84 F. average high on July 17.
79 F. high on July 17, 2014.
July 17, 2001: Lightning struck a Minnesota National Guard field training site located in Camp Ripley. Nearly two dozen Marine Corps reservists were sent to hospitals. Most were released after treatment.
July 17, 1952: 5.20 inches of rain fell in 3 1/2 hours at Moose Lake. Numerous basements were flooded and Highway 61 was impassable at Willow River.
July 17, 1934: Frost damages crops across the north with 34 in Baudette and Roseau.
This won't come as breaking news but summers in Minnesota are fleeting. Every hour you can feel your toes (and not see your breath) is precious. In the winter we torment you with wind chill and the Winter Misery Index.
Demanding equal time summer now has the SGI, the Summer Glory Index. The Minnesota Climate Office factors in optimal temperature and dew point ranges; the fewer the extremes the higher the score on a given day.
We have seen only one 90-degree day, no low temperatures greater than 70F, and just 2 calendar days with over an inch of rain during the first half of meteorological summer.
Bottom line: welcome to the 3rd most glorious first-half of summer since 1903 in the Twin Cities. Only 2008 and 1922 were nicer, according to climate office calculations. Details on my blog below.
A thundery start gives way to murky sunshine today with a shot at 90F and noticeable dew points in the low 70s. We should salvage most of the day for the lake, pool or deck. Sunday looks better with a transfusion of Canadian air, blue sky and dew points in the upper 50s.
It's not exactly dog days but next week feels like summer: a streak of 80s; lake-worthy weather - bordering on glorious.
On second thought, this may have been a bad morning to introduce the Summer Glory Index. Just saying...
* Here is a running list of damage from last night's storms, courtesy of the Twin Cities National Weather Service.
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TODAY: No drama. Sticky sunshine, probably storm-free. Dew point: 72. Winds: SW 10. High: 89
SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear, turning slightly cooler. Low: 65
SUNDAY: Warm sun, less humidity. Dew point: 59. Winds: NW 10. High: 86
MONDAY: Sunny and pleasant. Wake-up: 68. High: 88
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, probably dry. Wake-up: 70. High: 86
WEDNESDAY: Few T-storms late in the day. Wake-up: 71. High: 84
THURSDAY: Morning showers, some PM sun. Wake-up: 70. High: 87
FRIDAY: Hot sun, severe storms late? Wake-up: 72. High: 91
Map credit above: "Canadian plant hardiness (PH) zone maps for (a) 1931–1960, (b) 1981–2010, and (c) the difference between those (1981–2010 minus 1931–1960)." Credit: American Institute of Biological Sciences.
File photo credit: "Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a question from a guest after a town hall meeting in Dover, N.H., Thursday, July 16, 2015." (AP Photo/Charles Krupa).
Photo credit above: "University of California-Irvine and JPL glaciologists aboard the Cape Race in August 2014 mapped for the first time remote Greenland fjords and ice melt that’s raising sea levels around the globe." Credit: Maria Stenzel.
Image credit above: "The global mean temperature difference is shown for the time period 1900 to 2100 for the IPCC A2 emissions scenario. The red line shows predicted temperature change for the current level of solar activity, the blue line shows predicted temperature change for solar activity at the much lower level of the Maunder Minimum, and the black line shows observed temperatures through 2010." Adapted from Feulner & Rahmstorf (2010) by SkepticalScience.com.