Tsunami Potential. Click the link to go to the National Data Buoy Center to get realtime information from Pacific Ocean sensors - everyone is trying to gauge the potential impact on Hawaii, and all of the 53 nations ringing the Pacific.
West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. Click here for the latest.
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Click here for detailed information on the quake and subsequent tidal wave.
Tracking the Quake. Here is a link from USGS, which taps into a global network of seismographs. Click here to go directly to the site. All the tremors seem to be clustered wiithin 200 miles of Santiago - thankfully, the most extreme 8.8 quake seemed to be centered about 150-200 miles away from the Chilean capital.
Twitter Updates. Plug in #tsunami into the search box on Twitter to get an (amazing) real-time feed of data, stories and helpful links. Here's a link provided by Steve Case, founder of AOL:
How to Survive a Tsunami. Good information to have - even though Minnesota is blessedly tsunami-free, much of the world is vulnerable to earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis. File this one away for future reference - hopefully you'll never need to use it.
This all seems a bit surreal - but I wanted to pass along some links/tools I've found in just the last hour or so. Stay tuned...
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We're paying a steep price for last weekend. I grant you it was very nice, especially Saturday, but I would have taken 10 degrees off the afternoon high temperature just to avoid saying the s-word again. Then again, July is the only month where snow hasn't been reported somewhere in Minnesota. Share that with a friend if you're hoping for shocked silence.
Monday turned out a little nicer than expected: low 70s with glimmers of sun. I think it sprinkled for 3 minutes or so. Not bad at all. We got all that "nice weather" out of the way, now it's time for a little payback, served runny and cold. Just rain today into much of Wednesday, but enough cold air may mix down for a slushy mix Wednesday PM, even an inch of snow close to the MSP metro by Thursday morning. Spring in Minnesota is a cool, cruel mistress. You'll see.
OK, so it will be tough topping this past weekend for beauty and splendor. Highs near 70s with generous sunshine, at least from the Twin Cities on south. North of MSP it got gray and chilly in a hurry. A few showers pop today with more 60s, and then a relapse arrives with jacket-worthy 40s, maybe even a few inches of slushy snow by Wednesday across parts of central and northern Minnesota. Isn't April fun?
What can you say about Saturday? As fine a day as I can ever remember (anytime, anywhere). Extraordinary doesn't quite sum it up adequately. I expect more clouds today, even a shower north of MSP this morning, but we should see more 60s today and Monday before a reality check on Tuesday. Probably just a cold rain in the metro but a slushy surprise may await parts of central and northern Minnesota by Tuesday night. I can hardly wait!
Good luck staying indoors the next couple of days. Plan on enough sun for upper 60s to near 70F, with low humidity and a reasonable bug count. A few showers and T-storms Monday mark the leading edge of a cooler front, but nothing too traumatic is brewing in the 7-Day.