82 F. average high on July 2.
77 F. high on July 2, 2015.
July 3, 1947: Tornadoes hit Marshall and Polk Counties.
Cabin Aerobics: "Some Maintenance Required"
"I'm not complaining, just explaining" I tell my wife, who just shrugs and shakes her head. When you buy a house or cabin nobody tells you about the ongoing maintenance that will be required. Stuff breaks, and it's almost a full-time job keeping everything working.
What's your M2E ratio? Maintenance to enjoyment. 5 to 1. 10 to 1? The thing is, keeping the cabin and various toys functioning is a sloppy form of exercise. In my mind I'm in much better shape when I'm up north, shutting off the digital distractions, putting my brain in neutral, fixing stuff.
Extraordinary weather lingers over Minnesota into the 4th of July with a light southeast breeze, comfortable dew points in the 50s and enough warm sun to go jump in a lake. Severe storms push across Iowa today; a few T-storms flare up over the Red River Valley Monday, but most Minnesota towns and lakes stay dry until Tuesday, when a line of strong to severe storms may bubble up. We may hit 90F later this week with a heat index in the oh-zone, but no lengthy heatwaves are brewing into late July.
Yes, we are lucking out this year.
Photo credit: " " Credit Greg Lovett/Palm Beach Post, via Associated Press.
Photo credit: "Florida's waters are choking from algae, and the source of the growth is believed to be from polluted Lake Okeechobee. Residents say it smells like "a hundred dead animals" and some have complained of health problems." (Reuters)
Glory Index: Nice June, But Not as Remarkable as June 2015. Thanks to Kenny Blumenfeld at the Minnesota DNR for passing this nugget along: "The results are in, and June 2016, though occasionally quite lovely, was no June 2015. The month ended with 665.7 points on the Summer Glory Index (SGI), making it the 24th nicest June out of 114 on record. This otherwise respectable score is of course nowhere near the record-topping 905.5 points earned by June 2015. So, what was the difference between June 2015 and June 2016? Basically, it all comes down to a handful of less-than-ideal days that last June avoided but that this June fully embraced..."
Graphic credit: MNDNR, State Climatology Office.
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TODAY: Plenty of sunshine, lukewarm. Winds: SE 5-10. High: 80:
TONIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy. Low: 62
4TH OF JULY: Warm sun, a bit stickier - but dry. Winds: SE 8-13. High: 83
TUESDAY: Steamy, risk of strong/severe storms. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 67. High: 88
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, still sticky. Winds: SE 5-10. Wake-up: 70. High: 89
THURSDAY: Showers, possible T-storms. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 69. High: 85
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, turning less humid. Winds: N 5-10. Wake-up: 64. High: 83
SATURDAY: Lot's of sun. Nicer day of the weekend. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
Hillary Clinton's Ambitious Climate Change Plan Avoids Carbon Tax. Here's the intro of a story at The New York Times: " Hillary Clinton, courting young voters and the broader Democratic base, has promised to one-up President Obama on climate change, vowing to produce a third of the nation’s electricity from renewable sources by 2027, three years faster than Mr. Obama, while spending billions of dollars to transform the energy economy. A half-billion solar panels will be installed by 2020, she has promised, seven times the number today, and $60 billion will go to states and cities to develop more climate-friendly infrastructure, such as public transportation and energy-efficient buildings. She would put the United States on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050. And, she says, she could achieve all that without new legislation from Congress..."
Image credit: " Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times."
Image credit: "The amount of area burned has ballooned by 1,200%, with areas such as the northern Rockies and the north-west particularly badly hit." Photograph: Ryan Babroff/AP.