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Latest Snowfall Reports, Updated 6:30 PM. 10.5" of snow has already piled up near Big Lake with 10" at Annandale and 9" at St. Francis, in northern Anoka County. An icy mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet changes to mostly snow this evening with 1-2" for the immediate downtowns, less south of the airport, more north and west of Minneapolis. The far northern and northwestern suburbs will see a plowable snowfall; most of it cutting off after midnight. Latest snow reports from NOAA are here.
Latest WRF Model. The 18z HopWRF (3 km resolution - it's done a pretty good job this winter isolated snowfall amounts) shows a band of 5-8" from near Willmar and St. Cloud, as much as 10-12" from Sandstone and Hinkley to near Duluth and Superior by Thursday morning. Expect some 3-6" amounts for the far northern and western suburbs. The farther north and west you drive up I-94 or I-35 the more treacherous travel conditions will be overnight. Pretend it's still February.
Our tormented April limps on: brief, wondrous spasms of warmth, interrupted by extended spells of wind chill & fat flakes. By the time mid-April rolls around Minnesotans do NOT want to hear about "shovel-able snows".
With a higher sun angle and temperatures above 32F in the metro most roads should remain wet, in spite of a sloppy mix. We can't rule out a coating of slush in the metro area, especially early this morning, with an inch or two north metro. If you're driving north up I-35 travel conditions should get progressively worse; mainly snow north of Monticello, Princeton and North Branch. Some 3-7+ inch amounts are possible by evening from central Minnesota and the far northern suburbs of MSP into northern Wisconsin.
Keep those driveway stakes in a little bit longer.
I expect a "snow sandwich"; precipitation starting as a coating to 1 inch of slush this morning, changing to rain, then back to snow at the tail-end of the storm by this evening. Winds reach 25 mph, creating treacherous travel up north, along with enough snow to build a respectable slush-man from Brainerd and Duluth to Hayward.
Any primal screams today give way to contented sighs next week, with highs in the 60s again next week, with definite hints of spring as early as Easter Sunday.
Easter egg hunts may be muddy this year; rain is likely Saturday into Easter Sunday. Good news for your greening garden.
Latest WRF Run. Latest guidance shifts the heaviest snow band well north of MSP today and tonight, a few inches for St. Cloud and Brainerd, with as much as 8-12" from near Crosby and Aitkin to Duluth by Thursday morning. Source: HopWRF.
On Edge. There's little doubt that the heaviest amounts of snow will fall north of MSP later today and tonight. Today's storm should pull enough warm air aloft for mostly rain midday and afternoon from the Twin Cities on south to the Iowa border, but even in the immediate metro a cold rain probably ends as an inch or two of slush. Northern suburbs may pick up a few inches of slush, with the heaviest amounts far north metro, where some 3-7" amounts can't be ruled out by Thursday morning. More details on the Winter Storm Warning from NOAA.
A Light At The End Of Our Cold, Snowy Tunnel. April is a volatile, fickle month - everything from blizzards and floods to tornadoes. After another winter tantrum later today and tonight skies begin to clear Thursday. ECMWF guidance suggests 60s by Easter Sunday, with a rerun of spring much of next week. That would be nice. Graphic: Weatherspark.
Precipitation Needed To End Drought. Here are the latest numbers from NOAA NCDC; as much as 20" or more of rain necessary to break the drought from California's Central Valley southward to San Diego.
Tornado Season Is Off To A Slow Start, But There's No Predicting What's Next. Matt Lanza has a very good summary of the (relatively) quiet start to tornado season, nationwide, and what may be driving the low numbers. Here's an excerpt from his story at FiveThirtyEight Science: "Tornado season has started quietly this year, continuing a trend that began in 2012. Through March 31, the United States had only 70 reported tornadoes even though the first quarter has averaged more than 170 a year over the last 10 years. April has remained quiet, with 36 preliminary tornado reports as of Sunday. Oklahoma hasn’t seen an intense tornado1 since May 31, the longest such stretch on record. The small tornado seen there on Sunday was the first of any kind since Aug. 7..."
