83 F. average high on July 26.
86 F. high on July 26, 2014.
Trace of rain fell at MSP International Airport Sunday.
July 27, 1910: Giant hailstones in Todd and Wadena Counties. One stone weighed in at 5 pounds
Hint of Dog Days
It's easy for meteorologists to get caught up in our models, minutia and Doppler-babble and miss the forest through the trees. "We haven't seen many perfect days this summer" my wife mentioned, staring up at Sunday's cloudless sky. "You know, where it's sunny and hot the entire day. No clouds, no storms?" She had a point. I tried to explain how a southward shift in the jet stream, a nagging northwest wind flow aloft, has keep an unsettled, thundery boundary hundreds of miles farther south than normal, over MSP. That's a result of a stalled ridge of record heat straddling the western USA.
At which point she politely changed the subject.
The Dog Days are named after Sirius, the brightest star in the nighttime sky. Ancient Greeks believed Sirius rising in the east added to the heat of the sun, making it even hotter this time of year.
Highs flirt with 90F this afternoon; a squall line of strong to severe T-storms may keep us out of the 90s Tuesday, but a dew point in the mid-70s will leave us with a "breath-taking" day. A puff of faint Canadian relief arrives midweek, a second cooler, fresher front sweeping south of the border next weekend. More 3-star blue-ribbon days ahead.
* Image credit: astronomy.org.
Moderately Wet Next 7 Days. NOAA model guidance prints out 1-3" amounts from near La Crosse to the Quad Cities and Des Moines, as much as 6-8" for Florida, where there are still hints of a tropical disturbance forming by the end of this week. Much of Minnesota will pick up .5" to 1.5" by next Sunday.
Summer temperature data courtesy of AerisWeather meteorologist D.J. Kayer.
"Friday night was a close call with the weather. We took our daughter and a friend to Country Jam. By the time the headliner, Blake Shelton, took the stage, a storm was moving into Chippewa County to the north. It was quite the lightning show, but it looked like the storm would pass 15 miles to the north of the concert site. When a tornado warning was issued within the county, local emergency managers decided to shut down the concert and send approximately 25,000 home..."
TODAY: Hot sun, sticky. Feels like mid-90s. High: 89
MONDAY NIGHT: Muggy, few T-storms possible late. Low: 75
TUESDAY: Strong T-storms; feels like 95-100F. Dew point: 75. High: 91
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, breezy, less humid. Wake-up: 69. High: 84
THURSDAY: Warm sunshine. Dew point: 63. Wake-up: 64. High: 87
FRIDAY: Sunny, bordering on hot again. Wake-up: 67. High: 89
SATURDAY: Muggy, few pop-up T-storms. Wake-up: 70. High: 87
SUNDAY: Blue sky, another drop in humidity. Wake-up: 66. High: 82
Image credit above: AP photos/graphic via Patrick Smith.
Photo credit above: "The future is grim for private holdings in fossil fuel companies over action – or inaction – around climate change." Photograph: Daniel Reinhardt/EPA.
July 23 photo credit: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/The New York Times.