80 F. average high for June 18.
75 F. high on June 18, 2013.
.51" rain fell yesterday at KMSP.
21.10" precipitation in 2014, as of Wednesday evening. That means 2014 is the wettest year, to date, since records were first kept in 1871.
20.70" previous record rainfall from January 1 to June 16 (2001).
Wanted: young inventors creating strains of corn that can grow in standing water - new varieties of trees able to withstand severe winds & soggy soil - and more resilient highway materials to deal with temperature extremes and water drainage. A wetter, more volatile climate is a threat, and an opportunity for reinvention.
20 years ago climate models predicted wet areas would get wetter - dry areas would get drier. Call me crazy but that's pretty much what we're seeing on our maps.
Dr. Mark Seeley confirms 4 of the last 5 Junes have seen historically wet conditions over southern Minnesota. The Minnesota Climate Office lists four separate 1-in-1000 year flood events since 2004; 3 of them in southern Minnesota.
Coincidence - or a trend in the making? We'll see.
A slow-moving frontal boundary whips up more showers and heavy T-storms today; more flash flooding is possible, especially over far southern Minnesota. Warm sun Friday & Saturday gives way to a few T-showers Sunday as Canadian air starts to push south.
I see drier, cooler weather next week with a welcome dip in dew point. We may go 3-4 days with no rain, giving fields a chance to drain, river and lake water levels may recede a bit. At least we won't have a drought. And it's not snowing.
* more details on flooding across Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa at floodlist.com.
- 6/17 - Sibley County, Minn.: All the good to excellent corn must be elsewhere than in this county. Many fields still not touched due to wetness, corn small and yellow due to oversaturation. I expect some big surprises on actual acres planted and the actual yields we are a long way from being in the bin with this "huge" corn crop, odds are it wont be huge in Sibley County....
- 6/17 - South Central Minn.: Corn Flat to the ground after last nights storm. Streak of Hail on some to our west. Many Acres under water. Corn was already yellow and uneven. Predicting severe storms every day this week. We don’t get record crops in this part of the country when it rains like this.
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TODAY: Unsettled and muggy with showers & T-storms. A few downpours. Dew point: 69. Winds: SE 10. High: near 80
THURSDAY NIGHT: More T-storms in the area, locally heavy rain possible. Low: 68
FRIDAY: Sunnier. Drier. Warmer. High: 86
SATURDAY: Nicer day of the weekend. Warm sunshine. Wake-up: 67. High: 88
SUNDAY: Some sun, risk of a T-shower. Wake-up: 71. High: 84
MONDAY: Partly sunny, probably dry. Wake-up: 69. High: 81
TUESDAY: More clouds than sun. Wake-up: 65. High: near 80
WEDNESDAY: Intervals of sun, less humidity. Dew point: 56 Wake-up: 63. High: 78