82 F. average high on August 8.
75 F. high on August 8, 2013.
.32" rain predicted for MSP by Monday morning (NOAA NAM model).
Like many Minnesotans who cherish their 11,842 lakes I need to be near the water. Maybe it's the fact that our bodies are nearly 60 percent water. Being on or near water is soothing; I can FEEL my blood pressure coming down amidst the white noise of splashing waves & laughter.
I have friends moving to Arizona to escape our winters. Has anyone told them about summer down there? Hey, if you're addicted to golf (or cactus) I understand the appeal. Mountains are great, avalanches & mudslides notwithstanding. Parts of Florida are tolerable but I'm not sure I want to be tracking hurricanes half the year.
Yes, our winters are character-building, but based on the upside, a risk worth taking.
A half-decent weekend is shaping up: murky sun over eastern Minnesota & Wisconsin, a better chance of T-storms west of MSP. An advancing cool front sparks more numerous storms, statewide, Sunday.
Skies clear Monday for the SAVE Golf Tournament at TPC in Blaine. Expect low humidity and a comfortable, sun-scrubbed sky the first half of next week; 80s return the latter half of the week.
In June I felt like an extra in the movie "Noah". July was forgettable. Summer's here...finally.
Better late than never.
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).
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* A noble sense of self-sacrifice, in you believe that extending human presence into the solar system will help to 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..."
TODAY: Murky sun, few T-storms late, especially south & west of MSP. Winds: SE 10. High: 82
SATURDAY NIGHT: Humid with a better chance of a few T-storms. Low: 65
SUNDAY: Muggy and unsettled. More numerous T-storms. Dew point: 66. High: 79
MONDAY: Drier, more clouds than sun. Wake-up: 64. High: 78
TUESDAY: Sunny and stunning. Dew point: 46. Wake-up: 58. High: 77
WEDNESDAY: Plenty of sun, warming up. Wake-up: 54. High: 82
THURSDAY: Hazy sun, weather worth bottling. Wake-up: 59. High: 82
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, still lake-worthy. Wake-up: 63. High: 83
“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."
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