74 F. average high on June 2.
80 F. high on June 2, 2014.
June 2, 1945: Snow and sleet pile up to 4.5 inches at Tower. Source: MPX National Weather Service.
June 2, 1898: Heavy rain across Minnesota. Just over 7 inches at Pine River Dam.
I grew up in the Amish country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and received a meteorology degree from Penn State, eventually landing at KARE-11 in 1983. When I got here it was still WTCN, for Twin Cities News. Remember John Bachman and Cora Ann Milhalik? And then they went and hired this guy named Paul Magers.
I'll never forget my interview. Station managers took me to the top of the IDS Tower for lunch (remember "The Orion Room"?), then drove me past the "Mary Tyler Moore house" at Lake of the Isles. Then they took me to see the Byerlys in St. Louis Park. That sealed the deal. Any city with a grocery store this fancy must be doing something right.
Oh, Amish Doppler? A window. Don't underestimate the simple power of staring out a window. Pilots and farmers can "read the sky" and make a fairly accurate short-range forecast, using cloud type, wind direction and barometric pressure. You have a crude Doppler in your vehicle. Those pops of static on AM radio are lightning strikes. A solid wail of static could mean a line of storms within 100 miles.
Long range guidance hints at a building heat wave the latter half of June for the central and eastern USA. We may be right on the edge of "stinking hot" but 80s return next week. Comfortable 70s spill over into the weekend; the best chance of T-storms comes today with locally heavy rain. We dry out a little by late week but another swarm of showers and storms may kick up puddles this weekend.
A few exceptional records set across Texas include:
Statewide — Wettest month on record (8.81 inches)
Dallas-Forth Worth — Wettest May on record (16.96 inches)
Dallas Fort-Worth — Second wettest spring (March-May, 25.05 inches)
Wichita Falls — Wettest month on record (17 inches)
Childress — Wettest month on record (13.21 inches)
May rainfall totals of 15 to 20 inches are widespread across Texas. According to the office of the Texas state climatologist, the month of May is now the wettest on record for Texas, having received an average of 8.81 inches statewide..."
Photo credit above: "An aerial view of the rescue site of the overturned passenger ship in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei Province on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The ship, named Dongfangzhixing, or Eastern Star, sank at around 9:28 p.m. (1328 GMT) on Monday after being caught in a cyclone in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River." (Ye Haitao/Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS).
* More details on the violent wind storm or tornado that sank the passenger ship "Eastern Star" from The Capital Weather Gang.
Landfalling Hurricanes Since 1950. Here is an information-rich graphic, courtesy of NDCD in Asheville, North Carolina.
Up All Night, Sleep All Day: That's How UAH Will Study Storms in National Project. Nighttime thunderstorms remain more of a mystery than daytime (instability) storms. Here's an excerpt of a story at AL.com: "...We don't know a lot about thunderstorms at night, formation and maintenance," Knupp said. "We know more about daytime systems because what's going on on the surface represents that which is going on above the surface. The surface is coupled with the boundary layer above it. "At night, that's not true. You may have this network of surface stations that don't tell you much about what's going on above the surface where the important thunderstorm initiating mechanism are going on or thunderstorm maintenance mechanisms are taking place..."
Flood Survivors Suffering From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? I see similar symptoms in tornado and hurricane survivors. Science Daily has the details.
Photo credit above: "Tourists, swimming in a pool overlooking the Ramon Crater at hotel Beresheet, in Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev desert in Israel, April 30, 2015. With its part-Mediterranean, part-desert climate, Israel had suffered from water shortages for decades, but a national effort to desalinate Mediterranean seawater and to recycle wastewater has provided Israel with enough water for all its needs." (Uriel Sinai/The New York Times).
TODAY: Scattered T-storms, some heavy. Winds: S 10-15. High: 74
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: A few lingering showers and T-showers. Low: 63
THURSDAY: Lukewarm sun, stray T-storm still possible. High: 79
FRIDAY: Some sun, probably dry. Wake-up: 61. High: 73
SATURDAY: Unsettled, few T-storms possible. Wake-up: 59. High: 74
SUNDAY: More sun, best thunder risk north. Wake-up: 60. High: 76
MONDAY: More sun, quite pleasant. Wake-up: 61. High: 80
TUESDAY: Sticky sun, feels like summer. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
Editing The Climate Talkers: Punctuation's Effect on Earth's Fate. NPR has an intriguing story about the power of language (and editing) in drafting the U.N. agreements that attempt to address greenhouse gas emissions.
Photo credit above: "In this May 30, 2015 file aerial photo, the Colorado River flows out of it's banks, in Wharton, Texas. Parts of Texas were finally beginning to rebuild on Sunday from weeks of rain and flooding that have made the state a place of extremes: severe drought conditions earlier in the year that have given way to unprecedented rainfall in some areas." (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)