1850: Territorial Governor Ramsey reports that about halfway between Ft. Ripley and Ft. Snelling on the Mississippi a severe hail storm occurred in the evening. One or two hailstones picked up were as large as hens eggs and he thought he saw one about the size of a "musket ball."
I've been standing by the Amish Doppler (window), waving the white flag of surrender, pleading for atmospheric mercy. Please stop the rain! Rivers are out of their banks, there's standing water in many fields across southern Minnesota and all-time rainfall records are falling.
Pete Boulay at the State Climate Office says it's the second wettest start to any year since 1871. As of Tuesday MSP was .12 inches from the all-time record in 2001. Dr. Mark Seeley reports "4 of the last 5 Junes (2010, 2011, 2013, and now 2014) have brought historically wet conditions to many parts of southern Minnesota".
The jet stream appears drunk; winds overhead light and sluggish - meandering unusually far south, prolonging T-storms capable of tropical rains into Thursday. Another inch or two of rain may fall before we dry out Friday and Saturday.
Dew points top 70F the next few days. Men will sweat, women will glow; overflowing lakes more inviting than ever.
The approach of drier, Canadian air sparks showers Sunday; nearly half as much water floating overhead by Tuesday as dew points drop back into the 50s. A dry, blue sky prevails much of next week with highs near 80F.
Yes, there is a light at the end of this super-saturated, jungle-like tunnel.
Photo credit above: "Researchers at the National Severe Storm Laboratory are working on project slated to be done 2020 that narrows in on the location a tornado can hit and gives people more notice before it strikes." (AP)
"Statistically significant" is one of those phrases scientists would love to have a chance to take back and rename. "Significant" suggests importance; but the test of statistical significance, developed by the British statistician R.A. Fisher, doesn't measure the importance or size of an effect; only whether we are able to distinguish it, using our keenest statistical tools, from zero. "Statistically noticeable" or "Statistically discernable" would be much better.
TODAY: Some sticky sun, thunder possible by evening. Dew point: 71. Winds: E 10-20+ High: 86
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Showers and T-storms, locally heavy rain. Low: 70
THURSDAY: More numerous T-storms. More flash flooding? High: near 80
FRIDAY: More sun, warm & dry. Wake-up: 68. High: 86
SATURDAY: Nicer day of the weekend? Plenty of sun. Lake-worthy. Wake-up: 62. High: 87
SUNDAY: Unsettled, few showers and T-showers. Wake-up: 65. High: 83
MONDAY: Some sun, less humid. Dew point: 60. Wake-up: 60. High: 78
TUESDAY: More sun. "Pleasant". Wake-up: 59. High: 80