81 F. average high on June 21.
86 F. high temperature at KMSP on June 21, 2015.
June 22, 1988: Smoke fills the sky across much of Minnesota due to wild fires during the '88 drought.
June 22, 1919: The 2nd deadliest tornado in Minnesota history hits Fergus Falls, killing 59 people. Like the #1 killer tornado for Minnesota (73 fatalities in St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids on 4/14/1886), it struck on a weekend.
June 22, 1917: Grand Meadow has an intense downpour, and 4.98 inches of rain on this date. Corn crops are badly damaged by the heavy rain/flooding.
No Blast-Furnace Heat Brewing for Minnesota - Yet
The Kansas-size supercell that spawned funnels and 4 inch diameter hail near Nisswa Sunday was a vivid reminder that Minnesota may not lie in traditional "Tornado Alley", but we do live in Tornado Cul-De-Sac.
Jimmy Lindner shared a photo of what appeared to be grapefruit-size hail on Little Pelican Sunday evening. When do I get nervous? When hail larger than ping pong size falls. An updraft strong enough to keep big balls of ice suspended in a thunderhead MAY be strong enough to spin up a tornado. Think of large hail as a divine tap on the shoulder.
"Time to head for the basement."
A few thunderstorms may sprout close to home later today; a tornado outbreak is possible from near Madison and the Quad Cities to Rockford and Chicago by evening. A perfect Thursday gives way to another warming trend by late week. 90-degree heat, high dew points and low-level wind shear may spark another outbreak of severe storms across Minnesota Saturday afternoon and evening. Sunday looks like the drier, quieter day statewide with a drop in humidity.
It could (always) be worse: 111F in Scottsdale today.
Kansas-Size Hailstones. Thanks to Jim and Jorie Lindner, who live on Little Pelican Lake, about 5 miles south of Breezy Point, for sending in what appears to be hailstones larger than baseball-size. That stone under the basket appears to be grapefruit size, something you'd expect to see near Wichita or Tulsa, not the North Woods of Minnesota.
Photo credit: "Mammatus clouds form over Wrigley Field during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, June 22, 2015, in Chicago." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast).
Illustration credit: Erik Carter.
Biofeedback is just the idea that your brain is always sensing what is happening in your body and it reviews that information to decide how it should feel about the world.You feel happy and that makes you smile. But it works both ways: when you smile, your brain can detect this and say, “I’m smiling. That must mean I’m happy...”
TODAY: Clouds increase; few T-storms likely. Winds: SE 7-12. High: near 80
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Another shower or thundershower. Low: 60
THURSDAY: Sunny and less humid. Perfection. Winds: NE 7-12. High: 77
FRIDAY: Blue sky, warming up. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 58. High: 83
SATURDAY: Hot sticky sun. PM storms may be severe. Winds: S 15-25. Wake-up: 69. High: near 90
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, turning less humid. Winds: W 10-20. Wake-up: 64. High: 85
MONDAY: Partly sunny, fairly comfortable. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 62. High: 80
TUESDAY: AM sun, PM instability T-shower? Winds: N 7-12. Wake-up: 58. High: 76
* Photo above taken from the International Space Station, courtesy of Jeff Williams and NASA.
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Michael Mann, a leading climate scientist and professor of meteorology at Penn State University, was in Phoenix on Friday when temperatures hit 106 degrees. He was speaking at a Democratic National Platform committee meeting, where he pointed to the extreme weather as “an example of just the sort of extreme heat that is on the increase due to human-caused climate change,” he told HuffPost. “The likelihood of record heat has already doubled in the U.S. due to human-caused warming,” he said, “and that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.” Daily records were also set in California, where Burbank reached 109 degrees and Palm Springs soared to 119..."
Photo credit: AP. "A home builder works at sunrise on Monday in Gilbert, Arizona, in an effort to beat the rising temperatures."
Seas Rising but Florida Keeps Building on the Coast. Scientific American has an article that caught my eye; here's an excerpt: "...Therein lies the uneasy reality in South Florida, home to 6 million people and projected to grow by 3 million over the next three decades. Its very existence depends on the continued allure of the beaches, waterways and natural environment. Yet, by 2050, an estimated $15 billion to $36 billion of Florida’s coastal property will be threatened by sea-level rise, according to a report last year from the Risky Business Project, a Bloomberg Philanthropies effort that quantifies economic risks from climate change. In South Florida, sea-level rise and climate change are already having an effect on available drinking water, roads and sewer lines in low-lying areas, and storm and flood insurance rates..."
File image: NASA.