SUNDAY NIGHT: Clear and comfortable. Low: 64
MONDAY: Patchy clouds, few T-showers south. High: 82
TUESDAY: Blue sky, still quiet. Wake-up: 63. High: 83
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, seasonably warm. Wake-up: 65. High: 84
THURSDAY: Sticky sun. Dew Point: 63. Wake-up: 69. High: 85
FRIDAY: Few showers and T-storms. Wake-up: 68. High: 83
SATURDAY: Warm, hazy sun. Lake-worthy. Wake-up: 70. High: 89
The first thing I noticed was the utter silence. Total quiet - no background hum of TV or radio. The only tweets came from birds - the lapping of lake water and jets droning overhead. The power was out, for the second time in 5 days. We were at our cabin near Nisswa when Sunday night's downburst flattened trees. We were home, near Excelsior, when Friday night's maelstrom swept across 'Tonka with hurricane force gusts that blew for the better part of 20 minutes.
Saturday I got to go on a scavenger hunt. "Have you see the waverunner?" Nope. But Minnesotans chip in and help without hesitation. A neighbor chainsawed his way through the tree blocking our driveway. Another found our wayward water toy and dragged it back to our battered dock. First world problems perhaps, but I'm continually amazed at how bad moments bring out the best in us.
Today looks stunningly nice: less drama, running, screaming - no tumbling trees, just bright sun and low 80s as the dew point drops into the 50s. Fresh air.
We warm to near 90F by the end of this week; a mostly-dry sky into at least Friday. Good thing: 5.5 inches of rain so far in July, twice the normal amount, to date. No drought this year!
* Like so many other Minnesotans we are without power as of midday Sunday. I drove into the office to update the blog and file Monday's column, so pardon the relative brevity. We're all doing the best we can under the circumstances. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, with or without power!
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