78 F average high on August 31.
85 F high on August 31, 2014.
August 31, 1949: Earliest snowfall know for Minnesota. A trace of snow fell at the new Duluth Airport
August 31, 1947: Tornado hits Le Center, killing one person
September 1: "Emma M. Nutt Day". Emma was the first female telephone operator. No kidding.
Many years ago, on a Northwest flight, I had the good fortune of sitting next to an investment banker. "What's the best investment for the long haul?" I asked. He thought about it and surprised me with his answer. "Get a graduate degree. Go back to school. The additional salary you make will outpace any returns from stocks or bonds."
The idea that you graduate with a degree and you have all the training you'll ever need has gone the way of fax machines, quadraphonic sound, 3-D TV and New Coke. There are great options at local schools and a wealth of online courses.
Every business is being disrupted - we're all going to need to get smarter, with more skills under our belt.
Until the robots take over.
Welcome to the Dog Days of September; a streak of days with highs well into the 80s, coupled with a dew point near 70. A free sauna, in the privacy of your back yard! Models keep us uncomfortably warm and steamy into the holiday weekend with a growing chance of T-storms Friday into Sunday. No all-day washouts, but it may look more like June with a couple hours of hard rain and thunder each day.
We cool off a little by mid-month but no controversial cold fronts are brewing.
Photo credit above: "Dried out soil in Bavaria." Photo: DPA.
Photo credit: Wikipedia.
File photo above: "Nathaniel Dowl, 18, right, leads his mother Estelle Dowl and sister Cayla Dowl into the waters around the Superdome, Wednesday Aug. 31, 2005, in New Orleans, days after Hurricane Katrina hit the city." (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth).
Photo credit above: "Borland says he loved football but never considered it "fun." "It's not a water park or a baseball game," he says." Image: Clayton Hauck.
TODAY: Sticky, hazy sunshine. Dew point: 68. Winds: SW 8. High: 86
TUESDAY NIGHT: Muggy and warm. Low: 71
WEDNESDAY: Steamy with intervals of sun, isolated T-shower. Dew point: 70. High: 85
THURSDAY: Hello July! Hot sunshine. Wake-up: 72. High: 88
FRIDAY: Murky sun, late-day thunder risk. Wake-up: 71. High: 87
SATURDAY: Still tropical, few T-storms. Wake-up: 72. High: 86
SUNDAY: Early thunder, hot PM sunshine. Wake-up: 70. High: 89
LABOR DAY: More 4th of July than Labor Day with some sun, isolated thunder. Wake-up: 72. High: 88
* More on the growing link between migration, resource shortages and a possible link to climate change at The New York Times.
Photo credit above: "In this March 29, 2006 photo, a skier poses for a photograph on Portage Lake in front of Portage Glacier, about 50 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska. The Portage Glacier, which is a major Alaska tourist destination near Anchorage has retreated so far it no longer can be seen from a multimillion-dollar visitors center built in 1986. President Obama leaves Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There and even in the sub-Arctic part of the state, he will see the damage caused by warming, damage that has been evident to scientists for years." (Evan R. Steinhauser/Anchorage Dispatch News via AP, File).