73 F. average high on May 29.
84 F. high on May 29, 2014.
.29" rain fell at St. Paul yesterday.
.54" rain fell yesterday at Twin Cities International Airport.
.61" rain reported at Crystal.
.63" rain at Redwood Falls Friday.
May 30, 1998: Devastating line of storms hits east central Minnesota. 100 mph winds in Scott and Dakota County. Over 500 homes damaged in Washington County. 15,000 trees lost in the Twin City metro area. 500,000 without power in Minneapolis.
May 30, 1985: Tornado hits Lakefield. The Twin Cities report 67 mph winds.
The fastest changes in weather - and the greatest extremes in temperature and moisture can be found near the center of continents; well away from the moderating influence of ocean water. Exhibit A: Minnesota.
I'm continually amazed by how fast patterns can change at this lofty latitude. A few weeks ago our drought situation seemed dire. Today most of Minnesota is drought-free. And the area of moderate drought has fallen from 50 to 24 percent of the state - mainly northern and east central Minnesota, including much of the metro. But farmers are breathing a lot easier, or will as soon as they can get back into their muddy fields.
Feast or famine, flood or drought - most days it feels like Mother Nature has her foot on the gas - and we're all in the backseat, complaining of whiplash.
Today will feel like something out of late September with cool sunshine and a stiff north breeze. Maybe it'll blow the mosquitoes into Iowa. 80s return the latter half of late next week with mostly garden-variety thunderstorms.
No sign of a major severe storm outbreak close to home just yet.
California's in a withering drought, Texas is overflowing with muddy water. Here we sit, green and quiet.
Graphic credit: "Percentage of mean precipitation for May, to date". Courtesy: Midwest Regional Climate Center.
Photo credit above: "An Indian man enjoys high tide waves at the Arabian Sea coast in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 29, 2015. Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weeks long heat wave to more than 1,000, officials said Friday." (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Photo credit above: "Indian devotees hold umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun during the annual festival of Sufi saint Saiwali Pir Baba at Sangral, near the India-Pakistan international border, about 38 kilometers south of Jammu, India, Thursday, May 28,2015. Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,000 in the past month." (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
The 10 Deadliest Heat Waves in World History
1) Europe, 2003: 71,310
2) Russia, 2010: 55,736
3) Europe, 2006: 3,418
4) India, 1998: 2,541
5) India, 2015: 1,826+
Image credit above: BBC News.
California's Drought Is So Bad, Thieves Are Now Stealing Water. The Daily Beast has the details; here's a link: "...Forget gold or cash, credit cards or gas: The hot new commodity in the land of drought is H20. In drought-plagued California, thieves are getting mighty thirsty. At least one managed to make off with a 500-gallon water tanker. The wide load just up and vanished from a highway offramp. It was early morning last Thursday when the Marina landscaping tanker truck was idling on a median by a tunnel in Oakland, according to police reports. Then some clever perp jacked it—and rode off with its tapped cargo..."
Image credit above: "Sea surface temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean during the very strong 1997 El Nino event." Graphic courtesy of NOAA.
* 35 Trillion Gallons. That's how much water has fallen on Texas since the beginning of May, enough to cover the entire Lone Star State to a depth of 8". More remarkable statistics are here, courtesy of NBC News.
Photo credit above: "Motorists are stranded along I-45 along North Main in Houston after storms flooded the area, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Overnight heavy rains caused flooding closing some portions of major highways in the Houston area." Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle/AP.
Photo credit above: "A photo provided by the Harris County Flood Control District shows flood waters covering Memorial Drive along Buffalo Bayou in Houston, May 26, 2015. The heavy rains have killed at least eight people in Texas and Oklahoma, including two in Houston where flooding turned streets into rivers." (Harris County Flood Control District via The New York Times).
Photo credit above: "In total, 51,744 cans will be heading to flood victims in Texas and Oklahoma."
TODAY: Hints of September. Lot's of sunshine, windy and cool. Winds: N 10-15. High: 63
SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear - light jacket-worthy late. Low: 45
SUNDAY: Plenty of sun, less wind. Winds: SE 10. High: 67
MONDAY: Some sun, trending milder. Wake-up: 49. High: 71
TUESDAY: Sticky sun, isolated T-storm. Wake-up: 55. High: 74
WEDNESDAY: T-storms, then steamy sun. Dew point: 62. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
THURSDAY: Unsettled, more T-storms likely. Wake-up: 67. High: 83
FRIDAY: Warm sun, a bit drier. DP: 64. Wake-up: 65. High: 85
Bill Nye Under Attack For Linking Texas Floods to Climate Change. EcoWatch has the story - here's a snippet: "...And while no one single weather event can be linked to climate change, recognizing that the event is part of a larger trend of extreme weather, which is caused by climate change, should have been no big deal to do. Scientists have been saying for years that as carbon emissions increase, so will extreme downpours. “When you have a warmer atmosphere, then you have the capability to hold more water vapor,” Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists told Alternet. “When storms organize, there’s much more water you can wring out of the atmosphere compared to the past...” (File Photo credit: Brian Ach, AP Images for Sylvan Learning).
File photo above: AP/The Des Moines Register, Charlie Litchfield.
File photo above: "In this Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. The Obama Administration’s hotly debated plan to cut the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide coming out of the nation’s power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year from also reducing other types of pollutions, a new independent study concludes." (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File).