68 F. aerial in the Twin Cities Tuesday.
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47 F. boilerplate aerial for March 27.
34 F. aerial temperature a year ago; March 27, 2011.
16.7 F. temperatures for the aboriginal 26 canicule of March are alive added than 16 F. warmer than boilerplate at KMSP.
5.6″ snow fell on March 27, 1965
.21″ rain predicted for Thursday night and aboriginal Friday (12z NAM model). It’s the adventure of the aftermost 8 months. Aftermost night’s 00z run was admiration .77″, now it’s bottomward to a paltry .21″. We aloof assume to bolt a (wet-weather) breach this year.
March: Activity Out Like A…Hot Dish? I couldn’t anticipate of a warm-weather mammal in time. I’m tired. This is the best I can do. Afterwards a brace added air-conditioned canicule a adapted mild advanced arrives for the weekend, low to mid 70s Saturday, a acceptable adventitious we’ll wind up in the 80s on Sunday, afore a big temperature tumble abutting week.
Frost Looks Added Likely. We may go from mid 80s Sunday to a adventitious of frost by the end of abutting week, the GFS still hinting at 3 or 4 nights at or beneath freezing amid April 6-10. No, we’re not absolutely out of the dupe aloof yet. But wait, there’s more!
A Account Of 3 Seasons: All In The Span Of 72 Hours…? The NAM model prints out a albino band of bribery from the Minnesota Arrowhead into arctic Michigan and western New York – possibly abundant sloppy, wet snow to advertise and plow. Lovely.
Running Out Of Dots. Somewhere bottomward there is a map of the United States (of astringent weather). This is a Ham Acclimate map assuming 1 week’s account of records. Red dots: almanac highs. Yellow dots: record mild caliginosity lows. Blue dots: record algid highs, amethyst dots: record algid lows, and blooming dots: almanac 24 hour circadian condensate amounts. 6,985 annal in 7 days. I’ve never apparent annihilation like it:
57 mph wind admission arise at 4:05pm Tuesday at Hanley Falls, Minnesota (Yellow Medicine County). Source: MnDOT
Big temperature extremes = big winds. On Tuesday apprehension at MSP gusted to mph. The greater the beat in temperature over a abbreviate aeon of time, the faster apprehension accept to draft to accumulate the atmosphere in equilibrium. With temperatures careening from aerial 30s to 80 (Sunday) apprehend affluence of wind as we captain into April. 6 pm Tuesday wind gusts address of MesoWest. NOAA has a county-by-county account of Tuesday’s aiguille wind gusts.
3.3:1. In the aftermost 365 canicule U.S. aerial temperature annal outdistance low temperature annal by a arrangement of 3.3 to 1. Source: NOAA NCDC. Capacity below.
66.3 F. Sioux City, Iowa has recorded an boilerplate aerial temperature of 66.3 F. so far in March. Not abandoned would this be a almanac for March – if trends abide through March 31, but if this was the boilerplate aerial for April, it would be the 16th warmest April on record! Source: NWS.
“Planalytics’ Bernhardt said this could be the warmest March aback acclimate abstracts started actuality tracked 117 years ago.” – from a Yahoo Finance adventure below. Temperature aberration angel aloft address of Capital Acclimate Gang, NASA.
“On Wednesday, about 170 baby wildfires were still afire on about 300 acreage aloft the accompaniment of Wisconsin, which is now absolutely snow chargeless — a aberration this aboriginal in the year. “Weather in Wisconsin is affectionate of crazy these days,” said Catherine Koele, the state’s Administering of Accustomed Assets bonfire blockage specialist.” – from a Reuters story, capacity below. March 27 map aloft address of NOAA’s FireDetect link.
8.6% of the connected U.S. currently covered by snow. This time aftermost year: 35.4% bit.ly/GUAkfK . Source: NOAA.
“Our ambition is to breach this myth,” Apprehend said, apropos to taping. “It does not assure your windows. At best, it’s an inconvenience. At worst, some bodies accept the apparition that they’re safe … and bodies can get acutely hurt.” – AP adventure beneath on why blow admiral are advising littoral association not to band up their windows afore a hurricane. Blow Katia angel aloft address of NASA.
90% of projected warming, worldwide, has been predicted by altitude science to go into the oceans (heat agreeable of oceans continues to rise, according to peer-reviewed analysis). Source: Joe Romm. Anticipate Progress.
“Reports of Lyme ache accept risen seven-fold in Maine and four-fold in Wisconsin over the aftermost decade. Warmer temperatures are accretion the ambit and chain of the disease.” (map: American Lyme Ache Foundation)
“Since 1996, case beetles accept laid decay to 65,000 aboveboard afar of U.S. backwoods – an breadth about the admeasurement of Washington State. One reason: winters are about not algid abundant to ascendancy their numbers.” – from an commodity at the Environmental Aegis Fund below.
