July 1, 1964: Tyler picks up over 6 inches of rain in 24 hours.
It's a Miracle: A 4th of July Weekend To Remember
Talk about great timing: a fresh transfusion of cool, comfortable Canadian air sets the stage for an amazing stretch of weather into Monday. About as good as it gets at this latitude.
Good news for humanoids, but chances are your favorite canine friend will be very stressed into next week. A recent New York Times article suggested at least 40 percent of dogs suffer from "noise anxiety". They run away, hide, jump into laps - in a desperate attempt to get away from flashing lights and noise. A worst-case scenario is fireworks AND thunder.
It seems dogs may be extra-sensitive to winds and electrical fields within a T-storm. Make sure they have a "safe spot", as shielded as possible from booming explosions.
I'm happy (and somewhat amazed) to be able to predict a lack of atmospheric firecrackers into Monday, with the possible exception of the Red River Valley. Comfortable September-like air today gives way to slow warming over the weekend; just warm enough for the lake, beach or pool. Mid 80s are expected on the 4th; maybe 90F by midweek.
A dry pleasant 4th of July weekend? Miraculous!
Accumulated Precipitation by 1 PM Sunday. NOAA models continue to hint at a few spotty, convective showers and T-showers over the Red River Valley Saturday and Sunday PM, and a few of these could, in theory, drift into the Brainerd Lakes area. Most towns and lakes should stay dry into Monday thought, which is nothing short of Divine Intervention. 4 KM NAM (WRF) precipitation outlook: NOAA and AerisWeather.
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Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter's Atmosphere. NASA has the amazing details: "Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is best known for its colorful storms, the most famous being the Great Red Spot. Now astronomers have focused on another beautiful feature of the planet, using Hubble's ultraviolet capabilities. The extraordinary vivid glows shown in the new observations are known as auroras. They are created when high-energy particles enter a planet’s atmosphere near its magnetic poles and collide with atoms of gas. As well as producing beautiful images, this program aims to determine how various components of Jupiter’s auroras respond to different conditions in the solar wind, a stream of charged particles ejected from the sun..."
Image credit: "Astronomers are using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to study auroras — stunning light shows in a planet's atmosphere — on the poles of the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter." Credits: NASA, ESA, and J. Nichols (University of Leicester).
Photo credit: "Researchers say the power grid could handle the increased demand by electrifying the U.S. vehicle fleet, though it would take utility planning."
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TODAY: Hello September! Bright sunshine, light winds. Winds: N 3-8. High: 74
FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear and comfortably cool. Low: 57 (40s up north!)
SATURDAY: Sunny, still spectacular. Risk of a shower or T-shower Brainerd Lakes into the Red River Valley. Winds: SE 5-10. High: 79
SUNDAY: Plenty of sun, lake-worthy weather. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 60. High: 81
4TH OF JULY: Sticky sunshine, probably dry. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 62. High: 84
TUESDAY: Humid, scattered T-storms. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 67. High: 88
WEDNESDAY: Hot and sweaty, isolated storm. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 69. High: 90
THURSDAY: Steamy, more numerous T-storms. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 72. High: 87
Photo credit: Ryan Donnell for Fortune Magazine.
Combating Climate Change Crucial to Global Security. This Op-Ed at the San Diego Union-Tribune resonated; here's an excerpt: "...Even more, let's honor their mission by preventing the very conflicts that they could be called upon to fight. To do so, we must combat climate change. It’s not just an environmental issue; it’s a global security crisis. The Department of Defense, in its long-term planning documents, has identified climate change as an “urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources.” As a “threat multiplier,” climate change increases the likelihood of conflict while also hindering military readiness. Like gas on a fire, it inflames smoldering conflicts in regions least able to extinguish them. That often means putting American service members in harm’s way...."
Photo credit: "Hurricane Sandy sent 8-year-old Avery Solan out to play in the flooded streets of Norfolk, Virginia, in October 2012. The city is trying to prevent worse flooding as sea levels rise, and at the same time grow new industry in a region currently dependent on military jobs." Credit: Rich-Joseph Facun/Reuters.
Photo credit: AP. "Trekkers make their way to Dingboche, a popular Mount Everest base camp, in Pangboche, Nepal, Feb. 19, 2016."