83 F. average high on June 29.
77 F. high on June 29, 2013.
.01" rain fell at MSP International yesterday.
11.36" rain so far this month in the Twin Cities.
4.11" normal June rainfall as of June 29.
June 29 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: Twin Cities NWS:
1982: Frost hits St. Louis County. Kulger Township falls to 27 degrees and Meadowlands bottoms out at 32.
1871: Large hail fell in Meeker County. Some of the stones were 6 inches in circumference. Many windows were broken on the north sides of houses.
1863: Note written on 1863 meteorological form at Ft. Ripley: Drought is very severe. The grass upon the prairie is nearly or quite dried up. The Mississippi River at this point is lower than was ever known before. The amount of moisture which fell during the last 6 months ending June 30, 1863 was 4.27 inches.
After nearly getting electrocuted a dozen times I installed lightning rods on our last home. I'm pretty sure I'm an astraphobiac, with a healthy respect/fear of lightning.
People who fear that storms will become severe, including tornadoes and hurricanes, suffer from lilapsophobia. If you constantly check the forecast (or Doppler radar) and have an urge to hide when storm clouds build - you may be a closet lilapsophobiac.
TV, radio and social media often exaggerate the threat, making it seem like deadly weather is lurking around every corner. "Media coverage can easily lead to a skewed belief that serious storms are much more common than they actually are" reports about.com. It's a fine line between respecting the weather and irrational fear.
An unusually strong storm over Canada pushes cooler air into Minnesota by midweek. A chilly whirlpool of air aloft sparks a few storms over southern Minnesota today, showery rains Tuesday and rare early July sweatshirt weather up north by Wednesday. Expect a comfortable 4th of July; highs warming into the 80s next weekend.
Ping your favorite lilapsophobiac on the East Coast. "Arthur" is about to spin up; details on my weather blog below.
* Some of the models we trust with tropical initiation and development suggest a significant (and growing) potential for a tropical storm forming off the Carolina coast by late week and next weekend. Although the track is expected to take any tropical system out to sea, coastal communities from the Outer Banks to New Jersey, Long Island and coastal New England may be brushed by rain, strong winds and some level of coastal flooding and beach erosion from Friday, July 4th to Sunday, July 6th.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...60 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.
Summary: The long-term threat is tropical in nature, and may not materialize until the latter half of this week, as model guidance increasingly points to a possible tropical storm impacting the Carolinas by Friday, the 4th and Saturday, the 5th of July. The timing is not good, with hundreds of thousands of additional vacationers heading to the Outer Banks and other coastal barrier islands, which are most at-risk of storm surge flooding generated by any tropical storm or minimal hurricane. We'll be watching this carefully, looking for model continuity and consistency from run to run (and model to model). But there's enough evidence (today) to plan for possible East Coast lowland flooding and beach erosion, with the greatest potential impacts to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We'll keep you posted.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
TODAY: Some sun, windy, and warm. A stray T-shower can't be ruled out. Winds: SW 20. High: 82
MONDAY NIGHT: Isolated evening shower, then partial clearing and a bit cooler. Low: 60
TUESDAY: Cool and damp with showers likely, especially PM hours. High: near 70
WEDNESDAY: More clouds than sun, still cool for early July. Dew point: 52. Wake-up: 52. High: 71
THURSDAY: Brisk start. Spectacularly sunny. Dew point: 47. Wake-up: 49. High: 77
4th of JULY: Partly sunny, breezy and warmer. Still comfortable. Dew point: 51. Wake-up: 49. High: 79
SATURDAY: Warm sun, probably lake-worthy. Wake-up: 59. High: 83
SUNDAY: Sticky sun, isolated storm. DP: 65. Wake-up: 62. High: 86
Photo credit above: "Canada's Iroquois-class destroyers help to keep the Arctic sea lanes safe -- but with only three of them in the fleet, they're getting a bit stretched." Photo: Wikimedia Commons.