80 F. average high on August 23.
88 F. high on August 23, 2013.
Trace of drizzle yesterday at MSP International Airport.
August 23 in Minnesota Weather History:
2006: Tornadoes and large hail strike southern Minnesota. One person died and 37 were injured when a strong tornado began 4 miles west-southwest of Nicollet in Nicollet County and move almost due east for 33 miles to near Waterville in Le Sueur County. Many storm chasers captured the tornado on video. The largest hail reported was grapefruit-sized at New Prague in Scott County.
1934: Early arctic blast across Minnesota. Rochester and Fairmont have lows of 34 degrees.
As bad as you think it is, it can always be worse. You think today will be hot? Not even close to what visitors to the Minnesota State Fair endured on September 10, 1931, when the mercury hit a blistering 104F. 2013 was the third hottest fair on record; 6 days above 90F. A few T-storms sprout later today, but it won't rain nearly as hard as it did in 1977, when 9.5 inches soaked the fair.
According to the Minnesota DNR there have been chilly spells too. On September 13, 1890 the mercury dipped to a brisk 33F.
Big extremes, which makes sense. The State Fair captures the essence of Minnesota, including it's head-shaking weather.
Avoid dressing in layers today: highs surge into the low 90s - the heat index later today may approach 100F. Strong storms mushroom by the dinner hour, marking the leading edge of cool, Canadian relief. But this fresh front stalls just to our south, sparking waves of showers Tuesday into Thursday. Highs may hold in the 60s and low 70s by midweek.
No worries. 80s return by next Sunday - a warmer than average September is expected.Summer came late, so will autumn.
And today a hot, vinyl car seat warning and small cooler advisory remains in effect.
Photo credit above: "A Minnesota State Fair Scene around 1900." Courtesy: Minnesota Historical Society.
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TODAY: Sizzling sun, high humidity. T-storms late. Dew point: 71 Winds: S 15. High: 91
SUNDAY NIGHT: More numerous T-storms, some heavy. Low: 63
MONDAY: Partly sunny, less humid. Dew point: 53. High: 80
TUESDAY: Cooler with showers likely. Wake-up: 61. High: 69
WEDNESDAY: Instant autumn. More showery rain. Wake-up: 58. High: near 70
THURSDAY: Showers, few T-storms. Wake-up: 60. High: 68
FRIDAY: Damp start, then peeks of sun. Wake-up: 61. High: 73
SATURDAY: Plenty of sun, milder. DP: 60. Wake-up: 60. High: 76
Photo credit above: Department of Defense photo. “If you wait until you have 100 percent certainty, something bad is going to happen…” – General Gordon R. Sullivan, Retired, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff.
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- The loss of the Amundsen Sea West Antarctic glaciers, and 1–4 metres of sea level rise (Rignot, Mouginot et al., 2014; Joughin, Smith et al., 2014). Dr Malte Meinshausen, advisor to the German government and one of the architects of the IPCC's Representative Concentration Pathways, calls the evidence published this year of "unstoppable" (Rignot, 2014) deglaciation in West Antarctica "a game changer", and a "tipping point that none of us thought would pass so quickly", noting now we are "committed already to a change in coastlines that is unprecedented for us humans" (Breakthrough, 2014).
- The loss of Arctic sea-ice in summer (Duarte, Lenton et al., 2012; Maslowski, Kinney et al., 2012), which will hasten regional warming, the mobilization of frozen carbon stores, and the deglaciation of Greenland..."