84 F. average high on July 12.
90 F. high on July 12, 2013.
.06" rain fell at MSP International Airport Saturday.
Historically we are now entering the hottest week of the year. MSP average highs plateau at 84F between July 6-21. We SHOULD be in the 90s. I SHOULD be babbling about dew points, heat indices and hot weather safety tips.
Instead I'm checking the furnace, digging my favorite Twins sweatshirt out of cold storage and debating whether including Monday's forecast wind chill is a smart career move. Answer: probably not. A wind chill in July? That's a new one.
One theory that could have merit: Hurricane Arthur may have dislodged a chunk of unusually chilly air over James Bay as it howled into Canada's Maritimes last week. Much like powering up a snow blower in your attic throws debris into the family room, intense counterclockwise winds howling into eastern Canada disrupted an already fickle & unstable jet stream, now bulging southward with chilly implications.
We cool off today; tomorrow will feel like any other October 7; a wind chill in the 50s. I'm so sorry. Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game should be the chilliest on record. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Vikings or Gophers take the field.
Our weather has become a Meteorological Bizarro World.
What's next? I wish I knew.
Image credit above: "This rainfall analysis using TRMM satellite data showed that rainfall totals of over 490 mm (19.3 inches) fell in western Kyushi over the period from July 3-10, 2014.The red line indicates Tropical Storm Neoguri's track." (Photo Credit: Text : Hal Pierce / Rob GutroImage : SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce).
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."
TODAY: Partly sunny, comfortable breeze. Dew point: 55. High: 75
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, chilly for mid-July. Low: 55
MONDAY: Record chill. Raw, windy & showery. High: 62 (record cold max temperature: 68F in 1884)
TUESDAY: Football weather with more clouds than sun. Take a sweatshirt for the All-Star Game. Wake-up: 52. High: 68
WEDNESDAY: Sunny. Less October. More September. Wake-up: 50. High: 73
THURSDAY: Sunny and milder, still comfortable. Dew point: 49. Wake-up: 58. High: 79
FRIDAY: Feels like July again. Warm sunshine. Wake-up: 61. High: 83
SATURDAY: Warm sun, nighttime T-storms. Wake-up: 66. High: 84