March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally. Here are a couple of excerpts from a post at Climate Central: "...March 2014 was the fourth-warmest March on record globally, according to recently released NASA data, making it the 349th month — more than 29 years — in which global temperatures were above the historic average...This warm March follows on the heels of the announcements that this winter was the eighth warmest globally and that 2013 was anywhere from the fourth- to the seventh-warmest year on record, depending on which data set is used."
Graphic credit above: "The amounts that temperatures around the world differed from the historic average."
If El Nino Comes This Year, It Could Be A Monster. Wired.com has the story; here's the introduction: "Attention, weather superfans: El Niño might be coming back. And this time, we could be in for a big one. Official NOAA Climate Prediction Center estimates peg the odds of El Niño’s return at 50 percent, but many climate scientists think that is a lowball estimate. And there are several indications that if it materializes, this year’s El Niño could be massive, a lot like the 1997-98 event that was the strongest on record. “I think there’s no doubt that there’s an El Niño underway,” said climate scientist Kevin Trenberth of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research. “The question is whether it’ll be a small or big one...”
A Significant El Nino Brewing? It's still early, but leading indicators suggest a substantial warming of equatorial Pacific Ocean water for the latter half of 2014. Data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology show temperatures nearly 2F warmer than average in the Pacific by autumn: "All international climate models surveyed by the Bureau indicate that SSTs in the equatorial Pacific Ocean will continue to warm during autumn and winter. Almost all models indicate El Niño thresholds will be exceeded during the southern hemisphere winter."
Earth Dodges A Huge Magnetic Bullet. We've seen a number of close calls. If a Category 4-5 X-Class solar flare ever reaches Earth's surface we won't be talking (or communicating) much about weather annoyances. We'll have much bigger problems to contend with, possibly a widespread loss of satellite communication and the power grid. Here's an excerpt from Electronic Products: "I'd say electronic engineers have not been terribly worried about a solar event upsetting their designs. But maybe they should be worried. According to University of California, Berkeley, and Chinese researchers, a rapid succession of coronal mass ejections sent a pulse of magnetized plasma barreling into space and through Earth's orbit on July 23, 2012. Had the eruption come nine days earlier, when the ignition spot was aimed at Earth, it would have potentially wreaked havoc with the electrical grid, disabled satellites and GPS, and disrupted our increasingly electroniclives..." (File photo: NASA).
Asian Air Pollution Strengthens Pacific Storms. Smog spiking storms hundreds, even thousands of miles downwind from the source? Here's an excerpt of a BBC article: "Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests. Researchers have found that pollutants are strengthening storms above the Pacific Ocean, which feeds into weather systems in other parts of the world. The effect was most pronounced during the winter..."
Photo credit: Reuters. "A thick haze of pollution envelopes Beijing - but scientists say the toxic air travels much further afield."
Fujitsu 3-D Tsunami Simulator Predicts Watery Disasters As They Unfold. Real-time predictions of tsunami impacts? Here's a clip from vr-zone.com: "Fujitsu’s collaboration with Touhoku University led to the development of a 3D tsunami simulator for high-precision tsunami forecasting....The 3D tsunami simulator can recreate how a tsunami flows inland in very accurate detail, showing the flow of water as it interacts with the general topography of the area it is going to affect. It can also simulate waves as it breaks and forms, and as it flows through obstacles like urban buildings and local coastal geographic features..."
Tornadoes And Hurricanes And Earthquakes - Oh My! Surviving A Disaster In Your Home. I picked up a few timely tips and valuable suggestions in this Living Green Magazine article from Ross Bishop; here's an excerpt: "...The lesson is, when the infrastructure goes, the one constant is that life can be extremely difficult. And even a little preparation can make a great deal of difference. Electricity is usually the first thing to go, and our lives today are very electric dependent. No electricity means no furnace, no lights, and no computer. It also means that the refrigerator won't run and that you won't be able to recharge your cell phone. Natural gas is more reliable, so you may have the stove for cooking (even if you have to light it by hand), and you may have hot water...."
Twin Cities Crack The Top 10 Greenest Cities In America. I found this interesting, and couldn't help noticing that St. Paul is slightly ahead of Minneapolis on the list, but nowhere close to Madison and Anchorage. Anchorage? Here's an excerpt from EcoWatch: "When a website creates a list with the title, “Greenest Cities in America,” it’s easy to think you know which ones will be included and why. NerdWallet’s list of that name does contain a couple overlapping municipalities with lists on the top solar cities or the most bike-friendly communities, for example, but it’s mostly comprised of cities that deserve far more recognition for their sustainable, environment-focused efforts. California is typically associated with being green, but not under the definition provided by NerdWallet, an informational finance site..."
