69 F. average high on May 15.
67 F. maximum temperature at KMSP on May 15, 2015.
May 16, 1934: An extreme hot spell results in temperatures over 100 across parts of Minnesota, and record highs of 94 in St. Cloud and Minneapolis.
A Week That Restores Your Faith in a Minnesota May
Weather is an apt metaphor for life: storms of unhappiness, squalls of bad news; careening around puddles of misfortune. And then the sun comes out, birds begin to chirp, and you remember how good it is to be alive. This week will be one of those happy chapters.
One last swirl of cold air aloft sparks a few afternoon showers; otherwise I see a dry week with slowly warming temperatures. Expect 70s the latter half of the week; sticky 80s possible Sunday and Monday. In little over a week we will go from complaining about wind chill to whining about bugs & humidity. Wait for it.
ECMWF models hint at a few severe T-storms early next week, but it's remarkable how quiet it's been here; fewer hail and tornado-producing storms than usual. June is, historically, the wettest, most severe month of the year in Minnesota - so it's premature to let our guard down yet.
Meanwhile flood-weary residents of Texas and the Gulf Coast get doused again this week. And April was the 7th month in a row of "hottest months" worldwide; 2016 on track to be the warmest year on record.
Graphic credit: "Global mean surface temperature for El Nino years". Data source: GISS NASA.
Lloyd's of London Urges U.S. Government To Stop Insuring Floods. Financial Times ran an article that made me do a double-take; here's an excerpt: "Lloyd’s of London insurers have called on the US government to stop providing cover for flood damage, arguing that state support has become unsustainable and encourages irresponsible housebuilding. The national flood insurance programme has 5.2m policyholders, takes in about $3.4bn in premiums a year and covers $1.3tn worth of assets. But it has racked up debt of $23bn, mainly because of the costs from disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy..." (File photo: NOAA).
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TODAY: Some sun, then clouds increase. Passing shower likely. Winds: NW 7-12. High: 64
MONDAY NIGHT: Evening sprinkle, then clearing. Low: 44
TUESDAY: Bright sun, much nicer. Winds: NE 7-12. High: 67
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, pretty close to perfect. Wake-up: 46. High: near 70
THURSDAY: Lukewarm sun, distractingly nice. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 51. High: 74
FRIDAY: Intervals of sun, cabin-worthy. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 53. High: 73
SATURDAY: Potentially postcard perfect. Sunny. Winds: S 7-12. Wake-up: 56. High: 77
SUNDAY: Blue sky with a warm breeze. Wake-up: 60. High: near 80
Illustration credit: Eric Morgan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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