79 F. high in the Twin Cities Saturday.
82 F. average high on August 9.
76 F. high on August 9, 2013.
Trace of rain fell at MSP International Airport Saturday.
August 9 in Minnesota Weather History (from the Twin Cities National Weather Service).
2004: Cool Canadian air was ushered in on strong northwest winds. International Falls had its coldest high temperature ever for this date with 49 degrees. The Twin Cities only saw a high of 59.
1939: Cloudburst at Two Harbors. 5.2 inches of rain fell.
Weather Psychology 401
Have you ever noticed that the weekend forecast often tends to be gloomier than what's predicted for weekdays? There's a reason for any on-air or online pessimism.
If the weather turns out better than expected people shrug and feel like they caught a break. But if the skies overhead are worse than advertised in the 7-Day Outlook? Not good. Nobody likes unpleasant surprises. So there may be some temptation to err on the side of a gloomy weekend forecast. Just saying...
Our challenges are two-fold: knowing which models to trust to actually predict what the sky will look like tomorrow. And then choosing the right words to communicate this accurately. Yes, "an isolated shower" means something altogether different than "rain".
A murky, partly-disappointing Saturday gives way to a line of PM T-storms today. Not an all-day rain, but have a Plan B for a few hours later on. The dew point drops from mid-60s today to mid-40s by Tuesday, meaning half as much water in the air within 48 hours. Any hint of September gives way to 80s the latter half of the week; Friday thunder marking the arrival of a hot front next weekend. A few models are even hinting at 90 degrees.
Weather patterns are slow, sluggish and erratic. The jet stream appears hungover.
Summer 2014 is far from over.
Photo credit above: "Comparison photos showing the historic Millerton Courthouse as it sits atop a bluff overlooking Millerton Lake in Friant, Calif. in 2009, top, with the water at a high point, and on Aug. 5, 2014, where the water isn't visible at the same angle. Currently, the level of water is at 270,284 acre feet or 51.9 percent of capacity." (AP Photo/Fresno Bee, Darrell Wong-2009, Craig Kohlruss-2014).
Photo credit above: "An operator inspects the reverse osmosis facility, part of the groundwater replenishing system in Orange County water district, in Fountain Valley, California." Photograph: Ann Johansson/Corbis.
Image above courtesy of the Naval Research Lab and LiveScience, which has more details on the frequency of ex-tropical systems impacting the UK.
Image credit above: "A scene from Into the Storm." (New Line Cinema/Village Roadshow Pictures)
TODAY: Mostly cloudy and sticky, few T-storms likely. Dew point: 66 Winds: SE 8. High: near 80
SUNDAY NIGHT: Lingering showers, few rumbles of thunder. Low: 62
MONDAY: Partly sunny, breezy and cooler. Dew point: 55. High: 78
TUESDAY: Sunny & comfortable. Dew point: 46. Wake-up: 57. High: 78
WEDNESDAY: Bright sun, still spectacular. Wake-up: 57. High: 81
THURSDAY: Partly sunny and warmer. Wake-up: 60. High: 83
FRIDAY: Unstable, few T-showers possible. Wake-up: 65. High: 81
SATURDAY: Hot sun, T-storms up north. DP: 68. Wake-up: 67. High: near 90
“There are many motivations for becoming one of the first settlers on Mars, none of them insane in my opinion. These include:
- “A noble sense of self-sacrifice, if you believe that extending human presence into the solar system will help ensure the survival of the species."
- “A desire for the immortality that comes with fame, despite the risk to life and limb. In some sense, putting yourself at risk helps ensure your influence on the history of humanity will outlive your physical being."
- “A desire for personal accomplishment, or overcoming a challenge, the same sort of thing that drives people to join expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest."
Graphic credit: Energy Information Administration.
Photo credit above: "Capitalism has no solutions to climate change". On December 12, 2009, while the COP15 climate negotiations were taking place in Copenhagen, around the globe people protested for an ambitious and fair climate treaty." (Photo: Takyer/Flickr).