82 F. average high on August 4.
81 F. high on August 4, 2014.
August 5, 1904: Detroit Lakes woman is hit by lightning. It melted her hairpins and steel in corset but does not kill her.
It you're not just a little bit paranoid you're probably not paying attention. The nightly news looks like a trailer for the Book of Revelations: epic wildfires raging from California to Alaska, Tampa is under water and deadly thunderstorm winds have wreaked havoc at concerts outside Chicago, flattening circus tents in New Hampshire.
Has the weather always been this extreme? Or is the media doing a better job capturing extremes that have always been there? How much of this is demographic trends and land use - more people living in unsafe places?
Insurance companies and Defense Department analysts see an emerging trend. Regardless of what you think about greenhouse gases and climate change you'd be well advised to take precautions. Weather-on-steroids means systems are stronger and faster, with less time to take evasive action.
Have a few Doppler and warning apps on your smart phone - or have a portable NOAA Weather Radio receiver that can receive warnings for your county. Stay alert while camping - or at an outdoor concert. Have an escape plan and shelter picked out, in advance. Don't rely on anyone else for your personal safety. A little paranoia is a good thing when it comes to avoiding life-threatening weather scenarios.
Heavy T-storms prowl Minnesota Thursday but skies dry out in time for a fairly nice weekend; highs in the 80s with a need for sunscreen both days.
Enjoy a welcome break from the muggies: 90-degree heat may return by mid-August.
Photo credit above: "Owners of homes damaged from the Sunday night tornado work to repair their roofs in Grayslake, Ill. as cleanup continued on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 following a severe round of weather in the region Sunday afternoon." (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP).
* CNN has more details on the fast-moving, incredibly erratic Rocky Fire here.
Photo credit here: "A plume of smoke rises above a hillside as the Rocky Fire burns near Clearlake, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The fire has charred more than 60,000 acres and destroyed at least 24 residences." (AP Photo/Josh Edelson).
Graphic image credit above: "California’s accumulated precipitation debt from 2012 to 2014 shown as a percent change from the 17-year average using the TRMM mission’s multi-satellite observations." Credit: Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio
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TODAY: Warm sunshine, closer to average. Winds: S 10. High: 83
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase, thunder possible late. Low: 63
THURSDAY: Few showers and T-storms likely, especially north of MSP. High: near 80
FRIDAY: Damp start, becoming partly sunny. Wake-up: 66. High: 82
SATURDAY: Plenty of sun, lake-worthy. Winds: S 10+ Wake-up: 67. High: 84
SUNDAY: Intervals of sun, probably dry. Wake-up: 68. High: 85
MONDAY: Mix of clouds and warm sunshine. Wake-up: 66. High: 82
TUESDAY: Some of the best weather of summer - lot's of sunshine. Wake-up: 65. High: 84
Image credit above: "The top image shows the Swiss Rhone Glacier in June 2007; the second image shows the same glacier in June 2014." Simon Oberli.