78 F. average high on June 12.
79 F. high on June 12, 2015.
.93" rain fell at KMSP as of 8 pm yesterday.
June 13, 1991: One fatality and 5 injuries occur when lightning strikes a tree at Hazeltine Golf Course during the US Open.
June 13, 1930: A tornado hits the Northfield area, and causes heavy damage at Randolph.
Warm, Wet Pattern - Risk of Severe Storm Anarchy?
During yesterday's severe storm outbreak I imagined what might happen if every TV and radio station issued their own warnings?
Buried in a pending Congressional bill is a provision to hand some National Weather Service duties over to the private sector, which sounds good on paper. But studies show that when the public receives conflicting severe weather information they are more likely to be confused, and not take necessary steps to protect life and property.
Meteorologists can and should add context, perspective and analysis to severe outbreaks. I have the freedom to disagree with the 7-Day Outlook, but when it comes to severe storm warnings it's important the media speak with one voice.
A leftover shower or T-shower gives way to partial clearing today, but the next storm pushes a swirl of showers and storms back into town Tuesday and some of the rain may be heavy.
Skies clear Wednesday with a late week warming trend; sticky 80s next weekend with strong T-storms bubbling up by Sunday.
June is prime time for severe storms and lightning. A little paranoia works wonders.
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Sunday Squall Line. The evening visible satellite loops shows the cluster of strong to severe storms that plowed across the state; overshooting tops visible with the setting sun - showing the tops of most intense thunderstorm updrafts. There were numerous reports of wind damage over central and western Minnesota.
Montana Family Captures Terrifying Footage of Very Close Call with a Tornado. Rated PG for salty language. Here's an excerpt from Mashable: "If you were being chased by a tornado, you would probably curse too. In terrifying footage posted by Travis Hatfield on YouTube and Facebook, Hatfield's wife, Holly, films a tornado that is a little too close for comfort. The tornado hit Baker, Montana, just before 7 p.m. on Saturday. It completely destroyed two homes and damaged at least 30 more, reported KXNews, the local CBS affiliate. There were no reported fatalities..."
Warmest June Temperature on Record for Greenland. Details via The Capital Weather Gang.
* The new paper referenced in the previous story is here.
Image credit: "A light pollution map of North America shows that nearly the entire eastern U.S. is artificially brightened at night." (Photo: Fabio Falchi)
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).
TODAY: AM showers, possible thunder, then clearing. Winds: NW 7-12. High: 82
MONDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and dry. Low: 64
TUESDAY: Showers and T-storms PM hours. Locally heavy rain. Winds: E 10-15. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: Rain tapers, some PM sunshine. Winds: W 10-15. Wake-up: 68. High: 80
THURSDAY: Lot's of comfortable sunshine. Winds: NE 8-13. Wake-up: 62. High: 82
FRIDAY: Partly sunny and warm. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 64. High: 84
SATURDAY: Sticky sun, cabin-worthy. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 65. High: 85
SUNDAY: Muggy, few strong T-storms. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 68. High: 81
Globalization is Worsening the Effects of Climate Change, Study says. Here's the intro of a story at Cantech Letter: "A new study shows that economic losses caused by climate change felt in one part of the world are producing ripple effects everywhere else, thanks to globalization. Researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany and Columbia University in the United States looked at manufacturing and production data in 186 countries covering 26 global industries, ranging from mining to textiles and telecommunications, and matched up results with existing research on temperature effects on workers between the years 1991 and 2011. The results showed that heat-stress induced production losses have been further amplified by the global connectivity of today’s economies..."
Photo credit: " Credit Associated Press.