84 F. average high on July 17.
92 F. high on July 17, 2013.
July 17 in Minnesota Weather History:
2001: Lightning struck a Minnesota National Guard field training site located in Camp Ripley. Nearly two dozen Marine Corps reservists were sent to hospitals. Most were released after treatment.
1952: 5.20 inches of rain fell in 3 1/2 hours at Moose Lake. Numerous basements were flooded and Highway 61 was impassable at Willow River.
1934: Frost damages crops across the north with 34 in Baudette and Roseau.
Tell Me a Story
That newfangled gadget (productivity tool) you just bought is obsolete by the time you unwrap it. Technology evolves, but one thing stays fairly consistent: people still respond to a good story.
Maybe it's in our caveman DNA, but we still love to gather around the fire, TV or nearest smartphone and tell each other stories.
Will computers ever remove the need for meteorologists to be involved in the weather story? Will Apple's Siri (version 6.3 in 2021) tell you what's happening outside and why? Maybe.
In 1976 there was 1 weather model (LFM). Today we have a firehose of data; hundreds of models to choose from. We are drowning in data and simulations of what (should) happen.
Studies suggest the best weather forecasts use computers and meteorologists, who rely on historical performance, intuition and gut feel. Stuff you can't program into a computer, at least not yet.
Some of the nicest weather of summer lingers into the weekend as cool exhaust from Monday's "vortex" lingers. Dew points rise into the steamy 70s next week as a hot front approaches.
The next chance of widespread T-storms comes Tuesday, so take full advantage of this extended dry spell.
And for the record: there's plenty of warm, summer weather left to enjoy.
Trust me, I'm a weatherman.
TODAY: A perfect day. Sunny. Dew point: 51. Winds: SW 8. High: 78
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clear and comfortable. Low: 59
FRIDAY: Sunny, breezy & warmer. Dew point: 56. High: 81
SATURDAY: Warm sunshine. Dew point: 60. Winds: S 15+ Wake-up: 61. High: 83
SUNDAY: Sticky sun, lake-worthy. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 63. High: 85
MONDAY: Mexican Vortex. Hot sun. Dew point: 68. Wake-up: 67. High: near 90
TUESDAY: Slight relief, few T-storms likely. Wake-up: 68. High: 86
WEDNESDAY: More sun, a bit less humid. DP: 60. Wake-up: 64. High: 84