June 7, 1939: Grapefruit-sized hail falls in Rock County, killing hundreds of farm animals near Hills.
"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it" said Russel Baker.
Excessive Heat Watch (Usually issued 2-4 days ahead of time) : Forecast Conditions are favorable for the heat index to meet or exceed 100 degrees (Hennepin/Ramsey counties) or 105 (the remainder of central and south central MN and west central WI)
Excessive Heat Warning (Usually issued 1-2 days ahead of time when confidence is 80% or higher): Heat index values are forecast to reach 100 degrees Hennepin/Ramsey counties) or 105 (the remainder of central and south central MN and west central WI)
Heat Advisory: Heat index values are forecast to reach 95 degrees (Hennepin/Ramsey counties) or 100 for the remainder of central and south central MN and west central WI.
On the other hand...
Photo credit: "David McCloskey, right, points out a feature of his map of Cascadia to a vistor at Nisqually Reach, on the southern shore of Puget Sound." (William Yardley / Los Angeles Times)
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and warmer. Winds: SE 5-10. High: 77
THURSDAY: Early thunder risk, then sticky sun. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 62. High: 84
FRIDAY: Sizzling sun, heat index near 100? Dew point: low 70s. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 71. High: 93
SATURDAY: Wind shift, slight cooler, less humid. Winds: NE 10-15. Wake-up: 74. High: 87
SUNDAY: Sticky again, growing thunder risk. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 70. High: 84
MONDAY: Early T-storms, some may be heavy. Winds: N 8-13. Wake-up: 71. High: 82
Historic Deluge Hits Texas. Houston, You Have a Problem. Here's an excerpt of an Eric Holthaus post at Slate: "...It’s impossible to know exactly how much climate change factors into the likelihood of these specific events, but it’s certain that it has. Hotter hots, drier droughts, and heavier rains have long been predicted as a consequence of rising greenhouse gas levels that speed up our planet’s water cycle and intensify many already extreme weather events. (The lingering effects of a record-setting El Niño is also likely playing a part in the recent Texas floods. And, it’s not just Texas: Over the past several days, major floods have also hit Paris and other parts of Europe, Sri Lanka, and Ethiopia.) Texas has seen some of the most drastic change in the United States, with Houston registering a 167 percent increase in the biggest downpours since the 1950s..." (2015 file photo: weather.com).
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Meteorologist Don Paul: How I Learned Manmade Climate Change Is The Real Deal. Here's an excerpt of Don's Op-Ed at The Buffalo News: "...When climate models are run, they can be initialized with different data sets and different levels of greenhouse gas in particular. To a model, when these models are run with the carbon dioxide level of the year approximately 1900 (around 297 ppm rather than the current 403 ppm), and natural warming (not man-made) forces are maxed up, the globe would have shown slight cooling through the end of the 20th century. Left to so-called normal cyclic changes, even with other warming mechanisms in nature pumped up, no other explanation can be found for warming that has been ongoing at different rates over recent decades..."
Photo credit above: "Caltech scientist Arie Haagen-Smit (pictured) discovered in the early 1950s that oil was the cause of the dangerous smog shrouding L.A. Industry then conducted its own research to discredit Haagen-Smit's findings and manufacture doubt around the link between oil and smog. It continues to fight attempts to tighten smog regulation." Photo courtesy of the California Institute of Technology.