82 F. average high on June 24.
82 F. high on June 24, 2013.
June 24 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: NOAA
2003: Heavy rains across central Minnesota. Elk River picked up 8.19 inches. 4.36 inches in 4 hours in Maplewood with reports of street flooding in St. Paul. Strong winds toppled trees in Richfield.
1950: Flood at Warroad. Strong winds accompanied waters that rose 4 feet in 10 minutes.
According to scientists at NOAA and NASA May was the warmest on record, worldwide. It was the 351st month in a row of global temperatures warmer than the 20th century average.
I'm sure it's all a coincidence. I read that on the Inter-web so it must be true.
Warmer air can hold more water vapor, unleashing heavier rains. The number of 3" plus downpours over the Midwest has doubled since 1964.
That's not hard to believe this year. As the Mississippi River in St. Paul crests at its highest June level in recorded history meteorologists are tracking a potential for more heavy T-storms by late week.
Today will be relatively cool and monsoon-free, but an advancing warm frontal boundary, marking the leading edge of tropical 70-degree dew points, sparks more torrential rains anytime from Saturday into Monday.
Another .83 inches of rain at MSP International and we break the all-time June rainfall record set in 1874. I suspect some 1-2 inch amounts before we cool down and dry out next week.
In today's blog: the lightning capital of the USA - why the word "tornado" was banned from weather forecasts up until 1950 - why the Twin's Brian Dozier should hit more home runs on muggy days than cool, comfortable days - and a sneak peak at weather for the 4th of July.
MSP Rainfall through June 23rd:
June 2014 Rain: 10.85"
June Average.: 4.25"
Meteorological Summer So Far: 10.85"
Meteorological Summer Avg.: 12.59"
(We've seen 86% of our normal meteorological summer rain)
June Avg.: 4.25"
July Avg.: 4.04"
August Avg.: 4.30"
Summer Avg.: 12.59"
NOAA NOWData Annual Avg. Precip (1981-2010): 30.61"
2014 Precipitation So Far: 25.32"
(We've seen 82% of our normal annual precipitation at MSP International)
* more detail on the history of tornado forecasting and the banning of the word "tornado" from CNN.
* May was the 351st month in a row of global temperatures warmer than the 20th century average.
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TODAY: Partly sunny, cooler. Dew point: 56. Winds: NE 7. High: 75
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and comfortable. Low: 61
THURSDAY: Intervals of sun, more humidity. High: 78
FRIDAY: Warm, sticky sunshine. Wake-up: 65. High: 85
SATURDAY: Unsettled, numerous T-storms with locally heavy rain. Wake-up: 72. High: 84
SUNDAY: Some sun, PM T-storm risk. Wake-up: 70. High: 85
MONDAY: More heavy showers, T-storms possible. Wake-up: 68. High: 81
TUESDAY: Turning sunnier, less humidity. Wake-up: 63. High: 79
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We Need To Ditch Our Filthiest Source of Energy: Coal. Here's a snippet of an Op-Ed at Time Magazine: "...Instead, the EPA projects that we would still get more than 30 percent of our power from coal in 2030. That would be a catastrophe. Coal plants emit twice as much carbon as natural gas, and infinitely more carbon than wind, solar, nuclear and other zero-emissions sources of power. They are also public health nightmares, fouling our air with mercury, soot, and other toxics, shrouding cities in smog and triggering asthma attacks among children. And the coal we burn in our power plants—unlike the petroleum we burn in our vehicles—can be easily and inexpensively replaced without changing our behaviors or disrupting our economy..."