81 F. average high on August 11.
80 F. high on August 11, 2013.
.04" rain fell at MSP International Airport yesterday.
August 11 in Minnesota Weather History:
2000: Record setting dew points in Minnesota. The Twin Cities had a dew point of 76 with a rare 80-degree dew point at Faribault.
1821: The end of an eight-day heat wave at Ft. Snelling. Temperatures were in the 90's each day.
An Easy August?
"Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity" wrote Henry Rollins.
If you've ever been to Florida, Phoenix or sub-Saharan Washington D.C. in August you know the definition of hot. With the jet stream lifting north into Canada winds over the USA are often light & stagnant this time of year, allowing haze, humidity (and pollution) to linger, adding sweaty insult to triple-digit injury.
But Minnesota has been relatively lucky: 90s have been rare; a few spasms of severe weather but no major tornado swarms or crop-damaging hailstorms. We've obviously dried out after June's statewide monsoon and so far August has brought more sunny, lukewarm days than July, with a touch of smoke from Canadian wildfires.
All in all a step in the right direction.
A dry, sunny sky lingers right into Saturday; just an isolated Thursday T-shower. Storms become more numerous Sunday as dew points rise to 70F. Cue the free sauna. Highs may brush 90F early next week.
Football and back-to-school hype is in the air, but don't write off the summer of '14 just yet.
Photo credit above: "Winds from Tropical Storm Iselle blow palm trees near a sign warning of the closure of Kualoa Regional Park in Honolulu on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. All of the public parks on Oahu were closed. Iselle came ashore onto the Big Island early Friday as a weakened tropical storm, while Hurricane Julio, behind it, is forecasted to pass north of the islands. Iselle is the first tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years." (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner).
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TODAY: Plenty of sun, breezy. Dew point: 49. Winds: NW 10+ High: 78
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear - open up the windows. Low: 57
WEDNESDAY: Bright sun, very comfortable. High: 81
THURSDAY: Less sun, isolated T-shower possible. Wake-up: 61. High: 82
FRIDAY: Warm sun, leave work early. Wake-up: 63. High: 85
SATURDAY: Blue sky, almost hot. Dew point: 62. Wake-up: 66. High: 87
SUNDAY: Sticky, few T-storms. Dew point: 68. Wake-up: 68. High: 83
MONDAY: Hot sun, late PM T-storms. Wake-up: 69. High: 89
Photo credit above: "Young people sit around a wave-submerged negotiating table at the 2010 UN climate talks." (Pic: Bunkerfilms.com / 350.org)