84 F. average high on July 10.
79 F. high on July 10, 2014.
July 10, 2002: Intense rainfall causes extensive street flooding in St. Cloud. 2.70 inches of rain fell in 1 hour 45 minutes at St. Cloud State University. Persons were stranded in their cars and had to be rescued by the fire department.
"Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language" wrote Henry James. I couldn't agree more.
Meteorologists have a slightly myopic, perpetually paranoid view of summer: we remember the droughts, floods, severe outbreaks, bugs and busted forecasts. Sweaty nights and incandescent, antiperspirant days.
But there's so much more good than bad. Turn off the TV, wander outside and bite off a big slice of Minnesota nice! This is the time of year I want to memorize the sky...
Amazingly the Twin Cities has experienced only 1 day above 90F so far this summer season. That may be about to change. Hot, humidified air oozing north will set off a few random showers and T-storms Saturday, the wetter day of the weekend. On the backside of this hot front temperatures may top 90F Sunday afternoon. Throw in a dew point in the low 70s and it may feel like 95-100F.
Next week may be the warmest, stickiest week of summer; a summer that has been miraculously free of drama. No more drought, few severe storms - yet ample moisture for farmers and gardeners.
What's not to like?
On the blog below: tracking Canadian smoke plumes and a potentially severe typhoon pushing toward Shanghai, a super-sized El Nino and a look at how dust from the Sahara Desert may be reducing Atlantic hurricanes. Hope you enjoy your summer afternoons!
* Transportation will ground to a halt: air, rail, public transport and shipping.
* Low-lying areas are very vulnerable to severe flooding and beach erosion.
* I expect widespread power outages, the result of flooding interfering with transformers and transmission lines.
* If inland evacation is difficult or impossible I highly recommend vertical evacuations: a well-constructed office tower, hotel or corporate building; at least 3rd floor or higher, preferably with emergency generator and food for at least 4-7 days. Avoid outer walls/windows at the height of the storm as flying debris may cause damage.
Image credit: "Average sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies (C) for the week centered on 1 July 2015. Anomalies are computed with respect to the 1981-2010 base period weekly means."
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Credit: Ben Amstutz/flickr.
Image credit: Martin Oegger/Micronaut. "A colorized image, made with a scanning electron microscope, of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. According to a recent National Geographic feature on microbes, Staphylococcus aureus ‘lives harmlessly in the noses of about a third of us. But it can turn rogue, causing skin infections—or worse."
3. But You’ll be Pleasantly Surprised by American Traffic Patterns.
Manners with cars in America are really damn good. Japanese people should be embarrassed when they look at how good car manners are in America. You must wait whenever you cross an intersection for the traffic light. People don’t get pushy to go first. Except for some people, everyone keeps exactly to the speed limit. America is a car society, but their damn good manners are not limited to cars.
TODAY: Sticky sunshine. Dew point: 64. Winds: South 10. High: 86
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, isolated T-shower southern Minnesota. Low: 68
SATURDAY: Some sun, muggy with a good chance of showers, possible T-showers. Winds: SE 10. High: 81
SUNDAY: Hot front, sizzling sun. Dew point: 72. Feels like 95-100F by late afternoon. Wake-up: 71. High: 91
MONDAY: Steamy, late PM T-showers possible. Wake-up: 73. High: 94
TUESDAY: Very humid, scattered T-storms. Wake-up: 72. High: 89
WEDNESDAY: Plenty of sun, plenty of warmth. Wake-up: 70. High: 87
THURSDAY: Jungle-like humidity. Few T-storms. Wake-up: 71. High: 85
Image credit above: "Stephan Lewandowsky, professor of cognitive psychology and author of Recurrent Fury." Photograph: University of Bristol.