83 F. average high on July 4.
101 F. high on July 4, 2012.
Dry today, if the sun is out for 3-5 hours we may hit 90F again this afternoon.
Best Week of Summer? Who knows - but the last 5-6 days have been...amazing. Finally, a streak of spectacular Minnesota weather, and timing couldn't be much better. The ECMWF keeps the immediate metro dry Friday and Saturday, a few T-storms Sunday - Tuesday the wettest day as a weak frontal system arrives. If the sun stays out much of today and Saturday 90F. isn't out of the question.
Gulf Coast Soaking. The same fire-hose of moisture that drenched the Florida Panhandle, Georgia, Alabama and much of the Mid South will drift west, dropping som e2-4" rainfall amounts from Mobile, to New Orleans and Houston by Sunday. The risk of showers and T-storms increases over the Upper Midwest, while the eastern seaboard and west coast remains dry for the next 84 hours. NAM model data courtesy of NOAA.
* Persistently wet weather during June hampered many outdoor activities. Field working conditions for agriculture were often poor. Occurrences of rural and urban flooding were reported throughout the month. Of particular note was an eight inch-plus rainfall reported in northwest Wilkin County on June 25-26.
* Season-to-date precipitation totals top historical averages in most MInnesota counties. April-through-June precipitation totals in some southeast Minnesota counties were in excess of 24", exceeding the historical average by an astounding 12 or more inches.
* Just four percent of Minnesota's landscape is in Moderate Drought, a substantial improvement over early April, when 67 percent of Minnesota was experiencing Extreme or Severe drought.
* Stream discharge values are well above historical medians at many gauging locations, and lake levels are responding upward to ample spring and early summer precipitation.
Photo credit above: Los Angeles Times.
* weather conditions at the time of the Yarnell Hills blaze, and what can be done, technologically, to get more current weather information to the firefighters in the line of danger, from Wildfire Today.
Photo credit above: "A fire eight miles northwest of Prescott, Ariz., blazes behind a row of houses June 24.
Photo credit above: "A wildfire burns homes in the Glenn Ilah area near Yarnell, Ariz., June 30, 2013."
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-07-nasa-image-manitoba-canada.html#jCp
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-07-nasa-image-manitoba-canada.html#j
Photo credit above: "Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, as commander of the Army's Ft. Bliss, pressed to set up environmental measures." (Sgt. Valerie Lopez / September 10, 2010)
Cartoon above courtesy of Tom Toles, at The Washington Post.
"The weight of evidence suggests that it is 'very likely' (probability greater than 90%) that the British are coming. I am not advocating any specific mitigation or adaptation response." (Paul Revere, if he had been a climate scientist)
"We should refrain from asserting that the British are (or are not) coming without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon information that critics have called into question. It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts." (Fox News, if cable TV had existed in 1775)..."
1. Hurricane Sandy - cost $65.7 billion and caused 159 deaths
Hurricane Sandy touched down on U.S. soil on October 29 after leaving a path of destruction through Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. Sandy was the second-costliest and deadliest hurricane ever to hit the U.S. after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A total of 24 states were affected, with thousands of homes destroyed and millions of people left without electricity. Of the direct deaths, the storm caused 48 direct deaths and 87 additional indirect deaths."
Photo credit upper left: EPA/MASTER SGT. MARK OLSEN / US AIR FORCE
Photo credit upper right: NWS Meteorologist Samuel Shea
* The BBC has more details on the record number of climate extremes during the first decade of the 21st century.