75 F. high at St. Cloud Monday.
82 F. average high on July 6.
89 F. high on July 6, 2014.
.29" rain fell at St. Cloud yesterday (more outside of town).
2.83" rain fell yesterday at MSP International Airport, a new record for the wettest July 6.
4.5" rain soaked downtown St. Paul yesterday.
Smoke On The Water
Remind me not to take a deep blue summer sky for granted. Last weekend was hazy and murky. It looked like L.A. on a bad day, complete with a cherry-red sunset. Yesterday was downright eerie with smoke dropping visibility and creating very unhealthy conditions.
Wildfires have charred over 2 million acres in Alaska; smoke from northern fires will continue to drift over Minnesota in the coming days, giving the sky a milky-white appearance at times. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an Air Pollution Health Alert. People with respiratory problems up north are most likely to be impacted by the smoke plume.
Monday's training T-storms brought 1-2 MONTH'S worth of rain to much of the area; 3-5 inches for the immediate metro - over 7 inches near River Falls, Wisconsin. Impressive.
I can already hear the mosquitoes talking trash.
We cool off and dry out into midweek, but long range guidance pulls some real summer heat north by the weekend, as highs surge well into the 80s with a drippy dew point in the 70s by Saturday. The approach of this free sauna sets off more scattered T-storms next weekend. What a shocker.
Historically we see the hottest weather of the year in mid-July, but compared to the western and southern USA Minnesota will get off easy this summer.
More smoke than heat.
4.7" of rain soaked Burnsville; it's a long list of communities that picked up at least 2.5" of rain yesterday.
Fiery Perspective. One look at the map above explains the persistent pall of smoke pushing into the USA, a swath of large fires from Quebec to Alaska. Map: Canadian Wildland Fire Information System.
Drying Out. We may see 4 dry days, back to back, as smoky but comfortably cool, less humid Canadian air pushes southward. The next chance of showers and T-storms comes late Friday and Saturday as steamy, 70-degree dew point air approaches. Source: NOAA
Heaviest Rains Shift South. 7-Day accumulated rainfall predictions show a swath of 3-7" from Wichita Falls and Oklahoma City to near Kansas City and South Bend. The heat wave tapers over the Pacific Northwest; the core of the worst heat stay.ing south and west of Minnesota
Better Late Than Never. As the core of the jet stream finally lifts northward the risk of 90s will increase as we head into late July; GFS guidance suggesting moderately hot weather from the intermountain west to the Midwest and Great Lakes by July 20.
An Authentic Hot Front? Statistically we are due for a few 90s sometime soon, and GFS guidance brings 90s into MSP between July 16-19; by the end of next week.
TODAY: Sunny & comfortable. Smoke may dim the sun. Winds: N 10. Dew point: 49. High: 73
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear and cool for early July. Low: 56
WEDNESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun (and smoke). High: 76
THURSDAY: Hazy sun, a bit warmer. Wake-up: 60. High: near 80
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, nighttime T-storms? Wake-up: 64. High: 82
SATURDAY: Sticky, scattered T-storms likely. Dew point: 70. Wake-up: 66. High: 83
SUNDAY: Hot & steamy, PM T-storms. DP: 72. Wake-up: 69. High: near 90
MONDAY: Tropical humidity, few T-storms. Wake-up: 67. High: 82
Photo credit above: "Thousands attend a church service during the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah." Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters.