82 F. average high on August 10.
77 F. high on August 10, 2013.
.07" rain at MSP International as of 10 PM.
August 10 in Minnesota Weather History:
1945: Downpour over Red Wing. Nearly 8 inches of rain fell.
1899: A lightning bolt from "clear skies" destroys a storefront in Fisher, Polk County.
I'm still picking sand out of my shoes after the latest up north getaway, a perk I'll enjoy into autumn. If I had a magic machine and could freeze time it might be in August or even September, the most underrated month of the year.
We've lost 1 hour and 20 minutes of daylight since June 21; the sun as high in the sky as it was on May 1. The upper atmosphere is still relatively warm, but temperatures are cooling slightly at the surface. That means a more stable atmosphere, a much lower risk of severe storms than June - even the first wisps of early morning fog as nights lengthen, harbingers of fall to come.
Its been a pretty tame summer. Based on cooling degree days since June 1 we've saved about 8 percent cooling our homes, compared to average. Please wake me when our weather becomes average.
Fresh Canadian exhaust chases any straggling T-showers into Wisconsin as skies clear and dew points tumble. A comfortable week is shaping up, Thursday showers brushing southwest Minnesota, but a dry sky prevails into next weekend, when 80s return.
Summer's lazy this year, coming late - as if Mother Nature time-shifted her DVR and forgot to turn up the heat. The GFS model hints at 90s by late August - it would be premature to write off summer just yet.
Photo credit above: "One section of temporary exhibition space at the Salt Palace Convention Center set up to host the Outdoor Retailers Show was completely destroyed and many windows in the Wyndham Hotel (now the Radisson) were blown out as a rare and sudden tornado swept through downtown Salt Lake."
Image credit above: "A scene from Into the Storm." (New Line Cinema/Village Roadshow Pictures)
TODAY: Peeks of sun, cooler breeze. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 77
MONDAY NIGHT: Clearing and noticeably cooler. Low: 54
TUESDAY: Sunny and very comfortable. Dew point: 48. High: 78
WEDNESDAY: Plenty of sun, still pleasant. Wake-up: 58. High: 80
THURSDAY: Less sun, T-showers southwest Minnesota. Wake-up: 63. High: 79
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, storms stay south. Wake-up: 64. High: 82
SATURDAY: Warm sunshine. Dew point: 60. Wake-up: 61. High: 83
SUNDAY: Hanging onto summer. Blue sky. Wake-up: 60. High: 84
“There are many motivations for becoming one of the first settlers on Mars, none of them insane in my opinion. These include:
- “A noble sense of self-sacrifice, if you believe that extending human presence into the solar system will help ensure the survival of the species."
- “A desire for the immortality that comes with fame, despite the risk to life and limb. In some sense, putting yourself at risk helps ensure your influence on the history of humanity will outlive your physical being."
- “A desire for personal accomplishment, or overcoming a challenge, the same sort of thing that drives people to join expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest."
- Climate change.
- Water scarcity.
- Vast urban waste.
- Food insecurity.
- Public health burdens.
- Economic inequality.
- Demographic cliffs.
Map credit above: "WATER SCARCITY--Global water demand is projected to increase by some 55 percent by 2050. More than 40% of the global population is projected to be living in areas of severe water stress through 2050, according to the 2013 UN World Water Development Report. Source: Executive Summary, UN World Water Development Report."
Graphic credit: Energy Information Administration.