72 F. average high for September 2.
82 F. high on September 2, 2011.
Isolated T-shower today (best chance south of the metro, over far southern Minnesota).
2012: warmest year on record, to date, since modern day records started in 1891.
Today's Dew point prediction:
7 am: 64 F. (still sticky)
7 pm: 52 F. (much more comfortable)
Tuesday night: best chance of showers and possible thunder as cooler air finally arrives.
Last Day to eat yourself into a food coma out at the Minnesota State Fair. The only one staying cool yesterday was Princess Kay of the Milky Way in the Dairy Building. It was hot and dusty out at the State Fairgrounds yesterday. Yes, we need rain, preferably at night, preferably tomorrow. There's a very slight chance of thunder today, a better chance closer to the Iowa border. The next chance of (widespread) showers and T-storms comes Tuesday night ahead of a cool front.
“We don’t have much skill in forecasting drought development,” he said. One reason for this, scientists say, is that the computer models forecasters use don’t accurately capture the ways that land surface conditions interact with the atmosphere. The models tend to have more skill in predicting drought development or tendency out to a few weeks in advance, but beyond that, they have major limitations." - from a story at Climate Central; details below. Photo: AP.
"Leslie". The latest tropical storm northeast of Puerto Rico is forecast to become a hurricane, possibly threatening Bermuda by the end of the week. Odds favor a turn out to sea, but a few models are pulling Leslie closer to the east coast of the USA. Map: NHC and Ham Weather.
* the latest U.S. Drought Monitor is here.
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Photo credit above: "High winds from hurricane Isaac toppled signs and caused flooding and power outages in New Orleans Wednesday." Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor.
"...The fact is, many people lack the resources to escape. Having no money, no mode of transportation and no friends or family in safe places means no choice but to weather the storm." - from an NBC News story on why some people won't (or can't) evacuate to a safe spot before a hurricane.
Photo credit above: "A man makes his way down a flooded street in a boat in the aftermath of Isaac Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in Ironton, La. Isaac is now a tropical depression, with the center on track to cross Arkansas on Friday and southern Missouri on Friday night, spreading rain through the regions." (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Photo credit above: "Two sailboats, the Sweet Dreams, foreground and the Caribe, were swept from their docks by Hurricane Isaac to the parking lot in front and beside Shaggy's at Pass Christian, Mississipi, on Friday, August 31, 2012." (Tim Isbell/Biloxi Sun Herald/MCT)
Photo credit above: Vincent Laforet, Pool, File - Associated Press). "In this Aug. 30, 2005 photo, floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina pour through a levee along Innter Harbor Navigational Canal near downtown New Orleans, LA, a day after Katrina passed through the city."
Photo credit above: "Tony Miranda takes a break from clearing out his home after it was flooded by Hurricane Isaac in LaPlace, La., Friday Aug. 31, 2012." (AP Photo/The Advocate. Arthur D. Lauck)
* Long-range model guidance shows 80s returning to Minnesota the week of September 9; I wouldn't be surprised to see a 90-degree high or two.
Photo credit above: Colin McMillen/CC BY 2.0
Photo credit above: "Geoengineering could replicate the cooling effects of a massive volcanic eruption as a tool to reduce climate change." Photo via Wikimedia Commons
"The same human economic activity that has brought freedom and opportunity to billions has also increased the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. While the scope and longterm consequences of this are the subject of ongoing scientific research, common sense dictates that the United States should take measured and reasonable steps today to reduce any impact on the environment. Those steps, if consistent with our global competitiveness will also be good for our national security, our energy independence, and our economy."Photo credit above: "No longer a Republican concern." (JOHN MCCONNICO / AP)