82 F. average high on June 26.
81 F. high on June 26, 2014.
.06" rain fell at MSP International Airport yesterday.
June 26, 1982: Cold spell. Kulger Township dips to 31 degrees. Duluth registers 36.
Just when I thought I had seen everything. Thursday evening, in Duluth to give a speech on climate change, sustainability and resilience to the League of Minnesota Cities, I witnessed a freakish phenomenon. Returning from Fitgers along the Lakewalk winds suddenly shifted as a high-velocity fog bank swept in. Sustained winds were 40-50 mph. In seconds the temperature dropped 20 degrees, the visibility plummeted to zero, as people scurried to find shelter. No thunder or lightning, just an instantaneous tsunami of swirling gray. It was one of the fastest shifts in weather I've witnessed, anytime, anywhere. A few locals were even shaking their heads in disbelief. Never a dull moment huh?
(After giving this a little more thought all I can think is that this was an outflow boundary from a dying/collapsing thundershower northeast of Duluth, interacting with chilly lake water to create the strong winds and sudden drop in temperature and visibility. I can't come up with a better explanation than that).
We salvage a sunscreen-worthy Saturday with low 80s. Watch for T-storms tonight with instability showers and T-showers lingering into Sunday.
Once again the pattern is stalling: a bloated heat-pump high pressure ridge treats the western USA to record heat and wildfires, while cool fronts push into Minnesota, one after another, keeping the heat wave from expanding into our zip code.
In fact ECMWF (European) model hints at blue sky, low humidity and low 70s for the 4th of July.
Photo credit above: "Proton arc over Lake Superior by Ken William, Clio, MI."
You May Want To Stay Home Saturday. I'm all for a heat wave in Redding, California, but 704F is just ridiculous. Hey, what's 600 degrees among friends?
TODAY: Warm sun, probably the nicer day of the weekend. Winds: W 5-10. High: 83
SATURDAY NIGHT: T-storms likely, locally heavy rain. Low: 63
SUNDAY: Unsettled, few showers and T-showers, mainly PM hours. High: near 80
MONDAY: Sunny start, another late-day thunder risk. Wake-up: 65. High: 83
TUESDAY: Warm sun, storms may stay south. Wake-up: 62. High: 79
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, late-day T-storm. Wake-up: 61. High: 81
THURSDAY: More numerous showers, T-storms. Wake-up: 60. High: 76
FRIDAY: Blue sky returns, lukewarm. Wake-up: 64. High: 80
Extreme Weather In A Changing World: Asking The Right Questions. Extreme weather attribution is an emerging science (how much of a storm's intensity is "natural" vs. impacted by warmer air and ocean water and higher levels of water vapor?). Here's an excerpt from a recent story at UCAR that caught my attention: "...The refrain that the science community has mostly had is that we can't blame any one event on climate change," said NCAR scientist Kevin Trenberth, lead author of the paper. "We want to change that refrain. While you can't blame the whole event on climate change, many times there are aspects of what happened that were magnified by climate change. Even with the same weather event, the rain may be harder, the drought more intense, or the heat waves more severe....”
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It's Time For Conservatives To End The Denial on Climate Change. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed at The Washington Post: "...In a recent National Affairs essay, Jim Manzi and Peter Wehner provide an explanation: “The Republican position — either avowed ignorance or conspiracy theorizing — is ultimately unsustainable, but some still cling to it because they believe that accepting the premise that some climate change is occurring as a result of human action means accepting the conclusions of the most rabid left-wing climate activists. They fear, at least implicitly, that the politics of climate change is just a twisted road with a known destination . . . ceding yet another key economic sector to government control...”