84 F. average high on July 6.
102 F. high on July 6, 2012.
Trace of rain fell yesterday at KMSP.
Low 90s expected again today and Monday.
50-degree dew points return the latter half of this week - much more comfortable air.
Image credit above: Brad Birkholz.
El Nino Weather Could Be Forecast A Year Ahead. USA Today has the interesting details; here's an excerpt: "An international meteorology team on Monday unveiled a way to forecast El Niño weather a year ahead of time, double the lead time experts currently have. El Niños strike every decade, driven by warm Pacific Ocean water piling on the West Coast and affecting weather worldwide, triggering floods, droughts and heat. The most recent El Niño ended in 2010. A strong El Niño brings heavy rains to North and South America and drought to Australia, making its prediction something long sought by weather forecasters..."
Photo credit above: JEFF SCHEID/LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. "Smoke from Carpenter Canyon fire shrouds Mountain Charleston at the Snow Mountain exit and U.S. Highway 95 on Friday. The 5-day-old fire has grown to more than 9,000 acres and swept into Kyle Canyon. More than 500 people have been evacuated an hundreds of homes and business are threatened."
Photo credit above: Elaine Thompson/Associated Press. "In the summer of 2000, drought-fueled wildfires devastated the Bitterroot Valley in Montana."
Photo credit above: "The mayor of Prince Albert is unhappy with the province's flood forecasting this spring."
Soggy Nisswa. Some days I wonder if shop owners secretly pray for rain in some of these northern resort towns like Nisswa, Crosslake, Walker and Pequot Lakes? Yesterday's showery sky up north drove many into town to try their hand at shopping. Great fun.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy. Low: 72