Game of Fronts - 4th of July Holiday Edition
The holiday weather outlook is dark and full of terrors. HBO's Game of Thrones is addictive, and they talk about the weather! "Winter is coming" could be Minnesota's official state motto.
Amnesia has set in; we simply can't remember that 4 months ago people were driving on area lakes. Now we're using them to search for walleye and solace from buzzing smartphones. Summer has arrived.
So why does it feel like mid-September out there? The same persistent high pressure bubble sparking record heat and wildfires out west has turned our jet stream winds aloft to the northwest. A family of cool fronts will treat us to a touch of autumn into Saturday, dew points more typical of early October than late June.
Today will be postcard-worthy with cobalt-blue skies & less wind. Showers sprout on Thursday as a reinforcing push of cool air arrives. Comfortable sunshine Saturday gives way to 80F Sunday; 80-85F on the 4th of July with sticky humidity levels and a few T-storms on the 4th of July. Monday looks like a typical summer day.
Hopefully no White Walkers or Winnebego-size dragons showing up on Doppler radar.
Wind Forecast. Winds are forecast to ease up a bit today, but increase over the holiday weekend as the pressure gradient tightens up overhead with warmer air approaching from Iowa and the Dakotas. Sustained winds on Lake Calhoun, White Bear and Minnetonka are forecast to be in the 10-20 mph range on the 4th of July, with higher gusts.
"Historic" Flood Engulfs Greenbrier Golf Course, Home to PGA Event in 2 Weeks. Here's an update at The Capital Weather Gang: "A relentless torrent of rain swept over West Virginia Thursday, flooding many areas in the state. Greenbrier County, home of the famed Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, was among the hardest hit. Floodwaters inundated the Greenbrier’s signature golf course, where the Professional Golfers’ Association Tour’s Greenbrier Classic is scheduled in two weeks. It’s unclear whether the course will recover in time. “It’s like nothing I’ve seen,” said Jim Justice, owner of the Greenbrier in a statement..."
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Photo credit: "Naval Station Norfolk may experience as much as six feet of relative sea-level rise by the end of the century. Defense officials are beginning to work with nearby city governments to ensure vital infrastructure is protected." Credit: Navy handout obtained by Reuters in 2013.
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The parks have inspired a century of poetry and prose — including writer Wallace Stegner’s succinct comment that national parks are “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” Amid record attendance, the parks system is, conversely, also at peril for being taken for granted. The challenge of underfunding threatens the parks’ present while climate change threatens the parks’ future. Both demand attention and collaborative action at the local and federal level to ensure the wilderness gifts are multigenerational..."
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WEDNESDAY: Some sun, T-showers late up north. Winds: SW 7-12. High: 81
THURSDAY: Wettest day. Widespread showers and T-storms. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 64. High: 76
FRIDAY: Sunny with low humidity. Wow. Winds: NE 5-10. Wake-up: 57. High: 74
SATURDAY: Plenty of mild sun, breezy. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 56. High: 78
SUNDAY: Sunny & warmer. Lake-friendly. Winds: SE 10-20. Wake-up: 60. High: 82
4th of JULY: Sticky & warm. Few T-storms possible. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 62. High: 83
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Photo credit: "After a wildfire destroyed parts of Fort McMurray, one expert says cities should begin rejecting proposed developments located near fire-prone forests or on flood plains in order to mitigate the damage from future natural disasters." (Terry Reith/CBC).
Photo credit: "Storage tanks are seen inside the Exxonmobil Baton Rouge Refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 6, 2015." Reuters/Lee Celano.