80 F. average high on August 22.
87 F. high on August 22, 2013.
August 22, 1955: Hail in Houston County, with piles to a foot deep at Rushmore.
I ate so much at the Minnesota State Fair I suspect I'm showing up on Doppler radar. Yes, I'm the yellow blob. Some of the deep-fried, butter-infused, bacon-wrapped treats should come with a heart surgeon, but I remember what my late mother told me. "Live a life of quiet moderation, but it's OK to indulge every now and then." This is one of those moments.
My favorites? Walleye Mac 'n Cheese, chocolate salami (no meat, just nuts & dark chocolate) and beer gelato. It has a 1 percent alcohol content so they'll check to make sure you're 21. And yes, it tastes better than it sounds.
Clouds were slow to burn off Friday, keeping things more comfortable in spite of high humidity. Today will be the more reasonable day to graze the fairgrounds: peeks of murky sun with mid-80s and a drippy dew point near 67F.
Expect low 90s Sunday; probably one of the 3 hottest days of summer - a summer that hasn't been all that hot, come to think of it. Factoring in a dew point above 70F it may fee like upper 90s by late afternoon. Pace yourself, stay hydrated, and try the beer gelato.
Next week? Far more comfortable for stumbling around the fair, as dew points drop sharply.
Image credit above: International Space Station, NASA.
Graphic credit above: Hsiang and Jina, July 2014
Photo credit above: "Charley was the first of four hurricanes to strike Florida in 2004." (Andrea Booher/FEMA).
Graphic credit: Quartz and comScore.
Photo credit above: Figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of a Soviet Army monument were previously transformed into superheroes in Sofia, Bulgaria."
TODAY: Hazy sun. Dog Days. Dew point: 67. Winds: East 8. High: 86
SATURDAY NIGHT: T-storms western and northern Minnesota. Sultry in the metro. Low: 75 (80 downtown?)
SUNDAY: Heat spike with hot sun. T-storms late. Dew point: 71. High: 92
MONDAY: Partly sunny, less humid. DP: 53. Wake-up: 64. High: 78
TUESDAY: Showers likely. Risk of thunder. Wake-up: 60. High: near 70
WEDNESDAY: More sun. Showers linger far south. Wake-up: 59. High: 74
THURSDAY: Plenty of sun, milder. DP: 51. Wake-up: 54. High: 77
FRIDAY: Warm sun, very pleasant. DP: 57. Wake-up: 59. High: 78
Map credit above: "GFS temperature and rainfall analysis for Greenland on August 21, 2014. Note the above freezing temperatures and rainfall over the region of the Jacobshavn Glacier for today." Image source: University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer.
I am exasperated. Exasperated no one is listening.
I am frustrated. Frustrated we are not solving the problem.
I am anxious. Anxious that we start acting now.
I am perplexed. Perplexed that the urgency is not appreciated.
I am dumbfounded. Dumbfounded by our inaction.
I am distressed. Distressed we are changing our planet.
I am upset. Upset for what our inaction will mean for all life.
I am annoyed. Annoyed with the media’s portrayal of the science.
I am angry. Angry that vested interests bias the debate.
I am infuriated. Infuriated we are destroying our planet.
But most of all I am apprehensive. Apprehensive about our children’s future."
Anthony J. Richardson
Climate Change Ecologist
Atlantic Slows Warming, Temperature Rises Seen Resuming from 2030. Reuters has the story; here's an excerpt: "...We're pointing to the Atlantic as the driver of the hiatus," Ka-Kit Tung, of the University of Washington in Seattle and a co-author of Thursday's study in the journal Science, told Reuters. The study said an Atlantic current carrying water north from the tropics sped up this century and sucked more warm surface waters down to 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), part of a natural shift for the ocean that typically lasts about three decades..." (Photo credit: NOAA).
Weather extremes in the summer — such as the record heat wave in the United States that hit corn farmers and worsened wildfires in 2012 — have reached an exceptional number in the last ten years. Man-made global warming can explain a gradual increase in periods of severe heat, but the observed change in the magnitude and duration of some events is not so easily explained. It has been linked to a recently discovered mechanism: the trapping of giant waves in the atmosphere. A new data analysis now shows that such wave-trapping events are indeed on the rise.A number of studies in recent years have linked this quantum jump in extreme weather to global warming and the warming-driven loss of Arctic ice (see here and here). Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences has been at the forefront of this research. She explains her findings in this video..."