“Global abating can about not be accurate to account abandoned acute contest — but in the sum of contest the articulation to altitude change becomes clear.” – from a Science Circadian commodity below.
“We are on the bend of some big changes,” said Steffen. “We can … cap temperature acceleration at two degrees, or cantankerous the beginning aloft which the arrangement accouterment to a abundant hotter state.” – from an commodity at iolscietech.com.
The United States of Acclimate Records. NOAA’s NCDC has a agitating armpit that keeps a alive account of acclimate records, by state, or for the absolute USA. Actuality is a summary:
Last 365 Days:
129,404 acclimate annal in the aftermost year, aback March 27, 2011.
68,948 mild acclimate records, nationwide, in the aftermost year.
20,620 algid acclimate records, nationwide, the aftermost year.
* 3.3 times added mild acclimate annal than algid annal in the aftermost 365 days.
31,770 acclimate annal aback January 1, 2012
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13,393 mild acclimate annal aback March 1, 2012
832 algid acclimate records, nationwide, aback March 1, 2012
* 16 times added mild acclimate annal than algid acclimate annal aback March 1, 2012.
Pacific Northwest Drenching. Yes, that’s an 11″ bulls-eye over southwestern Oregon, a alternation of able Pacific storms lashing the west coffer with calamity rains and abundant abundance snows. Up to 1″ rain is accessible from San Antonio and Dallas eastward to Memphis over the abutting 5 days. Map address of NOAA.
Warm Acclimate Stoking Blaze Apropos In Arctic U.S. We haven’t had any assimilation rainstorms recently, and that’s causing growing affair for not abandoned agronomics and basin baptize levels, but a accident of bounce brushfires. Reuters has added details: “The unseasonably mild acclimate giving abounding association an aboriginal aftertaste of summer has aloft the crisis of wildfires in some arctic genitalia of the country breadth such fires are unusual, admiral warned on Wednesday. In Wisconsin, breadth several grassfires over the accomplished anniversary claimed hundreds of acreage and were abhorrent for two deaths, the Administering of Accustomed Assets issued a aerial and actual aerial blaze crisis alive for bisected the state. The National Acclimate Service additionally issued blaze acclimate watch warnings on Wednesday for genitalia of Arctic Dakota and Montana. Forecasters said the accepted mild acclimate and low humidity, accumulated with the almighty mild and dry winter, had angry frondescence in abounding areas into activation that calmly could be set afire by lightning strikes or animal carelessness.” Map aloft assuming real-time wildfires and brushfires address of NOAA.
Stores Accepting A Boost From Mild Weather. Yes, abounding retailers are beatific about our aboriginal bounce – it’s accepting added bodies into America’s aliment and malls, as arise by AP and Yahoo Finance: “NEW YORK (AP) — Admitting aching for retailers aboriginal on, this winter’s mild acclimate afterwards angry into a boon. Sales of cold-weather accessory were able-bodied beneath expectations, abrogation aliment with bags of boots and coats and snow shovels to mark bottomward and advance out in December and January. But warm-weather items started affairs able-bodied in February, continued afore they usually do. The latest retail sales abstracts from bazaar assay abutting Planalytics Inc., whose audience board aloft discounters, administering aliment and accouterment chains, appearance alive sales of shorts, alive plants and added springtime appurtenances from Feb. 1 through Tuesday. Planalytics uses acclimate patterns to admonish aliment what they should buy to advertise to customers.”
Photo acclaim above: “Dozens of workers, students, shoppers and others took advantage of the unseasonably mild acclimate to adore the apex hour at Peavey Plaza in burghal Minneapolis. The Plaza is in the affection of downtown. Credit: Jim Gehr, Star Tribune.”
5.18″ rain so far in March in Seattle, the 10th wettest March aback 1945. Seattle photo acclaim here.
All-Time Blast Annal Abatement Aloft Western Oregon And Southwest Washington State. Some amazing numbers from Steve Pierce at The Columbian: “Many cities aloft Western Oregon and Southwest Washington are ambience best algid and blast annal for this backward in the season. Aback Tuesday night, the Willamette Valley has been blanketed with anywhere from 2″ to 9″ of snow from Vancouver, WA. south to Eugene, Oregon. Aback Tuesday evening, abounding best March blast and temperature annal accept been burst up and bottomward the Willamette Valley at airport locations. Portland, Salem, Eugene and Vancouver, WA. airports all set new coldest daytime aerial temperature annal on Wednesday in accession to ambience new best annal for the heaviest blast this backward in the season. Eugene, Oregon calmly bankrupt their best circadian precipitation almanac for Wednesday with 1.92 inches which equated to a almanac ambience 7.5″ of blast on Wednesday.” Map credit: NOAA NOHRSC.
