83 F. average high on July 29.
82 F. high on July 29, 2015.
July 30, 1971: A cool spell across Minnesota brings frost to northern Minnesota. Freezing temperatures are reported as far south as Pipestone
Trending Warmer - More Good News Than Bad?
Unlike much of the planet Minnesota may actually benefit from a steady warming trend in the 21st century.
We're already tracking a consistently longer growing season. Many farmers acknowledge rain is falling harder, washing away rich topsoil and nutrients. But Minnesota is water-rich, and this may be one of our biggest assets in the years to come.
Much like 2012 Minnesota will enjoy a 7-month boating season this year. But a longer warm season means more allergens, ragweed and pests. Climate Central just crunched the numbers, showing a 34 day increase in Minnesota's mosquito season since the 1980s. Lovely!
A mixed blessing.
Cooling degree data shows we've spent 23 percent more than average cooling our homes so far this summer; 11 days at or above 90F in the Twin Cities. We'll add a couple more days above 90F next week, but this weekend looks remarkably nice, with blue sky, a light southeast breeze and highs within a couple clicks of 80F.
The more I stare at long-range models the greater my confidence that August will be stinking-hot too. When in doubt don't buck the trends.
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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.
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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).
The Public Shaming of England's First Umbrella User. Using an umbrella shows "weakness of character?" Who knew. Atlas Obscura has the details: "...In the early 1750s, an Englishman by the name of Jonas Hanway, lately returned from a trip to France, began carrying an umbrella around the rainy streets of London. People were outraged. Some bystanders hooted and jeered at Hanway as he passed; others simply stared in shock. Who was this strange man who seemed not to care that he was committing a social sin? Hanway was the first man to parade an umbrella unashamed in 18th-century England, a time and place in which umbrellas were strictly taboo. In the minds of many Brits, umbrella usage was symptomatic of a weakness of character, particularly among men..."
TODAY: Partly sunny. Very few complaints about the weather. Winds: SE 3-8. High: near 80
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear and pleasant. Low: 64
SUNDAY: Plenty of sunshine. Lakes beckon. Winds: SE 8-13. High: 82
MONDAY: Sticky sun, stray T-storm possible. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 69. High: 88
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, dew point above 70F. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 72. High: 89
WEDNESDAY: Hot sun, feels like upper 90s to near 100F. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 74. High: 92
THURSDAY: Heavy T-storms, then cooling off a bit. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 73. High: 88
FRIDAY: Blue sky, welcome drop in humidity. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 67. High: 86
Photo credit: "The Sand Fire burning in California's Santa Clarita Valley in July." Credit: Kevin Gill/flickr.
Graphic credit: "Oceanographic satellite released by NASA April 21, 2008, depicts a La Nina blanketing the Pacific Ocean near the equator." Reuters.
Cameron's video is here.
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