1915: This day marked the first of a long stretch of days of measurable rain at Winton near Ely. Some measurable rain fell on each day until 19th. The total amount of rain for the fifteen days was over six inches.
A Sloppy Rut
"Make your plans, but realize that Mother Nature always bats last". Translation: we are, and always will be, at the mercy of the elements. At least the weather pattern is consistently inconsistent, prone to extended ruts. Last summer it was a "flash drought", then a 3-month Polar Vortex made us all reconsider what it takes to call yourself a Minnesotan. Spring was the 14th wettest on record for the Twin Cities (2nd wettest at St. Cloud), and there's every indication this wet phase will hang on into June, possibly longer.
Meteorologists talk amongst themselves about "persistence", geeky short-hand for "don't buck the trends." The weather falls into a specific rhythm over time; odds are it'll stay that way until something knocks it into a new phase.
With the Summer Solstice little more than 2 weeks away the core of the jet stream should be howling across Canada. Instead it's 400 miles farther south, meaning Minnesota is seeing the storms Manitoba should be experiencing.
Thunder is possible later today, a shot at 80F Friday before storms cool us off. Showers linger on Saturday but we salvage comfortable sun on Sunday.
Next week looks cooler than normal with another round of showers and thundershowers by midweek, but I'd wager a (meager) sum that steamy 80s will return the latter half of June.
Animation credit above: "Animation of subsurface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean." NOAA.
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THURSDAY: AM sun, few PM T-showers. Winds: S 10. High: 76
THURSDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, another shower or two. Low: 59
FRIDAY: Some sun, late thunder up north. High: 83
SATURDAY: Cloudy and cooler with more showers. Foul. NE 15. Wake-up: 63. High: 67
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, the nicer day. NE 8. Wake-up: 55. High: 72
MONDAY: Intervals of sun, still comfortable. Wake-up: 54. High: 74
TUESDAY: Lukewarm sun, T-storm at night? Wake-up: 55. High: 78
WEDNESDAY: Big surprise: more showers and T-showers. Wake-up: 60. High: 76
Graphic credit: "A map showing summer temperature trends in the U.S. since 1970."
Graphic credit: "The last five decades have seen a progressive rise in Earth’s average surface temperature. Bars show the difference between each decade’s average temperature and the overall average for 1901 to 2000. The far right bar includes data for 2001-2012." (Figure source: NOAA NCDC). National Climate Assessment, p.796, Figure 7 in Appendix 4."
Image credit above: "The moon seems to float atop the thin blue line of Earth’s atmosphere in this photo taken on July 20, 2006 over the South China Sea by an astronaut aboard the International Space Stations. Blue light is scattered by atmospheric gases more than other wavelengths of light, thus giving the atmosphere a blue halo." Source: NASA.
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Image credit above: "These days the ocean is acidifying at a rate 10 times faster than it did during a similar upheaval 56 million years ago." (Photo : Pixabay).