August 2, 1831: Unseasonably cool air moves into Minnesota with light frost reported at Ft. Snelling.
Take Steps To Lower Your Summer Weather Risk
If you're not a little paranoid you may not be paying attention.
Every day we live with risk, and we take steps to lower the potential for disaster. We wear seat belts and helmets; take our kids by the hand crossing busy intersections.
Your odds of becoming a weather statistic are exceedingly small but there are steps you can take to avoid tragically unpleasant surprises.
Come indoors when you hear the first growl of thunder. Lightning is an equal opportunity killer. In a building or car you're generally fine. In light of the Ellicott City, Maryland super-flood remember that flash flooding claims many people in their vehicles, especially at night. "Turn around - don't drown". If you're camping take along a portable NOAA Weather Radio, and have a shelter scoped out nearby. Avoid camping next to streams, which flood rapidly when heavy rains fall upstream.
The worst of the heat stays south of Minnesota into mid-August. T-storms flare up today; again Thursday before a late week dip in humidity. We hit 90F by midweek with drippy dew points, but I suspect the worst of the heat may be behind us.
Minnesota: Drought-Free, For Now. National Drought Monitor data shows South Dakota drying out rapidly, pockets of drought across Lower Michigan. But soil moisture across most of Minnesota and Wisconsin is in good shape, in spite of the transition from El Nino to La Nina, which is often accompanied by drought. Not yet. Map: Aeris Maps Platform.
Image credit: "Click this screenshot to watch an animation of GOES-West weather satellite images showing the blazing Soberanes Fire between July 22, 2016, when it started, and July 30th." (Source: RAMMB)
* At least 2 people died during severe flash flooding, according to the Baltimore Sun. More details and perspective from WJLA-TV in Washington D.C. - the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
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TODAY: Leftover clouds, few passing T-storms. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 86
TUESDAY NIGHT: Partial clearing, drying out. Low: 68
WEDNESDAY: Sunny and drier - still hot and sticky. Feels like mid to upper 90s. High: 89
THURSDAY: Muggy with showers and T-storms likely. Wake-up: 73. High: near 90
FRIDAY: Sunny and less humid. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 65. High: 84
SATURDAY: Lingering sun, nicer day of weekend? Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 64. High: 83
SUNDAY: Chance of showers and T-storms. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 66. High: 81
MONDAY: T-storms taper early, then some sun. Wake-up: 65. High: 82
My Turn: Climate Change is a Moral Issue. An Op-Ed at Juneau Empire in Alaska resonated; here's an excerpt: "...Make no mistake: global warming is a religious issue. Climate change is a moral evil on many levels. It stems from overconsumption and is perpetuated by a heedless desire to continue a status quo we know is destructive. It’s a profound injustice, since its initial effects are falling hardest on the poorer members of human society who have done the least to cause it. It is also an injustice to generations newly arrived or yet-to-be born, as there is little harm greater than leaving our descendants a ravaged and exhausted environment. Finally, global warming’s ability to cause mass extinctions of the millions of creatures that share the earth with us reveals a sacrilegious contempt for the creation we were entrusted with. Some may say that this is simply God’s will. We profoundly disagree..."
Warming Waters. So far we haven't seen a significant uptick in hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, but the Pacific (bigger and even warmer) has seen record numbers of extreme category 5 hurricanes and typhoons in recent years. Graphics above: Climate Central.