84 F. average high on July 12.
89 F. high on July 12, 2015.
15.17" precipitation at MSP so far in 2016.
15.37" average precipitation for MSP, to date, as of July 12.
July 13, 1933: An intense heat wave affects Grand Marais with a high of 90, extremely rare for that location. Most of Minnesota would exceed 100 degrees on this date.
July 13, 1890: A tornado hits Lake Gervais north of St. Paul. People rush from St. Paul to help victims and look for souvenirs. One reporter notes that 'nearly everyone who returned from the disaster last evening came laden with momentoes (sic) denoting the cyclone's fury.'
I've said it before, I'll say it again: when weather stalls bad things tend to result: epic heat waves, historic droughts, biblical floods. Tell that to residents of northern and central Minnesota, where 1-2 MONTH'S worth of rain fell on Monday; as much as 5-9 inches.
Two of the 3 survey teams have completed their investigations. Litchfield Tornado Damage Survey Results: EF-2 strength with a max wind of 115 mph. Length was 1 mile with a max width of 150 feet;
Watkins Tornado Damage Survey results: EF-2 strength with max wind of 125 mph. Length: 2 miles. Max width: 600 feet.
Animation credit: "The loop shows radar reflectivity (left) and storm relative velocity (right) for 2 hours from 5 PM to 7 PM CDT. The storm southwest of Litchfield showed rotation as it moved northeast toward St Cloud MN."
* China's Worst Flooding Since 1998. Bloomberg reports.
Photo credit: " " Credit Andrea Morales for The New York Times.
TODAY: Warm sunshine; showers far northern Minnesota; few strong/severe storms over southeast MN. Winds: W 10-20. High: 84
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Breezy, more comfortable. Low: 62
THURSDAY: Cloudier, cooler, few PM showers. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 75
FRIDAY: More sun, isolated shower late. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 60. High: 78
SATURDAY: Fading sun, risk of a T-shower. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 62. High: 82
SUNDAY: Unsettled, few T-storms nearby. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 65. High: 84
MONDAY: Plenty of warm sunshine. Winds: S 3-8. Wake-up: 67. High: 86
TUESDAY: Sticky sun, heating up rapidly. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 68. High: 91
Climate Change May Already Be Shifting Clouds Toward the Poles. NPR follows up on new research: "The way clouds cover the Earth may be changing because of global warming, according to a study published Monday that used satellite data to track cloud patterns across about two decades, starting in the 1980s. Clouds in the mid-latitudes shifted toward the poles during that period, as the subtropical dry zones expanded and the highest cloud-tops got higher. These changes are predicted by most climate models of global warming, even though those models disagree on a lot of other things related to clouds, says Joel Norris, a climate scientist at the University of California, San Diego..."
Photo credit: "About 70 percent of Earth is covered by clouds at any given moment. Their interaction with climate isn't easy to study, scientists say; these shape-shifters move quickly." NOAA/Flickr
Food Shortages and Sea Level Rise U.S. Voters' Top Climate Change Concerns. The Guardian has the story: "...Diminishing food and water security and ruinous sea level rise are the leading climate change concerns of a section of the American electorate that is aghast at the lack of discussion of global warming during the presidential debate. A Guardian US survey of its readers found that pressure on food and water supplies is considered the most important consequence of climate change. Sea level rise, which is set to inundate coastal areas currently occupied by millions of Americans, is second on the list of the most urgent issues..." (File photo: Nick Ut, AP).
Photo credit: "Climate activists outside U.S. Bancorp’s headquarters in Minneapolis."
Another Inconvenient Truth: It's Hard To Agree How To Fight Climate Change. The New York Times reports; here's an excerpt: "...But the movement that started with a straightforward mission — to get more people to appreciate the dangers of climate change as a precursor to action — is feeling growing pains. What may seem like a unified front has pronounced schisms, with conflicting opinions on many issues, including nuclear power and natural gas, that are complicating what it means to be an environmentalist in this day and age. The factional boundaries are not hard and fast, with groups shifting their positions as the science and waves of activism evolve..." (File image: earth.nullschool.net).