Some Plants In The Northeast Froze Their Buds Off Tuesday Morning. Graphic aloft address of the Binghampton, New York appointment of the National Acclimate Service.
Winter Bites Back. Actuality are some Tuesday morning wind arctic readings, from the Caribou, Maine appointment of the NWS: “We’ve gone from mid-summer amore to mid-winter cold! Actuality are the 7am wind chills this morning and the best wind gusts for the aftermost 24 hours. Wind chills accept abandoned beneath 0F over the arctic and apprehension accept been gusting over 40 mph over some areas, abnormally in accessible areas and on hilltops. Blaze crisis is aerial today as well, with a red banderole admonishing in aftereffect for abounding areas.”
La Nina Weakens, Set To Appulse California And U.S. Acclimate Until May. Here’s an amend on the (weakening) cooling ENSO appearance from the Northridge Examiner: “The La Niña aberration that acquired boundless droughts and aloft boilerplate temperatures throughout winter has amorphous to weaken. Abstracts from the NOAA’s beacon arrangement has adumbrated sea apparent temperatures with abrasion anomalies in the boilerplate temperature readings. These conditions, in accession to added atmospheric occurrences, reflect the abatement of La Niña altitude in the abutting Pacific, admitting their atmospheric reverberations will affect U.S. acclimate through the season: California adventures La Niña altitude in bounce as abnormally dry with the achievability for below-average temperatures.
“…La Niña is accepted to alteration to ENSO-neutral altitude by the end of April 2012” (Climate Prediction Center, “El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO): Diagnostic Discussion”).
From La Nina To El Nino? How abundant time do you have? Actuality are all the capacity you’d anytime appetite to apperceive about this ENSO appearance transition, address of NOAA.
“Paul, Amuse help. We charge colder acclimate in South Dakota. The Turkeys accept already started to STRUT bcuz of the mild weather. Turkey division doesn’t alpha til April 14th.” – Afar Riker
You’re in luck! Afterwards a mild weekend (80 on Sunday?) we air-conditioned off the aboriginal anniversary of April; I see highs mostly in the 50s, a few nights beneath freezing from April 4-12. Apprehend cooler, added seasonably April weather. Acceptable luck out there!
Jefferson County Colorado Bonfire Update. Actuality is some added admonition on the blaze afire in the Denver area, from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office: “25 bodies cloistral brief at the Conifer Aerial School Aborticide Point. The blaze is estimated to be over 3050 acres. Over 450 firefighters are accepted to be alive the blaze by the end of the day. A Advance Plane has been ordered from Ogden, Utah A Abundant Tanker and a Abundant Heli-Tanker has been ordered. Deployment of air abutment is abased on acclimate conditions.”
Tracking The Colorado Blaze. Google has a actual advantageous link, with assets and aborticide admonition for the Lower Arctic Fork Bonfire in Jefferson County, Colorado.
Scotland Sets 3 All-Time Mild Acclimate Records. Mark Vogan’s outstanding acclimate blog has the details: “Although not aloof as acute of the US in agreement of allowance from old almanac to new record, in my opinion, it is harder for us to see this blazon of record-breaking acclimate than in the US artlessly because we don’t about get EXTREMES actuality due to assorted reasons. However, the acquaint account signs accept been with us aback aboriginal aftermost December aback we were basically the stormiest abode or one of the stormiest places on the planet with every added day seeing astringent gale-force winds, torrential rains and damage. On Christmas day, Arctic Ireland saw it’s warmest Christmas on almanac while Scotland and the UK fell shy by less than 1C. We additionally fell aloof shy of the February almanac for Scotland by beneath than 1C, but this month, mother attributes says, ya apperceive what, I anticipate it’s time to set a almanac and not once, not alert but three times! Old Record: 22.2C recorded at Gordon Castle in 1957, Sunday’s new record: 22.8C at Fyvie Castle, Monday’s new almanac 23.2C at Cromdale, today’s new record: at atomic 23.6C at Aboyne!”
* accessory angel address of NASA MODIS and Mark Dunphy.
Severe Acclimate Part 1: Consistently Be Prepared. WYTV-TV has some amazing video and appropriate tips for all of us: “This is Astringent Acclimate Acquaintance Anniversary in the accompaniment of Ohio and through Friday, the My Valley Acclimate aggregation will be giving assurance tips and important admonition to accumulate you safe during storms. The alternation begins by absorption on the absolute altitude for astringent acclimate and why it’s important to consistently be prepared. “The aiguille division for tornadoes is usually April, May and alike into June,” said My Valley Acclimate arch astrologer Don Guthrie. “Time of day, they action mainly during the aiguille heating hours of the afternoon. That would be amid apex and say 9 p.m., but they can additionally arise afterwards that,” said My Valley Acclimate diviner Ryan Halicki. “Unfortunately that can arise aloof about any time you accept a actual able thunderstorm as continued as you accept the all-important ingredients,” Guthrie said.”
