76 F. average high on June 7.
66 F. high on June 7, 2013.
.89" rain fell at MSP International Airport Saturday.
June 7 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service:
1972: 8 inches of rain falls in 7 hours at Madelia Township in Watonwan County.
1893: Violent windstorm at Maple Plain from 1:30 to 2:15pm. A large frame house was moved 8 feet from its foundation. Many barns and haysheds blown over by the wind. One barn was blown across Dutch Lake.
Getting to Acceptance
Life isn't fair.
Neither is the weather.
We struggle through the toughest winter in a generation, then slosh through one of the wettest springs ever recorded with our eye on the prize: 12 precious weekends of summer. When the weather doesn't go exactly as planned a few take the puddles personally.
They lament the 7 Stages of Lost Weekend Fun: shock, denial, anger, bargaining, guilt and depression.
I think I just described Facebook.
Some of us get to acceptance before others. As I tell my kids, who pretend to be hard of hearing, the weather doesn't owe us any favors. We're just along for the ride.
Saturday morning's ill-timed soaking gives way to blue sky, popcorn cumulus clouds and 70s today, a taste of September. An isolated shower may sprout Monday, again Thursday, but much of this week looks dry with highs near 80F, close to average.
The approach of hot, tropical air sets off heavy T-storms next Saturday, followed by a drier, sunnier, northwest breeze one week from today.
When in a drought don't predict rain, and the inverse is just as true. NOAA's GFS model prints out 3.22 inches of rain the next 16 days. With the jet stream howling overhead that isn't too hard to believe.
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: Partly sunny & pleasant. Dew point: 45. Winds: NE 8. High: 73
SUNDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase. Low: 55
MONDAY: More clouds, isolated shower possible. High: 71
TUESDAY: Mild sunshine, a dry sky. Wake-up: 54. High: near 80
WEDNESDAY: Lot's of sun, turning warmer. Wake-up: 60. High: 83
THURSDAY: Stray T-shower early, then cooling off. Wake-up: 61. High: 75
FRIDAY: Sunny start, T-storms rumble in late. Wake-up: 57. High: 78
SATURDAY: Sticky, heavy T-storm potential - few downpours? Wake-up: 62. High: 81
Image credit above: "Marshall Islands. A UN report said changes in winds and currents meant Pacific sea levels had risen faster than the world average since the 1990s." Photograph: Alamy.
Photo credit: "A woman cools off in the shade at a park in Tokyo on May 31". | AP