70 F. peak dew point yesterday at KMSP
83 F. average high for July 30.
90 F. high on July 30, 2011.
+ 6.4 F. July temperatures are more than 6 F. warmer than average during the first 30 days of July.
35 consecutive days above 80 in the Twin Cities.
2nd hottest July on record, second only to 1936.
33 tornadoes reported across Minnesota in 2012, but no touchdowns in or near the Twin Cities. Details below.
28 days above 90 at Madison, Wisconsin.
Photo credit above: "Matt Winker walks on what used to be a field of wheat that is now parched, July 12, 2012, on the Winker farm in Belgium, Wisconsin. The drought has presented a unique opportunity for Winkers to be proactive, which Matt has decided to embrace." (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT)
The following waterways will be closed to all fishing:
• Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls
• Firehole River below Keppler Cascades
• Madison River
Hot air temperatures, limited rainfall, runoff from thermal features, and below average stream flows have all resulted in high water temperatures in these rivers. Water temperatures in the Gibbon River have been above 73 degrees F most of the past two weeks, with water temperatures in the Firehole River above 78 degrees F."
* radar loop above from Hurricane Katrina from August 28-29, 2005; data from NOAA in New Orleans. Amazing.
Photo credit above: "Road posts are submerged in a flooded street in Anju City, South Phyongan Province, North Korea, Monday, July 30, 2012. More heavy rain has pounded North Korea, flooding buildings and farmland and forcing stranded people and their livestock to take shelters atop rooftops." (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Photo credit above: "Lee Frelich: It is an interesting time to be a forest ecologist in Minnesota." (Photo courtesy of Paul Jost)
Graphic credit above: "The annual and decadal land surface temperature from the BerkeleyEarth average, compared to a linear combination of volcanic sulfate emissions and the natural logarithm of CO2." Photograph: BerkeleyEarth.