84 F. average high on July 14.
84 F. high on July 14, 2015.
.06" rain fell at KMSP as of 8 pm yesterday.
July 15, 1980: Straight-line winds of nearly 100 mph cause enormous damage, mainly in Dakota County. 43 million dollars in damage is reported and 100 thousand people lose power.
A Dangerous Heat Wave Is Brewing For Next Week
I take my job seriously - I try not to take myself too seriously. In this space I often lead with a favorite quote, an anecdote or quip. Humor is attempted, because more than ever we need to laugh.
But I don't want to bury the lead or make light of what may evolve into a serious weather situation from the middle of next week into early August.
Meteorological ingredients are converging for a prolonged and extreme period of heat and humidity. By the latter half of next week afternoon temperatures may range from 95-100F, with dew points near 75F. Heat indices could be 105-110F, with lows not dipping below 80F in the downtowns.
In spite of sporadic A/C and beckoning lakes, relief from pervasive, sauna-like heat will be elusive. It's still early but I'm predicting significant risk for the elderly, the sick and people with little or no access to air conditioning.
I hope I'm wrong about this forecast.
In the meantime cool sunshine today gives way to a few T-storms this weekend. After a pleasant start next week will increasingly feel like a really bad mash-up of Arizona and Florida.
100-degree F. Surface Temperatures Possible by Thursday. Hard to imagine out there now, with a cool breeze and a September sky, but less than a week from now temperatures may surge into the upper 90s, even some lower 100s (most likely over central and western central Minnesota. Map: WeatherBell.
Peak Heat May Come Thursday. Check out the predicted (GFS) heat index next Thursday evening at 7 pm; as high as 110F in the Twin Cities metro and the southern half of Minnesota. Even people in good shape, well hydrated, can get into trouble with a heat index that high.
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Heat is the No.1 weather related killer, and as carbon pollution continues, global temperatures will keep climbing, bringing hotter summers and more extreme and dangerous heat. Climate Central's States at Risk project analyzed historic trends in summer temperatures since 1970 as well as projections for future extreme heat for hundreds of metro areas across the lower 48 states. Using several measures, our findings show that most U.S. cities have already experienced large increases in extreme summer heat and absolute humidity, which together can cause serious heat-related health problems..."
TODAY: Partly sunny, very nice. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 76
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, fairly comfortable. Low: 60
SATURDAY: Clouds increase, T-storms late. Winds: S 8-13. High: 82
SUNDAY: Sticky, few T-storms likely. Winds: SW 8-13. Wake-up: 65. High: 85
MONDAY: Blue sky, last comfortable day in sight. Winds: N 7-12. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
TUESDAY: Intervals of sun, feels stickier. Winds: SE 5-10. Wake-up: 68. High: 87
WEDNESDAY: Steamy sun, feels like upper 90s to 100F. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 69. High: 91
THURSDAY: Blazing sun, dangerously hot - feels like 105F. Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 75. High: 96
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How Climate Change Could Threaten Wall Street? Think your portfolio is immune? Think again, according to a story at Christian Science Monitor: "Is climate change bad for business? According to the Global Risk Institute (GRI), a nonprofit based in Toronto, it may be. In a new report, GRI warned that global warming could present significant risks for financial institutions. “Given the financial service industry's heavily integrated role in society, it is particularly susceptible to the risks associated with climate change,” GRI wrote in its report. “It must therefore ensure that proper climate change strategies and risk management procedures are in place in order to remain viable...”
Photo credit: "A view of an oil refinery off the coast of Singapore, seen March 14, 2008. The Global Risk Institute is asking banks, insurers, and investors to shift their practices in light of climate change." Vivek Prakash/Reuters/File.
Meteorologist Need to Start Talking About Climate Change. No kidding. Here's a clip from Gizmodo: "...The role of the meteorologist in contemporary society is important but often invisible. They’re the people who remind us to grab a sweater or take an umbrella—sometimes on TV or the radio, more likely through a weather app on our phones. But they are also the only individuals that Americans receive advice from during potentially life-threatening weather. If a meteorologist is warning about an impending storm surge, wouldn’t it be helpful to know that those surges are likely to be worse due to rising sea levels—particularly if you live near the coast? “As a weather junkie as well as a climate scientist, I see it as our responsibility to include context,” Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang told Gizmodo..."