82 F. average high for August 7.
88 F. high on August 7, 2012.
T-shower today; dry weather returns Friday and Saturday (highs in the 70s)
Showers possible Sunday, especially southern Minnesota.
80 F. highs return next week, maybe some upper 80s within 2 weeks.
Combination of golf ball size hail AND 60 mph straight-line winds resulted in severe hail damage in Eden Prairie, Edina and Bloomington - billions of ice chunks propelled to the ground with far more force than during a typical thunderstorm (not accompanied by a severe gust front).
Photo credit above: "The rear window was shattered on a new Chevy Cruze at Suburban Chevy, where every single car, (around 1000) were hail damaged at the Chevy store and nearby Metropolitan Ford in Eden Praire after yesterday's severe storms."
State of the Climate in 2012 Report available here.
Image credit above: "Wrangel Island, Chukchi Sea, in the early morning (left). Trees take hold as permafrost thaws near the Altai Mountains in Russia (right). These photos are from the covers of the 2012 State of the Climate Report, edited by scientists from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society." Photo Credit: Kate Stafford, Sergey Kirpotin - Tomsk State University, Terry Callaghan - EU-Interact
Image credit above: Dan Pisut / NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab. "Surface temperatures in 2012 compared with the temperature average from 1981 to 2010."
Image credit above: "DefCon and Black Hat highlight the fact that companies often seem more concerned about the appearance of security rather than the reality." (Photo: Shutterstock)
Photo credit: "A ScanEagle in service with the US Army." (Image: Boeing).
Photo credit above: "By September 2012, sea-ice cover in the Arctic had fallen to its lowest level since the beginning of satellite records." Photo: Steven J Kazlowski/Alamy.
Image credit above: "The top map shows global temperatures in the late 21st century, based on current warming trends. The bottom map illustrates the velocity of climate change, or how far species in any given area will need to migrate by the end of the 21st century to experience climate similar to present." Courtesy Stanford University.
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