85 F. high on Thursday in the Twin Cities.
84 F. average high on July 10.
83 F. high on July 10, 2013.
.31" of rain predicted for MSP by Saturday evening (NAM model).
How often have you heard the following: "Oh, you live in Minnesota - it's really cold there huh?" I usually nod in agreement, then show them my polar bear tattoo, which makes them want to change the subject.
I would bet a small, well-equipped Winnebago that FOX-TV announcers will chat about "Minnesota's ridiculously chilly weather" during Tuesday's MLB All-Star game, reinforcing the tired stereotypes we've all grown up with.
According to meteorologist D.J. Kayser if the first pitch temperature is colder than 68F at Target Field it'll be the chilliest All-Star game since 1980. It'll be very close.
If you're connecting the dots and tracking the trends early next week will be more evidence that the jet stream is seriously misbehaving; knocked out of alignment. Monday may be 20-25F cooler than average here, but 30-35F warmer than average over western Canada. More crazy extremes.
A few T-storms today give rise to 80s with some sun tomorrow (and a few more storms). Soak it any attempted warmth, because we start to cool off Sunday. Monday will feel like football weather: scrappy clouds and PM showers, 50s north and 60s south.
You may not believe me (I'm OK with that) but Monday morning there's a 60 percent chance you'll reach for a jacket.
Weather conditions for first pitch are available from official box scores on Baseball Reference. A good note, not every box score lists weather conditions. The vast majority have it, however, since the League Divisional Series started in the 90s. I went back to 1980, and the weather listed for the start of the game is included (if it wasn't "Unknown") in the attachment.
Since 1980, there have been 4 games with documented starting weather that had a gametime temp of 68°
- 1990 - Wrigley Field (Chicago)
- 1999 - Fenway Park (Boston)
- 2002 - Miller Park (Milwaukee)
- 2007 - AT&T Park (San Francisco)
Exclusive: Coastal Flooding Has Surged In U.S., Reuters Finds. Here's an excerpt of an eye-opening story from Reuters at The Chicago Tribune: "...During the past four decades, the number of days a year that tidal waters reached or exceeded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flood thresholds more than tripled in many places, the analysis found. At flood threshold, water can begin to pool on streets. As it rises farther, it can close roads, damage property and overwhelm drainage systems. Since 2001, water has reached flood levels an average of 20 days or more a year in Annapolis, Maryland; Wilmington, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Sandy Hook, New Jersey; and Charleston, South Carolina. Before 1971, none of those locations averaged more than five days a year. Annapolis had the highest average number of days a year above flood thresholds since 2001, at 34..."
File image: AP.
Illustration: Katherine Streeter for NPR.
TODAY: Showers and T-storms likely, few downpours. Winds: S 10. High: near 80
FRIDAY NIGHT: Another T-shower. Low: 67
SATURDAY: Some sun, sticky. T-storms late. Dew point: 67. High: 82
SUNDAY: More sun, drier - cooler breeze. Wake-up: 64. High: 79
MONDAY: Early October. Clouds, PM showers. Wake-up: 60. High: 67
TUESDAY: More clouds than sun. DP: 47. Wake-up: 53. High: 70
WEDNESDAY: Bright sun. Beautiful. Wake-up: 55. High: 74
THURSDAY: Fading sun, a bit warmer. Wake-up: 59. High: 77