84 F. average high on July 11.
81 F. high on July 11, 2014.
July 11, 1903: The temperature plummets down to 26 at Leech Lake Dam.
Stick popcorn in the microwave for a minute or two and things start to get interesting. Today the atmosphere oozing overhead will resemble a giant microwave; the combination of heat and humidity will make it feel like 95-100F by late afternoon. Intense heating, coupled with strong instability and a deep layer of moisture-rich air will set off strong thermals capable of mutating into towering cumulonimbus, kernels of moisture and energy popping 10 miles high by the dinner hour.
NOAA SPC has much of Minnesota in an "enhanced risk" of severe storms; an elevated risk of damaging winds and large hail by tonight.
Warm frontal boundaries in midsummer are breeding grounds for MCS-type storms: meso-convective systems; intense nighttime squall lines capable of frequent lightning and high winds. Conditions are ripe for an MCS or even a longer-tracking derecho tonight.
A Heat Advisory is in effect. Stay hydrated - take it easy out there. A sticky, tropical week is shaping up with a few swarms of T-storms. Both NOAA & ECMWF guidance print out over 2 inches of rain between now and next weekend.
Prediction: severe storms tonight will turn many of us into nervous, wide-eyed kids.
...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 7 PM CDT SUNDAY... * TEMPERATURE...90 TO 95 * HEAT INDEX...NEAR 100 * IMPACTS...THE RISK OF HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES WILL INCREASE FOR THOSE OUTSIDE OR WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR CONDITIONED ROOM...STAY OUT OF THE SUN...AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.
TODAY: Partly sunny, hot and very humid. Feels like 95-100F by late afternoon. Dew Point: 73. Winds: S 10-15. High: 91
SUNDAY NIGHT: T-storms likely, some severe with high winds, torrential rains and frequent lightning. Low: 73
MONDAY: Still tropical with late PM storms. High: 91
TUESDAY: Ditto: AM sun, few PM T-storms. Wake-up: 72. High: 86
WEDNESDAY: A dry day? Warm, smoky sunshine. Wake-up: 70. High: 84
THURSDAY: Hazy sun, late-day T-storm possible. Wake-up: 68. High: 86
FRIDAY: Steamy and sticky, feels like July. Wake-up: 70. High: 90
SATURDAY: Wetter day? T-storms likely. Wake-up: 72. High: 88
Climate Change: The Moral Challenge of our Time. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed from Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane at The Baltimore Sun: "...In the encyclical, Pope Francis states "Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years." Like all people everywhere, we live from and rely on the health and well-being of God's creation — air, water, land, animals and the world's interconnected ecosystems. Stewardship of the earth was one of the first tasks God gave to us. "Living our vocation to be protectors of God's handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience," the pope states..."