80 F. average high on June 19.
74 F. high on June 19, 2014.
June 19, 1955: Hailstones the size of hen's eggs were dropped in Roseau County.
Old Husbands' Tales
There's a lot of bad, outdated information out there - why should weather be any different?
A few Oldies but Moldies: "There's a local tornado alley in the metro that runs from Lake Minnetonka to Fridley!" Wrong. For the past 40-50 years you could make a case, but a longer, historical examination confirms no "favored communities" for metro-scale twisters.
"The southwest corner of your basement is the safest place to ride out a tornado." Nope. New studies confirm the safest spot from falling debris is your basement, under the stairs.
"Open up windows to relieve air pressure before a tornado strikes!" Bad idea. New research shows that opening a few windows won't make a difference, structurally. It's a wild goose chase.
"A greenish-yellow sky before a tornado?" True. White light filtered through large hailstones can give the sky before a tornado a downright evil appearance.
T-storms this morning give way to some sticky afternoon sun. Expect a streak of low 80s next week, but no stinking-hot weather is brewing between now and the 4th of July.
For the record July is the hottest month of the year and I see signs of heat building in 2-3 weeks. Enjoy the weather honeymoon. No complaints!
Photo credit above: "Onlookers take in the scene of a car that fell into a huge sinkhole on Skyline Parkway at 9th Avenue East in Duluth after the June 2012 flood. Rainwaters undercut the ground beneath to create the weak spot in the pavement. The car's owners were from Seattle and came to Duluth to run Grandma's Marathon and visit family." (File photo / Bob King).
Graph credit above: GISS temperature departure from normal in C (red line is January through May temperature departures only). Andy Skuce, Skeptical Science.
Image credit above: "Map that shows how temperatures around the globe varied from average during the period from January through May 2015." Credit: NOAA.
Photo credit above: "The master-planned community Mountain House is at risk of losing its water supply. About 160 local farmers are also affected by the curtailment order." (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times).
* More details on El Nino below, courtesy of IRI, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University:
- El Niño and La Niña events tend to develop during the period Apr-Jun and they
- Tend to reach their maximum strength during Dec-Feb
- Typically persist for 9-12 months, though occasionally persisting for up to 2 years
- Typically recur every 2 to 7 years
An Average Summer? Oh to be average again, not flip-flopping back and forth between drought and flood. Based on a strengthening El Nino NOAA CPC is predicting much wetter than normal conditions into August from the central Rockies into the Plains and much of the southern USA, the result of a stronger, El Nino-spiked southern branch of the jet stream. Temperatures are forecast to be cooler into August over the southern Plains, but warmer for the southeast, much warmer for the west coast and Alaska.
Animation credit: Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed News.
TODAY: Morning T-storms, some PM sun. Winds: W 10. High: 81
SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and humid. Low: 66
SUNDAY: Sunnier, drier, nicer day of the weekend. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 83
MONDAY: Another round of showers and T-storms. Wake-up: 67. High: 79
TUESDAY: Fleeting sunshine. Quick - mow the lawn! Wake-up: 61. High: 77
WEDNESDAY: Steamy, T-storms southern counties. Wake-up: 59. High: 81
THURSDAY: Edge of stickiness. Spotty T-storms. Wake-up: 66. High: 82
FRIDAY: Sunny start, PM storms. Wake-up: 62. High: 79
* Shelf cloud photo credit: A.J. Lane.
"You cannot access wisdom by the megabyte. Wisdom is concerned with how we relate to people, to the world, and to God." - Edmund P. Clowney
Photo credit above: "In this May 21, 2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pope Francis' call for dramatic action on climate change drew a round of shrugs from congressional Republicans on Thursday, while many of the party's presidential candidates ignored it entirely. Boehner, a Catholic who invited the pontiff to address Congress later this year, said the pope is not afraid to challenge thinking on various issues. "I respect his right to speak out on these important issues," Boehner said, but he demurred when asked whether Francis' views, made public in an encyclical released Thursday, might spur legislative action by the Republicans who run Congress." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File).
Photo credit above: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia.
“The destruction of the human environment is extremely serious, not only because God has entrusted the world to us, men and women, but because human life is itself a gift, which must be defended from various points of debasement.”
“Outside the Catholic Church, other Churches and Christian communities- and other religions as well- have expressed deep concern and offered valuable reflections on issues which all of us find disturbing.”
“He [St. Francis] shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.”
“The world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.”
“..to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.”
“...the climate is a common good.”
“It [climate change] represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”
“The warming caused by huge consumption of the world, especially Africa, where a rise in temperature, together with drought, has proved devastating to farmers.”
“As the United States Bishops have said, greater attention must be given to ‘the needs of the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable in a debate often dominated by powerful
“Still less is there room for the globalization of indifference.”
“We still lack the culture needed to confront this crisis.”
“Many people will deny doing anything wrong because distractions dull our consciousness of just how limited and finite our world really is.”
“For all of our limitations, gestures of generosity, solidarity, and care cannot but well up within us, since we were made for love.”
“This is the way human beings contrive to feed their self-destructive vices: trying not to see them, trying not to acknowledge them, delaying the important decision, and pretending that nothing will happen.”
“Rather, all creatures are moving forward with us and through us towards a common point of arrival, which is God, in that transcendent fullness where the Risen Christ embraces and illuminates all things.”
“Jesus lived in full harmony with creation and others were amazed: What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him! (Mt 8:27)”
“A certain way of understanding human life and activity has gone awry, to the serious detriment of the world around us.”
File photo credit above: AP Photo/Andy Wong.