81 F. average high on June 21.
82 F. high on June 21, 2013.
June 21 in Minnesota Weather History: Source: NOAA
1988: The sky was smoky across much of Minnesota due to wild fires during the '88 drought.
1919: 2nd most deadly tornado in Minnesota history hits Fergus Falls. 59 people died. Like the #1 killer tornado for Minnesota (St. Cloud), it struck on a weekend.
1917: Downpour at Grand Meadow. 4.98 inches fell in just less than a day. Corn crops were badly damaged by the water.
- Henry Paulson Jr, former Treasury Secretary (2006-2009) in an Op-Ed at the New York Times below.
Some might call it job security, but it's getting to the point where I'm afraid to come to work and check the maps. From Polar Vortex to Waterworld, The Sequel. If Kevin Costner comes sloshing up to my door I'm putting my house on the market. What's next?
Another day, another sluggish, limping frontal boundary, igniting a new tropical treadmill of T-storms. Check. More red blobs on Doppler, capable of pushing us over the June 1874 rainfall record of 11.67 inches by Friday?
And if my sons are reading this, no, your old man doesn't remember June, 1874. Note quite.
But some days I do feel like the proverbial canary in the coal mine. Are other meteorologists seeing what's happening? Am I just imagining slower jet stream winds? Upper level steering currents are sluggish and erratic, more prone to odd dips and detours that prolong the cold or the rain or whatever weather-weirdness comes next.
Growing up weather systems moved with consistent regularity. Storms and fronts still stalled, but not nearly as often. This feels different.
An inch of rain may fall from today's slow-motion frontal passage; another sluggish warm front sparks more downpours late week.
Me? I'm going fishing - in my basement, then feeding the mosquitoes.
Good luck out there.
* photo from Delano courtesy of Craig Mizzoute and Twitter.
1.03" additional rain predicted by Monday morning in the Twin Cities (00z NAM model).
TODAY: Muggy, heavy T-storms likely. Winds: SW 8. High: 82
SUNDAY NIGHT: Lingering T-storms, locally heavy rain possible. Low: 66
MONDAY: Unsettled, stray shower or T-shower - but not as wet. High: 81
TUESDAY: Sunny start, few PM showers? Wake-up: 62. High: 79
WEDNESDAY: Some sun, nighttime T-storms. Wake-up: 59. High: 78
THURSDAY: Warm & sticky; spotty T-storms. Wake-up: 64. High: 84
FRIDAY: Hot sun, late-day pop-up storm. Wake-up: 68. High: 86
SATURDAY: Sweaty sunshine, lake-worthy. Dew point: 70. Wake-up: 70. High: near 90
* photo above: residents of Tonka Bay, near Excelsior on Lake Minnetonka were sandbagging yesterday, in response to the highest lake water levels ever observed.
Photo credit above: "Climate change will cause the Siberian permafrost to thaw." Credit: Softpedia/Celsias.