By Paul Douglas
Let's just get this out in the open. I know plenty of Minnesotans who adore winter. They embrace the snow, the cold, the entire Nordic package of perfected pain.
And then there's everyone else; a significant majority (?) of meek mortals who merely tolerate winter. They hibernate, persevere, suffering in silence, daydreaming of their reward: a glorious, sun-baked summer. That's the compact we make: endure enough clippers and TV windchill maps and you'll be awarded quality cabin-time and a magic summer most Americans would die for.
It hasn't quite worked out that way in 2013. The core of the jet stream is 400 miles farther south than last year; a non-stop parade of storms and sloppy fronts passing almost directly overhead. The boundary separating light jacket weather over Canada from sizzling 90s and 100s is setting up nearby, providing a favored west-to-east runway for storms to track down, one after another. Usually we go 2-3 days between storms. This year: 24 hours.
Steamy 70F degree dew points return by late week, along with murky sun, highs from 85-90F, and a better chance of widespread, heavy T-storms.
Just warm enough for a dip in the lake. But watch for lightning.
Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TUESDAY: More clouds than sun, risk of a stray shower. High: 78
TUESDAY NIGHT: Quieter. Low: 59
WEDNESDAY: More sun, still pleasant. Warmer. Slight chance of late PM thunder. High: 81
THURSDAY: Some sun, scatterd T-storms late, more humidity. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
FRIDAY: More numerous T-storms. Wake-up: 66. High: near 85
SATURDAY: Sticky with morning T-storms, some PM sun. Wake-up: 68. High: 88
SUNDAY: Some AM sun, PM T-storms pop. Wake-up: 67. High: 85
"The Black Forest Fire started on Tuesday, June 11th. The cause is undetermined. It is located in the northeast section of Colorado Springs, within the city limits. Rich Harvey's Great Basin Type 1 Incident Management Team took over management of the fire on Wednesday June 12th at 6 a.m.
This wind driven fire moved very quickly the first day. The current assessment has determined 482 structures have been destroyed and 17 were damaged. Several thousand residents were evacuated. As areas cool down and have been cleared of potential safety hazards, some residents are being allowed to return to their homes. Safety assessments of structures are ongoing. A few resources have been released as firefighters continue to make progress toward their containment objectives."
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"BLACK FOREST - The Black Forest Fire is 65 percent contained, has destroyed 483 homes and damaged 17. It has consumed more houses than 2012's Waldo Canyon Fire - making it the most destructive fire in state history. More than 3,600 homes in the area remain untouched, and fire crews are working around the clock to keep it that way. The El Paso County Sheriff's Department is expected to release the names of the two people who died in the blaze on Monday. An investigation is underway into the cause of the wind-driven fire. All that is known at this point is the blaze was not started by lightning. Four burglaries and one impersonation of a fire official or police officer was reported in the Black Forest Fire area, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Sunday. Some mandatory evacuations for the Black Forest Fire were lifted Saturday night. Residents to the north were allowed to begin returning home at 8 p.m. Saturday. They'll remain under pre-evacuation and must be ready to go at a moment's notice."
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