84 F. average high on July 10.
85 F. high on July 10, 2015.
.40" rain fell at MSP International Airport Sunday.
July 11, 1903: The temperature plummets down to 26 at Leech Lake Dam.
Extreme Heat: America's Number One Weather Killer
Thousands of Americans chase tornadoes, for profit or just a cheap adrenaline rush. Hurricanes are mesmerizing on weather satellites, threatening entire states with flooding. But the number one killer in the USA is heat.
30-year data from NOAA confirms that heat consistently claims more lives than flooding, lightning, or extreme storms. Since 1986 an average of 130 Americans have succumbed, directly or indirectly, to excessive heat - more than 3 times the death toll from winter cold and storms.
Cooling degree data since June 1 shows we've spent 13 percent more than average to cool our homes and offices. And weather models, increasingly, hint at a simmering ridge of hot high pressure stalling over the Upper Midwest the last 10 days of July. I could see a string of 90s next week, with a heat index topping 100F at times. Summer heat has yet to peak in our zip code - I suspect '16 will wind up considerably hotter than last summer.
We get a little preview today: 90F with a few severe storms later on. Enjoy a late week cool front because prime time summer arrives next week.
* NOAA NCDC has the list here.
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TODAY: Steamy, strong T-storms possible, a few may turn severe. Winds: S 15-25. High: 91
MONDAY NIGHT: T-storms likely, locally heavy rain. Low: 71
TUESDAY: Damp start, then warm sunshine. Winds: SW 10-15. High: 87
WEDNESDAY: Less sun, stray T-storm or two. Winds: W 10-20. Wake-up: 68. High: 84
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, cooler. Few showers and sprinkle. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 63. High: 72
FRIDAY: Sunny and pleasant. Comfortable dew points. Winds: S 5-10. Wake-up: 58. High: 78
SATURDAY: Few showers and T-storms. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 60. High: 80
SUNDAY: Sticky sun, few T-storms. Wake-up: 67. High: 84
* A friend snapped the photo of the Bald Eagle clutching a walleye (?) up at Pelican Lake over the 4th of July weekend.
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