tornado families."
Map credit above: ITUC.
Google Plans To Show Advertisements Through Your Thermostat and Car. One question: will these ads be served up based on Google's algorithms of my behavior or the NSA's? Some days I wonder. Here's an excerpt from The New York Times: "...According to a December letter sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which became public on Tuesday, Google hopes to put ads “on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities.” How would this work? Imagine that it’s a cold winter day. The snow starts floating down, a wind kicks up and you go to your thermostat to kick up the heat. In Google’s world, that action could be met with an advertisement on your thermostat for a new wool sweater..."
Photo credit above: Jeff Swensen for The New York Times."
Everything Is Broken. Poorly-written software code makes it easier for hackers (and spying eyes) to gain access to your personal information. If you're paranoid yet, you will be after reading this story at Medium; here's an excerpt: "...We often point out that the phone you mostly play casual games on and keep dropping in the toilet at bars is more powerful than all the computing we used to go to space for decades. NASA had a huge staff of geniuses to understand and care for their software. Your phone has you..."
Photo credit above: "A flooded area is seen in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, May 19, 2014. Belgrade braced for a river surge Monday that threatened to inundate Serbia's main power plant and cause major power cuts in the crisis-stricken country as the Balkans struggle with the consequences of the worst flooding in southeastern Europe in more than a century. At least 35 people have died in Serbia and Bosnia in the five days of flooding caused by unprecedented torrential rain, laying waste to entire towns and villages and sending tens of thousands of people out of their homes, authorities said." (AP Photo).
File photo: Shutterstock.
Will Climate Change Affect The Future of Travel? Here's a clip from an interesting perspective from petergreenberg.com: "...According to the assessment, more than 1.2 million people move to coastal areas within the United States each year. Today, those populations make up 164 million, or 50 percent of the country’s population. Many of these individuals move for better work opportunities, tourism included. Almost 5 million Americans live less than four feet above the local high tide level for their area. These areas also include hundreds of billions of dollars of property. Additionally, more than 180 million tourists travel to U.S. coasts each year...."
Photo credit above: "A test rocket being launched at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia." Credit: NASA Wallops Flight Facility
Global Warming Threatens More Deadly, Everest-Like Avalanches. Here's a video and story excerpt from NBC News: "...The April 18 avalanche, in which ice and snow swept away 16 Nepali sherpa guides, was the deadliest disaster on the 8,850-m (29,035-ft) Mount Everest and shocked the global mountaineering community. It was not the only disaster that could be linked to melting glaciers and the impact of climate change. In May 2012, more than 60 people, three Ukrainian tourists among them, were killed in the popular Mount Annapurna region in western Nepal after flash floods triggered by an avalanche washed away Nepali homes..."