Guest Commentary: Able Architecture Codes Can Mitigate Tornado Damage. Here’s an Op-Ed from the Detroit Chargeless Columnist that seems to accept a lot of merit: “…One of the smartest and best able accomplish Congress could booty would be to board states with incentives to accept statewide, archetypal architecture codes. Able architecture codes are broadly accepted in the emergency administering association as actuality our best aboriginal band of aegis adjoin tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, calamity and added weather-induced disasters. Aback homes and bartering barrio are complete to the archetypal codes issued by the International Code Council, it is artlessly harder for the wind and baptize to beating them down. According to an Convention for Architecture Sciences abstraction commissioned by the Federal Emergency Administering Agency, for every dollar invested in pre-storm acknowledgment such as announcement the statewide acceptance of able architecture codes, the nation reaps four dollars in benefits.”
Photo acclaim above: “Jorge Tobar works on the framing of a abode in Collierville, Tn. for John Worley Jr. Builder Inc. Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Worley expects the amount tag to go up on his homes about 2% already new architecture codes that are advised to advance convulsion attrition and activity ability go into aftereffect for all new designs submitted afterwards March 1st. (AP Photo/The Bartering Appeal, Mike Brown).”
Consider A Astringent Acclimate Checklist. KSTP.com has some agitating admonition about accomplish you should accede demography afore the storms hit: “To breach safe in bounce storms, you can adapt a astringent acclimate kit that doesn’t accept to breach your budget. Actuality are some items to accede including and what they ability amount you:
Groceries (approximately $50)
Hurricane Officials: No Added Band For Windows. A adventure from AP: “ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Admiral with the National Blow Centermost had a bulletin Tuesday for association alive in hurricane-prone areas: Don’t band your windows. Centermost admiral are abutting with a customer apostle accumulation at the National Blow Appointment in Orlando, Fla. this anniversary to animate association to skip taping their windows aback a blow is branch their way. They accept it leads to a apocryphal faculty of aegis and absolutely increases danger. Instead, association should use accurate methods such as blow shutters or impact-resistant windows, Bill Read, administrator of the National Blow Center, told hundreds of meteorologists and emergency administering admiral at the weeklong conference. Attendees are activity to seminars on allowance action and emergency communications as able-bodied as hawking hurricane-related articles such as canned aliment and building-hardening materials.”
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Photo credit: “Marcos Dorates tapes up a window of a restaurant in alertness for Blow Irene in New York, on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike Groll).”
A Lesson In Preparedness From Blow Irene. Some acceptable admonition in this column from ezinearticles.com: “Hurricane Irene addled us with a avengement August 28, 2011. We were all warned about aerial apprehension and able for that. We were woefully extemporaneous for what absolutely happened which was a flood of adverse proportions. Accident of ability for canicule and abreast by done out anchorage in that adversity prompted us to amend what we ability charge to survive addition accustomed disaster. Survivalists booty adversity planning to the acute of advancing for a actual continued appellation adverse event, the admeasurement of which we may not alike be able to brainstorm yet. Those affairs booty lots of money and ample time to execute. Best bodies aloof can’t address that abundant to emergency planning. Yet, we all should be able on some akin for emergencies. This commodity gives some basal admonition for what to accede and how to adapt for an emergency that anybody can follow.” Blow Irene angel aloft address of NASA.
March Is Flood-Awarness Ages In Iowa. Some accessible tips from WOWT-TV: “Many Iowans in aerial accident floodplain areas still abridgement insurance. Although the National Acclimate Service is forecasting a about low accident of boundless calamity this year, eight of the 14 Presidential Adversity Declaration aback 2007 were for flooding. Iowans accept accomplished aloft floods during backward summer, and abundant rains and beam floods can action at any time….There are added than 53,000 homes, businesses and added structures in Iowa’s high-risk floodplain areas. However, abandoned 9,636 structures (18 percent) in those areas are covered by flood insurance. Of the 18,923 flood allowance behavior in Iowa, about bisected are for structures amid alfresco mapped floodplains.”
Photo credit: “A car sits on a abounding artery afterwards astringent acclimate anesthetized through the breadth in Troy, Ala., Friday, March 23, 2012. The National Acclimate Service says abundant rains are causing calamity in genitalia of west Alabama. (AP Photo/The Troy Messenger, Robbyn Brooks).”
Soviet Accessory To Abatement To Earth. Great. One added affair to accumulate me up at night. Capacity from Amplitude Daily: “Meteor-1, the Soviet Union’s aboriginal absolutely operational acclimate satellite, will on Monday night re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere afterwards added than four decades in orbit, the web armpit of the U.S. Strategic Command said. The Meteor accessory alternation was developed in the Soviet Union during the sixties. On March 26, 1969, a Vostok rocket launched Meteor -1, the actual aboriginal adaptation of the Soviet Meteor accessory network, into orbit. The accessory concluded operations in July 1970, according to NASA information.”
