84 F. average high for July 15.
77 F. high on July 15, 2011.
Heat Advisory in effect today. Highs should top 100, a dew point around 65 will make it feel like 105 by 4 pm.
102 F. today's record high in the Twin Cities, set in 1926. We may come very close.
20 days at or above 90 F. so far this year in the Twin Cities.
45,076 warm weather records, nationwide, so far in 2012. Source: NOAA NCDC.
4 days. The last time MSP experienced four 100-degree highs was 1988. Today should be the 3rd day above 100 in 2012. Details below.
Weather Records. So far in 2012 NCDC reports over 45,000 warm weather records, over 6,000 cold weather records.
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1. 82.7 F in 2012
2. 82.4 F in 1948
3. 82.2 F in 1936
4. 81.2 F in 1989
5. 81.2 F in 1949
6. 80.8 F in 1937
7. 80.0 F in 1974
8. 79.2 F in 2002
9. 79.1 F in 2011
10. 79.0 F in 1988
* click here for latest U.S. Drought Monitor for Minnesota, courtesy of NOAA and USDA.
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Photo credit above: "Corn leaves curl under a withering sun in a field along Highway 14 near Arena on Thursday. Farmers have struggled to maintain crops amid record heat and droughts this summer."
Photo credit above: "Janet and Jerry Turner watch and wait to have water removed from their flooded home on Pine Belt on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in Cypress." (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)
Photo credit above: Sergey Ponomarev/AP. "An Emergency Ministry soldier helps to repair religious icons in a church hit by flood water in the town of Nizhnebakansky, about 750 miles south of Moscow, on Tuesday."
2012 Quality of Life Points: 250 out of 350
2011 Quality of Life Rank: 8
"Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and all that natural beauty contributes to the quality of life. But there is more to the state than that. The home of the Mayo Clinic is one of America’s healthiest states. The crime rate is among the lowest in the country. Air quality is among the best, too. From the cosmopolitan Twin Cities to the remote beauty of the North Woods, Minnesota has it all."
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Photo credit: "Trees on a ridge in Colorado Springs go up in flames as the Waldo Canyon fire burns in late June." Credit: Michael Kodas.
Photo credit above: "A P-2V Neptune fire tanker drops borate fire retardant on a rugged mountainside." Credit: arbyreed/flickr.
The weather is sending us a clear message: Danger. Danger. Danger."
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"The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center estimates that about 76 percent comes from the combustion of coal and oil, and another 20 percent from natural gas. The remaining amounts to round up to 100 percent come from cement production and gas flaring." - source here.
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