79 F. average high on June 16.
86 F. high on June 16, 2013.
.18" rain fell at KMSP International yesterday.
5.91" rain so far in June.
1.4" rain fell from June 1-16 last year.
9.82" record June rainfall (1990).
20.38" precipitation so far in 2014.
11.77" average precipitation as of June 16.
Wet and Wild
What do I do for fun when I'm not handcuffed to the Doppler? I've been watching the World Cup for comic relief. But who to root for, other than the home team? I base my loyalty on two important factors: which country has the best climate and/or best cuisine? Sorry England. Not this year.
Anything to take our minds off the jumble of severe storms, sauna-worthy dew points and nagging flood risk. As I've been explaining (ad nauseum) for years when weather stalls bad things can happen. Droughts and heat waves can amplify suddenly. If you're stuck next to a storm or frontal boundary that's not moving the threat of flooding goes up exponentially.
Such is the case this week, with a warm front temporarily stalled over northern Iowa - a soggy runway for thunderstorms to keep blossoming and redeveloping along, resulting in another 2 to 4 inches of rain by the end of the week for some communities. You may want to check that sump pump in the basement.
Skies dry out a bit on Friday; the arrival of a slightly cooler, drier airmass may set off (isolated) weekend T-storms. If it's any consolation next week does look drier, statewide.
June rainfall is already more than 3 times the normal amount, to date. The record? 9.82 inches in 1990.
We may come close.
Photo credit above: "Luckman Nour fishes from the flooded shoreline at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minn., Sunday, June 15, 2014. Flood waters and strong winds overturned some sail boats and downed trees from Saturday's rain on Lake Nokomis." (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt).
Tornado spotted near Clear Lake, Iowa. Details here.
Photo credit above: "In this Oct. 29, 2012 file photo, streets in the Brooklyn borough of New York are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge as a surge of seawater is pushed into New York City by Superstorm Sandy." (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File).
100,000: The estimated number of people affected by flooding. (Source: The Alberta Government)
985: Kilometres of road closed due to flood damage. (Source: The Alberta Government)
$70 million: The amount of money the government loaded onto 56,000 prepaid debit cards for flood evacuees. (Source: The Alberta Government)...
File photo above: Calgary Herald.
Rowing 2,400 Miles from Monterrey to Hawaii? This seems like a good idea on paper, but in reality? Check out the story at The San Francisco Chronicle.
TODAY: Sticky sun, few T-storms. Dew point: 69. Winds: SE 10. High: 86
TUESDAY NIGHT: More T-storms, locally heavy rain. Low: 71
WEDNESDAY: Muggy, more T-storms pop up late. High: 87
THURSDAY: More numerous T-storms. Flash flooding? Wake-up: 70. High: 82
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, a bit drier. Wake-up: 69. High: 86
SATURDAY: Warm sun, isolated late-day storm. Wake-up: 68. High: 85
SUNDAY: Sunny start, late-day thunder. Wake-up: 66. High: near 80
MONDAY: Sunny, less humid. Dew point: 62. Wake-up: 63. High: 81
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