79 F. high in the Twin Cities Wednesday.
84 F. average high on July 9.
87 F. high on July 9, 2013.
July 9, 2002: Intense rainfall causes extensive street flooding in St. Cloud. 2.70 inches of rain fell in 1 hour 45 minutes at St. Cloud State University. Persons were stranded in their cars and had to be rescued by the fire department.
Not much surprises me anymore. Numbing cold followed by record rains as weather patterns slow and our climate becomes more volatile? A 4th of July blizzard would have gotten my attention.
Welcome to the "new normal".
Even so next week's weather map made me do a double-take. During what is typically the hottest week of the year a hunk of October-like air will hurtle south. Minnesotans will be wandering around in light jackets & sweatshirts on Monday and early Tuesday, mourning the (temporary) death of summer.
1816 was "A Year Without a Summer", due to low solar activity and volcanic eruptions. Heavy snows were reported into June; ice "thick enough to support the full weight of a duck" into July over New England.
This summer? Not quite that extreme, but the jet stream is still misbehaving and I suspect it's related to rapid warming of the Arctic. We'll see.
A comfortable Thursday gives way to a few T-storms Friday, the wettest day in sight. Soak up 80s Saturday because an autumn-like cool front arrives late Sunday. By Monday "highs" may hold in the 50s north, 60s south with a discernible whiff of crisp mid-summer wind chill.
Just when you thought things couldn't get any stranger around here.
* Monday 1 PM temperature anomalies across the USA courtes of Weather Bell. Temperatures may be 26 F. cooler than average across much of Minnesota; as much as 30-34 F. warmer than normal across western Canada. More crazy extremes.
.28" rain predicted for MSP tonight and early Friday. Source: NOAA NAM model
What's The Difference Between a Hurricane, Cyclone and Typhoon? Of course they are one in the same, but some of the classifications are slightly different, as explained at wsav.com; here's a clip: "...To be classified as a hurricane… typhoon or cyclone… a storm must reach wind speeds of at least 74 miles per hour. If a hurricane's winds reach speeds of 111 miles per hour… it is then upgraded to a major hurricane. If a typhoon hits 150 miles per hour then it becomes a super typhoon..."
- If a group of terrorists is clever enough to pack explosives inside a laptop to make them undetectable by current technology, wouldn't they be clever enough to devise an explosive laptop that can do all of this ... and still appear to power up?
- If US intelligence next announces that terrorists have become clever enough to engineer the faux-power laptop bomb, and passengers are then required to prove their laptops can connect to airport WiFi, how long until murky intelligence warns of a hotspot-enabled iBomb?..."
Image credit above: "This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control shows the smallpox virus. Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health's campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week: decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box." (AP Photo/CDC, File)
TODAY: Sunshine gives way to increasing clouds late. Dew point: 60. Winds: S 10. High: near 80
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a good chance of T-storms late. Low: 65
FRIDAY: Unsettled and more humid, few T-storms likely. Dew point: 64. High: 80
SATURDAY: Sunny start, lake-worthy much of the day. Late T-storm south. Wake-up: 69. High: 84
SUNDAY: Patchy clouds, turning cooler late. Wake-up: 67. High: 79
MONDAY: July wind chill. Cloudy & windy. Feels like Autumn. Wake-up: 57. High: 65
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, comfortably cool. Wake-up: 50. High: 70
WEDNESDAY: Sunny and pleasant. DP: 48. Wake-up: 55. High: 75