August 16, 1981: Chilly across Minnesota with Tower reporting a low of 33 degrees.
The manager at my favorite Caribou leaned out the drive-thru window and shrugged. "Paul, I just moved here from Sacramento, where it's brown most of the year. I can't get used to all this GREEN!"
It's greener than usual for mid-August. Looking at data since the start of meteorological summer (June 1) the metro area is 2-3 inches wetter, and 1 degree warmer than average, to date. In spite of extreme heat or an extended run of 90-degree days - we're still trending slightly warmer.
USDA data suggests Minnesota may see a record corn harvest this year, the 3rd biggest on record for the USA. This good news has depressed corn prices. No droughts to stress the markets with uncertainty this year. A lack of late summer drying may be tied to an amplifying El Nino, maybe the biggest on record.
The approach of cooler air ignites a few T-storms today, but no all-day washouts are expected. We cool into the 70s by midweek before spiking into the 80s again by next Saturday. The heaviest rains remain south of Minnesota, but we may be brushed by showers again Wednesday and Thursday.
We've had an almost perfect marriage of sunshine, warmth and moisture this summer.
Compared to what much of America is enduring we've been very lucky.
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TODAY: Sunny peeks, still sticky with a few T-storms. Dew point: 68. Winds: SW 10. High: 83
SUNDAY NIGHT: Lingering showers, possible thunder. Low: 64
MONDAY: Wet start, then intervals of sun, cooler and less humid. Dew point: 60. High: 76
TUESDAY: More clouds than sun, comfortable. Wake-up: 61. High: 74
WEDNESDAY: Early showers, late PM clearing. Wake-up: 60. High: 73
THURSDAY: Clouds increase, late showers? Wake-up: 58. High: 72
FRIDAY: Plenty of sun, warmer. Wake-up: 60. High: 78
SATURDAY: Sticky sun, strong T-storms late. Wake-up: 63. High: 84
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Evolved View on Global Warming. Here's an excerpt of a courageous Op-Ed at The Houston Chronicle, at the epicenter of America's fossil fuel capital: "...We believe global warming is a serious threat to our world and, with some reservations, support President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. The U.S. is second to China in total man-produced emissions of the gas considered the top climate change culprit, but emits much more on a per capita basis than any other large developed nation. Ten of the warmest years on record have occurred in the last 12 years, glaciers and ice sheets are melting all over the world and oceans are rising as a result. Climate change deniers often say we're just in a warmer meteorological cycle. It's possible, but we've never been in a cycle where each day humans poured 80 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as we do now..."