77 F. average high on June 8.
72 F. high on June 8, 2013.
June 8 in Minnesota Weather History. Data: Twin Cities National Weather Service:
2002: Extensive flash flood began across northwest Minnesota. 14.55 inches would fall over the next 48 hours near Lake of the Woods. Floodwaters covered the city of Roseau. The Roseau River looked like a large lake from a satellite view.
1913: Strange mirage in Duluth. Ships appeared to be floating in the air over Lake Superior.
A No-Wake Life
Yesterday the noisy, high-speed boats normally buzzing Lake Minnetonka fell silent. Bloated cruisers puttered across an overflowing bay as if they were taking on water; people on paddle boards & kayaks moving in slow motion, enjoying the view.
"Don't fixate on the destination, enjoy the journey" a wise friend once told me. I may be over-thinking this - but it's a metaphor for modern life. As the velocity of our lives increases - overall satisfaction often suffers. Many of us now live frantic, fast-forward lives, tethered to our calendars, to-do lists and impossible goals.
"Slow down, look around, odds are you won't pass this way again." My friend was trying to live a no-regrets, no-wake life. Maybe he was onto something.
Mother Nature apparently got the memo: weather systems are limping along, with exceptional drought giving way to biblical floods over Oklahoma. Pulses of heat expand north across the Plains sparking waves of T-storms: only a slight shower risk today with a much better chance of getting wet Wednesday night, Saturday, again next Tuesday.
Comfortable 70s much of this week finally give way to sticky 80s by Sunday, the sunnier, warmer day next weekend.
Pray for a dry front.
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Graphic credit above: "Cause of death in the United States directly attributable to Atlantic tropical cyclones, 1963-2012." Ed Rappaport, NOAA NHC.
Smog-Busting Roof Tiles Could Clean Tons of Pollution, Study Says. My hope is that potentially radical breakthroughs like this continue to originate in the United States. Here's an excerpt of a post at The Los Angeles Times: "UC Riverside researchers say they have demonstrated an inexpensive roof coating that gobbles up smog-forming pollutants and, if widely adopted, could clean tons of air pollution from Southern California each day. In a laboratory experiment, engineering students found that ordinary clay roof tiles sprayed with titanium dioxide removed 88% to 97% of nitrogen oxide pollution from the air. Nitrogen oxides, gases generated by fuel combustion and emitted from vehicle exhaust pipes, industrial stacks and power plants, react in sunlight to form ozone, the main ingredient of smog. But titanium dioxide, a chalky white compound, breaks down those pollutants into less harmful compounds..."
TODAY: Cool & cloudy, few showers likely far southern Minnesota; passing shower in the Twin Cities metro. Winds: SE 5-10. High: 67
MONDAY NIGHT: Slow clearing late, still cool. Low: 54
TUESDAY: Lukewarm sunshine, pleasant. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: Warm sun, T-storms at night. Wake-up: 56. High: 82
THURSDAY: Wet start, then partial clearing. Wake-up: 59. High: 74
FRIDAY: Plenty of sun, leave work early. Wake-up: 56. High: 78
FRIDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with T-storms late. Low: 58
SATURDAY: T-storms, locally heavy rain? High: 76
SUNDAY: Sunnier, drier day of the weekend. Wake-up: 60. High: 84