How long can Dad hold his breath? Just going out to fetch the paper may require the backstroke this morning. Be careful out there. A Flash Flood Watch is posted, and I expect very heavy rains during the morning hours, capable of sparking flash flooding of streets, streams and poor drainage areas. Skies dry out later today but a nagging warm frontal boundary keeps us thundery into Friday. At least it'll heat up; the first 90 degree high of 2014 possible by Tuesday.
"A father has pictures where his money used to be." Yep, that sounds about right. You may see more of dear old dad today. No need to water the yard, and debilitating sunburn will not be a problem. Then again, if you have your health and your kids are doing OK, how bad can it be?
Peering out my rain-splattered window it's not hard to believe that June is Minnesota's wettest month of the year. Pond-size puddles and leftover storms give way to brightening skies later today. You may even salvage a little lukewarm sun by late afternoon and evening.
A sluggish warm front will torment us much of this week as patterns stall; Minnesota on the northern edge of a huge heat bubble with 90s and sauna-worthy dew points just to our south. This set-up will create a ROF, or "ring of fire": an arc of thunderstorms bubbling up, especially at night. An additional 1-3 inches of rain may fall. With saturated soil it won't take much additional moisture for flash flooding.
Temperatures surge into the 80s to near 90F by midweek with T-storms sprouting every day into Friday.
Next week looks hotter and drier as we finally limp into a real summer pattern as the core of the jet stream (finally) lifts into southern Canada. Coming after one of the wettest springs on record.
Peak Wind Gusts Saturday:
“We happen to think that, long term, water is going to be the biggest obstacle in the game of golf…. It’s not going to be a question of cost. It’s a question of: Will you be able to get it?”Brown is the new green. Or, rather, browns are the new greens..."
Photo credit above: "Ian Poulter practices on fifth hole of U.S. Open in Pinehurst, NC. The course has slashed water use, a future in store for many courses, thanks to man-made climate change." (Photo: AP)
FATHER'S DAY: Flash Flood Watch. Heavy rain early, drying out late. Flash Flooding risk into early afternoon. Winds: S/SW 15-25. High: 76
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partial clearing. Low: 62
MONDAY: Sticky sun, more T-storms late. High: 86
TUESDAY: Hot sun, steamy. Dew point: 67 Wake-up: 70. High: near 90
WEDNESDAY: Free sauna. Few pop-up T-storms. Wake-up: 71. High: 88
THURSDAY: More numerous T-storms. Dew point: 68. Wake-up: 71. High: 83
FRIDAY: Unsettled, lingering showers. Wake-up: 63. High: 77
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, find the sunscreen. Wake-up: 62. High: 84
Photo credit above: JPL/NASA "NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere."
Photo credit above: "The belief that global warming has paused is based on the stability of sea surface temperatures over the past 15 years." Photograph: Image Source/REX.