83 F. average high on July 1.
75 F. high on July 1, 2014.
July 1, 1964: Tyler picks up over 6 inches of rain in 24 hours.
In the early 1800s did settlers at Fort Snelling complain about the heat & humidity? Probably. Maybe they took frequent dips in the lake or river to cool off. Somehow they made it work. Today most of us take air conditioning for granted.
There are exceptions.
My oldest son just moved into a new apartment in Seattle. He couldn't get the A/C to turn on so he went to the front office, where they apparently stared at him like he had horns and a tail. "We don't have A/C in this building. In Seattle A/C is optional." Uh huh.
In the last week nearly 500 heat records have been set out west. London broiled near 100F yesterday. Record heat has killed thousands of people in India and Pakistan in recent weeks.
Then why does it feel more like early May than early July out there? The same stalled ridge of super-heated air over the west is setting the stage for west/northwest winds high above Minnesota, meaning frequent burps of cool air from that great air conditioner to the north, Canada. I think July will be much cooler than average.
The 4th of July looks sunny, dry and lake-worthy with highs in the 80s; in fact T-storms may hold off until Sunday night. 90s may be quite rare this summer in Minnesota.
Unprecedented June Heat On Four Continents; Wimbledon Roasts in Record Heat. 98.1F in London yesterday? Jeff Masters at Weather Underground takes a look at scorching heat, now proving deadly - here's an excerpt: "...We've already seen two of the planet's top ten deadliest heat waves in history over the past two months; the Pakistani government announced on Wednesday that the death toll from the brutal June heat wave in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, had hit 1,250. According to statistics from EM-DAT, the International Disaster Database, this makes the 2015 heat wave in Pakistan the 8th deadliest in world history. The heat wave that hit India in May, claiming approximately 2,500 lives, ranks as the 5th deadliest..."
Photo credit above: "A plane drops a load of retardant on a wildfire north of Lompoc, California, Monday, June 29, 2015." Image: Len Wood/Lompoc Record via AP/Associated Press.
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TODAY: Partly sunny and pleasant. Winds: SE 10. High: near 80
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clear and comfortable for early July. Low: 60 (50s in the 'burbs)
FRIDAY: Sunny intervals, T-storm possible up north. High: 82
4TH OF JULY: Warm sun, few complaints. Winds: S 10+ Wake-up: 65. High: 84
SUNDAY: Sticky sun, T-storms rumble in at night. Winds: S 15-25. Wake-up: 68. High: 86
MONDAY: Showers taper, slow PM clearing. Wake-up: 69. High: 81
TUESDAY: Lukewarm sun, very nice. Wake-up: 64. High: 80
WEDNESDAY: Blue sky, average temperatures. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
Photo credit above: "Alaska’s Columbia glacier is almost 20 kms shorter than it was in 1980." (Wikimedia Commons/ US Fish and Wildlife Service).
The agency at work is largely global warming as a response to the steady rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide as a consequence of the burning of fossil fuels.
- See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2015/06/30/alaska-glaciers-melting-faster-as-planet-overheats/#sthash.xeKlw1gL.dpuf
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