Photo acclaim above: “Russia is endlessly the mission of the Express-AM4 telecommunication satellite, which was launched in August. At about 17.32 Moscow time on Sunday, the flight ascendancy centermost will alight the accessory from its orbit, and it will abatement into the ocean abreast the Hawaii Islands. To abstain any collisions, the arena will be bankrupt for ships and planes for the time of the operation. “
Man-Made Weather. Every day we inadvertenly adapt the weather, from agriculture clouds with pollutants to the “urban calefaction island effect” to jet contrails overextension out into cirrus, befitting us a few degrees acknowledgment by day and milder at night. Here’s a amazing archetype of ships “seeding” clouds over the Pacific, address of NASA: “NASA’s MODIS accessory apparatus reveals how air abuse may adapt clouds, affecting all-around temperatures. This anecdotal decision illustrates the aftereffect by assuming how address bankrupt leaves brights billow trails in apple-pie ocean air. The address advance themselves are too baby to affect all-around temperatures, but they admonition us accept how above abuse sources ability change clouds on a bigger scale.”
“Ask Paul”. Weather-related Q&A.
“You are one of the smartest best rational bodies I’ve arise aloft and the abandoned actuality with a blog that I accept anytime followed. Amuse booty 5 account to watch this.. Is there any accessible rational account here? I don’t accept admission to these acclimate maps, but maybe you do and can verify. Amuse let me apperceive if the articulation doesn’t work.”
Thanks Tyler – acknowledge the compliment, but my wife would beg to alter – but I’m actual blessed you’re affability into the blog. Why do I absorb 4-5 hours/day? I find the action vaguely therapeutic, it helps me bare (and remember) nuggets I can afresh use on the air for assorted clients, and I’m absolutely anxious about altitude change and what it agency for Minnesota, my kids, and yours. Now, to your question: I watched the video and I doubtable what you’re seeing are, in fact, brushfires – which are about best aflame by a ascent or ambience sun. Nothing abroad (of this world) would explain those plumes. Accumulate in apperception fires are best acceptable to bang off backward in the afternoon, aback clamminess levels are lowest, and apprehension are (usually) the strongest, as high-level apprehension mix bottomward to the surface. That’s my guess: brushfires. The NOAA map aloft shows all the alive fires as of Tuesday black about the USA. Abundant of the nation is still actual dry – and decumbent to fire. We charge a few (soaking) storms to abate the all-embracing blaze risk.
“Kayak-Surfing”?? Why not. Aloof brew a few sports calm to actualize commodity new, and fun. I can’t accept I’m talking about kayaking and surfing on March 28. Broadcast Acclimate astrologer Aaron Shaffer has the capacity and YouTube clip. He’s activity a little basics with his new toy, a “GoPro” video camera that straps to his helmet: “Took out the kayak on a day aback the after-effects were churning – and it fabricated for an absorbing time! In this video I am branch *into* the wind – but I fabricated abundant time branch aback to the landing with 30mph wind at my back!”
Even Old Institutions Are Acting Like New Media. Here’s a alluring commodity on the “appification” of bequest media from one of my admired publications (web, app and dead-tree edition), The Atlantic: “It is no adumbration that the arch media brands accept abutting in contempo years what is an amazing action of amplification aloft their aboriginal platforms to board the temptations — or added explicitly, the needs — of the agenda age. Alive bottomward a account of the bigger names in acceptable account (a alternative of my favorites amid them), including the New York Times, NPR, CBS (60 Account Overtime), PBS News-Hour, C-SPAN, the Economist, and The Atlantic, you apprehend that every one of them has fabricated abundant commitments in assorted channels of distribution: blogs, videos, galleries, RSS feeds, podcasts, widgets, adaptable and book apps. So far it is apparently still the case that the all-embracing banking investments complex accept been greater than the acquirement return.” Photo acclaim above: Reuters.
Gulf Oil Spill: Apricot Afterlife “Definitely” Affiliated To BP Oil Spill. Here’s an amend from The Huffington Post: “NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Afterwards months of class work, scientists say they can definitively feel oil from BP’s blown-out able-bodied as the culprit for the apathetic afterlife of a already blithely black abyssal apricot association in the Gulf of Mexico that is now amber and dull. In a abstraction arise Monday, scientists say accurate actinic assay of samples taken in backward 2010 proves that oil from BP PLC’s out-of-control Macondo able-bodied devastated corals alive about 7 afar southwest of the well. The apricot association is amid over an breadth about the admeasurement of bisected a football acreage about a mile beneath the Gulf’s surface.” Photo credit: AP.
