83 F. average high on July 28.
77 F. high on July 28, 2014.
1.29" rain fell at MSP International Airport Tuesday.
July 29, 1917: Hottest temperature ever recorded in Minnesota with 114.5 degrees at Beardsley.
July 29, 1849: Severe storms between 3 and 5 AM at the newly constructed post of Ft. Ripley. W.J. Frazier, Head Surgeon noted: "Rain and hail with much thunder and lightning and very high winds breaking many trees."
We've gotten off easy this summer with heat and humidity - compared to much of the northern hemisphere we've gotten a free ride. Rome and Madrid have been broiling above 100F; record heat as far north as the Netherlands, with rare tornadoes skipping across Norway and Sweden.
My Aunt Sigrid is a psychologist in Karlsruhe, Germany. The only A/C is in her car; she's been cooling off by driving a few hours every day with the A/C blasting cold air. Most Europeans don't have air conditioning in their homes, in fact many of them wonder why Americans keep their homes as cold as meat lockers.
Hey, if it wasn't for A/C Florida would still be swampland - Arizona might still belong to Mexico. Just saying.
Tuesday morning's 1 to 2 inch downpour came at the right time for corn tassling; another epic harvest is shaping up for 2015. Much of the corn belt is in unusually good shape; drought-free, no flooding or hail, which (ironically) is depressing prices. Can the weather be "too nice"? Expect a fresh breeze today; comfortable 80s into the weekend with the next chance of a renegade thunder clap Saturday night.
No extreme heat is brewing, just a handful of almost-perfect, drama-free days.
Photo credit above: "A man refreshes himself at the fountain called "Barcaccia", made by Pietro Bernini and his son Gian Lorenzo in 1627, at the Spanish steps, in Rome, Thursday, July 16, 2015. Europe's heat wave has pushed the mercury to levels as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit)." (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Image credit above: "Sea surface temperatures for the week ending July 22 were more than 1°C above average from the eastern tropical Pacific northward through much of the northeast Pacific, with pockets of 2 - 4°C above average evident near the equator. Image credit: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information."
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Comfortable Front. All the various models show dew points dropping into the 50s today, a breath of fresh, Canadian air. Dew points rise above 60F by the weekend, humid, but not unbearable. Source: Iowa State.
Dry Spell. European guidance may be running a couple degrees too cool, but I think it has the right idea with precipitation, or rather a lack of puddles into the weekend; temperatures fairly close to average for late July. Today will be the windiest day in sight with a few gusts over 25 mph, but winds slacken off as the week goes on. Source: Weatherspark.
Florida Soaking - Relatively Quiet for Minnesota. You can see the powerful (unusual) storm that whipped up 60 mph winds over Montana and North Dakota yesterday, a tight pressure gradient pulling cooler, drier air into Minnesota today, in fact it should feel downright comfortable out there. Florida may wind up with some 5-7" rainfall amounts by the end of the week; a low probability of a tropical disturbance forming from this system in the days to come. 84-hour NAM guidance: NOAA.
Sizzling Air Stays South. Enough cool air is forecast to drain southward out of Canada to take the edge off any hot fronts from the Dakotas and Minnesota into the Great Lakes and New England, while the rest of the USA continues to fry. Moderately warm, temperatures close to average for Minnesota, but no beastly-heat in sight. Source: GrADS:COLA/IGES.
* The Weather Channel has more video of the Manitoba, Canada tornado intercept here.
On Four Continents, Historic Drought Wreaks Havoc. USA TODAY reports; here's the intro: "California's historic drought appears to be matched by severe dry spells on three other continents. Brazil, North Korea and South Africa are bearing the brunt of much lower-than-average precipitation, wreaking havoc on millions of peoples' lives and livelihoods. While the causes vary from country to country, the chance of more intense droughts in the future as a result of man-made climate change is only increasing as regional extremes of precipitation — both more and less — remain likely, according to the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change..."
Photo credit above: "Gino Celli, who relies on senior water rights to water his crops, inspects a wheat field nearing harvest on his farm near Stockton, Calif., on May 18, 2015." (Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP).
Image credit above: "This schematic shows how the coincident occurrence of precipitation and storm surge (large enough to cause direct flooding or to slow down or fully block freshwater drainage) can lead to compound flooding in coastal regions." Credit: Theodore Scontras/University of Maine.
Photo credit above: "Paul Reasor, a NOAA hurricane researcher, holds Coyote drone in this 2014 photo." Courtesy: NOAA.
Image credit above: "NASA captured this image of a solar flare in 2014. The strongest recorded incident of coronal mass ejection dates back to 1859." Photograph: Rex/Nasa
TODAY: Partly sunny, windy. Dew point: 54. Winds: W 20+ High: 82
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear and comfortable. Low: 62
THURSDAY: Bright sun, fresh breeze. Winds: NW 15. High: 83
FRIDAY: Warm sunshine, less wind. Wake-up: 66. High: 86
SATURDAY: Sticky sun, T-storm late? Wake-up: 67. High: 87
SUNDAY: Plenty of warm sunshine. Wake-up: 66. High: 84
MONDAY: More clouds, cooler. Few showers. Wake-up: 64. High: 77
TUESDAY: Sunny and relatively comfortable. Wake-up: 59. high: 79
Photo credit above: Washington Post photo by Marc Lester.
Graphic credit above: "Temperature change over past 11,300 years (in blue, via Science, 2013) plus projected warming this century on humanity’s current emissions path (in red, via recent literature)."
Image credit: flewdesigns.
Photo credit above: "Under climate change projections, rising sea levels could make storm surge during hurricanes worse. A new study projects the amount of private property on Florida coasts that floods at high tide could climate by $69 billion by 2030." Marsha Halper - Miami Herald Staff.
* The "Risky Business" report for the southeastern USA and Texas is here.
Some In Christian Right Embracing Environmental Causes. It's a trend, not a fad. Here's an excerpt from Standard Examiner: "...Christian belief and the environmental movement can work hand-in-hand, some faith communities say, but first believers need to separate out the politics. When it comes to climate change and natural resource protections, local political dialogue has grown more at odds with Christian belief in being “responsible stewards.” That rhetoric often strikes a chord with a small but growing minority within the Christian right, and some religious leaders are speaking out..."
AP file photo credit: "A May 28, 2013 file photo shows a hiker taking a photo on a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona."