84 F. average high on July 13.
80 F. high on July 13, 2013.
July 13 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: Twin Cities NWS:
2003: At least eleven tornadoes hit Minnesota. Damage was relatively light. Baseball-sized hail is reported at Indus in Koochiching County.
1936: The hottest day ever in the Twin Cities with 108 degrees at the downtown Minneapolis office. 71 people died due to the extreme heat in one day in the Twin Cities.
1916: Cloudburst at New Ulm dumps over seven inches of rain in seven hours.
An Early October
Yes, we got our weather boasting rights back. There are a few Minnesota townships where I could be jailed for mumbling 'wind chill' under my breath in mid-July. That's why I'm in my weather bunker, wondering out loud exactly when our weather went off the rails.
The terminology we've been using is all wrong. Global warming suggests everyone warms up, simultaneously. Climate change? Our climate has always changed, although this time we're the ones stepping on the accelerator.
Climate volatility is a better descriptor. From a record warm 2012 to last winter's Polar Vortex. From "flash drought" last summer to June, 2014, the wettest month in Minnesota history. That's what we're seeing in the data and on the maps.
Exhibit A: today, perfectly average for early October. A few instability showers pop up this afternoon; highs stuck in the low to mid 60s - probably the coolest July 14 on record for MSP. Meanwhile highs will soar to 90F near the Arctic Circle, topping 100F over British Columbia.
Extremes right out of some fictional, hard-to-believe Hollywood blockbuster.
Tuesday's big game looks brisk but dry (I still expect a few snarky comments about the chill from TV announcers). Summer heat returns next week as highs approach 90F.
Strap yourself in!
Coolest High Temperatures on Record in the Twin Cities:
Today: 68 F. (1884)
Tuesday: 63 F. (1962)
- 1990 - Wrigley Field (Chicago)
- 1999 - Fenway Park (Boston)
- 2002 - Miller Park (Milwaukee)
- 2007 - AT&T Park (San Francisco)
TODAY: Coolest July 14 since 1871. Showery, windy and raw. Winds: NW 15-25+ High: 63
MONDAY NIGHT: Furnace-worthy. Unusually cool. Low: 53 (40s well outside the metro area late)
TUESDAY: Free A/C for MLB All-Stars. Brisk under a partly sunny sky. High: 69
WEDNESDAY: Bright sun, light winds. Dew point: 43. Wake-up: 53. High: 73
THURSDAY: Sunny and milder. No complaints. Wake-up: 56. High: 76
FRIDAY: Sunny, feels like July again. Wake-up: 60. High: 81
SATURDAY: Sticky sun, T-storms at night. Wake-up: 64. High: 82
SUNDAY: Unstable, stray T-shower. Dew point: 63. Wake-up: 65. High: 79