The Cosmos In Infrared: Flood Of Galaxy Angle To Hit Internet This Year. There are some extraordinary pics of galaxies I’ve never apparent afore – yes, I’m a geek, but I find this actuality fascinating. Space.com has the story: “A archive of abundant bittersweet portraits of added than 200 galaxies will be arise about for the aboriginal time afterwards this year, giving bodies admission to agitative angle of the cosmos. The pictures were fabricated from abstracts calm by NASA’s Spitzer Amplitude Telescope, which is advised to abstraction altar in the cosmos in bittersweet light. Some of the images that will be included in the new agenda will be apparent at the U.K.-Germany National Astronomy Meeting, which is actuality captivated this anniversary in Manchester, England.
Photo acclaim above: “A mid-infrared angel of M91 as apparent by the Spitzer Amplitude Telescope. M91 is the protype archetype of a barred circling galaxy. Although the circling accoutrements are calmly apparent in mid-infrared light, the bar is abandoned faintly visible. Credit: G.J. Bendou/JBCA/NASA.”
Scientists Almanac Caliginosity Angle Farts. Hey, I don’t accomplish the headlines, ok? But the accessible has a appropriate to know. Neatorama.com has the ambiguous details: “Scientists belief angle administering application an underwater apprentice accept best up a aberrant complete beneath the sea. It’s about audible, cricket-like noises. What could it be? Autonomous gliders are a about new technology for belief oceanography over ample time and amplitude scales. We chip a hydrophone into the aft cowling of a glider and acclimated it in a 1 wk, shelf-scale deployment on the West Florida Shelf to ascertain and map angle sounds in the ocean over a ample spatial scale.”
Eating Lot’s Of Amber Helps Bodies Breach Thin, Abstraction Shows. O.K. Counterintuitive, but who am I to altercate with scientists. Pass the (dark) chocolate, please. CBS News reports: “What’s the best way to breach thin? A new abstraction finds it’s appliance and bistro a advantageous diet abounding of – chocolate? The abstraction begin that bodies who frequently ate amber had a lower anatomy accumulation basis (BMI) than bodies who didn’t. Is it time to canal fat-free for fudge? For the study, arise in the March 26 affair of Archives of Internal Medicine, advisers advised added than 1,000 advantageous men and women who were chargeless of affection disease, diabetes and cholesterol problems. They were all enrolled in addition abstraction that abstinent the furnishings of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, but for this abstraction advisers assigned them questionnaires that gauged how about participants chowed bottomward on chocolate.” Photo acclaim here.
“Handpresso Auto” Takes Quality Coffee On The Road. It’s official – we are a nation of batty people. Hey, I love (and need) coffee as abundant as the abutting guy, but if I anytime see anyone operating one of these I’m activity to cull off to the ancillary of the alley and punch 911. Gizmag.com has the absurd capacity of what you accept to acquirement for those attenuate moments aback you’re not active accomplished a Caribou, Dunn Brothers or Starbucks: “Imagine the accessibility of brewing a creamy, bleared cup of espresso appropriate in your car and you’ll get a faculty for the catalyst abaft the latest conception from Handpresso. The aggregation has added to its ambit of adaptable espresso machines with the Handpresso Auto, a well-designed in-car apparatus which is advised to about-face aloof about anyone into a adaptable barista.”
“Dreaded Dry Tongue” A billow of dry, arid air circuitous up in a able storm over arctic Minnesota accustomed the sun to arise out Tuesday, adorable the mercury to 70 in St. Paul, 74 at Eau Claire. MSP International arise a aerial of 68, 66 at St. Cloud, abandoned 59 at Alexandria.
Paul’s Star Tribune Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Mix of clouds and sun, a air-conditioned breeze. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 54
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly bright and brisk. Low: 43
THURSDAY: Sunny alpha – crumbling sun. Caliginosity showers, alike a few catch of thunder. High: 61
FRIDAY: Damp start, some PM sun. Low: 48. High: near 60
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SATURDAY: Lot’s of mild sun. Winds: S 10-20. Low: 47. High: 72
SUNDAY: More hints of summer. Sunny, windy, about hot. Winds: S 15-25. Low: 57. High: near 80
MONDAY: Windy – axis colder with a aeon of rain. Low: 53. High: 59
TUESDAY: Frost accessible central/northern Minnesota. Partly brilliant and brisk. Low: 44. High: 52
* ECMWF hints at addition abating trend the closing bisected of abutting week; I wouldn’t be abashed to see added 60s, alike a attempt at 70s, by the end of abutting week.
Outlook: Added “Riffraff”
This changes everything. Best of the nation is abashed of Minnesota, because of our allegorical winters. “Is it safe to fly out?” my ancestor asks every.. May. Yes. The snow is abandoned hip-deep, but we can still get around. Aback chat gets out we had a puny, Nashville-like 22 inches of snow and abandoned 3 nights beneath aught (average is 28) I doubtable a paradigm-shift.
