Slow Summer Fade
The reptilian, attracted-to-shiny-objects part of my brain doesn't want summer to end. I look forward to changing into my scruffy after-work uniform of shorts, t-shirt & flip flops.
But I also realize that a full, stomach-churning cycle of the seasons is required for replenishment and renewal of nature. Minnesota wouldn't be home to Great White Pines, walleye navigating crystal-clear lakes or bumper crop harvests without a reliable annual winter smack.
Even so, Back To School sales, State Fair jingles & football on the tube all leave me feeling nostalgic; like coming to the end of a great novel you never want to put down.
Vonnegut said it best. "And so it goes".
Heavy T-storms slosh across southwest Minnesota into Thursday, but the metro area on up to the Brainerd Lakes may stay dry into Saturday. Highs push into the low 80s with sticky dew points - warm enough for the lake or that favorite adult beverage out on the deck. T-storms push in Sunday - a slight cooling trend by late next week.
Both Iselle and Julio should reach Hawaii as tropical storms later this week; a wet 1-2 punch. The remains of Bertha may break a heat wave in the U.K.
Oh, only 141 days until Christmas!
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TODAY: Partly sunny, a dry sky. Dew point: 59 Winds: SE 10. High: 80
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, touch of ground fog. Low: 64
THURSDAY: Some sun, T-storms flare up over southwest MN. High: 82
FRIDAY: Hazy sun, a bit sticky. Dew point: 61. Wake-up: 65. High: 83
SATURDAY: Murky sun, T-storms rumble in late. Wake-up: 66. High: 82
SUNDAY: More clouds and humidity with more widespread T-storms. Wake-up: 68. High: 81
MONDAY: Clearing skies, less humid. Dew point: 54. Wake-up: 65. High: near 80
TUESDAY: Sunny and beautiful. Low humidity. Wake-up: 63. High: 80
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