1996: 5.91 inches of rain fell at Mankato. Mudslides closed roads including Hwy. 169. Mud pushed a trailer home 20 feet down a hill.
1922: Hailstorm at Maple Plain causes much damage to crops.
All those weather-related aches, pains (and rants) from Aunt Lena over the years may have some basis in science, after all. Our bodies are mostly water. Just as the moon exerts a tidal tug, small fluctuations in atmospheric pressure in the fluid of air overhead may leave some of us feeling more pain and discomfort.
New Dutch research from Rotterdam shows a possible connection between increases in humidity & pressure - and more pain for osteoarthritis sufferers. Some are more vulnerable to micro-swings in weather than others, but a few of us are walking/talking barometers!
Forget the weather models, I'm going to trust my friends with arthritis to provide a jump on the forecast.
The pain index rises today with spiking barometric pressure behind a cool front. Expect gusty winds, highs in the 60s with showers tapering early. A fine, sun-scrubbed Friday gives way to another ill-timed warm frontal passage this weekend.
Showers and T-storms are likely Saturday into Sunday; another wave of potentially heavy rain late Monday into Wednesday. In fact the latest ECMWF model prints out another 1-2 inches of rain by June 21.
The forecast calls for more overflowing lakes and aching hips.
* here's a good primer on the emerging field of biometeorology, courtesy of Wikipedia. It seems to be of far greater interest in Europe than in the United States.
2.53" additional rain predicted for the Twin Cities by Sunday morning (NAM model). Heaviest rains are forecast to come during the day Saturday. Of course.
TODAY: Early shower, then partial clearing, windy and cool. Winds: NW 15-30. High: 68
THURSDAY NIGHT: What June? Clear and cool. Low: 50 (40s in the suburbs).
FRIDAY: Best day in sight. Blue sky, less wind. Dewpoint: 45. High: 76
FRIDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase, few T-showers far western/northwest MN. Low: 58
SATURDAY: More clouds, humid. Scattered T-storms. Winds: SE 10. High: 78
SUNDAY: Storms taper, some PM sun. Wake-up: 64. High: near 80
MONDAY: Some sun, isolated T-storm late. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
TUESDAY: Sticky, swarms of storms. Wake-up: 64. High: 81
WEDNESDAY: Showers & T-storms, some heavy. Wake-up: 62. High: 77
"With the buildup of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, more energy enters the Earth environment than escapes. Over the last 4 decades, 93% of this energy imbalance has warmed the ocean, with about 3% warming the land, 3% melting ice, and 1% warming and adding moisture to the atmosphere. Warmed oceans also expand, raising sea level. Hence measuring how much the oceans are warming and where is important to understanding how much and how fast the Earth will warm and sea level will rise."
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