83 F. average high on July 1.
73 F. high on July 1, 2015.
July 2, 1989: Softball sized hail falls near Dorset, and baseball sized hail is reported at Nevis in Hubbard County.
July 2, 1972: A low of 32 is recorded at Big Falls in Koochiching County.
Divine Intervention? Spectacular Holiday Weather
NOAA's climate models are predicting a warmer than average July for Minnesota. That makes sense, considering May was the 13th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record was broken; the longest such streak since global temperatures began in 1880.
Research at the University of Minnesota suggests we're going longer between storms and frontal passages during the summer, but when it does rain in comes down in a tropical torrent, with a greater potential for record rainfall amounts.
This sluggish, slower-moving pattern works to our advantage this holiday weekend. A fresh shot of low-humidity Canadian air lingers into Sunday with light southeast winds, dew points in the 50s and generous sunshine. We should nudge 80F today, low 80s Sunday, mid-80s on the 4th of July as humidity levels rise.
Most towns and lakes stay dry into Monday; just a few random T-storms over the Red River Valley. Most of us won't be chased indoors by grumbling storms until Tuesday night. We may hit 90F by midweek but no extended heatwave is in sight.
I'm feeling lucky/relieved/blessed. Have fun out there!
Glory Index: Nice June, But Not as Remarkable as June 2015. Thanks to Kenny Blumenfeld at the Minnesota DNR for passing this nugget along: "The results are in, and June 2016, though occasionally quite lovely, was no June 2015. The month ended with 665.7 points on the Summer Glory Index (SGI), making it the 24th nicest June out of 114 on record. This otherwise respectable score is of course nowhere near the record-topping 905.5 points earned by June 2015. So, what was the difference between June 2015 and June 2016? Basically, it all comes down to a handful of less-than-ideal days that last June avoided but that this June fully embraced..."
Graphic credit: MNDNR, State Climatology Office.
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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: "Pedestrians walk past the Tesla Motors store in Santa Monica, California in March 2016. CEO Elon Musk came out last week with a $2.86 billion plan to acquire SolarCity, and a Tesla showroom could help customers wondering where to start with using solar in their homes." CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Patrick T. Fallon.
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TODAY: Morning sunshine, clouds increase this afternoon with an isolated shower. Winds: S 5-10. High: near 80
SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and comfortable. Low: 60
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny, low humidity lingers. Winds: SE 5-10. High: 82
4TH OF JULY: Warm sunshine, a bit stickier. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 63. High: 84
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, T-storms at night. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 67. High: 86
WEDNESDAY: Steamy sun, a few T-storms around. Winds: SW 5-10. Wake-up: 72. High: near 90
THURSDAY: Some sun, nagging thunder risk. Winds: N 5-10. Wake-up: 71. High: 88
FRIDAY: More sun, slight drop in humidity. Winds: NE 5-10. Wake-up: 68. High: 82
Image credit: "The amount of area burned has ballooned by 1,200%, with areas such as the northern Rockies and the north-west particularly badly hit." Photograph: Ryan Babroff/AP.
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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...."