74 F. average high on May 30.
87 F. high on May 30, 2014.
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.
Minnesota: Retirement Destination?
Like everyone else I have too much on my plate; doing the job of at least 3 people. I'm a meteorologist, also a weather consultant, and a "retirement planner". People come up and ask me where they should retire.
"What about Florida?" South Florida is probably the most vulnerable region of America as sea levels rise, threatening fresh water supplies. Do NOT buy right on the water - find a place a few blocks inland and be patient. You'll eventually get your waterfront property. "California, Arizona or Denver?" Sunny, but I worry about future availability of water. New Mexico is probably the safest state, in terms of natural disasters. The Pacific Northwest may fare relatively well, but there's a slight risk of an 8.0 quake, and less snow in the winter may impact water supplies in Seattle down the road.
I am not being paid by The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce (or FIFA) but my advice: use VRBO to rent homes in the dead of winter but stay put! With abundant water and winters slowly mellowing with time Minnesota will be a net winner as the climate continues to warm.
Compared to much of America our weather remains benign - no controversy or drama. The sun gets tangled up in a cobweb of cirrus clouds today - but showers remain over the Dakotas. Plan on midweek T-storms here; the mercury tops 80F later this week but blast-furnace heat stays to our south looking out 2 weeks.
We'll be treated to some of the best weather in the USA.
...FROST ADVISORY FOR PARTS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN LATE TONIGHT... .A FROST ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM 1 AM UNTIL 8 AM SUNDAY MORNING FOR LOCATIONS MAINLY ALONG AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 94 IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN. AREAS OF FROST ARE LIKELY AS LIGHT WIND AND TEMPERATURES IN THE MID 30S PROMOTE FROST...DEVELOPING AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. TEMPERATURE SENSITIVE OUTDOOR VEGETATION MAY BE DAMAGED IF PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
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)
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.
Image credit above: "Sea surface temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean during the very strong 1997 El Nino event." Graphic courtesy of NOAA.
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.
TODAY: Sun fades through high clouds. Winds: E 10. High: 67
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 49
MONDAY: Partly sunny, a little milder. High: 69
TUESDAY: Hazy sun, feels like early June again. Wake-up: 53. High: 74
WEDNESDAY: Sticky sun, few T-storms. Dew point: 60. Wake-up: 61. High: 80
THURSDAY: A few strong T-storms. Dew point: 63. Wake-up: 64. High: 82
FRIDAY: Some sun, few storms bubble up. Wake-up: 65. High: 81
SATURDAY: More sun, cooler and less humid. DP: 54. Wake-up: 62. High: 73
File photo credit: Brian Ach/AP Images for Sylvan Learning.