80 F. average high on June 22.
81 F. high on June 22, 2015.
June 23, 2002: Just a few weeks after torrential rains hit the area, another round of heavy rain hits northern Minnesota. This time up to eight inches would fall in a two-day period in parts of Mahnomen and St. Louis Counties.
Camping Up North? Take a NOAA Weather Radio
The death of Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz's brother during Sunday's severe storm in the BWCA was a painful reminder of the risks posed by high winds - with no suitable shelter nearby. Every summer the question surfaces: where should I go when thunderstorms rumble above my tent or camper?
A new generation of smartphone apps can deliver GPS-specific warnings, but cell phone coverage in the BWCA is spotty. Your best bet? Take along a portable NOAA Weather Radio, which should work almost everywhere. It may be impossible to avoid falling trees, but finding a cave, a clearing or even an outcropping of rocks provides some protection.
Someone should hurry up and invent an indestructible sleeping bag.
No drama today, just a transfusion of cooler air as high pressure passes overhead. Lake-worthy 80s return Friday with enough low-level moisture to fuel a few strong to severe T-storms Saturday. Enjoy a shot at 90F Saturday, because next week looks cooler and drier.
The heat wave gripping the southwest USA shows no sign of invading Minnesota anytime soon. 4th of July highs here may reach the 80s.
Photo credit: "Smoke from wildfires burning in Angeles National Forest fills the sky behind the Los Angeles skyline on Monday, June 20, 2016." Image: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP.
Kansas-Size Hailstones. Thanks to Jim and Jorie Lindner, who live on Little Pelican Lake, about 5 miles south of Breezy Point, for sending in what appears to be hailstones larger than baseball-size. That stone under the basket appears to be grapefruit size, something you'd expect to see near Wichita or Tulsa, not the North Woods of Minnesota.
Photo credit: "IJburg, a neighborhood of floating houses on the eastern edge of Amsterdam." Credit: Joris van Gennip/The GroundTruth Project.
Illustration credit: Erik Carter.
TODAY: Partly sunny, pleasant. Winds: NE 7-12. High: 76
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear, more comfortable. Low: 62
FRIDAY: Sunny, warm enough for the lake. Winds: SE 10-15. High: 85
SATURDAY: Some sticky sun. Few severe storms? Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 70. High: near 90
SUNDAY: Plenty of sun, turning less humid. Winds: W 10-20. Wake-up: 64. High: 85
MONDAY: Intervals of sun, almost comfortable. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 62. High: 77
TUESDAY: Mix of clouds & sun, no weather drama. Winds: N 5-10. Wake-up: 58. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: Sunny and pleasant. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 57. High: near 80
Photo credit of illuminated mammatus clouds over North Dakota: Marshall Lipp.
A Peek Into the Relatively Sane Climate Debates Outside the United States. Grist takes a look at how conservative parties in just about every other country on Earth have accepted the science and are now focusing on solutions: "...Norwegian researcher Sondre Båtstrand last year compared conservative parties in the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, and Australia, finding that the U.S. Republican Party alone was “an anomaly in denying anthropogenic climate change.” Even when conservative candidates argue against climate-change action in their home countries, scientific denial is rarely part of the conversation. Here’s a whirlwind tour of the climate and energy debate around the world (which is thoroughly blissful compared to U.S. politics).." (Image credit: NASA).
Nuclear New-Build Not Fast Enough to Curb Global Warming: Report. Reuters has the story; here's the intro: "Nuclear reactors are not being built rapidly enough around the world to meet targets on curbing global warming, a report by the World Nuclear Association, an industry body, said on Tuesday. The association, which represents the global nuclear industry, says 1,000 gigawatts of new nuclear capacity needs to be added by 2050 so nuclear can supply around 25 percent of global electricity. Last year, more nuclear reactors were under construction and came online than at any other time in the past 25 years and building times have improved..."
Photo credit above: "Two cooling towers and pressurized water reactors of the nuclear power plant of French supplier Electricite de France (EDF) are pictured in Cattenom, eastern France, January 27, 2016." Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay.
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Michael Mann, a leading climate scientist and professor of meteorology at Penn State University, was in Phoenix on Friday when temperatures hit 106 degrees. He was speaking at a Democratic National Platform committee meeting, where he pointed to the extreme weather as “an example of just the sort of extreme heat that is on the increase due to human-caused climate change,” he told HuffPost. “The likelihood of record heat has already doubled in the U.S. due to human-caused warming,” he said, “and that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.” Daily records were also set in California, where Burbank reached 109 degrees and Palm Springs soared to 119..."
Photo credit: AP. "A home builder works at sunrise on Monday in Gilbert, Arizona, in an effort to beat the rising temperatures."