Wet May Continues...
10th Wettest Start to Spring on Record (March 1st - May 22nd)
"May 20th, 2019 - Spring leaf out is nearly complete across the Continental U.S. and has just arrived in parts of Alaska. In the west, spring leaf out is 1-2 weeks early in parts of California and Nevada, and 2-3 weeks late in much of Oregon and Washington. In the east, spring leaf out is 1-2 weeks early in the upper Southeast, and 1-2 weeks late across the Great Plains, southern Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Spring bloom has arrived on time to 2 weeks early in much of the South, Appalachian Mountains, and mid-Atlantic. Parts of Arizona, California, Nevada, and the Southern Great Plains are 1-2 weeks late. Spring bloom is 9 days late in the Chicago area and 2 days late in Boston."
FRIDAY: Showers possible T-storm. Winds: S 15-25. High: 73.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Chance of T-showers. Winds: SSW 5. Low: 49.
SATURDAY: Lukewarm sun. PM showers up north. Winds: NW 8-13. High: 74.
SUNDAY: Plent of sun. Best day statewide. Winds: SE 5-10. Wake-up: 55. High: 76
MONDAY: Showers and T-storms, some heavy. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 60. High: 73.
TUESDAY: A bit cooler, few showers. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 56. High: 66.
WEDNESDAY: Shocking news: More showers & windy. Winds: NW 15-30. Wake-up: 53. High: 61.
THURSDAY: Partly sunny. Wind and cool. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 45. High: 58.
This Day in Weather History
1925: After seeing a high of 99 degrees two days earlier, the Twin Cities picks up a tenth (.10) of an inch of snow.
1908: Tornadoes hit the counties of Martin and Blue Earth.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 72F (Record: 95F set in 2010)
Average Low: 51F (Record: 32F set in 1925)
Record Rainfall: 1.27" set in 1937
Record Snowfall: 0.1" set in 1925
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~15 hours & 9 minutes
Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~ 1 minute & 52 seconds
Daylight GAINED since winter solstice (December 21st): ~6 hours and 24 minutes
Moon Phase for May 14th at Midnight
1.4 Days Before Last Quarter Moon
What's in the Night Sky?
"On May 26, 2019, the moon will be at last quarter. And the moon will also be at apogee, its farthest point from Earth for this month. As it happens, this is the year’s closest coincidence of a last quarter moon with lunar apogee. The close alignment the two events gives us the closest lunar apogee – the closest far-moon – of 2019. Moon at apogee: May 26, 2019 at 13:27 UTC Last quarter moon: May 26, 2019 at 16:34 Universal Time You can see that only about three hours separate the moon at its exact last quarter phase, and the moon’s farthest point from Earth for the month of May, 2019. There are a total of 13 lunar apogees and 12 last quarter moons in 2019. But this close alignment of last quarter moon and lunar apogee on May 26, 2019, gives us the closest lunar apogee of the year. This month’s lunar apogee finds the moon at a distance of 251,120 miles or 404,138 km. Contrast this distance with that of the year’s farthest lunar apogee on February 5, 2019, when it was the new moon that closely aligned with lunar apogee: 252,621 miles or 406,555 km."
--Chase vehicles parked perpendicular to roads blocking major intersections
--Multiple chasers with red/blue police lights "pulling over" others to clear their path to the storm; in 70 mph winds and egg-sized hail and less than a mile from a tornado, this could have been deadly
--Traffic jams 200 cars deep
--Chasers parking on/in the road to take pictures, blocking traffic
--Chasers barreling down a one-lane road at 90 mph
--Chasers driving on the wrong side of the road
The dangers speak for themselves."
"Three Problems With The Word 'Bust' During Real-Time Weather Threats"
"Earlier this week the Great Plains experienced severe weather. This statement is not particularly unusual at this time of the year. If you were following the majority of meteorological messages leading up to Monday, dire warnings about an epic tornado outbreak were being conveyed. In fact, NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) tweeted that morning: The latest forecast from SPC has increased the tornado probabilities from 30% to 45% from northwest Texas into central Oklahoma. The last time a 45% tornado outlook was issued was during the Tornado Outbreak in Oklahoma and Kansas on 14 April 2012. They also issued a Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) tornado watch for parts of Texas and Oklahoma. SPC noted that "This is only the second watch in SPC history where every category of watch probabilities (torn, wind, hail) are at greater than 95%." There was virtual certainty that these things were going to happen, and they actually did. On Monday May 20th, I personally watched tornado polygons illuminate my weather radar screen much of the day. Yet, the word forecast "bust" started creeping into the narrative of our insular meteorology community. Here are three dangers of the word "bust" in such real-time weather events."
"Here’s how to build a hurricane-resistant house — not as expensive as you may think"
"June marks the start of Atlantic hurricane season. After years of record damage from increasingly powerful storms, homeowners and builders are looking intensely at ways to fortify their homes. While there is no such thing as a hurricane-proof home, there are levels of resistance, and levels of investment. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety created a hurricane “fortified home” standard a decade ago. It is a voluntary guideline, but so far only 8,000 homes have built to that designation. Those that do sell for 7% more, according to a University of Alabama study."
"Climate change is almost too big a problem to study. The solution? Volcanoes."
"There is no owner’s manual for planet Earth. It would be convenient if there were, because our planet’s climate system works like a massive engine - one that humanity is currently blindly tinkering with by pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We are now operating at CO2 levels not seen for at least 800,000 years. Scientists faced with the difficult task of trying to predict how these elevated CO2 levels are going to affect life on Earth have recently turned to one of the only forces as powerful as the climate engine: volcanoes. Experiments to understand how ecosystems might respond to climate change are difficult to perform because of the sheer scale of the problem. One approach has been to use open-top chambers, where CO2 is essentially trapped in a big plastic bubble, which can be as small as a meter in diameter or as large as a greenhouse, so that scientists can measure how the plants and animals inside adjust to high-CO2 conditions. The famous Biosphere 2 experiment in Arizona took this to the extreme by trading the plastic chamber for a three-acre greenhouse. Information gleaned from these types of experiments is then fed into computer models that spit out predictions of how increased CO2 levels will affect forests and other vegetation, along with the animals that depend on them."