Graphic credit above: NerdWallet.
Turns Out, You Can Make Solar Panels Work In Cloudy Cities. Here's another article that made me do a double-take; an excerpt from The Atlantic Cities: "Solar panels have always made sense in cities that get a lot of sun, at least intuitively. But in recent years, scientists have figured out ways to make them more useful for perpetually gloomy cities like London and Seattle. The solution comes down to organic photovoltaics. Unlike traditional solar panels, made of silicon, OPV cells are made of organic semiconductors, which can be 3D-printed or coated over large areas, as seen in the video below...."
What Riding On Airforce One Is Really Like. Here's an excerpt of an interesting behind-the-scenes story from The Washington Post: "...It turns out that riding Air Force One is, in lots of ways, like flying commercial. You need to get there hours early. You send your items through a metal detector and get wanded down. The inside of the cabin is, well, the cabin of a plane, but with some much nicer touches, like real towels and hand lotion in the bathroom..."
Photo credit: "Air Force One." (Katie Zezima)
New Leak Points To Major iPhone 6 Design Overhaul. BGR has the latest on what may be coming next from Apple; here's an excerpt: "...Apple is rumored to launch at least one bigger iPhone model later this year, with various reports suggesting that a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would hit stores first, at some point in late Q3. An even bigger 5.5-inch iPhone version has also been detailed in many reports, with recent ones implying that certain manufacturing issues may prevent Apple from launching it at the same time with the 4.7-inch iPhone..."
We wanted it to be as solid on water as the Land Cruiser is on land." That's Dutch Amfibious Transport co-founder Dirk-Jan de Jong talking about his company's heavy duty amphibious 4WD, the Amphibicruiser. Built around a Toyota Land Cruiser engine, it's a fully fledged on and offroad cruiser that can be driven up a river or out to sea with next to no training..."
World's First Cannabis Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado. The Times of India has the mind-numbing details: "A dispensary in Colorado is making the most of the state's recent legalization of cannabis by introducting the world's first marijuana vending machines. The machine, called ZaZZZ, will work in a similar way to cigarette machines but includes new technology that requires would-be tokers to scan their driving license (or other, similar documentation) before they can access the goods..."
Weather Service: Please Disregard Our Giant Biblical Flood Warning. Yes, even NOAA has occasional issues with their web sites, as described in this clip from Mashable: "NOAA, meet Noah. The website for the National Weather Service (NWS), which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), suffered a major malfunction on Thursday leading to the false appearance of a biblical flood warning spanning from Canada (which the NWS doesn't even have responsibility over) south to Florida, and west to Michigan. The malfunction, which began around midday ET and was fixed by 3:15 pm ET, affected local NWS websites — key conduits for disseminating life-saving watches and warnings..."
18 F. low Tuesday morning, tying the all-time record set in 2002, 1935 and 1875.
36 F. high Tuesday afternoon in the Twin Cities.
58 F. average high on April 15. Was it April 15? Really?
40 F. high on April 15, 2013.
TODAY: A cold rain develops in the metro; mostly snow central Minnesota, where travel will become treacherous by afternoon and evening. Rain ends as snow by evening in the Twin Cities. MSP coating - 1" this evening. Winds: E 20+ High: near 40
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Wet snow tapers to flurries late - a few slick spots. Metro coating, few inches far north metro; plowable snow central and northeastern MN. Low: 27
THURSDAY: More clouds than sun, chilly. High: 42
GOOD FRIDAY: Partly sunny, almost spring. Wake-up: 25. High: 50
SATURDAY: Showers likely, possible thunder. Wake-up: 34. High: 58
EASTER SUNDAY: Milder under mostly cloudy skies. Isolated shower? Wake-up: 40. High: 62
MONDAY: Intervals of sun, getting better out there. Wake-up: 42. High: 64
TUESDAY: Fading sun. Welcome back spring. Wake-up: 45. High: 67
* Total lunar eclipse photo taken early Tuesday morning courtesy of photographer Steve Burns.
