84 F. average high on July 7.
91 F. high on July 7, 2013.
.37" rain fell yesterday at MSP International Airport.
July 7, 1974: Heat wave with the Twin Cities reaching 101, warmest in 26 years. 2002 three-day deluge ends in central Minnesota with 10 inches in northern Kanabec county and 9.5 inches in southwest Aitkin County.
June 21 is the Summer Solstice, when the sun is highest in the sky - the best day of the year to catch a debilitating sunburn. Yet the hottest weather of summer normally comes 2-3 weeks later. Why the lag? Just like a pot water on a hot stove takes a few minutes to come to a boil, so it is with our climate system. Land warms faster than water, which means Minnesota's hottest weather arrives in mid July most years.
We've seen glimpses, snapshots of heat, but no long-lasting heat waves to speak of, which is just fine with most folks.
Just when I thought 2014 couldn't get any goofier, the models I'm staring at next for early next week look like late September or early October. No, we shouldn't be tracking Alberta Clippers and families of Canadian cool fronts during prime time summertime.
Whether its a symptom of El Nino or evidence of a confused (or "drunk") jet stream buckling unusually far south for July, expect a cool bias into mid-month.
Clouds linger today; dew points dropping into the 40s Wednesday will leave us all breathing easier. T-storms Friday give way to comfortable sunshine Saturday; highs in the 80s. A more vigorous, almost autumn-like airmass arrives early next week, sparking T-storms Sunday afternoon and a whisper of wind chill by Monday morning, a day we should be experiencing some of the hottest weather of the year.
Sweatshirt weather on July 14.
* 250 mb winds at 10 AM today courtesy of Climate Reanalyzer.
- Cool and Dry Holiday Periods Supported Outdoor Activities and Related Categories.
- Father’s Day in the U.S. was the coolest since 2004 and the driest since 2005.
- July 4th was the coolest since 1997 with rainfall focused in the Great Lakes and Northeast.
- Severe Weather Increased, Including the First Hurricane of the Atlantic Season.
Photo credit above: "A view of Super Typhoon Neoguri captured from the International Space Station." Photo: Reid Wiseman/Twitter.
Image credit above: "IBM.
Photo credit: Peter Yang.
He is currently hospitalized in Iowa City and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday. That will begin the process of Dave receiving a prosthetic eye. He expects to fully recover by September..."
Photo credit above: Colleen Niska.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy, cooler breeze. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 75
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clearing, cool for early July. Low: 58
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, low humidity. Dew point: 49. High: 76
THURSDAY: Fading sun, still pleasant. Wake-up: 57. High: 79
FRIDAY: Unsettled, a few showers and T-storms are likely. Wake-up: 65. High: 78
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, nicer day of the weekend. Wake-up: 65. High: 83
SUNDAY: Sunny start, PM showers and T-storms. Wake-up: 63. High: 81
MONDAY: Mostly cloudy. What happened to July? Wake-up: 55. High: 68 (!)
Photo illustration by Slate, photo courtesy Mark Spearman/Flickr Creative Commons.