99 F. reported at Canby, Minnesota.
96 F. high at Madison, Minnesota yesterday.
83 F. average high for August 1.
83 F. high on August 1, 2011
Severe threat late Friday.
20-30 mph wind gusts possible by Saturday, as the coolest air since mid-June arrives.
"...it's been so hot in Minnesota, even ifs famous lakes provide little relief....We have temperatures probably pushing 90 degrees in some of our shallow lakes....causing fish kills in at least 25 lakes." - from NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Wednesday.
May, 2011. Last time the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Eau Claire all had below average temperatures for a given month.
Big Changes Ahead. Expect upper 80s today (dew points in the low to mid 60s); the mercury heats back into the low 90s - with potentially severe T-storms late Friday and Friday night. Saturday looks windy (gusts to 25 mph) as cooler air approaches - readings holding in the mid 70s Sunday with a BIG drop in dew point (low 50s). Yes, you can expect a hint of autumn by Sunday morning. We heat into the 80s again next week, although excessive heat should stay just south of Minnesota; the best chance of significant rain next Friday, based on ECMWF guidance.
"At this point, temperature readings alone aren't necessary to validate climate change, since seasonal events like flower blooms and bird migrations are shifting, Peterson said. "If we did not have any thermometers here on the planet, we would know darn well that it is warming because of all these other indicators." - from an article at LiveScience.
84 F. average July temperature at Indianapolis, making it the hottest July on record for Indy.
Photo credit above: "A field of soy beans, left, meets drought-damaged corn in Mead, Neb., Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Soy beans, while distressed, are less sensitive than corn to the drought. The drought covering two-thirds of the continental U.S. had been considered relatively shallow, the product of months without rain, rather than years. But a report last Thursday showed its intensity is rapidly increasing, with 20 percent of the nation now in the two worst stages of drought up 7 percent from the week before." Photo: Nati Harnik, Associated Press.
- For the month of July, Kansas City received only 0.49″ of rain, which is 3.96″ below normal.
- For the 4 month period of April 1st through July 31st, Kansas City has received just 5.88″, which is 12.60″ below normal.
- This makes this period of time the driest on record for Kansas City beating 1911 by by 0.02″. In that year only 5.90″ fell.
- To put this into a little more perspective the 5.88″ this year is drier than 1936 by 1.04″, 1988 by 1.42″, 1980 by 2.71″, 1953 by 2.83″, and 1934 by 3.63″. Those years represent the 3rd – 7th driest April 1st – July 31st periods of time on record at Kansas City. (photo above: Wikipedia).
- July 2012 will go down in the record books as the driest July on record in Sioux Falls.
- Rainfall for the month totaled only 0.24″ at the airport in Sioux Falls, breaking the previous record of 0.25″ which fell back in July 1947.
- Normal rainfall for the month of July is 3.09″.
Photo credit above: "A tornado captured near MooseJaw, Saskatchewan on June 26, 2012." Credit: Twitpic/@JeffAdams.
Apple's Next iPhone: The Complete Rumor Roundup. Gizmodo has the latest: "There's been so much rumor-hawking and speculation the past few weeks that whether you're ready or not, we're squarely in the middle of iPhone season. So here's a quick rundown of everything we think we know about Apple's next iPhone.
AppearanceWe think we have a pretty good idea of what the new iPhone will look like; we've been seeing leaked parts for months now, and recently that has moved up to fully assembled phones, and possibly a whole phone smuggled out of a plant."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clearing, comfortable. Low: 59
Photo credit above: "This summer's record-high temperatures could help bring attention to the issue". | AP Photo