72 F. peak dew point at KMSP yesterday.
81 F. average high on August 14.
80 F. high on August 14, 2014.
August 15, 1936: St. Paul swelters with a high of 108.
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again, Fail again. Fail better." wrote Samuel Beckett. In life tenacity is everything, something Americans do better than most.
As a young man Abe Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. He failed as a businessman. Winston Churchill failed 6th grade. Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything". Albert Einstein did not read until he was 7. Henry Ford went broke 5 times before he succeeded. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas". Disney went bankrupt several times before building Disneyland.
What made all these people great in the end? They never gave up. They kept pushing forward. They failed until they succeeded.
Worth remembering if you're having a bad day/week/year. Never give up.
Summer certainly isn't giving up - Mother Nature delivers another hot, wet kiss today with enough humidity for a heat index in the upper 90s. Hazy sun today gives way to T-storms Sunday with soggy, partly-puddly weather into Tuesday. Models are hinting at another thundery heat spike next weekend. Now that it's August, NOW we see 90-degree heat?
* Images above courtesy of Wikipedia.
2015: On Track To Be Hottest Year on Record, Worldwide. Here are some bullet points from Hot Whopper:
- July was an average of 0.75°C above the 1951-1980 mean and is the hottest July on record.
- The only other month this year that's been hottest on record is now June with an anomaly of 0.79°C.
- The highest anomaly this year is now March at 0.9°C, which makes it the second hottest March after March 2010, at 0.92°C.
- 2015 is still hottest on record so far.
- The lowest anomaly was in April this year, now 0.73°C above the 1951-1980 mean.
- The progressive year to date average up to and including July is 0.8°C above the 1951-1980 mean. (Graphic: NASA GISS
* Deadly Heat Waves Sweep The Globe. EcoWatch has the details.
Half and Half. Saturday will be the sunnier, hotter, drier day of the weekend, statewide. Dew points may not be quite as high as they were Friday, but with highs ranging from 90-93F it will still feel uncomfortable out there by afternoon. A slow-moving cool front sparks a few T-storms Sunday; a wave of low pressure rippling along the front triggering potentially heavy rains Sunday night.
Soggy Stripe. Latest QPF forecasts from NOAA's model ensembles print out a smear of 1-3" rains from near Sioux Falls to Mankato and Rochester, upwards of 1.5" for the Twin Cities. More heavy showers and T-storms spark spotty flash flood problems along the Gulf Coast into Florida.
A Soggy Spell. Long range models show some heavy rains returning by midweek; I'm not buying the 5.82" of rain predicted by the GFS or even the ensemble value of 4.44" - but next week will be cooler and wetter; little doubt about that. Source: Aeris Enterprise.
A/C Optional. After sweating it out for a few days a taste of September is on the way next week with a streak of days in the 70s; a few models even hinting at highs in the upper 60s by Wednesday and Thursday.
* The 20 page (PDF) report referenced above is here.
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TODAY: Hot sun, feels like 95-100F. Dew point: 70. Winds: South 10-15. High: 92
SATURDAY NIGHT: Warm and muggy. Low: 74
SUNDAY: More clouds, few T-storms likely. Winds: SW 15+ High: 84
MONDAY: More clouds than sun, cooler. Dew point: 62. Wake-up: 67. High: 78
TUESDAY: Unsettled, few showers, T-storms. Wake-up: 63. High: 75
WEDNESDAY: Slow clearing, a drier day. Wake-up: 61. High: near 80
THURSDAY: Intervals of sun, warmer than average. Wake-up: 64. High: 82
FRIDAY: Stray thundershower risk. Wake-up: 65. High: 83
Graphic credit above: " Kevin Trenberth/Data from NOAA, Author provided."