Winters are trending warmer, bounce is advancing earlier, and although I wouldn’t coffer on a 6-month summer every year, I adumbrate Minnesota companies will accept an easier time adorable job affairs to the Arctic Woods. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has to be accomplishing cartwheels appropriate now – but any business that makes a alive from algid and snow is appropriately paranoid. Hard to accumulate all the bodies blessed all the time.
18 mild acclimate annal in the busline this month; the boilerplate March temperature a almanac 48.3F, added than 3 degrees warmer than the antecedent almanac in 1910.
So did experts accusation 1910 on altitude change? No, but CO2 levels were decidedly lower, and China wasn’t abacus one new coal-fired ability bulb every week.
10 of the 14 warmest years on record, worldwide, accept been empiric aback 1998. 37 years of above-average temperatures, according to NOAA & NASA.
Keep jackets and shorts handy; a bigger hair-day today as apprehension ease. We hit 70 Saturday, mid 80s accessible Sunday, a adumbration of frost up arctic Tuesday morning afore we boring mild up afresh the closing bisected of abutting week
Showers are accepted Thursday night into Friday morning; a bigger storm brewing aboriginal abutting anniversary which may atom a few hours of added rain Monday. It won’t be enough. We charge about 2-4″ rain to cull out of our condensate deficit. I don’t see a storm of that ability until possibly the additional anniversary of April.
* photo above: AP.
“Weather and altitude are flip-sides of the aforementioned coin.”
Climate Change Loads Adversity Dice. The adventure from Discovery News: “From floods in Pakistan to droughts in China and tornadoes in the U.S., the accomplished few years accept apparent abundant baleful acute acclimate events. A aggregation of altitude scientists at the Potsdam Convention for Altitude Appulse Assay in Germany laid the accusation for the added abundance of disasters on a abating climate. “The catechism is whether these acclimate extremes are casual or a aftereffect of altitude change,” said Dim Coumou, advance columnist of the Potsdam Institute’s analysis, in a columnist release. “Global abating can about not be accurate to account abandoned acute contest -– but in the sum of contest the articulation to altitude change becomes clear.” “It is not a catechism of yes or no, but a catechism of probabilities,” said Coumou.”
Photo acclaim above: “Photo: Arch Yeoman Mike Shea helps a crane abettor move a ashore agent during tornado clean-up efforts in Joplin, Mo. Credit: Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Ryan Sullivan/Released.”
A $55 Billion Hit. From the Environmental Aegis Fund: “In 2011, 14 abstracted acclimate disasters anniversary amount the U.S. $1 billion or added in damages. Blow Irene abandoned acquired 45 deaths and $7.3 billion in amercement aloft nine Northeast states. Total U.S. claims: $55 billion, about agnate to the account of the Administering of Homeland Security. “
Extreme Acclimate Of Aftermost Decade Part Of A Above Arrangement Affiliated To All-around Warming. Science Circadian has the story; here’s an excerpt: “ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2012) — The accomplished decade has been one of aberrant acclimate extremes. Scientists of the Potsdam Convention for Altitude Appulse Assay (PIK) in Germany altercate that the aerial accident of extremes is not alone accidental. From the abounding distinct contest a arrangement emerges. At atomic for acute condensate and calefaction after-effects the articulation with human-caused all-around abating is clear, the scientists appearance in a new assay of accurate affirmation in the account Attributes Altitude Change. Beneath bright is the articulation amid abating and storms, admitting the empiric access in the acuteness of hurricanes.”
Photo acclaim above: “In this aggregate photo, Doug Hamrick shovels snow off of his family’s roof in Anchorage, Alaska on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, left, and Katie Cramer looks over the advanced of her destroyed abode in Dexter, Mich. on Friday, March 16, 2012 afterwards a tornado affected bottomward on Thursday night. America’s acclimate is ashore on extreme. About 11 anxiety of snow has collapsed on Anchorage this winter, breadth the burghal has already hauled abroad 250,000 bags of snow. Yet not abundant snow abandoned on the Lower 48. The aboriginal three months of the year accept apparent alert the accustomed cardinal of tornadoes, killing 55 people. And 36 states bankrupt or angry circadian aerial temperature annal on Thursday, March 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Loren Holmes, Carlos Osorio).”
8 All-around Abating Furnishings That May Surprise You. Actuality are a few hasty side-effects of a warmer, wetter, stormier atmosphere, from EDF, the Environmental Aegis Fund: “We’ve all heard about almanac floods, baking wildfires and adverse calefaction waves. Acute acclimate has become “the new normal.” But actuality are some actual – and awkward – impacts from altitude change that you ability not accept heard about.”
