81 F. average high on August 17.
82 F. high on August 17, 2013.
.22" rain fell at MSP International Airport as of 7 PM Sunday
August 17, 1953: Four heifers near St. Martin were lucky; a tornado picked them up and set them back down again, unharmed.
"I just want to celebrate - another day of living" sang Rare Earth in 1971. The older I get the less I take for granted. Like a wife who hasn't kicked me to the curb in 30 years, great friends, and a father who just turned 84 - still able to travel & recall stories that leave me shaking my head in wonder.
With the daily challenges and setbacks of life it's easy to lose sight of a simple truth: we were all very lucky to have been born in this time and place. Most of the planet would love to have our problems.
America is also home to the most severe weather on Earth. Why? No east-west mountain range like the Alps in Europe - nothing to block the movement of cold and hot; setting up a recipe ripe for meaty, momentous storms.
That temperature tango plays out overhead this week, sparking a Conga Line of storms. The NAM prints out 1-2 inches rain today; 90s and even a few 100-degree highs to our south over Iowa later this week. No blast-furnace heat here, but expect a muggy start to the State Fair with a few thundery lumps, especially Saturday. Canada flushes cooler, drier air south of the border by Sunday with a dew point in the 40s.
I wonder if Canadians complain about "American Air"?
U.S. Forest Service Chief Talks Wildfires, Funding. Here's some information I didn't know, an excerpt of a story at The Desert Sun: "...We have 31 uncontained large fires in Idaho, California, Washington, Oregon and Montana. The number of fires compared to the past 10 years is a little bit lower. However, when you look at last year, where we had a very active fire season, we had fewer fires (at) this time than we have today. We're seeing very large fires. Washington is having the largest wildfire in the history of the state. This tracks with what we've been seeing almost every year. There's a new state record. Last year, (it) was California. The year before that it was New Mexico. Arizona two or three years ago set a record..."
File photo above: Reuters.
Image credit above: "Hendrik Goltzius' "The Fall of Man" (1616)" (Wikimedia Commons).
TODAY: T-storms likely, locally heavy rain. Dew point: 70. Winds: SW 10. High: 81
MONDAY NIGHT: More T-storms, some heavy. Low: 66.
TUESDAY: More clouds than sun. Lingering storms, mainly over Wisconsin. High: 79
WEDNESDAY: Fading sun. Late night storms? Wake-up: 63. High: 81
THURSDAY: Steamy sun, almost hot. Dew point: 67. Wake-up: 66. High: 88
FRIDAY: Sticky sun, isolated storm. Dew point: 68. Wake-up: 69. High: 87
SATURDAY: Drippy humidity levels. More numerous T-storms. Dew point: 70. Wake-up: 70. High: 83
SUNDAY: Better Fair day. Cool sun, fresh breeze. Dew point: 42. Wake-up: 57. High: 73
Photo credit: "The Missouri River winds through the countryside near Williston, N.D. The river's streamflow has changed significantly over the last 50 years." (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press).