71 F. average high on May 21.
66 F. high on May 21, 2014.
32.4" snowfall total for the winter season at KMSP.
69.8" total snowfall last winter.
May 21, 1960: Downpour at New Prague dumps 10 inches of rain in a 48 hour period.
"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken" wrote James Dent.
If I could put my life on perpetual pause - if I could freeze and memorize any moment in time, it might be a sunset on a day like today - in late May. The world is green and lush, lakes bursting with possibilities, the air still fresh, cool and clean. Bugs and sticky thunderstorms have yet to materialize. A day like today is what I would happily bottle - and break out for a few hungry swigs come next February.
Welcome to a flawless Friday; arguably the best day in sight with blue sky, a light breeze and lukewarm 70s by afternoon.
San Diego, with lakes.
As usual weather models have different solutions for the holiday weekend. NOAA's NAM model rushes a few showers in late Saturday; with numerous T-storms Sunday and Monday. But the ECMWF keeps most of the moisture to our south until Memorial Day. If you can sneak off today and make the most of tomorrow you'll thank yourself.
More good news: the latest Drought Monitor shows a lack of severe drought. The percentage of Minnesota in moderate drought has dropped from 94 to 50 percent in a week. Rainfall trends are very encouraging.
* Photo courtesy of Pete Schenck, who snapped this photo from his home on Lake Superior in Herbster, WI.
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TODAY: Postcard perfect. Bright sun Winds: SE 5. High: 74
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and dry. Low: 52
SATURDAY: Fading sun, stray shower late in the day and night. Winds: SE 10. High: 71
SUNDAY: Few showers, T-showers. Winds: SE 15. Wake-up: 57. High: 69
MEMORIAL DAY: Wettest day of the holiday weekend. T-storms likely. Winds: S 15. Wake-up: 59. High: 66
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, drying out. Naturally. Wake-up: 57. High: 74
WEDNESDAY: Sticky sun, feels like summer. Wake-up: 60. High: 81
THURSDAY: Humid, T-storms likely, some heavy. Wake-up: 64. High: 78
The "Shocking" Cost of Letting Companies Pollute for Free. Here's an excerpt of an Eric Roston column at Bloomberg Business: "...In that context, letting companies pollute for free, when that pollution carries a real social cost, can be thought of as a subsidy. That's how researchers at the International Monetary Fund describe energy subsidies in a sobering new paper that puts a comprehensive price tag on global aid to the energy industry. The price tag, which IMF officials describe as "shocking," is a big one: This year, the report estimates, fossil fuels are being subsidized to the tune of $5.3 trillion, or 6.5 percent of global gross domestic product..." (Image credit: EPA).