80 F. average high on August 20.
90 F. high on August 20, 2013.
August 20 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: MPX National Weather Service:
1918: 3rd Deadliest tornado strikes Tyler and destroys the downtown area, leaving 36 dead.
1886: High winds hit Northfield with winds blowing at 60 mph for 20 minutes. The peak gusts were from 75 to 80 mph.
1883: A series of tornadoes touches down in southeastern Minnesota, resulting in 40 fatalities and over 200 injuries. Appalled by the lack of medical care received by the victims of the tornado, Mother Alfred Moes, founder of the Sisters of St. Francis, proposes to build and staff a hospital if Dr. W.W. Mayo will provide medical care. St. Marys Hospital opens in 1889 with 27 beds and eventually grows into the Mayo Clinic.
Doppler on a Stick
Minnesota has so many wonderful traditions and festivals that celebrate the seasons - and our collective love of the outdoors. The Fishing Opener. Aquatennial. Deer Hunting Opener. St. Paul Winter Carnival.
But there's nothing quite like the Minnesota State Fair: amazing food, great exhibits and shows, and even better people-watching than Las Vegas.
11 days left in meteorological summer and the heat & humidity spikes into Sunday as a hot frontal surge of superheated air brushes Minnesota. That means a spirited round of storms this morning, and ripe conditions for occasional thunder into Sunday.
I don't see any all-day washouts, but if you're heading to the fair (or the cabin) keep an eye out for rapidly-building cumulonimbus capable of downpours and small hail. Remember that a storm doesn't have to be severe to be dangerous. Lightning is the big risk - if you can hear thunder the threat is real, and you should take cover.
If the sun stays out for a few hours temperatures may peak close to 90F each day into Sunday, with a debilitating dew point around 70F. An inch or two of rain may fall by Sunday, when a September-like sneeze of fresh Canadian air arrives.
Next week: 70s with less humidity.
* will there be a Gulf Coast hurricane this year? Here's historical perspective from the Birmingham office of the National Weather Service.
* a live webcam of the Bardarbunga Icelandic volcano is here.
- Honda Accord, 53,995
- Honda Civic, 45,001
- Chevrolet Silverado, 27,809
- Ford F-150, 26,494
- Toyota Camry, 14,420..."
TODAY: T-storms, then steamy sun. Dew point: 72 Winds: S 10. High: near 90
THURSDAY NIGHT: Muggy and warm. Low: 71
FRIDAY: Sticky sun, sunnier and drier. Dew point: 64. High: 88
SATURDAY: Tropical sun. Strong storms late PM. Wake-up: 70. High: 86
SUNDAY: Free Sauna. Heavy PM storms. Dew point: 69. Wake-up: 69. High: 91
MONDAY: Blue sky, less humidity. Dew point: 56. Wake-up: 68. High: 80
TUESDAY: Few showers, possible storms south. Wake-up: 61. High: 78
WEDNESDAY: Slow clearing, comfortable. DP: 58. Wake-up: 63. High: 75
-- Milan Kundera
Map credit above: "A map showing wave heights in the Arctic based on wave model run with conditions during a September 2012 storm." Credit: Thomson and Rogers, 2014.
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