84 F. average high on July 14.
65 F. high on July 14, 2014.
July 14, 2003: At least eleven tornadoes hit Minnesota. Damage was relatively light. Baseball-sized hail is reported at Indus in Koochiching County.
July 14, 1936: The hottest day ever in the Twin Cities with 108 degrees at the downtown Minneapolis office. 71 people died due to the extreme heat in one day in the Twin Cities.
July 14, 1916: Cloudburst at New Ulm dumps over seven inches of rain in seven hours.
We're going to need stronger, more wind-resistant species of trees. That and cost-effective ways to keep the lights on, no matter what Mother Nature hurls at us.
Friends and neighbors living near Brainerd are still without power, a result of Sunday night's wild wind display. A developing derecho produced winds of 70-85 mph for a period of 5-10 minutes. Soil was wet from recent rains; many of those trees didn't have a chance.
On the blog I'm including research findings from the EIA, the Energy Information Administration. Data shows A 10-fold increase in incidents related to extreme weather on America's power grid since 1992. A symptom of climate change? Aging infrastructure? Not sure - but I wish I had an emergency generator. Or solar panels powering a big Tesla Powerwall battery.
We're going to need to build resilience into everything we do going forward.
A stray thundershower may bubble up this afternoon with more widespread T-storms Thursday; a few models are printing out over 1 inch of rain. We may hit mid-90s Saturday before strong to severe storms cool us off Saturday night; a breath of fresh air Sunday before a warming trend next week.
Welcome to prime-time summertime!
Photo credit above: "A pontoon, still attached to its boat lift, rests upside down after being flipped over during Sunday's storm on North Long Lake north of Brainerd." Photo by Tim Bogenschutz/Brainerd Dispatch.
Sunday Night's Brewing Derecho. Thanks to Aeris Weather meteorologist Todd Nelson for capturing reflectivity (upper left) and velocity fields (upper right) from the Duluth National Weather Service Doppler. The rotating supercell thunderstorms that swept east from Fergus Falls to Wadena and Brainerd whipped up 70-80 mph winds in a fairly wide swath between Brainerd and Nisswa, cutting down hundreds, possibly thousands of trees.
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Any idea what NOAA was doing w a P3 Orion flying in / around the Sun night derecho at 5300 feet? (See the path from Flight Tracker -- FT -- below...)
Looks to have departed Salinas KS around 5pm and got to MN in time for the "fireworks"... Does NOAA do this often? What data is collected?
Must have been an interesting ride for the crew. These guys looked to be riding around inside the thing for a while.
Meantime MSP late night flights were in scramble mode trying to dodge the mess (will send a couple screenshots from FT if you're interested...)
Enjoy your blog. Lots. Thanks.
* more details on the P3 Orion Hurricane Hunter aircraft in the Upper Midwest at wearegreenbay.com.
* Yes, it went 240 miles, and then some. According to NOAA SPC it would appear that Sunday night's storm fits the definition of a derecho.
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TODAY: Some sun, isolated T-shower. Winds: SE 10. High: 82
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 66
THURSDAY: Heavier T-storms in the area, locally heavy rain possible. High: 77
FRIDAY: Sunnier. Bordering on hot again. Wake-up: 67. High: 87
SATURDAY: Hot sun, strong T-storms late. Wake-up: 74. High: 94
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, less humid. Dew point: 57. Wake-up: 70. High: 83
MONDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, pleasant. Wake-up: 66. High: 77
TUESDAY: Sunny and warmer. Wake-up: 68. High: 82
Photo credit above: "Crevassed glacier terminus in West Greenland." Credit: Sam Doyle.
* University of St. Thomas professor and climate scientist John Abraham has additional perspective on what's happening in Greenland, courtesy of The Guardian.