Tracking Temperature Anomalies Since 1968. A friend shared this site with me yesterday, a fascinating look at national temperature trends over the last 50 years. Check out the Enigma Climate Data Engine for yourself: "Every day, the Global Historical Climatology Network collects temperatures from 90,000 weather stations. Dating back as far as the late 1700's, the records provide an incredible source of insight into our changing climate."
Climate Change Doubling Big Power Outages, Group Says. A story at The Columbus Dispatch caught my eye; here's an excerpt: "...The study from Climate Central says that severe weather caused 80 percent of the major outages from 2003 to 2013. A major outage is defined as one that affects at least 50,000 people or interrupts at least 300 megawatts; 1 megawatt can power about 1,000 homes. “Heat waves are hotter, heavy rain events are heavier, and winter storms have increased in both frequency and intensity,” the report says. “To date, these kinds of severe weather are among the leading causes of large-scale power outages in the United States.” The number of major outages was double that recorded during the prior 10-year period, though the author notes that reporting requirements have changed, which might be driving some of the increase..." (File photo: AP).
Canadian Economy Will Lose Billions To Climate Change: Report. Extreme droughts and floods, similar to what hit Calgary in 2013, may become the norm in the coming decades. Here's a clip from thestar.com: "A new report on the financial implications of climate change notes that while natural catastrophes are estimated to cost Canadians $21-$43 billion per year by 2050, popular economic measures like GDP fail to capture the escalation, discouraging preventative investment. The TD report follows a recent and alarming warning by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that governments are ill-prepared for a warming world. If action is not immediately taken, the UN report projected risks could become unmanageable..."
Photo credit above: "A road crew foreman surveys the washed-out lanes of northbound MacLeod Trail in Calgary, Alta., Monday, June 24, 2013. Heavy rains caused flooding, closed roads, and forced evacuations across Southern Alberta." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh.
Rising Sun. Why don't we hear more about the ongoing solar power revolution in the popular media? Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed from Paul Krugman at The New York Times: "...In fact, it’s possible that solar will displace coal even without special incentives. But we can’t count on that. What we do know is that it’s no longer remotely true that we need to keep burning coal to satisfy electricity demand. The way is open to a drastic reduction in emissions, at not very high cost. And that should make us optimistic about the future, right? I mean, all that stands in our way is prejudice, ignorance, and vested interests. Oh, wait..."
There's a better than 50/50 shot that El Nino is returning. A stain of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean is gaining momentum, spreading east, and it may flavor our weather here in Minnesota by the latter half of 2014.
Every El Nino is different, but most warm phases of the Pacific result in cooler, wetter summers for the Upper Midwest. It may even take the edge off a deepening drought from California to the southern Plains. El Nino events often energize the southern branch of the jet stream; increased winds over the tropics often inhibit hurricane development in the Caribbean. If El Nino remains in place odds would favor a milder than normal winter next year.
Maybe we'll catch a break.
Maybe I'll delusional.
Please, no wagering. That's more of an exercise in hand-waving than a forecast.
A push of chilly, dry air out of Canada sets the stage for a rain/snow mix Wednesday. A few inches of slush may pile up from Brainerd and Lake Mille Lacs to Duluth, but the sun is too high in the sky for snow to linger.
Like turning on a light switch, a taste of May arrives next week as a ridge of high pressure surges north. A string of 70s, scattered T-storms? A real warm front!
* map above from NOAA NESDIS shows sea surface temperatures over the equatorial Pacific Ocean running 1-2F warmer than average.
Tuesday Morning Record Lows:
Sioux Falls, SD: 11 degrees (also latest ever it's ever been that cold in a season)
Pierre, SD: 12 degrees
Thief River Falls, MN: 12 degrees
Fargo, ND: 13 degrees
Bismarck, ND: 15 degrees (tie)
St. Cloud, MN: 16 degrees
Madison, WI: 18 degrees (tie)
Twin Cities: 18 degrees (tie)
Lincoln, NE: 19 degrees
Omaha, NE: 23 degrees
Lubbock, TX: 25 degrees (tie)
Oklahoma City: 28 degrees
Also: Waco, TX had its latest ever freeze this morning, and set a new record with 70 freezes this winter.
