U of M climatologist Mark Seeley reported on his Facebook page this week that there were only two days of 90-degree highs in the Twin Cities this summer. In other parts of the state — Rochester, Morris, Albert Lea and Duluth, for example — there weren’t any. This, we’re told, has only happened eight other Read more →
Is it too early to start debating whether schools should close during snow storms? No? Good, because Duluth schools could change the way winter operates around here. The Duluth News Tribune reports that administrators are considering a philosophical shift away from closing schools for the entire day when there’s a storm — they lost 8 Read more →
We’re still getting fairly gorgeous sunrises and sunsets in Minnesota, thanks to the wildfires burning out West. What else can the fires provide? Thunderstorms, according to NASA’s earth observatory. In images provided this week, NASA notes that the heat of the wildfires creates Pyrocumulus clouds when conditions are right, which they are. Says NASA: Pyrocumulus Read more →
With the the hurricane season underway and Hawaii now in the eye of the storm, we begin our season of asking, “how long could a typical American city last before anarchy sets in once daily conveniences are denied?” It appears that residents of Hawaii are most concerned about water and toilet paper, presumably in that Read more →
It was a gorgeous day in Novosibirsk, central Russia, on Saturday when the sky started raining cold death. A freak hailstorm sent people scurrying, including — you may note — the woman in the stars-and-stripes bikini. No one was killed by the hail. Russia Today says snowdrifts piled up on the roads in the Ural Read more →
Floods have returned to New Hope because of the rain this morning. Do you have any flooding where you are? pic.twitter.com/jMpwpnO3OU — KARE 11 (@kare11) July 11, 2014 Sometimes it’s hard to have sympathy for drivers. It’s not like we haven’t been told thousands of times not to drive through standing water because it might Read more →
We have noted in this space for many years the silly tendency of TV reporter to want to stand in water to tell the story of a flood (a tendency, it’s worth noting, that seemed sparse in the recent floods in Minnesota). A Phoenix reporter took it to a new level with the recent haboob.
White Bear Lake still has plenty of room to take your overflowing lakes, Minnesota. That just goes to show you just how far the lake has been drained in recent years as the aquifer is pumped dry. Not that this 2010 image didn’t, mind you. Despite a record month for rainfall in Minnesota, it’s been Read more →