84 F. average high on July 19.
79 F. high on July 19, 2014.
July 19, 2000: A National Weather Service cooperative observer south of Tower reported a morning low of 29 degrees. Embarrass reported 31 degrees.
July 19, 1987: The town of Floodwood lives up to its name with nearly 6 inches of rain in two days.
Electricity is for sissies. Somehow, the pioneers who settled Minnesota in the 1800s were able to get by without blow driers, microwaves or Netflix. So can I.
Awake at sunrise, asleep at sunset. Deodorant? That's what the lake is for! Blow the cobwebs off a "book" - take in a free sunset. Remember the words of a favorite meteorology professor: "Nature owes us no favors. We're simply along for the ride."
It's good for your waistline too. I'm on the "Pioneer Diet". The food in my 'fridge has spoiled = fewer temptations for snacking.
I'm trying to put a positive spin on a lack of power, but it's a little like sugar-coating a buffalo chip. This too shall pass. My take-away: take nothing for granted, including electricity. And a quiet, benevolent sky.
A few showers and T-showers brush far southern Minnesota today, but most of us will enjoy a dry sky into Thursday. Temperatures trend a few degrees above average - near 90F by the weekend.
No severe storms brewing, which is reassuring. I'm starting to get paranoid: 2 tree-ripping, power-slashing derechos in 5 days. I fear Mother Nature is stalking me. "Remind me not to be anywhere near you!" texted meteorologist Todd Nelson.
Was it something I said?
* Photo credit above: Hovland, Minnesota neighbors. Photo: Chicago Historical Society and prx.org.
TODAY: Partly sunny, showers far south. Winds: NW 15. High: 83
MONDAY NIGHT: Clear and pleasant. Low: 60
TUESDAY: Sunny and beautiful with lower humidity. High: 82
WEDNESDAY: Some sun, isolated T-shower. Wake-up: 65. High: 83
THURSDAY: Warm sunshine, no weather drama. Wake-up: 69. High: 87
FRIDAY: Few T-storms possible. Wake-up: 70. High: 88
SATURDAY: Sticky sun, good day for the lake. Wake-up: 73. High: 91
SUNDAY: Touch of dog days: hazy, lazy sun. Wake-up: 72. High: 90
Heed Climate Change Science Echoed In Call of Faith: Bill Richardson. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed at USA TODAY that got my attention: "...The pope's very job description gives him access to depths of suffering, spans of time and peaks of human potential that are too vast for most of us to comprehend. So while those of us in less transcendent lines of work squabble about who causes climate change and who should pay for it, Pope Francis cuts through the politics to focus us on what matters most — care for our planet and those most vulnerable to ecological harm..."
* Bill Richardson is the former governor of New Mexico, the Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and leader of Voces Verde.