* thanks to WeatherNation TV meteorologist Chris Bianchi for the list above.
June - August: Slight Cool, Wet Bias? Based on historical El Nino warmings of the Pacific Ocean Minnesota and much of the Upper Midwest might expect a (very) slight bias toward slightly cooler summer temperatures, with above-average precipitation, due to a more active southerly branch of the jet stream. Graphic source: NOAA Climate Prediction Center.
84 Hour Snowfall Potential. NOAA's NAM model prints out some 2-5" snowfall amounts over central and east central Minnesota; the heaviest band setting up 30-90 miles north of the Twin Cities Wednesday. Map: HAMweather.
Another Plowable Pile? Minnesotans tend to lose their sense of humor when there's accumulating snow in the forecast in mid-April. It almost makes you want to throw your remote control at the TV set, or drown your Macbook Air in the bathtub (don't do it!) WSI's RPM model prints out some 4-8"+ amounts from near Brainerd to Sandstone and the Duluth area. Some of that will melt on contact, but Wednesday may very well wind up being a mess up north.
Potential For 4"+ Amounts. NOAA guidance shows the greatest potential for significant slush from central Minnesota into northern Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan, with a snowy bullseye near Duluth and Superior. Map: HAMweather.
Winter Storm Watch. This is rapidly turning into a meteorological edition of "Survivor", but I still don't think winter will linger as deep into spring as it did in 2013, when we had blizzard conditions across southeast Minnesota the first week of May. That said, NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Watch just north of MSP, including St. Cloud, Brainerd, Little Falls, Crosby, Aitkin and Duluth, as well as a healthy chunk of northern Wisconsin. Map: NOAA and HAMweather.
What April? One of our developers and product managers, Scott Shie, snapped this photo at his house just south of Oakdale, Wisconsin Monday morning. He counted up 3-5" of heavy, wet snow, that somehow managed to drift to a depth of a foot or more. Good grief.
Reason To Keep Going Toward The Light. Wednesday's near-death meteorological experience up north gives way to a welcome rerun of spring, with 60 degrees returning as early as Easter Sunday. ECMWF guidance suggests Monday will be milder, with temperatures much of next week at or above normal. Graphic: Weatherspark.
Minor Flooding Reported In Aitkin. In a relative sense we've been fairly lucky so far this spring. Snow melted gradually, with no widespread heavy rainfall events to increase snowmelt and runoff. But there have been a few minor problems; here's an excerpt from The Brainerd Dispatch: "The National Weather Service (NWS) Monday issued a flood warning for the Mississippi River in Aitkin and Crow Wing counties. At 9:30 a.m. Monday, the stage at the Mississippi River at Aitkin was reported by NWS to be 12.8 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet. Minor flooding was occurring and was forecast to continue. The river is expected to continue to fall below flood stage by Saturday..."
Photo credit above: Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls. "With the College Drive Bridge in the background, Mississippi River ice is gathering just south of Kiwanis Park Sunday as the river flow begins to increase."
Significant River Flood Outlook. Here's an update from the North Central River Forecast Center at The National Weather Service: "Heavy rains this weekend are causing many rivers in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan to rise over moderate flood stage. Many rivers have reached or are expected to reach record stages from this event. River stations already at record stages are:
-- Boardman River at Mayfield
-- SBr Tobacco River at Beaverton
Locations forecast to reach record stage are:
-- Muskegon River at Evart
-- SBr Au Sable River at Luzerne
-- Au Sable River at Red Oak
-- Manistee River at Sherman, Mesick, Hoxeyville..."
VANMOOF: An Option For Serious E-Bike Commuters. I need the aerobic activity, but if you'd like an electric motor to help with the hills (and GPS-tracking protection against theft) this might be your ride. Details at gizmag.com; here's a clip: "One of the many interesting new e-bike designs that's floated across our desk over the past few years, the VANMOOF Electrified is billed as the "world's first intelligent commuter bike." Not only does it have the usual e-motor, it comes stock with an integrated GPS anti-theft tracking system. VANMOOF has recently tweaked the design of the bike and is moving toward launch..."
The Next Generation Airline Seat Will Know Everything About You. More than the NSA, or even Google? I doubt it, but this does look intriguing (and vaguely terrifying). Here's an excerpt from Quartz: "
1. The seat knows who you are and what you want
Image credit above: "Thales.
