78 F. average high on June 12.
66 F. high on June 12, 2014.
June 12, 2001: A severe thunderstorm in Kandiyohi County produced wind gusts of 119 mph and tennis-ball sized hail.
June 12, 1917: The ice pack finally breaks up in Duluth, one of the latest ever.
June 12, 1899: A killer F5 tornado ripped through New Richmond, WI. Unfortunately, about 1000 extra people were in town for a circus. 117 people were killed and 200 were injured. 300 buildings were destroyed and a 3000 pound safe was carried a full block.
I turned 57 yesterday, which is remarkable, because in my head I'm still 23. My body disagrees. I miss the old days, the mid-80s, when columnist Nick Coleman referred to me as "weatherboy". Oh, the memories.
My wife and I are travel junkies; we're now up to 47 countries and counting. With so many people we care about facing serious health challenges we're not going to wait. We want to see as much as we can right now. Take nothing for granted.
Live a life of no regrets.
We've been on a weather winning streak as of late. Think about it: the drought is over, farmers relieved, water in our lakes. No heat waves or biblical floods, and severe weather has been spotty to non-existent; no major tornado outbreaks or car-denting hailstorms.
We have been blessed with relatively benign weather.
The best chance of a pop-up shower today comes east of the St. Croix River in Wisconsin. Most of the weekend will be dry; near 70F today - more sun and a shot at 80F Sunday. A perpetual parade of Canadian cool fronts will keep the epicenter of blast-furnace heat well south of Minnesota, with temperatures very close to average for this time of year. Nice.
An easy summer? Hey, a guy can dream.
Photo credit above: "In this Friday, June 5, 2015, photo, Tony Corcoran looks at the map on his smartphone while driving through the neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, Calif. Corcoran is one of several people who spend their spare time these days canvassing the tony communities of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and elsewhere, looking for people wasting water during the worst California drought in recent memory." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong).
Photo credit above: flickr/ Jeffrey W. Spencer.
TODAY: Cool with more clouds than sun, best chance of a shower over WI. Winds: SE 10. High: 71
SATURDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Low: 62
SUNDAY: More sun, warmer with an isolated T-shower. Winds: E 10. High: near 80
MONDAY: Stray shower, then clearing skies. Wake-up: 63. High: 80
TUESDAY: Sunny, less humid. Dew point: 53. Wake-up: 58. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: Unsettled, few T-storms nearby. Wake-up: 59. High: 75
THURSDAY: Partly sunny and sticky. DP: 61. Wake-up: 57. High: 79
FRIDAY: Sunny, refreshing breeze. Wake-up: 60. High: 77
Photo credit above: Jon Aars/Norwegian Polar Institute.
Photo credit above: "Pope Francis" talks with Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz during a private audience at the Vatican, Friday, June 12, 2015." (Gabriel Bouys/Pool Photo via AP).
Photo credit above: "Researchers sample a dead tree in northern Mongolia." Credit: Nicole Davi.