83 F. average high on June 30.
81 F. high on June 30, 2014.
June 30, 1982: Frost hits St. Louis County. Kulger Township falls to 27 degrees and Meadowlands bottoms out at 32.
June 30, 1871: Large hail fell in Meeker County. Some of the stones were 6 inches in circumference. Many windows were broken on the north sides of houses.
June 30, 1863: Note written on 1863 meteorological form at Ft. Ripley: Drought is very severe. The grass upon the prairie is nearly or quite dried up. The Mississippi River at this point is lower than was ever known before. The amount of moisture which fell during the last 6 months ending June 30, 1863 was 4.27 inches
Toasted, not Burnt
"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability" riffed Sam Keen. With a few notable exceptions (Monday's "hailers" come to mind) it's been quiet and lukewarm. No fuss. No drama. Summer the way it was meant to be.
The drought is over - farmers as content as they're ever going to get - and we have yet to see newsworthy levels of heat and humidity. Get used to it.
This is turning into "The Perfect Summer" with just enough warmth for the lake or pool but no debilitating heatwaves or outrageous dew points. Staring at the weather models I still don't see a hot front into mid-July.
The hottest weather of the year usually comes in mid-July, about 3 weeks after the Summer Solstice; there's a built-in "lag" in the atmosphere. Could we still see 90s in late July and August? Absolutely.
But the same persistent ridge of hot, dry air sparking hundreds of wildfires in Alaska and Washington State, and historic drought for California, is turning our prevailing winds to the northwest, with a fresh supply of Canadian air every couple of days. Smoke too.
That milky sky draped overhead is a smoke plume from fires thousands of miles upwind.
Oh, the 4th of July still looks great; plan for Sunday T-storms.
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* I addressed this threat (to major sporting events) in The Huffington Post in April of 2012.
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TODAY: Some sun, isolated PM shower, especially south/west of MSP. Winds: East 5-10. High: 76
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy. Low: 59
THURSDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, a dry sky. High: 78
FRIDAY: Sunny and seasonably warm, risk of road construction. Wake-up: 62. High: 82
4TH OF JULY: Partly sunny, lake-worthy. Better day of the holiday weekend. Wake-up: 63. High: 83
SUNDAY: Cloudier, stickier. Few T-storms. Wake-up: 66. High: 84
MONDAY: Blue sky, fresh breeze. Less humid. Wake-up: 64. High: 79
TUESDAY: Sunny and spectacular. Dew point: 53. Wake-up: 59. High: 76
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1. Assateague (Maryland/Virginia)
2. Cape Cod (Massachusetts)
3. Fire Island (New York)
4. Cape Hatteras (North Carolina)..."
Image credit above: "Smoke rises from a wildfire in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska." (Photo: Matt Snyder/Alaska Division of Forestry via AP).
File photo of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson courtesy of Evan Vucci, Associated Press.
File photo: Luca Zennaro, AP.