73 F. average high on May 27.
62 F. high on May 27, 2013.
80s likely today into Saturday.
Flash flood risk Saturday PM into at least Tuesday of next week.
May 27, 1965: Late season snow falls across all of Minnesota with Duluth and Caribou reporting an inch.
An Early July
A reluctant spring? Just north of Brainerd this weekend one couldn't help but notice a lime-green blizzard of buds just filling in the trees - coming about 2-3 weeks later than usual.
Minnesota has endured 6 months in a row of colder than average temperatures. We were long overdue for a real warm front and it finally arrived, and on a major holiday at that! Good timing, for once.
Under the heading "Be Careful What You Wish For" this week will look like something out late July with a streak of 80s, as an overheated ridge of high pressure expands northward. 100-degree heat is possible in the Dakotas by Thursday, and a few 90s may edge into western Minnesota by late week.
Expect a dry sky today into Saturday morning. An approaching cool front sparks numerous T-storms late Saturday and Sunday. There are some signs the front may temporarily stall; I could see flooding rains/T-storms next Tuesday.
What a difference a year makes. Last year we experienced a rapidly spreading drought.
This year lake water is higher than I've seen it in a long time. Some docks are underwater; many farmers can't get out into their soggy fields.
A drought or flood summer? Something in-between, please.
A big fire produces strong upward moving air currents that carry water vapor and ash upward. The water vapor can condense on the ash forming cloud drops. The vigorous upward motions produce these pyrocumulus clouds that look similar to thunderstorm clouds, which also form due to strong upward moving air.
TODAY: Partly sunny, humid. Winds: SW 8. Dew point: 64. High: 83
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and muggy. Low: 66
THURSDAY: Sticky sun, feels like July. High: 85
FRIDAY: Hot sun, lake-worthy. Dew point: 65. Wake-up: 64. High: 87
SATURDAY: Very humid. Early sun, PM T-storms likely. Wake-up: 68. High: 84
SUNDAY: Lingering showers, thunderstorms. Wake-up: 67. High: 82
MONDAY: Thunderstorms mainly over southern MN. Warm sun north. Wake-up: 66. High: 83
TUESDAY: Heavy T-storms. Some severe/flood risk? Wake-up: 69. High: 81
Photo credit above: "Examples of railroad track buckling from a report on the issue from the National Transportation Library." Credit: U.S. DOT
* graphic above: Florida Center for Environmental Studies. Featured in an article at WLRN, "Why Handwringing about Sea Level Rise Won't Save Miami."
Photo credit above: "Melting away: an aerial view of the margin of Greenland’s threatened ice sheet." Photo by Hannes Grobe/Alfred Wegener Institute via Wikimedia Commons.