82 F. average high for August 8.
82 F. high on August 8, 2011.
.01" rain fell on KMSP yesterday (strong to severe storms bubbled up over southeastern Minnesota around the dinner hour).
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- According to the July 31, 2012, U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM), 62.9 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing moderate to exceptional drought at the end of July. This is an increase of about 6.9 percent compared to the end of June. The maximum value of 63.9 percent reached on July 24 is a record in the 13-year history of the USDM.
- The area of the country in the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) doubled from 10 percent last month to 22 percent this month. The extreme dryness and excessive heat devastated crops and livestock from the Great Plains to Midwest.
Photo credit above: "Heat waves rise while a Kansas Department of Transportation road crew works on a section of US 59 near Nortonville, Kan., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012." (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Photo credit above: "A damaged corn crop in Rice County, in central Kansas, August 7." Jeff Tuttle/Reuters
Photo credit above: "Dark clouds from a passing thunder storm hang over a dry cornfield in Blair, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. The area received some rain from the storm. Farmers in the nation's Corn Belt are confronting a drought that stretches from Ohio west to California and from Texas north to the Dakotas. Only in the 1930s and the 1950s has a drought covered more of the U.S., according to the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C." (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
- Water that is at least 80 degrees F (26.6 C)
- Relatively moist air
- Very warm surface temperatures
- A continuous evaporation and condensation cycle
- Wind patterns of varying directions that collide (converging winds)
- A difference in air pressure between the surface and high altitude
Shelf Cloud. A tip-off to potentially severe winds, beware of T-storms with a protruding "lip". Thanks to A.J. Lane, who snapped this photo near Ames, Iowa Wednesday.
One Fine Sunset. From WeatherNation TV's Facebook Site: "This photo by @JonRHansen knocked the socks right off my feet. Sunset Wednesday night in Rhome, TX."
Martian Sunrise. Thanks to NASA, Patrick Cusworth, and Twitter for this one-of-a-kind shot.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
SATURDAY NIGHT: More clouds, chance of a T-storm late. Low: 61