Get the cycling shorts ready, the first 80 degree temperature of this spring is expected by Sunday. The Twin Cities hasn't felt warmth like this since last September!
Saturday: Mostly sunny, warmer. H: 82 Wind: S 5-10
Saturday Night: Clear. L: 61
Sunday: Mostly dry. A few storms up north. H: 81 L: 64 Wind: S 5-10
Monday: Thunderstorms. Not a complete wash out. H: 79 L: 61 Wind: NW 5-10
Tuesday: Sunny. H: 78 L: 61 Wind: NE 5-10
Wednesday: Partly sunny. H: 79 L: 62 Wind: SE 5-10
The Halt of Global Warming
Weather and climate are completely different. The long-term trend, over the course of a century or more, is what defines climate. Weather is the day to day or even decade to decade change. Recently, there has been a noticeable slowing in the rate of global warming. Why?
During the last decade, a longer than usual solar minimum cycle, several volcanic eruptions, and relatively low amounts of water vapor in the stratosphere may have helped cool the atmosphere temporarily. But recent research suggests that the Earth’s natural climate variability—natural, short-term fluctuations in the climate system that occur on a year-to-year basis or longer—may have played the most pivotal role of all by transferring excess heat from the Earth’s surface into the deep ocean.
The "climate system" that is capable of drastically increasing or decreasing the temperature is El Niño or La Niña. "Since the last major El Niño event in 1997-1998, a series of La Niña events have dominated the tropical Pacific, resulting in a prolonged cooling of sea surface temperatures that has also likely stalled the rise in global temperatures." As you may have heard, however, a strong El Niño could be back later this year.
The subject of global warming can be a murky one and not everyone is on board with the human-caused warming. Even I'm completely overwhelmed by the plethora of data and research that comes out on the topic. It's hard not to feel a bit of anxiety when the headlines scream of the "collapse" of glaciers or the modification of our food source.
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story