By Paul Douglas
No, you can't please all the people all the time. Don't waste your time trying. "Paul, this summer has been TOO NICE!" a Nisswa bookstore owner told me Friday. Say what? "Every day has been sunny. No soggy days to bring in the shoppers. Main Street is hurting." Too nice? 5 inches rain over 3 days would qualify as "nice weather" for farmers in southwest Minnesota, suffering thru severe drought.
But bikers at today's Tour de Tonka want light winds and no puddles. Cue the theme from Mission Impossible. All weather, like politics, is local.
The coolest front since June is charging south of the border, whipping up morning/midday showers, maybe a clap of thunder - but skies try to clear this afternoon. Sweatshirt weather tonight - lows dip into the 50s. Fresh air!
High pressure builds into Minnesota Sunday, meaning more sun, a stiff breeze and a dry sky; the nicer day. We'll see more 80s next week, but the pattern is finally shifting, the heat wave migrating into the western USA.
Ernesto may push into the Gulf of Mexico next week, reaching hurricane strength.
But for now I'm feeling better; our weather is becoming "un-stuck". The worst of the heat wave is behind us now.
Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
SATURDAY:Unsettled start with a passing shower or thundershower,. Slight chance of a passing shower or sprinkle in the afternoon. Turning cooler and gusty with less humidity. Winds: WNW 15-20. High: 80
MONDAY: Pleasant, a few more clouds and a little more humidity by afternoon. Slight chance of a spotty shower or storm late. Dew point: near 60. Low: 61. High: 84
TUESDAY: Blue sky, a bit cooler. Low: 65. High: 83
FRIDAY: Unsettled. still mild. Low: 66. High: 83.
Environment Canada issued tornado warnings for the RM of Craik and the RM of Huron on Thursday, and received several reports from the public of tornadoes touching down near the town of Tugaske, Sask. about 150 kilometres northwest of Regina. Environment Canada also confirmed that at least one tornado touched down in Douglas Provincial Park, about 180km northwest of Regina.
“The average number of tornadoes between 1991 and 2011 has been 12 per year,” said John Paul Cragg, a warning-preparedness meteorologist for Environment Canada. Cragg added that the current record for tornado touchdowns in that period is 32, set in 1991. Cragg said 2012 may have already broken that mark, with somewhere between 27 and 34 twisters touching down.
Cragg says a warmer-than-average summer has been partly to blame. The warmer temperatures, more moisture than normal in the air and the arrival of low-pressure systems in the mid-afternoon have created ideal conditions for the kinds of thunderstorms that can produce funnel clouds."
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