79 F. average high on June 16.
85 F. high on June 16, 2014.
June 16, 1992: A total of 27 tornadoes were reported across Minnesota, the second most in Minnesota history. Some communities that were badly damaged were Chandler, Lake Wilson, Clarkfield amd Cokato. The total damage was 80 million dollars. Presidential disaster declarations were made for many counties.
June 16, 1989: Frost across Minnesota with crops destroyed on high ground in southeast Minnesota. Preston got down to 32. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service.
Adventures With Steve
The half billion dollar opening weekend for "Jurassic World" coupled with "Bill" coming ashore over Texas reminded me of a fleeting conversation with movie director Steven Spielberg, while filming the original "Jurassic Park" in 1992.
He told me something that left me temporarily speechless. During filming on Hawaii's island of Kauai a real hurricane approached, Category 4 Iniki. Officials at the hotel he and his crew were staying at guided them all into the BASEMENT to ride out the killer hurricane. "You realize you could have drowned. In a tornado you want to get below grade but in a hurricane you want to be on the 3rd floor or higher, to escape the storm surge, the sudden rise in water level!"
Spielberg's eyes got big - now it was his turn to be at a loss for words.
The soggy remains of Tropical Storm Bill will spark serious flash flooding hundreds of miles inland, days after landfall, as far away as Cleveland & Boston! I expect mostly light showers here today; a thundershower Saturday gives way to nicer, drier weather on Sunday.
A hot front approaches early next week with sticky 80s and a few waves of heavy T-storms. No extended, antiperspirant levels of heat brewing yet. Dog Day-free!
Image credit above: "Data from the NEXRAD radar near Oklahoma City shows Tropical Storm Erin as it formed a small eye-like feature during intensification at 1000 GMT on August 19, 2007." Image credit: Clark Evans, Russ Schumacher, and Thomas Galarneau, “Sensitivity in the Overland Reintensification of Tropical Cyclone Erin (2007) to Near-Surface Soil Moisture Characteristics,” Monthly Weather Review, doi:10.1175/2011MWR3593.1, American Meteorological Society, from NOAA/NWS data.
Image credit above: "Sound investment: the history of the record industry is a tale of technology, stars and shady deals." Photo Montage by Dan Murrell.
"Laurie and I are honored to be here today. I’m grateful for many things, including the fact it’s not snowing.
Our oldest son, Walt, is a digital marketing expert and lead guitar for The Lost Wheels. Thanks again guys! Well done. Our youngest son, Brett, is a Naval Academy graduate, flying the MH-60 Romeo, submarine attack helicopters for the Navy. He’s here in spirit.
My father in law was also in the Navy. My father grew up in Germany; he escaped communist East Germany to attend college in the United States as an exchange student. He once told me, “Most Americans take their freedom for granted. I will never, ever take my freedom for granted.”
It’s easy to take liberty for granted, when you’ve never had it taken away from you.
In a day and age when the mainstream media celebrates the alleged 1% - the wealthiest of all Americans – today we acknowledge the most important 1%. Actually it’s one half of one percent, the lowest rate since World War 2. That’s the percentage of Americans currently serving in the military: 1.3 million active duty service members, mostly invisible, sometimes ignored, often taken for granted.
That’s the real one half of one percent. Without them everything else – all the things we take for granted – wouldn’t be possible.
Most Americans are blissfully unaware of what it takes to keep this grand experiment called America, going…
But military families take nothing for granted. They know the sacrifice required to support their loved ones in harm’s way. They’re not looking for sympathy, hand-outs or lip service. There’s no secret handshake - but there is mutual admiration, respect and encouragement. We all share a quiet pride. We know what’s required to hold up the people we love; to honor their daily sacrifices, to help each other through good times and bad.
Life is a roller coaster, for everyone, but this is magnified 10-fold in the armed services. Our son, Brett, isn’t permitted to have an off-day in a $42 million Sikorsky helicopter. All our sons and daughters embody a spirit of accountability and excellence unmatched anywhere else on the planet.
At the Naval Academy Brett explained the down times, the dark days, how he coped. It required a grim determination, an ability to keep getting up, no matter how many times you were pushed down. There’s a term for it at the academy: “Embrace the suck” Brett explained. That’s what they do to accomplish their missions and keep the rest of us safe.
Embrace the suck. Words to live by. As a meteorologist I do that every day.
But our military sons and daughters do the impossible every day; they make “business as usual” possible for the rest of us. We complain about traffic and the weather and the latest news scandals. Our first-world problems are possible only because we have volunteer-warriors ready and willing to defend our way of life. None of this is an accident.
Joseph Campbell said “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself”. I want to salute the Gold Star families and thank them on behalf of our family, Blue Star families, and our extended military family here today. We take nothing for granted, especially your sacrifice, your unimaginable loss. Thank you doesn’t seem nearly enough – but thank you.
I asked Brett about sacrifice and he surprised me. He said “To be honest we don’t really like the recognition. We prefer to do our jobs and do our jobs well without notice. In my mind sacrifice is all about putting in the hours at work and home studying, getting good at fighting with our aircraft without the public knowing or being bothered by anything we do. It gets at the idea of being a quiet professional without the need for praise or empathy. Sacrifice, to me, is about doing a job that is difficult, a job that is physically taxing on your body and mind - without the need or expectation of recognition.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself…
Abraham Lincoln said “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”
We couldn’t be prouder of our sons and daughters, our husbands, wives, uncles and nieces who have stepped up, volunteered their blood, sweat and tears – so the rest of us can live the American Dream.
Blue Star Families: how will our loved ones be remembered? For their quiet sacrifice - protecting people they didn’t know, serving without complaint - helping, expecting nothing in return. That’s what our armed forces do every day. The measure of a man? Not what he has, but what he gives.
Military families, thank you for your gifts, the sacrifices you’ve already made, the sacrifices you’re making today, and those you’ll be forced to make tomorrow.
“Thank you for your service” doesn’t quite cut it. “Thank you for protecting and defending my freedom” seems a little closer to the mark.
We take nothing for granted, especially our families, our extended military family, and - our - liberty.
Thank you. May God bless and protect you and yours… and this remarkable experiment called America..."
TODAY: Showers likely, stray T-shower possible. Winds: SE 10. High: 74
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Showers taper, partial clearing. Low: 60
THURSDAY: Lot's of sun. No blobs on Doppler. High: 75
FRIDAY: Warm sunshine, probably dry. Wake-up: 59. High: 80
SATURDAY: Showers and T-storms nearby. Wake-up: 67. High: 79
SUNDAY: More sun, late day storm up north. Wake-up: 64. High: 81
MONDAY: Clouds increase, thunder late? Wake-up: 62. High: 82
TUESDAY: Steamy, few strong storms. Dew point: 64. Wake-up: 69. High: 86
Photo credit above: "Pope Francis delivers a speech during an audience for the participants of the Convention of the Diocese of Rome in St. Peter's square at the Vatican City, June 14, 2015." Reuters/Giampiero Sposito.