65 F. high in the Twin Cities Monday, the coolest July 14 on record. Old record: 68 in 1884.
84 F. average high on July 14.
86 F. high on July 14, 2013.
.06" rain fell yesterday at KMSP.
July 14, 1980: Straight-line winds of nearly 100 mph causes enormous damage, mainly in Dakota County. 43 million dollars in damage was reported and 100 thousand people were without power.
In town for the All-Star game? I predict you'll enjoy your stay in Minneapolis and enjoy a healthy serving of "Minnesota Nice" while you're here. What? It's "too cool for baseball?"
Well, unlike some stuffy American cities, where July heat can bake the paint off cars and make you want to live in your swimming pool, we prefer our summers fresh and comfortable, with a faint Canadian accent. In fact today is a little on the warm side for many of us! That's why you'll see throngs of smiling locals in shorts and sweatshirts.
Sort of a passive-aggressive thing we have going here. We ignore the weather we don't like. And we never, ever complain.
It may, in fact, be the coolest MLB All-Star Game since 1980 (if the first-pitch temperature is cooler than 68F). No haze, no smog. No raging storms - just popcorn cumulus clouds and a sprinkling of stars by 10 PM. Baseball the way it was meant to be.
A flawless Wednesday gives way to a warming trend later this week; the next chance of T-storms late Saturday.
Oh, if anyone asks (doubtful) Fairbanks, Alaska was warmer than the Twin Cities yesterday. And a light frost is possible over the Minnesota Arrowhead late tonight.
Whiff of Wind Chill. At 10 AM Monday the wind chill in Hibbing was a crisp 46 F. Not too bad considering the air temperature was a chilling 52 F. with a windblown rain falling. What month is this again?
A Crazed Jet Stream. Yes, winds aloft are redefining the meaning of "high amplitude flow", record heat surging across western Canada with 80s reported as far north as the Arctic Circle, while a gyre of October-like air swirls across the Upper Midwest into the Great Lakes, where temperatures are running 20-30 F. cooler than average. When, precisely, was the last time our weather was average?
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TODAY: Fresh air. More clouds than sun. Winds: NW 15. Dew point: 46. High: 68
TUESDAY NIGHT: Great baseball weather (bring a sweatshirt). Slow clearing. Low: 52
WEDNESDAY: Bright sun, less wind. Perfect. High: 72
THURSDAY: Sunny, a bit milder. Dew point: 48. Wake-up: 58. High: 74
FRIDAY: Warm sunshine, more July-like. Wake-up: 60. High: near 80
SATURDAY: Sticky sun, T-storms late. Dew point: 65. Wake-up: 64. High: 82
SUNDAY: Patchy clouds, stray T-shower. Dry most of the day. Wake-up: 65. High: 81
MONDAY: Shocker: more T-storms, downpours. Wake-up: 64. High: 83
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