New Software Accurately Predicts What Your Children Will Look Like As Adults. This is informative, and just a little bit creepy. I'd rather be surprised. Details from Gizmag; here's the intro: "If you're a parent wondering what your child will look like as an adult, now you don't need to wonder anymore. Researchers at the University of Washington claim to have developed software that can accurately predict what a child will look like as an adult, up to the age of 80. The technique can even work from poorly lit photos, and could prove a big help in missing persons cases..."
Image credit above: "New software from the University of Washington can accurately predict what your kid will look like as an adult." (Image: University of Washington).
Alaska Man Blows Nose After Being Punched, Eyeball Pops Out. And you think you had a rough day. Remind me not to blow my nose after being punched in the face. Here's an excerpt of an awe-inspiring story at Alaska Dispatch: "...The police noted that the victim “had never had an experience where his eyeball popped out when he was blowing his nose, and this incident occurred as a direct result of the injury that he received after being punched in the eye by the male subject..."
A Tough Lie. You can tell who the die-hard golfers are. They're the ones heading out in early April, braving wind chill and piles of dirty snow. Our very own WeatherNation meteorologist Todd Nelson fits the description. He was out at Ceder Creek near St. Michael Sunday and managed to hit is ball onto an iceflow in a nearby pond. No, he didn't play it, even though it was probably legal. Thanks to patient brother in law Wade Weidner for snapping the incriminating photo.
38 F. high in the Twin Cities Monday.
57 F. average high on April 14.
38 F. high on April 14, 2013.
TODAY: Cool sunshine. Still bug-free. Winds: West 8. High: 41
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase, wet snow possible late. Low: 31
WEDNESDAY: Slushy mix of rain and wet snow; few inches central Minnesota. High: 39
THURSDAY: Blue sky, better travel day. Wake-up: 26. High: 42
GOOD FRIDAY: Some sun, a dry sky. Wake-up: 29. High: 49
SATURDAY: Cloudy with a cold rain. Wake-up: 31. High: 45
EASTER SUNDAY: Milder with sunny breaks for Easter. Wake-up: 40. High: near 60
MONDAY: Partly sunny, springy again. Wake-up: 42. High: 70
Climate Change Action: Faith Community Called to Lead by Example. Here's a post from a story at Christian Post: "...Pro-environment groups are calling on the faith community to come together and lead by example when it comes to taking action on climate change issues. "The challenges our world faces in mitigating climate change now requires uniting with an unprecedented global-community mindset. Some soul-searching is in order for faith based organizations and houses of worship who are abdicating our moral responsibility to our most vulnerable neighbors in the developing world when we don't lead by example and refuse to tolerate any less from our business and government leaders on climate change," said Deborah Fikes, representative to the United Nations for World Evangelical Alliance and Clean Revolution Ambassador, in a statement Friday..."
Photo credit above: Water Missions International. "Uganda children at a water tap in this undated photo."
Years of Living Dangerously. Did you catch the premiere episode on Showtime Sunday evening? It was very well done, showing how climate change has gone from a theoretical abstraction to a reality; impacting people around the planet. The approach is at once unconventional (think Harrison Ford as one of the reporters), but effective, and ultimately empowering and hopeful in tone. Here's an excerpt of a review from Media Matters: "...Although the premiere episode of "Years Of Living Dangerously" doesn't touch on any solutions to climate change, the series promises to address solutions in later episodes, including segments on renewable energy, global warming as a political priority, and the "greening" of the corporate sector. According to a study from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, painting a dire picture of climate change without providing a solution may cause an audience to reject the message, echoing previous research. As a recent study shows that most broadcast evening news shows often decoupled solutions from messages about the threat of global warming, the Showtime and NBC series again provide a fresh take on the issue by including possible solutions..."
A Celestial Event. The total lunar eclipse should be visible across Minnesota and Wisconsin as skies clear. I can't promise crystal-clear skies, but odds are in our favor that we will be able to witness some or all of the eclipse, which starts close to 1 AM Tuesday, peaks around 2:46 AM, and ends about 4:30 AM. Convenient times, but maybe during a bathroom break? Graphic above: mreclipse.com.