84 F. average high on July 11.
86 F. high on July 11, 2013.
1.03" rain fell at MSP International Airport yesterday.
July 11, 1863: Cool wave across state. Frost in Twin Cities area.
Son of Polar Vortex (Summer Edition)
Live long enough and you'll see (almost) everything. Since moving here in '83 I've experienced nearly 100 inches of snow in a single winter ('83-84), KARE-11's helicopter tracking a tornado from beginning to end ('86), the '87 "Superstorm", withering drought in '88, a family of blizzards in '94, a $2 billion hail damage year ('98), 145 Minnesota tornadoes in 2010, most in the USA, the hottest year in recorded history ('12), then the recent Polar Vortex and wettest month ever recorded (June '14).
That said, I've NEVER given a wind chill report in mid-July. That may be about to change. The good news: no frost (or flurries!), but a stiff northwest wind will make Monday's "high" of 63F feel like 54F. An extra layer or two during the hottest week of summer, on average?
What happened to average.
Monday should break a record for the coolest high on July 14, set in 1884. I suspect we'll set a record for chilliest MLB All-Star Game Tuesday evening, as temperatures sink thru the low 60s. Expect 40s up north; furnaces will click on. You may do a double-take glancing up at the calendar. Good news: toasty 80s return late next week.
I'm sure enjoying the new normal.
* graphic credit: upper left: Climate Reanalyzer; upper right: Weather Bell temperature anomalies for 18z Monday.
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)
Image credit above: "Inner core structure of Hurricane Katrina of 2005 simulated from the GFDL hurricane forecast model. Sea Surface Temperatures (SST) are denoted by the color shading, with the darker colors of blue showing the cooling of the SSTs due to the hurricane winds mixing the cooler waters from below to the surface."
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.
Photo credit above: " " Credit Andrew Moore for The New York Times.
TODAY: Few T-storms southern MN early; sunnier central and northern MN. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 81
SATURDAY NIGHT: Partial clearing. Low: 65
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, cooler breeze. Dew point: 51. High: 76
MONDAY: Typical for Oct. 6. Clouds, showers. Wake-up: 59. High: 63 (old record cool high is 68 in 1884)
TUESDAY: MLB: All-Stars in layers? Wind chill (sorry): 57. Wake-up: 56. High: 67
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, pretty close to perfect. Dew point: 45. Wake-up: 55. High: 74
THURSDAY: Warm sunshine, July-ish again. Wake-up: 58. High: near 80
FRIDAY: Sunny. Plenty of summer left. Really. Wake-up: 62. High: 84