74 F. average high on May 30.
77 F. high on May 30, 2013.
-1.5 F. As of May 29 Twin Cities temperatures for May are running 1.5 F. cooler than average for the month.
May 30 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: Twin Cities NWS:
1934: Extreme heat in Minnesota with 107 in St. Paul and 106 in Minneapolis. Rush City reached 110. There were numerous cases of heat ailments among persons and livestock.
1932: Heat wave with 108 at Campbell, Fairmont, Faribault, and New Ulm.
Weather, as in life, isn't like a DVR. Or VCR for readers who grew up fumbling with Betamax and VHS tapes. You can't fast-forward through the rough patches.
But for every gray, mop-bucket sky, washed out cabin adventure or messy, white-knuckle commute, there are just as many serene, blue-sky, postcard perfect days. It should all balance out, at least in theory.
I love technology as much as the next guy, but for all our ingenious inventions created to insulate ourselves from Nature, we're still helpless to control the forces playing out overhead. We are all bewildered spectators. For a species that likes to thump its chest in conquest I find this somewhat reassuring.
Which is a long, cumbersome way of saying we're in a wet pattern that shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. A stalled frontal boundary fires off swarms of T-storms from later today into Monday. Some 1-2 inch rainfall amounts are likely; another storm soaks us again next Wednesday & Thursday.
Note to self: invest in a floating dock. Forget tomatoes. Plant rice.
In the blog below: Mark Seeley reports that, in spite of cool and soggy weather pushing back spring planting season, nearly all the corn is now in the ground.
* the latest U.S. Drought Monitor for the western USA is here.
Animation credit above: "A FIRETEC animation of a 1996 blaze in Malibu." (icess.ucsb.edu)
Graphic credit above: Harvard Crimson.
* more fascinating details on Virgin Galactic's upcoming "flights" at The Houston Chronicle.
TODAY: Muggy, growing risk of T-storms. Dew point: 65. Winds: S 10-20. High: 82
SATURDAY NIGHT: T-storms, heavy rain potential. Low: 68
SUNDAY: Still very sticky. More T-storms, some strong. Dew point: 67. Winds: S/SE 10-15. High: 81
MONDAY: More T-storms & downpours. Wake-up: 68. High: 78
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, drying out. Dew point: 61. Wake-up: 62. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: More rain, possible T-storms. Wake-up: 58. High: 74
THURSDAY: Make it stop. Showers linger. Wake-up: 57. High: 72
FRIDAY: Some sun, umbrellas optional? Dew point: 56. Wake-up: 56. High: 77
* image above: Miami office of the National Weather Service.
Graphic credit: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.
Photo credit above: Alex MacLean "Bitumen is excavated at the Syncrude Mildred Lake mining site. Giant tires line the traffic circle."
File photo: Matt Brown, AP.