77 F. average high on June 8.
81 F. high on June 8, 2015.
June 9, 2002: Extensive flash flood begins across northwest Minnesota. 14.55 inches would fall over the next 48 hours near Lake of the Woods. Floodwaters cover the city of Roseau. The Roseau River looked like a large lake from a satellite view.
Hot Flash: Weekend Heat Index in the Danger Zone
"It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do” wrote Walter Winchell.
I'm still amazed baking heat is even possible at this northerly latitude. Just a few months ago people were driving on the lake out back; frozen ground as rock-hard as a North Dakota drill bit.
It's not necessarily a preview of an inflamed summer to come, but Friday WILL take your breath away. Literally. Models suggest low to mid 90s with a dew point in the mid-70s, creating a Heat Index close to 100F by late afternoon.
Swamp-like. Florida on a bad day.
The approach of super-heated air sets off a few morning thundershowers; a growling reminder that much of the rain falling in June is from nocturnal thunderstorms: the result of low-level winds interacting with warm frontal boundaries.
I expect enough sun for mid-80s later today, but 90s are likely Friday into Sunday. A feeble frontal passage drops temperatures (slightly) up north Saturday; weather still looks lake-worthy.
We're still not acclimated to the heat. Take it extra-easy out there, starting Friday. A taste of Dog Days to come.
Photo credit: "Hurricane Edith, 1971: A Baton Rouge service station found itself scrambled after Hurricane Edith blew though town." (J.W. Guillot / Times-Picayune archive).
Photo credit: "James Spann is Alabama's go-to meteorologist when the state's weather turns severe."
Photo credit: "Trained storm reporters learn to use environmental cues, like these swaying trees, to determine wind speeds." Credit: Pete, via Flickr.
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How One Man Has Explained Almost Every UFO Theory. Here's an excerpt from an interesting read at Atlas Obscura: "...To do this, he has combed through decades of supposed UFO sightings, reading eyewitness testimony and cross-referencing it with mission logs. In the process, he's come to an interesting conclusion: human senses, evolved in and trained on (relatively) slow-moving objects, certain light conditions, and an atmosphere, get thrown into a tizzy when those conditions change. "Our sensory system is functioning absolutely perfectly for Earth conditions," says Oberg. "But we're still a local civilization. Moving beyond our neighborhood has been visually confusing..."
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TODAY: Early thunder, sticky with some afternoon sun. Winds: SE 8-13. High: 84
THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and muggy. Low: 70
FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Feels like 100F by late afternoon. T-storm risk late. Winds: S 8-13. High: 92
SATURDAY: More sun, still stinking hot. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 74. High: 92
SUNDAY: Free sauna lingers. Late-day thunder? Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 73. High: 94
MONDAY: Wet start, then clearing, less humid. Winds: N 7-12. Wake-up: 75. High: 86
TUESDAY: Plenty of sun, breathing much easier. Winds: E 7-12. Wake-up: 63. High: 78
WEDNESDAY: Showers and T-storms, some heavy. Winds: E 10-15. Wake-up: 60. High: 72
Photo credit: "Southwestern US farmland values will change with changing climate." Credit: Katelina Creative commons CC0 Public Domain.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-06-climate-affect-farmers-bottom-line.html#jCp
Photo credit: "A man stands near the Jianggudiru Glacier on Geladaindong Mountain, in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China, September 1, 2006." Reuters/Stringer.
Is Your House Causing Global Warming? Seeker.com has an interesting post; here's an excerpt: "...In today's DNews special, Trace Dominguez considers the matter of air conditioners and other home appliances, in regard to energy usage. Reducing energy waste in the home is a fast and simple way to increase efficiency, save money, and -- while you're at it -- confront the single most lethal crisis our species has ever faced. What's not to like? Let's start with a little quick math -- don't worry, it only stings for a second: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average annual energy consumption for a residential home is 15,497 kilowatt-hours (kWh). About one third of U.S. homes still use coal to generate those kilowatts. It takes 1.04 pounds of coal to generate one kilowatt-hour, which also generates 2.13 pounds of carbon dioxide..." (File image: Midwest Energy News).
Editorial: Cities, Counties Must Deal With "New Normal" of Rain, Floods. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed at the Beaumont Enterprise in Texas: "...Places in Houston have had two "500-year floods" this spring. The city of Brenham has already set a record for its wettest calendar year on record. This week it got more than 19 inches of rain in 48 hours. That's more than Los Angeles is supposed to get in an entire year. Half of our entire state is under flash flood watch or warning. Keep in mind that all of this has no connection with the "official" hurricane season, which began this week. Our rainfall isn't cascading in from the Gulf of Mexico. It's coming inland along the same patterns our parents and grandparents dealt with - only more often, and heavier. After a while, conditions like this aren't abnormal. They become the new normal, and we have to start adjusting to them..." (File photo: U.S. Coast Guard).
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