This isn’t a weather report. Well it is, but that’s not the point. Check out what MPR’s Paul Huttner’s great blog says about “climate disruption.”
First your forecast:
OK, that’s summer. But the real eye-raising part is Huttner’s link to the Weather Channel’s list of top 25 cities for climate disruption. For some reason, Minneapolis (!) is at #2, right between New Orleans and Las Vegas. (For the record, New Orleans is below sea level in a hurricane zone, and Las Vegas is in one of the continent’s hottest deserts.)
Here’s what the list says about Minneapolis:
2. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis could get pummeled from a lot of different angles, making it number 2 on our list. The city itself will be a good deal hotter than rural places close by. It has seen precipitation increase by almost 40 percent since 1958, a trend expected to continue. Drought here will also continue to worsen. The city isn’t waiting around for these changes; in 2013, it implemented a sustainability plan that includes reducing energy consumption by 17 percent and using renewable forms of energy to meet 10 percent of its needs by 2025.
I remain skeptical of their logic, and suspect them of trolling. But then again, weather.com has me trumped on climate credentials.
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