73 F. average high on May 27.
73 F. high on May 27, 2014.
May 27, 1930: Great Empire Builder Tornado. A direct hit derailed famous train in Norman County.
It Only Takes One
I live in a state of perpetual paranoia. Are the kids safe and healthy? Is my wife upset? What about accounts receivable and payroll? And is this the year an EF-5 tornado hits a downtown? In 2010 Minnesota experienced a mind-blowing 145 tornadoes. Since then it's been fairly quiet.
We're going on 10 years since a major Category 3 or stronger hurricane hit the U.S. coastline. Odds favor fewer hurricanes in 2015 with a strong El Nino, but all it takes is one.
Meteorologists worry about apathy setting in - technology has lulled us into a false sense of security. "I can wait until the last moment to evacuate inland or run for the basement!" Were residents of Houston and Austin expecting historic flooding? Probably not.
A low-grade case of weather-paranoia is always a good thing.
Yesterday's light-switch summer day was a tonic for the soul. Expect more 80s today, a few growls of thunder Friday; then a a cooler, drier, sunnier weekend with highs in the 60s. Only the brave and foolish will be in the lake.
The mercury brushes 80F again next week as dew points top 60. Men will sweat, women will glow, dogs will pant. Summer the way it was probably meant to be at this latitude.
Just make it a habit of keeping a watchful eye on the western sky - OK?
Photo credit above: "Texas National Guard soldiers and members of the Texas Task Force 1 search for bodies on the banks of the Blanco River after the flood in Wimberley, Texas, on Tuesday May 26, 2015." (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/TNS)
Photo credit above: "The cement stilts of the home belonging to the Carey family of Corpus Christi, Texas, are all that remain the home was swept away by the Blanco River early Sunday morning during a flash flood in Wimberley, Texas, on Monday, May 25, 2015. The Carey and McComb family, from Corpus Christi, Texas, have been missing since." (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Photo credit above: "With downtown Dallas in view, water from the Trinity River floods the area below the Sylvan Avenue bridge Monday, May 25, 2015, in Dallas. Several people were reported missing in flash flooding from a line of storms that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes." (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News via AP).
Texas Rains In Keeping With Climate Change. Here's an excerpt of a statement from The Union of Concerned Scientists: "...Below is a statement by Brenda Ekwurzel, senior climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Around the world, April ocean temperatures have broken records. The Gulf is no exception. The hot Gulf waters combined with a brewing El Nino have contributed to some of the intense precipitation in Texas and beyond. “In addition, because a warmer atmosphere holds more water, climate change means that when it rains it’s more likely to pour. In Texas, the heaviest rainfalls have increased more than 16 percent over the long-term average. This trend will only increase as temperatures rise even more..."
Photo credit above: "A destroyed car is submerged in the Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas, after the flood on Tuesday May 26, 2015." (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/TNS).
"A Weather and Climate Trifecta". On Wednesday I had a chance to chat with Ed Schultz on his MSNBC Show (ironic that he was sitting in Detroit Lakes and I was at an uplink facility in Minneapolis) and he asked me to try and put the Texas flooding into context. How much is natural variability vs. thumbprints of climate volatility. The entire 7 minute segment is here.
Graphic credit above: "Changes in frequencies of storms in the Midwest, by category of storm size for five decades, 1961-1970 through 2001-2010. Labeled changes are for the last decade. Comparisons are to frequencies in 1961-1990."
File Photo credit: "In this April 2, 2015 file photo, Denise Hurst shows her drought-tolerant garden she planted with the help of a city program that offers rebates of $3.50 per square foot for residents who tear up their water-guzzling lawns and plant drought-resistant plants that require little to no watering in Long Beach, Calif." (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File).
Hospitals are on alert to treat victims of heatstroke and authorities advise people to stay indoors with no end in sight to the searing conditions.
In the worst-hit state of Andhra Pradesh, in the south, 551 people have died in the last week as temperatures hit 47C on Monday.
- See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2015/05/26/india-heatwave-kills-800-as-roads-melt.html#sthash.XKI2zr9B.dpuf
TODAY: Sticky sun, warmer than average. Winds: S 20. High: 83
THURSDAY NIGHT: Chance of a T-storm. Low: 64
FRIDAY: Unsettled. Showers and T-storms likely. High: 72
SATURDAY: Cool sunshine, less humid. Winds: NE 10+ Wake-up: 49. High: 63
SUNDAY: Lots of sun, a bit warmer. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 48. High: 68
MONDAY: Some sun, isolated T-storm. Wake-up: 53. High: 75
TUESDAY: Warm sun, feeling stickier. Dew point: 61. Wake-up: 61. High: 81
WEDNESDAY: Muggy, scattered T-storms. Wake-up: 63. High: 83
File photo credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci.
Photo credit above: "Polar explorer Thomas Ulrich skis across a melt pond on sea ice near Champ Island, in Russia's Franz Josef Land, in 2009. Climate change is making Arctic ice melt faster, making it more perilous to cross." Photograph by Borge Ousland, National Geographic.