83 F. average high on July 28.
84 F. high on July 28, 2015.
July 29, 1917: The hottest temperature ever recorded in Minnesota, 114.5 degrees, occurs at Beardsley.
July 29, 1849: Severe storms hit the newly constructed post of Ft. Ripley between 3 and 5 AM. W.J. Frazier, Head Surgeon notes: 'Rain and hail with much thunder and lightning and very high winds breaking many trees.'
Cool Canadian Breeze - Hot "American Air" Next Week
A hype-happy national media talking about weather is like watching an excitable puppy with a new toy. Think about it: polar vortex, heat domes, now "corn sweat"? When in doubt make stuff up.
I am guilty of routinely disparaging Canada and I take full responsibility for my transgressions. Much of the winter we talk about "Canadian air" as a pejorative, a diss. I wonder if TV meteorologists in Winnipeg or Toronto complain about hot, sweaty "American air" moving in?
I should get a research grant and study that for 10 years.
Today I just can't get enough of a fresh breeze from Ontario; high near 80F with a very comfortable dew point in the 50s. And no obnoxious red blobs on Doppler, capable of chasing you indoors. A taste of September.
Temperatures over the weekend should be warm enough for the lake or pool - another wave of antiperspirant heat pushes the mercury into the low 90s Tuesday and Wednesday next week. More severe T-storms may sprout as early as Monday.
If anyone asks Minnesota's mosquito season is 34 days longer now than it was in the 1980s. The welcome details below.
Photo credit: "The Waldo Canyon Fire northwest of Colorado Springs, Colo., in June 2012 caused nearly $454 million in damage and was the state's most destructive fire -- until the Black Forest Fire surpassed it a year later. Scientists say climate change is helping to fuel forest fires." Photo by the Department of Agriculture, courtesy of Wikipedia.
NOAA to Develop New Global Weather Model. Here's are a few excerps of a press release from NOAA: "NOAA took a significant step toward building the world’s best global weather model today, a priority for the agency and the nation. NOAA announced the selection of a new dynamic core, the engine of a numerical weather prediction model, and will begin developing a state-of-the-art global weather forecasting model to replace the U.S. Global Forecast System (GFS)....The new dynamic core, Finite-Volume on a Cubed-Sphere (FV3), was developed by NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey. The FV3 core brings a new level of accuracy and numeric efficiency to the model’s representation of atmospheric processes such as air motions. This makes possible simulations of clouds and storms, at resolutions not yet used in an operational global model..." (Image credit: NOAA).
Image credit: Popular Science and NASA Landsat 8 Satellite / OLI
As Corn Devours U.S. Prairies, Greens Reconsider Biofuel Mandate. Bloomberg Politics has the story; here's the intro: "Environmentalists who once championed biofuels as a way to cut pollution are now turning against a U.S. program that puts renewable fuels in cars, citing higher-than-expected carbon dioxide emissions and reduced wildlife habitat. More than a decade after conservationists helped persuade Congress to require adding corn-based ethanol and other biofuels to gasoline, some groups regret the resulting agricultural runoff in waterways and conversion of prairies to cropland -- improving the odds that lawmakers might seek changes to the program next year..." (File photo: Star Tribune).
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Why Rich Neighbors Are Bad For You. Here's a clip from The Washington Post: "The concept of “keeping up with the Joneses” has been around for more than a century. But in an era of high inequality, the pressure to match the lavish lifestyles of one's neighbors has become all the more salient. A new paper from a Federal Reserve economist explores a potentially alarming way these pressures affects people's financial lives. The paper from Fed economist Jeffrey Thompson suggests that Americans are borrowing more to keep up with wealthier members of society — particularly when it comes to buying and financing homes..." (Image credit: someecards).
TODAY: Partly sunny with a light, comfortable breeze. Winds: NE 5-10. High: near 80
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and very pleasant. Low: 60
SATURDAY: Plenty of sun, light breeze. Winds: SE 5-10. High: 81
SUNDAY: Warm sunshine, few complaints. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 63. High: 83
MONDAY: Some sticky with a few strong T-storms. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 69. High: 85
TUESDAY: Hot sunshine, feels like upper 90s. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 70. High: 91
WEDNESDAY: Another round of rowdy T-storms. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 74. High: 92
THURSDAY: Damp start, then clearing out. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 72. High: 86
File photo: USGS.
Photo credit: "Image shows a cold water geyser driven by carbon dioxide erupting from an unplugged oil exploration well drilled in 1936 into a natural CO2 reservoir in Utah. Credit: Professor Mike Bickle."
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-07-co2-underground-length-climatic-impact.html#jCp
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Graphic credit: Hot Whopper. "Global mean surface temperature, progressive year to date to June 2016." Data source. GISS NASA
Animation credit: "NASA created an animation showing “sea level fingerprints,” or patterns of rising and falling sea levels across the globe in response to changes in Earth’s gravitational and rotational fields." (NASA).