82 F. average high on August 5.
81 F. high on August 5, 2014.
August 6, 1969: Tornadoes sweep across northern Minnesota, hitting Ely, Backus, Outing and Dark Lake. Damage could still be seen 20 years later in the BWCA.
August 6, 1866: Torrential rain dumps 10.30 inches at Sibley in 24 hours. Widespread flooding occurs washing out bridges and drowning many people. In Fillmore County it is known as the "Wisel Flood" because 3 members of the Wisel family perished in the flood.
A Summer To Remember
"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine" wrote Anthony J. D'Angelo.
Meteorologists take special delight in making you feel worse than you thought possible. In winter it's wind chill and "Winter Misery Index". In summer it's dew point and heat index.
Remember, Minnesota has some of the most extreme swings in temperature and moisture in North America with an average of 30 "life-threatening" days every year - severe lightning, flooding, tornadoes, cold, snow & blizzards. You get the picture.
But let's give credit where credit is due: this summer has been extraordinary. No treadmill of washed-out weekends, no extended streaks of gasp-worthy heat. The MSP metro has experienced only 2 days of 90-degree plus heat. During an average summer: 13 days of 90s.
The drought is over, another bumper harvest is imminent. It truly has been a summer to remember.
We'll see blips of heat in the coming weeks but the core of the heat wave remains out west, sparking massive fires from California to Alaska.
T-storms bubble up by tonight but most of the weekend looks sunny; highs in the mid-80s. Another 3-star, blue-ribbon, award-winning weekend?
We are so lucky.
* 15 meter waves reported with Typhoon Souledor. Details via SBS.
* Typhoon Soudelor forecast to strengthen into a Category 3-4 typhoon before reaching Taiwan Saturday PM (local time) - late Friday night USA time. Unusually warm Pacific Ocean water may result in an extreme storm capable of widespread damage. This may turn out to be a high impact event for Taiwan and local interests should be on high alert.
* Tropical Storm Guillermo continues to weaken, expected to track north of Hawaiian Island Chain - strong surf and flash flooding risk for islands.
* latest enhanced IR imagery of Typhoon Soudelor from NOAA is here.
We will continue to keep an eye on the Pacific, specifically Typhoon Soudelor, which may impact Taiwan as a very powerful and damaging storm within 48 hours.
Paul Douglas, Senior Meteorologist, AerisWeather
* More details from Northwestern University here.
TODAY: Unsettled, few T-storms late - some may be severe south/west of MSP. Winds: S 10-15. High: 80
THURSDAY NIGHT: T-storms likely, some packing locally heavy rain. Low: 65
FRIDAY: Damp start, slow PM clearing. High: 81
SATURDAY: Partly sunny - heavy T-storms possible PM hours, especially Saturday night. Winds: South 5-10. Wake-up: 68. High: 85
SUNDAY: Fading sun, more noticeable humidity - stray storms late PM. Wake-up: 69. High: 84
MONDAY: Few showers and T-storms. Wake-up: 67. High: 79
TUESDAY: Sunny and beautiful. Wake-up: 64. High: 84
WEDNESDAY: Blue sky, light winds. Perfection. Wake-up: 66. High: 86
Where Does Minnesota Fall in Clean Energy Plan? PostBulletin.com has the story - here's a link and excerpt: "...David Thornton, an assistant commissioner with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, said it will take weeks for his staff to analyze Minnesota's obligations under the revised rule the EPA released Monday. But so far, he said, he's encouraged. "We think this final plan is a more balanced, fair plan, and it does a better job of recognizing the kind of work we've already done here in Minnesota," he said. So even if Minnesota's target is as high as 40 percent, Thornton said, when it comes to the things the state's utilities will need to do to meet it — the efforts could be minimal..." (File photo: MN.gov).
* If you're up for a little light reading, the entire EPA Clean Power Plan, all 1500+ pages is here.
* A link to the paper referenced above is here.
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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.