83 F. average high on August 1.
83 F. high on August 1, 2013.
August 1, 1831: Cold outbreak across Minnesota with light frost reported at Ft. Snelling.
Maybe I'm Amazed
Weather is the pond in which we live, an atmospheric aquarium in which we're all bewildered spectators. As in life, weather is cyclical - the background hum of daily changes the soundtrack of our lives.
Which is a long, poetically-tortured way of saying I'm looking forward to hearing Paul McCartney rock Target Field tonight. The man is prolific and hopelessly gifted. And thinking about the arc of his amazing career made me consider all the songs ever written about the weather. Hundreds? Thousands? From classical to jazz, blues & country - artists write about their experiences.
We change our minds, our jobs, even our friends & spouses, but we can't come close to changing the rhythm and rhyme of the weather. Personally, I find that humbling...and reassuring.
Oh yeah, odds favor a dry sky this evening; today the drier, sunnier, warmer day of the weekend. An irritable warm front sparks swarms of T-storms next week; southern Minnesota will see the heaviest rains by midweek.
So, my love, listen to what the man said. With a little luck this band on the run will temporarily control the elements floating overhead and we'll all be treated to a few more silly love songs.
Photo credit above: "Sir Paul McCartney performs with his band during the "Out There" Tour at the Times Union Center on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Albany, N.Y." (Photo by Hans Pennink/Invision/AP).
Photo credit above: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times. "Brandon Arthur, 10, crawls out of the gooey muddy tailings left by his father Steve Arthur's water well drill site in Terra Bella."
Image credit above: "The progression of the drought in California through the spring and summer of 2014, as the two highest categories, extreme and exceptional drought, grew."
Image credit above: "The FDA advises storing a three-day supply of bottled water for each person in your household -- one gallon of water per person per day." (Credit: FDA).
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TODAY: Warm sun, isolated T-storm. Winds: SW 7. High: 83
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clearing, warm and pleasant. Risk of a Beatle. Low: 65
SUNDAY: Sunshine thru afternoon. Late-PM storms likely. High: 86
MONDAY: Partly sunny, slightly cooler. Wake-up: 63. High: 80
TUESDAY: Some sun, heavy T-storms late. Wake-up: 59. High: near 80
WEDNESDAY: Heavy T-storms southern MN. Sunshine north. Wake-up: 61. High: 78
THURSDAY: Intervals of sun, sticky. Dew point: 61. Wake-up: 59. High: 82
FRIDAY: Unsettled, Risk of T-storms. Wake-up: 60. High: 79
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Michael Mann: Public Opinion Critical for Climate Change Fight. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed from climate scientist Michael Mann at The Morning Call: "...Natural gas may not be the panacea some see it as, however. The ramp-up of natural gas development in Pennsylvania, either as an outgrowth of the EPA plan or the continued exploration of the Marcellus Shale, raises the specter of methane emissions from well pads and compressor stations, and methane leakage along the natural gas distribution and delivery chain. More significantly, an uncertain but potentially quite significant additional amount of so-called fugitive methane might escape into the atmosphere during the process of fracking and natural gas recovery. Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas, as much as 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide in the first 20 years after its release into the atmosphere..."
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