79 F. average high on June 15.
76 F. high on June 15, 2013.
.64" rain fell Sunday at KMSP.
5.73" rain so far in June in the Twin Cities.
2.04" average rainfall for the first half of June.
1.39" rain fell in 2013 between June 1-15.
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain" wrote Vivian Greene. Then again some of us are genetically incapable of dancing.
The older I get the more respect I have for the chaotic fluid of air sloshing above our heads, and the new forces we've inadvertently unleashed. Mother Nature is like my wife. I feel both admiration and awe, but I don't pretend to fully understand her either.
Minnesotans are talking about the weather more than usual - if that's possible. Our weekend storm was perfectly normal, for mid-October. Most of the metro saw 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain but a few communities near Willmar and Red Wing saw a month's worth of rain. Throw in Saturday's stupefying "gravity wave" sparking 68 mph straight-line winds, with no T-storms in the area, and you have a lost weekend.
Can we have a do-over?
Then again the sun came out on Father's Day, and the sound of rain up at the cabin sparked excessive napping. Quality nap-time is a gift from on high.
A surge of hot air stalls nearby, treating us to more scattered T-storms this week with a high probability of more downpours and excessive rains. Expect a run of 80s, another 1-2" rain by Saturday, and whimper-worthy dew points above 70F by midweek. Yes, we're finally transitioning into summer.
1.85" additional rain by Thursday morning (00z NAM).
2.5" additional rain next 9 days (12z ECMWF).
2.8" additional rain next 16 days (00z GFS).
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TODAY: Warm sun, PM T-storms. Dew point: 62. Winds: S 15. High: 85
MONDAY NIGHT: T-storms likely, downpours possible. Low: 67
TUESDAY: Tropical with some murky sun. T-storms pop up. Dew point: 70. High: 87
WEDNESDAY: Uncomfortable. A few storms. Dew point: 72. Wake-up: 70. High: 86
THURSDAY: More numerous T-storms, downpours. Wake-up: 72. High: 81
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, T-storms up north. Wake-up: 66. High: 84
SATURDAY: Warm sun, PM storms southern Minnesota. Wake-up: 65. High: 85
SUNDAY: Blue sky, slight dip in humidity. Wake-up: 63. High: 84
Photo credit above: File 2012/Staff Photo. "A globe in the Dynamic Earth Hall shows the earth over time. The museum’s donors and its board of directors don’t have a say in museum content, said Steve Hinkley, vice president of programs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science."
Map credit above: "Changing Climate in the Desert Southwest"" Climate data from weather stations across the Southwest show that average temperatures have risen during the past 20 years as compared to average temperatures before 1960. Increases in average lows have been especially pronounced. Average annual precipitation declined slightly across the region, with some areas receiving more rain and others receiving significantly less." Source: National Climatic Data Center. Data analysis and interactive map: Robert Hopwood, Lynne Stephenson and Ian James.
Climate Change Will Have Broad Psychological Effects. Climate change-related PTSD? Women, children and the elderly will be most impacted. Here's an excerpt from Imperial Valley News: "Climate change will have significant negative impacts on Americans’ health and psychological well-being, due to an increase in the frequency and severity of climate-related natural disasters and other climate-related changes in the environment and weather. Likely effects, which will increase as climate change’s physical impacts accelerate, include stress, anxiety, depression and a loss of community identity, says a new report from the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica. Climate change is also likely to result in an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions because of the rise in the number and severity of natural disasters, according to the report..."
Photo credit above: JPL/NASA "NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere."