84 F. average high on July 15.
89 F. high on July 15, 2013.
Trace of rain fell at KMSP yesterday.
July 15 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: MPX (Twin Cities) National Weather Service:
2006: Heat Burst occurs over west central and central Minnesota. The temperature at Canby jumped from 91 degrees to 100 degrees in 40 minutes from 10:35pm to 11:15pm. At the same time the dew point temperature dropped from 63 to 32 degrees. A Heat Burst is caused by a dying thunderstorm with very warm air aloft.
1963: Downpour at St. Charles with a half a foot rain in one day.
The Comfort Vortex
We've gone from whining about the dew point and heat index to chattering about wind chill. I guess that's progress. Old fashioned air conditioning? Open a window and give thanks for living so close to Canada.
Is Mother Nature psychotic? Are we really experiencing more weather extremes or, glued to social media and a proliferation of news & weather channels, merely doing a faster/better job of finding extremes that have been there since the dawn of time?
More people living near rivers and coastlines, more vulnerable to the vicissitudes of nature? Or symptom of a more energetic, chaotic atmosphere bulking up on carbon, influencing jet stream patterns that favor more extremes?
The World Meteorological Organization reports nearly 2 million deaths & $2.4 trillion in economic loss from global weather disasters since 1970.
Any cool weather drama fades as the week goes on; 80s return this weekend. It's hard to imagine but we may nick 90F next week with more thundery downpours and dew points above 70F. Yes, neighbors will shake their head and mumble about the humidity as early as Saturday and Sunday.
And this week's premature puff of October will seem like a midsummer night's dream, a meteorological mirage.
Animation credit: Weather Bell, adapted by CWG.
- The June national precipitation total was 3.62 inches, 0.69 inch above the 20th century average, marking the sixth wettest June on record, and the wettest since 1989.
- A significant portion of the contiguous U.S. — parts of the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and the Great Plains — had above-average precipitation during June. Eight states had one of their 10 wettest Junes on record, with Minnesota being record wet for the month. The 7.75 inches of precipitation averaged across Minnesota was 3.64 inches above the 20th century average, marking the wettest month of any month for the state, surpassing July 1897 and June 1914 when 7.32 inches of precipitation was observed. In Canton, South Dakota, 19.65 inches of precipitation fell during June, setting a new record among all months for any location in the state, according to the South Dakota State Climatologist...
Photo credit above: "A woman works among drought-tolerant plants in her front yard Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in San Diego. Wasting water outdoors amid the state's drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under new restrictions being proposed by state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a day for overwatering front lawns or washing a car without a nozzle on the hose." (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Photo credit above: Sasha Khokha/KQED. "Juan de La Cruz operates a drilling rig probing for groundwater 2,500 feet beneath Fresno County."
Photo credit above: "Cloud-to-ground strike behind a Texas League baseball game in Midland, TX." (Brian Curran, NWS Midland/Odessa, TX).
File photo: AP Photo/NOAA, Greg Skomal.
Image credit above: Tesla Motors.
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TODAY: Cool, clean sun, less wind. Dew point: 48. Winds: NW 8. High: 74
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear and comfortably cool. Low: 56
THURSDAY: Plenty of sun, milder. High: 77
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, thawing out. Dew point: 56. Wake-up: 59. High: 81
SATURDAY: Warm sun, lake-worthy again. Wake-up: 63. High: 83
SUNDAY: Hazy blue sky. Sticky. Dew point: 60. Wake-up: 65. High: 86
MONDAY: Tropical, few T-storms likely. Dew point: 67. Wake-up: 66. High: 85
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, sticky and almost hot. Dew point: 69. Wake-up: 68. High: 88
Image credits above: U.S. Air Force. "A lakebed used as an emergency runway at Edwards Air Force Base inundated by floods didn't dry out completely for 8 months."