77 F. yesterday's high in the Twin Cities.
77 F. average high on June 10.
77 F. high on June 10, 2013
(No, I can't remember ever seeing this before, a perfect match. Maybe it's a good omen. Then again...)
June 10 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: Twin Cities NWS:
2001: Severe weather over central Minnesota. An unofficial wind gust of 119 mph is reported at a seed farm 1 mile northwest of Atwater. A storm chaser's car was battered when he got too close to the storm. Most of the windows in the car were broken.
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.
I may be hallucinating (again) but it sure seems like our seasons are being time-shifted, just like the TV shows you control with your DVR remote control. Think about it. April felt like March, May was chilly and April-like, now June is trending cooler & wetter, more typical for May.
When does perception become reality?
Weather is always erratic and chaotic, but Minnesota springs since 2011 have been unusually wet - autumn warmth now lingers later in the season - winter snow and ice often not building up until December.
A few years does not a trend make, but once again the core of the jet stream, the main superhighway for storms, is locked 300-500 miles farther south than average. Unusually strong storms are spinning up along this sharp thermal boundary, squeezing out very heavy amounts of rain.
Since January 1 MSP has picked up nearly 18 inches of precipitation, second only to 1965 for the wettest start to a year. By the way, NOAA's GFS model prints out another 3 inches over the next 16 days, the ECMWF shows 2.7" of additional rain by next Wednesday. We may yet break that 1965 rainfall record.
T-storms are likely tonight and Saturday into Sunday AM. The ECMWF hints at severe storms and flooding by the middle of next week. Not a 90F in sight.
Forget the calendar. It's still May.
2.7" rain predicted by ECMWF over the next 10 days.
2.07" rain forecast for KMSP by the GFS model over the next 16 days.
Photo credit: Defense-Update.com, which has more information on the Coyote drone here.
* More than 90 percent of Americans have not practiced an evacuation plan or a way to escape if a major storm is approaching.
* 64% of Americans have not created an inventory list of the belongings in their home.
* Nearly a third of Americans (30%) would take their chances and ignore evacuation orders in the face of an imminent natural disaster...."
Photo credit above: Josh Newton.
Photo credit above: "The Hubble Space Telescope has taken a long-exposure picture of space in the ultraviolet, revealing newly formed stars and galaxies." (Image: NASA/ESA)
Photo credit above: " Photo: Alamy.
TODAY: Warm sun, clouds increase late. Dew point: 57. Winds: SE 10-15. High: 81
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: A few showers, possible T-showers. Low: 57
THURSDAY: Showers north; turning windy & cooler. High: 66
FRIDAY: A cool, blue sky. Evacuate to cabin early. Wake-up: 53. High: 76
FRIDAY NIGHT: Dry and mild metro - thunderstorms push into far western MN. Low: 59
SATURDAY: Unsettled and more humid, heavy T-storms likely. High: 75
SUNDAY: T-storms taper, some PM sun. Wake-up: 63. High: near 80
MONDAY: Sunny start, more thunder late. Wake-up: 64. High: 80
TUESDAY: Muggy. Ripe for more T-storms. Wake-up: 65. High: 82
Photo credit above: Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR.
File photo above: "Derrick Arbuckle watches from the top of a parking garage as the Whetstone Brook floods downtown Brattleboro, Vt. on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. The remnants of Hurricane Irene dumped torrential rains on Vermont on Sunday, flooding rivers and closing roads from Massachusetts to the Canadian border, putting parts of two towns underwater and leaving one young woman swept away and feared drowned in the Deerfield River." (AP Photo/The Brattleboro Reformer, Chris Bertelsen).