82 F. average high on August 6.
86 F. high on August 6, 2013.
August 6 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: MPX National Weather Service:
1968: 7.09 inches of rain fell at Mankato. 1,200 homes had slight to heavy damage. Highways 169 and 22 were blocked by mud slides.
1955: The climate record of George W. Richards of Maple Plain ends. He recorded weather data with lively notations on phenology and weather events. He began taking observations when he was eleven in 1883. He continued to take observations for 72 years, with 66 years as a National Weather Service Cooperator.
1896: Final day of a massive heat wave with 104 at Le Sueur and Mazeppa.
1863: Forest City observer sees what he calls a "perfect tornado." He noted that it "drove principally from west to east and lasted about one half hour."
I live in a state of perpetual paranoia, a low-grade migraine of fear that I'll miss a major weather disaster somewhere on the planet for our corporate customers.
That's why I sleep with one eye open, waiting for the emergency cell-phone PING! alerting me to pay attention. Because there's always something to track and fret about.
Hawaii is about to experience the equivalent of a 12-24 hour severe thunderstorm as Hurricane Iselle arrives, possibly impacting the Big Island as a Category 1 storm. Typhoon Halong is nearing Japan; wildfires are raging out west; rare tornadoes sighted from Bulgaria to Istanbul in recent days. Never a dull moment.
But the odds, statistically, of next winter rivaling last year's painful polar vortex are exceedingly small. St. Paul has a better chance of annexing Minneapolis; the probability of a similar duration of cold and snow roughly equivalent to the odds of me becoming a professional Russian ballerina.
Instability T-showers should stay south & west of the metro into Saturday; highs poking into the low 80s into next week. T-storms drift into town Monday & Wednesday. Looks like a mild case of Dog Days as far out as I dare look.
And please don't worry about next winter. Wait, how do you put on these fancy little slippers again?
Photo credit: Mike Bartils.
Photo credit above: " Credit Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times.
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TODAY: Partly sunny, pleasant. Dew point: 59. Winds: SE 10. High: 82
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear, touch of fog. Low: 62
FRIDAY: Warm sun, the lakes beckon. High: near 80
SATURDAY: Hazy sun, few complaints. Dew point: 62. Wake-up: 65. High: 82
SUNDAY: Sticky sun, probably dry. Winds: SE 8. Wake-up: 65. High: 84
MONDAY: Less sun, passing T-storm. Dew point: 65. Wake-up: 67. High: 83
TUESDAY: Plenty of sun, still warm. Wake-up: 63. High: 81
WEDNESDAY: Sunny start, heavy PM T-storms? Wake-up: 62. High: 83
* Phys.org has more details on the possible link between a changing climate and tornado frequency/strength.
Photo credit above: "A crater recently discovered in the Yamal Peninsula, in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia on July 16, 2014. Russian scientists believe the 60-meter wide crater, discovered recently in far northern Siberia, could be the result of changing temperatures in the region." Photographer: Press Service of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Governor/AP Photo.
Photo credit above: "Goodbye to Glaciers: Of the roughly 150 glaciers that existed in the park when it was established in 1910, only 25 remain today." Photo credit: Michael Mann.