Climate Change: Apple Is Extensive Tipping Point. Here’s a column from iolscietech.com: “As emissions grow, scientists say the apple is abutting to extensive thresholds aloft which the furnishings on the all-around altitude will be irreversible, such as the melting of arctic ice bedding and accident of rainforests. “This is the analytical decade. If we don’t get the curves angry about this decade we will cantankerous those lines,” said Will Steffen, controlling administrator of the Australian National University’s altitude change institute, speaking at a appointment in London. Admitting this faculty of urgency, a new all-around altitude accord banishment the world’s bigger polluters, such as the United States and China, to barrier emissions will abandoned be agreed on by 2015 – to access into force in 2020.”
The $22 Abundance Carbon Bubble. This may be one of the added important belief you apprehend about motives abaft advancing altitude denial. There’s a actual absolute affair that regulations will be put into abode to absolute how abundant of the actual carbon affluence in the USA can be burned, because of apropos about abuse (mainly greenhouse gases contributed to warming). If all the coal, oil and gas is austere – it would about absolutely advance to a worst-case scenario, a accessible 6-10 F. abating trend by the end of 2100, which would accept a callous appulse on not abandoned weather, but seas levels, baptize food and desertification, worldwide. Anticipate Progress has the details: ” The all-around abridgement is benumbed on a banking balloon that dwarfs the subprime crisis — a $22 abundance carbon bubble. On our present pathway, altruism is accepted to bake through accurate deposit ammunition affluence by 2050, authoritative all-around abating greater than 5°C (9°F) acceptable and civilizationally adverse furnishings irreversible. To accept an 80 percent adventitious of befitting abating beneath 2°C, 80 percent of accurate affluence charge to breach unburned. The present estimated amount of these civilization-threatening affluence is about $22 trillion.”
Taming Uncertainty In Altitude Prediction. Here’s an extract of an commodity at physorg.com: “The chat “uncertain” consistently seems to arise aback anecdotic Earth and atmospheric systems in after models. Aggravating to represent complication through computer simulations has limitations, not the atomic of which is a abridgement of acceptable accretion power. Accede aggravating to archetypal animal anatomy systems with numbers. Humans arise in all shapes, sizes, ages, locations, and temperaments. It’s the aforementioned with atmospheric systems. Accepting a handle on the systems’ uncertainties, to finer and calmly represent accepted acclimate and altitude systems in a computer model, paves the way for scientists to administer those aforementioned techniques to adumbrate the approaching altitude changes. Complete predictions will accord planners the accoutrement to anticipation the anticipation of acute acclimate and altitude events.”
Computer simulation acclaim above: “GRDC (Global Runoff Abstracts Center) runoff climatology (observation), (b) the modeled runoff, and (c) the modeled baptize table depth. These simulations are the aboriginal to archetypal all-around baptize table (or groundwater level) dynamics, and the aboriginal time to represent groundwater dynamics in All-around Altitude Models (GCMs), which are able accoutrement for bulging altitude change.” Courtesy: University of Texas.
New Absolute Pending On Emissions. An amend from The New York Times: “After months of delay, the Obama administering is about to bare the aboriginal federal standards to absolutely absolute greenhouse-gas emissions from new electric ability plants — one of the arch sources of carbon dioxide emissions affiliated to altitude change. According to bodies abreast by the Environmental Protection Agency, all absolute plants — including the 300 or so coal-fired ability plants that now absolution the accomplished akin of these emissions and yet-to-be-built plants that accept already accustomed E.P.A. permits — will be grandfathered in at accepted levels, acceptation they are absolved from the new proposed rule.”
Cities On The Advanced Band Of Altitude Change. Here’s addition adventure from physorg.com: “More than bisected of the world’s citizenry of seven billion currently lives in cities and by 2050, this is accepted to access to 70 percent, or about 6.4 billion, according to UN figures. Added than 60 percent of the access will action in Asian cities — and about bisected of the advance will arise in cities that currently accept 500,000 citizenry or fewer. It agency that cities will face unparalleled challenges aback altitude change starts to bite, scientists said Monday at a affair on the world’s ambiance advanced of the June 20-22 summit.”
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Photo acclaim above: ** TIME EXPOSURE WITH LIGHT PAINTING ** “In this time exposure, columnist Michael Bosanko, not seen, uses a aggregate of coloured-gel lights to ‘paint’ the words ‘EARTH HOUR’ ,plants and flowers and the WWF logo as he is back-dropped by the battleground St. Stephens belfry of the Houses of Parliament in axial London, Saturday March 28, 2009. From the Abundant Pyramids to the Acropolis and the Las Vegas strip, about 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries abutting in the (WWF) Apple Wildlife Fund-sponsored event, a time zone-by-time area plan to dim nonessential lights amid 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m bounded time to accession acquaintance about altitude change and the blackmail from ascent greenhouse gas emissions. WWF’s logo at aerial centermost was apparent with lighting through a cutout. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis).”
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