TODAY: Sticky sun, severe storms later? Dew point: 68. Winds: S 15+ High: 83
SUNDAY NIGHT: Thunderstorms likely, some strong to potentially severe. Low: 66
LABOR DAY: Wet start. Slow clearing, less humid. Dew point: 54. High: 79
TUESDAY: Some sun, pop up PM T-shower possible. Wake-up: 59. High: 78
WEDNESDAY: Sunny and warmer again. Wake-up: 61. High: 82
THURSDAY: Less sun, few T-storms. Dew point: 70. Wake-up: 67. High: 85
FRIDAY: Clearing, drop in dew point. DP: 49. Wake-up: 60. High: 76
SATURDAY: Plenty of sun, pleasant. DP: 52. Wake-up: 54. High: 75
A Local Touch
It's been said that all weather, like politics, is local. You tend to care about what's outside your window, not weather building 90 miles up the road.
Meteorologists factor local conditions into their forecasts, like proximity to water, hills and the urban heat island. And they all think THEIR town's weather is the hardest on Earth to predict. I ask a buddy in Phoenix at a local station "What do you do all day?" He gets indignant. "It's harder than it looks, Paul. We get summer monsoon storms and massive haboobs, giant sandstorms that come on with little warning". Uh huh. He also told me that management told him not to use the word "hot" in the 7-Day. Apparently it agitates the locals and scares the tourists.
"Very warm with a high of 113!"
Sticky sun gives way to a rare severe storm outbreak later today. Hail, isolated tornadoes and a possible MCS squall line may form by the dinner hour. Go jump in a lake before 3 PM but keep an eye on the western sky.
Labor Day gets off to a damp start but the sun comes out by midday with a welcome dip in dew point. Not bad for a holiday.
80s return by midweek with signs of a more September-like airmass sweeping into Minnesota by late in the week.
* lightning photo credit: AJ Pena.
Photo credit above: "The Athabasca Glacier seen from the access trail. This point is about halfway from the parking lot and the current snout of the glacier, which is about 200 metres away. In the centre background is the ice-fall from the Columbia Icefield. The marker shows where the glacier snout was in 1992, coincidentally the year of the Rio Earth Summit. It is just possible to make out some people walking on the glacier on the left-hand side."
Animation credit: From Bob Marshall, The Lens, Brian Jacobs and Al Shaw, ProPublica: