90 F. high in the Twin Cities Sunday, first 90 F. high of 2014.
84 F. average high for July 6.
92 F. high on July 6, 2013.
.13" rain fell in the Twin Cities Sunday.
July 6 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service:
2000: Torrential rains douse the south metro of the Twin Cities with 8 inches in a three to five hour span in a small part of northern Dakota county. The hardest hit was the city of Eagan. Many homes were flooded.
1955: Tornado hits Marshall, leaving one dead and 13 injured. Hail causes one million dollars in damage.
Blowing in the Wind
Hibbing's own superstar poet Bob Dylan said it best. "You don't need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing." Yes sir.
With smartphone apps and thousands of web sites anyone can troll the Internet for Doppler radar, even weather models. But ask any farmer, pilot or fishing enthusiast - with a keen knowledge of cloud types, wind direction and barometric pressure you can make a pretty accurate 12-24 hour forecast.
"Are we getting severe storms?" my wife quizzed me yesterday afternoon. Winds had already swung to the west-northwest, and it's rare to get severe weather behind a cool frontal passage. Most T-storms pop up with a south or southeast breeze. Our heaviest rains and winter snows often come with a northeast breeze at the surface.
The atmosphere moistens up from top to bottom: a ring around the moon (22 degree halo) is often a tip-off of precipitation to come.
Yesterday's 90F high was the first of 2014; and about as hot as it's going to get looking out 10 days. T-storms drop up to half an inch later today and tonight; dew points in the 40s by Wednesday night will mean half as much water in the air. A thundery Friday gives way to sunny 80s next weekend.
.42" rain predicted from this afternoon into tonight in the Twin Cities (00z NAM model).
Image credit above: "Missouri River flooding in 2011". Credit: NASA/Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon.
TODAY: Sunny start. Clouds increase. PM showers & T-showers. Winds: W 10. High: 82
MONDAY NIGHT: Showers and possible T-storms. Low: 62
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, breezy & cooler. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, comfortable. Dew point: 52. Wake-up: 59. High: 77
THURSDAY: Plenty of sunshine, a bit milder. Wake-up: 58. High: 81
FRIDAY: Unsettled. Showers & T-storms. Wake-up: 63. High: 79
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, sunburn potential. Wake-up: 64. High: 83
SUNDAY: Hazy sun, humid. Just warm enough. Wake-up: 67. High: 86
Photo credit above: "Dark deposits on icefields in Greenland, which absorb more sunlight and lead to faster glacial melting." Photograph: Henrik Egede Lassen/Alpha Film.