83 F. average high on July 31.
83 F. high on July 31, 2013.
.58" rain predicted for MSP by Monday morning.
Saturday: drier, sunnier day of the weekend. Mid 80s likely, even a few upper 80s nearby.
Hot Smoked Buns
I like my warm fronts like my steaks: medium rare, smoked over a wood flame. Although hardly a heatwave, our current warming trend is accompanied by a thick pall of smoke from a most unwelcome barbecue over western Canada. Hundreds of wildfires are pumping smoke into the upper atmosphere, where prevailing jet stream winds push it southeast over Minnesota. Instead of a deep, topaz-blue, the sky is a milky, hazy eggshell-blue. That's diluted smoke from fires 2,000 miles upwind.
While we dry out from record June rains - historic heat & drought from a stalled weather pattern is igniting a fiery summer, 1-2 months ahead of schedule.
A stray cumulonimbus thunderhead sprouts around the dinner hour; a warm, dry, lazy Saturday giving way to a better chance of T-storms by Sunday afternoon. Highs poke into the mid-80s both days, warm enough to work up a respectable sweat.
A stalled warm frontal boundary sparks heavy T-storms Monday into Wednesday; NOAA QPF guidance prints out some 1-3 inch rains, with a slight risk of flash flooding by midweek.
No worries: 80-degree sun returns late next week and odds favor a dry, 78-degree sky for Sir Paul McCartney at Target Field Saturday evening.
Photo credit above: Disaster Recovery and Smarter Systems/shutterstock
Photo credit above: "Emir Dunn, an inmate firefighter stationed at the Chamberlain Creek Conservation fire camp in California, at work on a fire. About 4,000 inmate firefighters battle blazes across the state." Adam Grossberg/KQED.
Photo credit above: "Treehotel, Harads, Sweden." (Matt Cowan/Reuters).
TODAY: AM sun, late PM T-storm. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 81
FRIDAY NIGHT: Isolated evening T-shower, then clearing. Low: 60
SATURDAY: Smoky sun, probably dry. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 84
SUNDAY: Murky sun, few PM T-storms. Dew point: 60. Wake-up: 63. High: 84
MONDAY: Sticky, T-storms late. Dew point: 66. Wake-up: 67. High: 85
TUESDAY: Showers and T-storms, very humid. Dew point: 71. Wake-up: 68. High: 79
WEDNESDAY: T-storms, locally heavy rain possible. Wake-up: 68. High: 74
THURSDAY: Skies clear, spirits improve. Dew point: 55. Wake-up: 63. High: near 80
Photo credit: madison.com.