83 F. average high for July 23. It's fallen one degree since early July.
85 F. high on July 23, 2011.
23 days at or above 90 F. this year in the Twin Cities.
+7.4 F. July temperatures are running over 7 F. warmer than average in the metro, to date.
Slight severe storm risk today over central and southern Minnesota.
Slight Relief. After reaching upper 80s to near 90 (with a few hours of sun) today through Thursday temperatures cool off slightly Friday, before warming again over the weekend. No more 100-degree days in sight, but we may come close to 90 again Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Graphic above: ECMWF model.
10" rain fell on the Twin Cities July 23, 1987 (9.15" of that fell in 5 hours). It was the largest rainfall event in Twin Cities history. Details below.
106 F. Topeka, Kansas
109 F. Valentine, Nebraska
104 F. North Platte, Nebraska
105 F. Omaha, Nebraska
99 F. Mason City, Iowa
102 F. Indianapolis, Indiana
5-Day Rainfall Outlook. NOAA HPC's latest rainfall outlook shows the best chance of heavy showers and storms over the northern tier states from Minnesota's Arrowhead and the U.P. of Michigan into upstate New York. The drought continues to worsen over the Central Plains.
Welcome Rain. Tricking these T-storms is an act of futility (best chance tends to come nighttime hours into the early morning hours - another threat around the dinner hour. Models are hinting at well over an inch of rain for the MSP metro from now through Wednesday; a relatively dry spell from Thursday into Saturday.
Best Chance Of Soaking Rains: Up North. The latest NAM model prints out some 2" amounts from near Brainerd to Duluth, closer to .50 to .75" for the immediate metro area.
"Dallas police Lt. Scott Walton said the little boy was left in a hot van outside the daycare after a field trip for possibly over two hours. The child was given CPR as he was transported to Baylor Hospital but doctors pronounced him dead at the hospital."
Photo credit above: "flickr/Matt McGee".
Photo credit above: "A car damaged by floods is seen after heavy rainfalls hit Zhou Kou Dian Village, Fangshan district, near Beijing July 22. The Chinese capital's heaviest rainstorm in six decades killed at least 37 people, flooded streets and stranded 80,000 people at the main airport, state media and the government said on Sunday." REUTERS
Here are a few videos of the event, courtesy of Tom Oszman at TCMediaNow:
- Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Section at the USA National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
- Don Shelby, former WCCO-TV anchorman and Emmy award-winning journalist
Photo credit above: "A new self-cleaning coating technology could mean the end of the tiresome chore of washing the car (Photo: Shutterstock)"
Photo credit above: "Atom Central/YouTube."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TUESDAY NIGHT: Showers and T-storms, locally heavy rain. Low: 73
Photo credit above: Janet Davison/CBC. "Winter temperatures are increasing in Niagara, where a microclimate on land near Lake Ontario has helped a grape and wine industry flourish."
Rising Food Prices
Over half of the Continental U.S. is now facing severe drought–the worst in fifty years. As a result of extreme temperatures and little rain, corn production suffers although analysts predicted record production at the start of the year. In coming months, record-high food prices will continue to rise, affecting thousands of supermarket products. See also "Story of the Year: Warming-Driven Drought and Extreme Weather Emerge as Key Threat to Global Food Security."
Goodbye Glaciers, Sea Ice
This week, an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan tore itself off of one of the largest glaciers in North Greenland, following another break of comparable size in 2010."
Photo credit above: "While cool to look at, this melting glacier and the waterfall it births certainly isn't cool for the planet." (Photo: Jan Tuve Johanson)
How Global Warming Is Impacting Stock Prices. Here's an excerpt of an interesting article at triplepundit.com: "Heat waves and droughts magnified by global warming are exacting an economic tax on America’s middle class through higher prices and increased health care costs. Now this global warming tax is hitting the stock valuations of American companies.
Global warming’s economic tax hits restaurant stocks
The most visible evidence of how global warming could impact a company’s stock price occurred on July 20 with sharp declines in restaurant stock prices. Led by Chipotle’s stunning 20+% stock drop all the major restaurant stocks including McDonalds took a hit as stock analysts incorporated global warming’s heat and drought impacts upon restaurant food costs, profit margins and sales if higher menu prices trigger a consumer search for lower cost options."