83 F. average high on July 5.
89 F. high on July 5, 2013.
1936: A high of 104 degrees is recorded at Minneapolis.
Pursuit of Happiness
Hot dogs. Apple pie. Fireworks. Summer reaches its zenith on the 4th of July weekend, the culmination of our hopes and warm weather expectations. Payback for the Polar Vortex.
Come to think of it maybe The Minnesota State Fair is the high point of summer? A subjective question, but let's agree to keep this going a while longer. I love every season, but this is when I wish I could hit pause on my Weather DVR.
If the sun stays out long enough today we could see our first 90-degree high of 2014 in the Twin Cities. As winds swing around to the northwest a few strong to severe storms may pop up, mainly southeast Minnesota and Wisconsin. Most of the day should be just fine to loiter by the lake or pool.
A few months ago I went on record predicting a cooler, wetter summer and I continue to see a wet bias. A clipper-like system sparks another round of showers and storms late Monday. Canadian exhaust follows with dew points dropping to September-like values by midweek (40s). We warm up a little by late week, sparking another spree of noisy storms by Friday & Saturday.
The calendar insists its early July, but the maps look more like late August.
2014 has been a real head-scratcher.
Photo credit above: "Joey Chestnut is widely favored to win this year's International Hot Dog Eating Contest again. The contest speaks to hot dogs' portability and minimal mess." Photograph: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters.
TODAY: Hot sun, stray T-storm. A few may be strong to severe. Dew point: 71 Winds: West 15. High: near 90
SUNDAY NIGHT: Few storms over Wisconsin, otherwise clearing skies. Low: 67
MONDAY: Fading sun, more T-storms late. High: 84
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, drying out. Cooler. Wake-up: 62. High: 78
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, comfortable. Dew point: 48. Wake-up: 61. High: 77
THURSDAY: Plenty of sun, still pleasant. Wake-up: 60. High: 81
FRIDAY: Sticky, scattered T-storms. Dew point: 63. Wake-up: 65. High: 84
SATURDAY: Early storms, then clearing. Wake-up: 68. High: 81