June 5, 1930: Heavy rain falls at Waseca. 4.3 inches of rain would fall over 24 hours.
June 5, 1915: This date marks the first of a long stretch of days of measurable rain at Winton near Ely. Measurable rain would fall on each day until 19th. The total amount of rain for the fifteen days was over six inches.
Hard To Believe: Late Week Hot Front Brewing
Minnesota will probably have weather-boasting-rights in perpetuity. On June 4, 1935 residents of Mizpah were buzzing about the 1.5 inches of snow that accumulated; the latest official measurable snowfall in Minnesota. Ouch.
Yesterday was character-building with wind-whipped 50s and 60s, showers and wind chill. Instead of rocking the pontoon I spent the day cleaning the cabin. Great fun! But next weekend may feel 30-40 degrees warmer: 90s with a dew point near 70F that could make it feel like 100F in the shade by Saturday afternoon.
Just wear a sweatshirt over your swim suit and you'll be ready for anything.
Today is a baby-step in the right direction with enough sunshine for upper 70s. A few instability T-showers sprout over northern Minnesota & Wisconsin, but it won't be as foul as Saturday. A pinwheel of moisture pushes showers back into town Monday but skies clear Tuesday and Wednesday.
The same heat bubble cooking residents of Phoenix (highs near 115!) surges north late in the week: ECMWF guidance predicting 90s Friday and Saturday and a severe T-storm outbreak by Sunday.
* ECMWF forecast lows and highs for KMSP: WeatherBell.
* High confidence that a tropical storm (Colin) will form in the Gulf of Mexico by late Sunday, impacting Florida and Gulf Coast in a Monday-Tuesday time frame.
* Significant uncertainty remains about the track of this storm. Interests from New Orleans to Pensacola and Tampa should closely monitor this developing tropical cyclone.
* Enhanced risk of a significant severe thunderstorm outbreak Sunday for the Mid Atlantic region, including Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, Raleigh and Charlotte. Damaging hail and straight-line winds are expected by afternoon; I could see a few large, damaging tornadoes forming as well.
A broad area of low pressure is located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea, accompanied by a large area of showers and thunderstorms. Conditions appear to be favorable for some gradual development of this low as it moves near the Yucatan Peninsula and into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. This system is likely to become a tropical depression or a tropical storm by late Sunday or on Monday as it moves northeastward toward the Florida Peninsula. Regardless of development, locally heavy rains and flooding are possible over portions of the Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba, the Florida Keys, and the Florida Peninsula during the next several days. Interests in these areas should monitor the progress of this system. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system on Sunday. * Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent
May Closes Wet For Some. Dr. Mark Seeley has a good recap of May and an assortment of other timely, interesting weather nuggets in this week's edition of Minnesota WeatherTalk; here's the intro: "The last week of May brought frequent, and sometimes heavy rains to many parts of the state. for some northern Minnesota climate stations it rained each day over the last week of the month. Sotty thunderstorms brought some new record daily rainfall amounts over the last day of May, including 0.99 inces at Lakefield; 1.67 inches at Hokah; 1.29 inches at La Crescent; 1.27 inches at Austin; 1.19 inches at Hallock; and an incredible 4.45 inches at Crookston. That amount at Crookston ranked as the 4th highest daily rainfall in history there...."
Photo credit: "Mike Akulow, who retired in 2005 after more than 30 years with the National Weather Service in Topeka, says technology used at the time of the June 8, 1966, tornado was "very crude." Today, GPS technology, radar upgrades and an Internet-based chat system has improved the quality and quantity of weather information available."
Tough Guy Tries To Drive Across Flood, Fails Miserably. Geekologie reminds all of us what not to do when encountering a flooded highway: "This is a video of a man in Texas who really believes his Chevy Avalanche can get him across a heavily flooded road. So, at least in his mind, Avalanches > Floods. Unfortunately for his pride and dry underwear, he is wrong and has to jump out and swim to safety. This is dangerous and you shouldn't do it, I don't care how big you think your Truck Nuts are..."
Across U.S., Heaviest Downpours On The Rise. Here's an excerpt of an analysis at Climate Central: "...Across most of the country, the heaviest downpours are happening more frequently, delivering a deluge in place of what would have been routine heavy rain. Climate Central’s new analysis of 65 years of rainfall records at thousands of stations nationwide found that 40 of the lower 48 states have seen an overall increase in heavy downpours since 1950. The biggest increases are in the Northeast and Midwest, which in the past decade, have seen 31 and 16 percent more heavy downpours compared to the 1950s..."
It's Summer in Arizona. Time To Come Inside. The L.A. Times summarizes the challenges of summer-living in Arizona; here's the intro: "In northern climes, dead leaves, gardeners bringing their plants inside and children praying for school closures all signal one thing: Winter is blowing in hard and mean. Here in Arizona, they mark something else. It’s not winter. It’s summer. The leaves are curling up and dying of heat. Gardeners bring in their plants, fearing not frost but the first truly hot day. And when children supplicate a higher power for bad weather, they're praying for school-shuttering monsoons..."
Photo credit: "A desert dust storm known as a haboob engulfs Interstate 10 near San Simon, Ariz., in May." (Arizona Department of Public Safety / Associated Press).
- In my view, Tesla has demonstrated that electric vehicles can result in a superior automotive product in terms of driving performance, safety, comfort and even convenience.
- On-demand and ridesharing services shifted billions of car miles (including more than 1.5 billion miles on Uber alone) to their offering and made the case that ownership is an unnecessary and perhaps even negative part of the car experience..."
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TODAY: Lukewarm sun returns; PM shower north/east of MSP. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 79
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 57
MONDAY: More clouds, a few showers likely. Winds: NW 15-25. High: 67
TUESDAY: Skies clear, moods improve. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 52. High: 71
WEDNESDAY: Plenty of sun, warming up. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 54. High: 78
THURSDAY: Early thunder possible, then sticky sun. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 60. High: 85
FRIDAY: Hazy sun, plenty hot. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 68. High: 92
SATURDAY: Steamy sun, escape to the lake. Dew point: 70. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 71. High: 93
Global Warming is Greening Up The Far North. More tangible evidence of the changes underway, reported at Summit County Citizens Voice; here's an excerpt: "After taking a close look at 87,000 satellite images, NASA scientists say the northern parts of Canada and Alaska are getting greener. Shrubs are sprouting in grassy tundra zones and shrubs are growing bigger and denser — changes that could have impacts on regional water, energy and carbon cycles. The new NASA study adds more detail to previous research that reached similar conclusions and could help inform climate scientists about how the changes will affect global temperatures. The study covered the timespan between 1984 and 2012. The images came from the joint NASA/U.S. Geological Survey Landsat program, which provides the longest continuous space-based record of Earth’s land vegetation in existence..."
Photo credit: "NASA scientists have detailed a widespread greening trend across Alaska and northern Canada in a new study." Photo courtesy NASA/Ross Nelson.
From Floods to Forest Fires: A Warming Planet - In Pictures. The Guardian has the photo essay; here's a link and story excerpt: "Droughts, floods, forest fires and melting poles – climate change is impacting Earth like never before. From the Australia to Greenland, Ashley Cooper’s work spans 13 years and over 30 countries. This selection, taken from his new book, shows a changing landscape, scarred by pollution and natural disasters – but there is hope too, with the steady rise of renewable energy..."
Photo credit: Rex.