76 F. peak dew point yesterday at 5:53 PM
84 F. average high on July 21.
81 F. high on July 21, 2013.
July 21, 1972: A significant downpour occurs over a portion of Minnesota, with 10.84 inches of rain in 24 hours at Ft Ripley. 14 inches of rain fell at a farm in Morrison County.
I stare at maps, data and statistics until I'm blue in the face, but sometimes a simple, off the cuff anecdote is best at summing up a very strange state of affairs.
Lou works down the hall and yesterday he was shaking his head. "I just took my first dip in my pool on Sunday" he sighed. "My grandkids have already been in, but this is the latest I've ever used the pool." Yes, it's been a bit cool to use the pool.
By the way that's the definition of an optimist: a Minnesotan with a pool (or a convertible).
We've seen glimpses, flashes of summer, but no prolonged heat waves to speak of. During a typical summer (ha!) MSP picks up 14 days at or above 90F. Yesterday was only our second day above 90F so far in 2014.
The strongest storms rumbled north of MSP; there's a slight chance of thunder early today, before a northerly breeze pumps more tolerable air into Minnesota. Dew points reach the 50s by Wednesday, when we'll all be breathing easier.
More T-storms bubble up Thursday night into Friday, and although I can't promise a thunder-free weekend, there should be enough sun for low 80s.
Another vortex of unusually cool air sets up over the Great Lakes next week, when highs dip into the 70s.
Hunch: maybe we'll have half a summer?
* more on record June warmth worldwide and unusually warm ocean water temperatures from Climate Central.
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TODAY: Slight chance of early thunder, then clearing - still sticky. Dew point: 71. Winds: NW 15+ High: 86
TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, a bit less humid. Low: 63
WEDNESDAY: Comfortable sunshine. Dew point: 57. High: 80
THURSDAY: Sun fades, clouds increase, late night storms? Wake-up: 61. High: 79
FRIDAY: More numerous T-storms. Dew point: 60. Wake-up: 63. High: 78
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, isolated T-storm possible. Wake-up: 62. High: near 80
SUNDAY: More sun, lake-worthy. Dew point: 61. Wake-up: 63. High: 83
MONDAY: Sunny start, PM clouds, T-shower. Wake-up: 64. High: 82
Photo credit above: "The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, the most expensive disaster in recent history according to the UN." Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA.
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- When they reflect the actual changes in ocean cycles, climate models are quite accurate even in their short-term temperature predictions.
- The short-term slowdown in the warming of global surface temperatures is likely predominantly due to these ocean cycles.
Image credit above: "Data from ocean-observing satellite Jason 2. Shades of red and orange indicate where the water is warmer and above normal sea level." Credits: JPL/NASA.
Photo credit above: "Lake Maggiore in Italy is an example of a lake already feeling the effects of climate change. In the 1990s, the population of coldwater fish species such as trout and whitefish declined dramatically." Photo Credit: mbdortmund, Wikimedia Commons.