Everywhere I go people come up and ask me the same pained question. Is it safe? "Can I remove my driveway stakes? No more snow, right Paul?" Nervous laughter. "Is it safe to plant my annuals? Can I put my boat in without ice forming on my engine block? Is it safe to finally come out of my weather bunker?"
Although I may have said something similar in late March.
Son Of Polar Vortex shows signs of (finally!) retreating north. The jet stream buckles northward over the next 72 hours, sending a well-timed warm front surging across the Great Plains.
We should hit 70F later today; mid-70s are likely Tuesday, another string of 70s as we sail into Memorial Day weekend. Long-range ECMWF models prints out 82F on Memorial Day, which made me want to give my laptop a hug.
Don't do it. People will stare.
"But will there be complications, gangs of thunderstorms to spoil our lukewarm fun?" T-storms are likely Monday, some heavy, but a puff of slightly drier Canadian air keeps most of the action south of Minnesota Tuesday into Sunday. A few storms may pop by Memorial Day, especially up north, after daytime highs nudge 80 degrees.
Frost and jackets to shorts in 48 hours?
Only in Minnesota.
Moore Tornado Victims Rebuild With New Rules. Yes, strengthening building codes in the heart of Tornado Alley sounds like a very good idea; here's an excerpt of a story and video at NBC 5 in Dallas: "...Burkhart's home was one of nearly 1,200 that were damaged or destroyed. The storm generated enough debris to cover the basketball court at the American Airlines Center in Dallas in a stack nearly two miles high. Parts of Moore now look like a new housing development in North Texas. But with the new homes, come new rules. In April, Moore became the first city in the country to require all new homes to stand up to 130 mph winds with stronger frames, additional bracing and sturdier garage doors..."
Photo credit above: Gary Porter. "A two-by-four is shot out of a cannon to simulate debris being whipped about by 250-mph winds, during testing at Forest Products Laboratory in Madison."
Photo credit above: Chicago Tribune, which has a slightly different perspective on the suit here.
Screenshot from presentation: "Recent Changes in Greenland & Antarctica," Joughin & Poinar.
Photo credit above: "In this Oct. 27, 2011 file photo, the last light of the day sets on Mount Everest as it rises behind Mount Nuptse as seen from Tengboche, in the Himalaya's Khumbu region, Nepal." AP Photo.
Warning Signs. Why The Struggle Over Climate Is Moving To The Executive Branch. National Journal has the article; here's the introduction: "Miami will likely be underwater before the Senate can muster enough votes to meaningfully confront climate change. And probably Tampa and Charleston, too—two other cities that last week's National Climate Assessment placed at maximum risk from rising sea levels. Even as studies proliferate on the dangers of a changing climate, the issue's underlying politics virtually ensure that Congress will remain paralyzed over it indefinitely. That means the U.S. response for the foreseeable future is likely to come through executive-branch actions, such as the regulations on carbon emissions from power plants that the Environmental Protection Agency is due to propose next month. And that means climate change will likely spike as a point of conflict in the 2016 presidential race..."