June 11, 1996: 5.91 inches of rain fall at Mankato. Mudslides close roads, including Hwy. 169, and push a trailer home 20 feet down a hill.
June 11, 1922: A hailstorm at Maple Plain causes extensive damage to crops.
Breathing Easier Today But Extra-Soggy Next Week
Hey, if the weather didn't change every once in a while we'd have nothing to talk about. Even for a jaded, semi-cynical weather observer yesterday was jaw-dropping, with a Heat Advisory, Smog Alert and a significant severe storm threat. Other than that it was a lovely Friday.
The immediate metro area dodged a stormy bullet with the most intense squall line pushing south and east of the Twin Cities, but there were reports of enough hail to damage cars and plants in Burnsville. When it gets that hot and humid with strong winds near the ground, an atmospheric toxic brew, be on the lookout for wild storms.
A wind shift to the northeast drops dew points into the low 60s today. In spite of low 90s it won't feel as oppressively humid. Soak up a (rare) dry day because T-storms return on Sunday and long-range guidance hints at some 1 to 3 inch rainfall amounts next week. The ECMWF model shows a storm temporarily stalling over Minnesota by the middle of next week as temperatures cool.
With any luck we'll be back into the 80s with sunshine next weekend. Yes, every weekend matters.
June 7th 37F at Kabetogama and Littlefork
June 8th: 28F at Crane Lake; 29F at Hibbing and Orr; 30F at International Falls and Babbitt; and 37F at Sandstone.
Actually frosts this time of year are not all that unusual in northern Minnesota counties, with a 10 to 20 percent historical frequency during the 2nd week of June..."
Image credit: NOAA.
Europe to America: Your Love of Air Conditioning is Stupid. Here's an excerpt from The Washington Post: "...Overall, it's safe to say that Europe thinks America's love of air-conditioning is actually quite daft. Europeans have wondered about this particular U.S. addiction for a while now: Back in 1992, Cambridge University Prof. Gwyn Prins called America's love of air-conditioning the country's "most pervasive and least-noticed epidemic," according to the Economist. And according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it's getting worse: American demand for air-conditioning has only increased over the past decades...."
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* The new paper referenced in the previous story is here.
Video credit: YouTube/TwistingFury.
Air Pollution Now Major Contributor to Stroke, Global Study Finds. Here's a summary of new findings reported at The Guardian: "Air pollution has become a major contributor to stroke for the first time, with unclean air now blamed for nearly one third of the years of healthy life lost to the condition worldwide. In an unprecedented survey of global risk factors for stroke, air pollution in the form of fine particulate matter ranked seventh in terms of its impact on healthy lifespan, while household air pollution from burning solid fuels ranked eighth..."
The World's Population is Very Slowly Backing Away from the Dangerous Coasts. Although growth and development continues to accelerate, new research suggests the growth in population is slowly spreading away from the coasts, as highlighted at Co.Exist: "...As of 2010, they found that about 1.9 billion people, or 27% of the world’s population, lived on the 9% of the planet’s land that is near the coast (defined as less than 100 kilometers from the shore at lower than 100 meters elevation). Seventeen out of 30 of the world’s largest cities are in this area, too. These population estimates come out slightly higher than previous research done in the 1990s, so the authors believe there is even more human pressure on coastal areas than we realize..." (Photo credit: May S. Young, Flickr).
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Photo credit: "The solar panels atop the Madison Public Library can be seen lower right in this January 2015 image."
The World Lost More Than $13 Trillion Last Year Because of War. The Washington Post reports: "Violence and worsening conflict cost the world more than $13.6 trillion last year, according to an annual study of the toll of violence worldwide. That figure amounts to some 13 percent of global GDP. The analysis can be found within the Global Peace Index 2016 report, which is put out each year by the Institute of Economics and Peace, an Australia-based think-tank. It ranked 163 countries on the degree of peace within their borders..."
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SUNDAY: Sticky again with a few T-storms. Winds: SE 10-15. High: 86
MONDAY: Wet start, then rapid clearing. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 71. High: 85
TUESDAY: Fading sun, still pleasant. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 64. High: 82
WEDNESDAY: Storm stalls, potentially heavy rain. Winds: E 15-25. Wake-up: 66. High: 72
THURSDAY: Lingering showers, still soggy. Winds: NE 10-15. Wake-up: 62. High: 71
FRIDAY: Drying out, becoming partly sunny. Winds: E 10-15. Wake-up: 61. High: 81
Photo credit: "A boy fishes in the Seine river during floods, in Paris, Sunday, June 5, 2016." Image: Thibault Camus/AP.
Map credit: "Map of mean rainfall (in mm) for the 3-day period from May 29 – 31, 2016 over France. b) Map shows 1-day maximum precipitation total (in mm) from Jan. to June 5th, 2016 over Germany." Source: NOAA/NCEP/CPC.
* More perspective on severe weather attribution in a warming atmosphere from The New York Times.