75 F. average high on June 7.
82 F. high on June 7, 2015.
June 8, 1972: 8 inches of rain falls in 7 hours at Madelia Township in Wantonwan County.
June 8, 1893: Violent winds occur at Maple Plain from 1:30 to 2:15pm. A large frame house was moved 8 feet from its foundation. Many barns and hay sheds blown over by the wind. One barn was blown across Dutch Lake.
Cool & Comfortable Gives Way to Hot and Sweaty
With artificial intelligence will computers ever be able to tell stories, with no human intervention? Will "Siri" whisper you own personalized forecast?
An article in today's weather blog asks a rhetorical question: with smart phone apps and computer models do we need weather forecasters? Interesting question, and believe me, I'm hedging my bets. At the risk of sounding defensive, we're still a long way from computers providing perspective and context. That's true in news and sports, as well.
But the future is unknowable; all meteorologists would be well advised to have a Plan B, just like everyone else.
Today will be a tonic for the soul: sunny, upper 70s with comfortable dew points. Soak it up. The approach of a sauna-like airmass sparks a few T-storms tonight into early Thursday. On the hot side of the front south winds lure a drippy dew point into the mid-70s. With temperatures in the mid-90s the heat index Friday could top 100F.
Models suggest slight relief Saturday as surface winds turn to the east; T-storms Monday, followed by a reprieve from the heat on Tuesday.
Photo credit: "James Spann is Alabama's go-to meteorologist when the state's weather turns severe."
Photo credit: "Hurricane Edith, 1971: A Baton Rouge service station found itself scrambled after Hurricane Edith blew though town." (J.W. Guillot / Times-Picayune archive)
Editorial: Cities, Counties Must Deal With "New Normal" of Rain, Floods. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed at the Beaumont Enterprise in Texas: "...Places in Houston have had two "500-year floods" this spring. The city of Brenham has already set a record for its wettest calendar year on record. This week it got more than 19 inches of rain in 48 hours. That's more than Los Angeles is supposed to get in an entire year. Half of our entire state is under flash flood watch or warning. Keep in mind that all of this has no connection with the "official" hurricane season, which began this week. Our rainfall isn't cascading in from the Gulf of Mexico. It's coming inland along the same patterns our parents and grandparents dealt with - only more often, and heavier. After a while, conditions like this aren't abnormal. They become the new normal, and we have to start adjusting to them..." (File photo: U.S. Coast Guard).
Image credit: Wikipedia.
Photo credit: "David McCloskey, right, points out a feature of his map of Cascadia to a vistor at Nisqually Reach, on the southern shore of Puget Sound." (William Yardley / Los Angeles Times).
Steven Chu Criticizes Clean Power Plan for Neglecting Nuclear. Forbes has the article; here's the intro: "Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu doesn’t think energy storage can solve the reliability problems of wind and solar quickly enough, he said Friday, which led him to criticize the Environmental Protection Agency for neglecting nuclear power in its Clean Power Plan. “Even though the Clean Power Plan says we need nuclear and maintains the same ratio, they give no credit for it,” Chu said during a debate at the Silicon Valley Energy Summit hosted by Stanford University. “We should make a Clean Power Plan that’s based on clean energy, not renewable energy...” (File image: Shutterstock).
Chart credit: IEA, Global EV Outlook 2016) "BEV = battery electric vehicles; PHEV = plug-in hybrid vehicles, which typically have both an electric motor and a conventional engine."
Photo credit: "This pilot plant can capture up to a ton of carbon dioxide per day."
TODAY: Sunny, still comfortable. Winds: S 5-10. High: 78
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: More clouds with a few T-storms possible. Low: 62
THURSDAY: Early thunder, then sticky sunshine. Winds: SE 7-12. High: 83
FRIDAY: Very humid - sunny and stinking hot. T-storm risk late. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 71. High: 93
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, very slight relief. Winds: NE 8-13. Wake-up: 73. High: 89
SUNDAY: Intervals of sticky sun, isolated T-storm. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 69. High: 82 (70s north of MSP)
MONDAY: More numerous T-storms, some heavy. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 70. High: 81
TUESDAY: Clearing skies, less humid. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 64. High: 81
Image credit: Ravi Kochhar
Guest Post: Attributing Changes in Regional Rainfall to Human Activity. Carbon Brief has the article; here's a link and excerpt: "...But simply waiting for models and observations to get better seems an insufficient response to the climate changes that are already happening. In our study, we discuss how new ways of identifying changes in regional rainfall are beginning to show some success, even in the presence of imperfect models and measurements. Growing scientific understanding of the physical processes at play, together with fine-detailed models, are allowing scientists to compare models and observations in a way that can disentangle the thermodynamic and dynamic aspects of the changes. This is a way forward to facilitate detection in the face of uncertainty..." (File photo: Reuters, TPX Images).
Photo credit: "A massive network of roads connects oil and gas sites in Jonah Field, Wyo." Image used with permission from Bruce Gordon, Ecoflight.
Why Isn't Anyone Lobbying for Climate Change? Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island has an Op-Ed at Forbes; here's an excerpt: "...I asked them all, if you are not going to lobby on climate change, who do you think will? If TechNet with its green energy firms, the lumber industry with its climate challenges, and the property casualty insurance industry paying for storm damage, all come to Washington and don’t even have climate change on their lobbying portfolio, what do they expect from Congress? Washington’s dirty secret is that even the American companies that are really good on sustainability put net zero effort into lobbying Congress on climate change..."
Historic Deluge Hits Texas. Houston, You Have a Problem. Here's an excerpt of an Eric Holthaus post at Slate: "...It’s impossible to know exactly how much climate change factors into the likelihood of these specific events, but it’s certain that it has. Hotter hots, drier droughts, and heavier rains have long been predicted as a consequence of rising greenhouse gas levels that speed up our planet’s water cycle and intensify many already extreme weather events. (The lingering effects of a record-setting El Niño is also likely playing a part in the recent Texas floods. And, it’s not just Texas: Over the past several days, major floods have also hit Paris and other parts of Europe, Sri Lanka, and Ethiopia.) Texas has seen some of the most drastic change in the United States, with Houston registering a 167 percent increase in the biggest downpours since the 1950s..." (2015 file photo: weather.com).
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Meteorologist Don Paul: How I Learned Manmade Climate Change Is The Real Deal. Here's an excerpt of Don's Op-Ed at The Buffalo News: "...When climate models are run, they can be initialized with different data sets and different levels of greenhouse gas in particular. To a model, when these models are run with the carbon dioxide level of the year approximately 1900 (around 297 ppm rather than the current 403 ppm), and natural warming (not man-made) forces are maxed up, the globe would have shown slight cooling through the end of the 20th century. Left to so-called normal cyclic changes, even with other warming mechanisms in nature pumped up, no other explanation can be found for warming that has been ongoing at different rates over recent decades..."