82 F. average high for August 5.
85 F. high on August 5, 2011.
90+ possible again today, slight chance of thunder tonight as cooler air arrives for Tuesday.
No record heat in sight next 7-10 days.
* as I referenced below, the high winds knocked our dining room windows out - that's never happened before. A little too much excitement...
110+ F. weather for three straight days at Oklahoma City? This is only the second time in recorded history this has happened - the last year: 1936. Stat: #OKwx.
Saturday was the 4th straight day above 110 F. at OKC - most ever. #OKwx.
24 days at or above 95 F. in Washington D.C. Most to date on record.
Saturday: 39th straight day of 80+ highs in the Twin Cities, second longest 80+ stretch on record.
24 days of 90+ at Denver as of Saturday, tying the longest streak on record.
32 days so far in 2012 with 90+ highs at Cincinnati. 30-year average is 21 days/year.
* thanks to WeatherNation meteorologist D.J. Kayser for tracking down these (remarkable) numbers.
"What was the winter like in the Twin Cities after that hot summer in 1988?"
Ginger Knaff, West St. Paul, MN
* 3 month outlook from NOAA's CPC (Climate Prediction Center) shows a lingering warm bias east of the Rockies from August through October. Beyond that, place your bets. Good luck.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota
TODAY: Cool start, hot finish. Low humidity. Dew point: 56. Winds: SW 10-15. High: near 91
MONDAY NIGHT: Slight chance of a T-storm. Low: 65
Photo credit: AP
* "Public Perception of Climate Change and the New Climate Dice" paper (pdf) is here, courtesy of Cornell University Library.
And yet our so-called leaders continue to tiptoe around the issue as if they might wake a sleeping baby. At least some people are awakening. They've slept late, but they're awakening nonetheless."
"theblooms" writes: "Anthropogenic Global Warming is FAR FROM PROVEN. If the evidence is so damn clear-cut, then why did the East Anglia University Climate Research Unit cook the books and falsify the data?"
Response: The East Anglia researchers didn’t cook the books. Any suggestions otherwise are based on taking fragments of emails completely out of context. Several investigations have cleared these researchers of any scientific misconduct whatsoever. The were reprimanded only for failing to respond with enough thoroughness to a barrage of freedom-of-information requests from climate skeptics."
Graphic credit above: "Generalized sea level rise since the last ice age showing several meltwater pulses (MWP). MWP-1A0, c. 19,600-18,800 years ago; MWP-1A, 14,600 to 13,800 years ago; MWP-1B, 11,000-8,800 years ago; and MWP-1C, ~8,200-7,600 years ago."