81 F. average high on July 1.
74 F. high on July 1, 2015.
July 2, 1989: Softball sized hail falls near Dorset, and baseball sized hail is reported at Nevis in Hubbard County.
July 2, 1972: A low of 32 is recorded at Big Falls in Koochiching County.
Divine Intervention? Spectacular Holiday Weather
NOAA's climate models are predicting a warmer than average July for Minnesota. That makes sense, considering May was the 13th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record was broken; the longest such streak since global temperatures began in 1880.
Research at the University of Minnesota suggests we're going longer between storms and frontal passages during the summer, but when it does rain in comes down in a tropical torrent, with a greater potential for record rainfall amounts.
This sluggish, slower-moving pattern works to our advantage this holiday weekend. A fresh shot of low-humidity Canadian air lingers into Sunday with light southeast winds, dew points in the 50s and generous sunshine. We should nudge 80F today, low 80s Sunday, mid-80s on the 4th of July as humidity levels rise.
Most towns and lakes stay dry into Monday; just a few random T-storms over the Red River Valley. Most of us won't be chased indoors by grumbling storms until Tuesday night. We may hit 90F by midweek but no extended heatwave is in sight.
I'm feeling lucky/relieved/blessed. Have fun out there!
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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Greenbrier Resort Opens Doors to West Virginia Flood Victims. Here's an excerpt of a story at Golf Digest: "The Greenbrier Resort was suppose to host the world's best golfers next week. Instead, the White Sulphur Springs estate is serving as home to victims of the deadly West Virginia floods. Though the resort is officially closed, the hotel has opened a limited number of rooms to those who have lost their homes. "Due to all of the damage we received from the storm, we aren't able to provide The Greenbrier experience that our guests expect," said Jim Justice, owner of the resort. "But we can certainly provide a comfortable room for those who are hurting and need a place to go..."
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Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter's Atmosphere. NASA has the amazing details: "Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is best known for its colorful storms, the most famous being the Great Red Spot. Now astronomers have focused on another beautiful feature of the planet, using Hubble's ultraviolet capabilities. The extraordinary vivid glows shown in the new observations are known as auroras. They are created when high-energy particles enter a planet’s atmosphere near its magnetic poles and collide with atoms of gas. As well as producing beautiful images, this program aims to determine how various components of Jupiter’s auroras respond to different conditions in the solar wind, a stream of charged particles ejected from the sun..."
Image credit: "Astronomers are using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to study auroras — stunning light shows in a planet's atmosphere — on the poles of the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter." Credits: NASA, ESA, and J. Nichols (University of Leicester).
Photo credit: "Pedestrians walk past the Tesla Motors store in Santa Monica, California in March 2016. CEO Elon Musk came out last week with a $2.86 billion plan to acquire SolarCity, and a Tesla showroom could help customers wondering where to start with using solar in their homes." CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Patrick T. Fallon.
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Where We Live and How We Die. Not something I really want to ponder on a Saturday morning. Or any morning. But How We Get To Next makes it so interesting and visual I couldn't resist. Here's an excerpt: "...The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD), the world’s largest and most comprehensive description of global mortality patterns, confirms the link between death and geography through empirical comparisons of mortality data for each country in the world. Distributed by the World Health Organization and involving over 1,600 collaborators worldwide, it explains what is responsible for all of the deaths that happen globally. The most recent report from 2013 gives a succinct list of the top 10 causes of years of life lost around the world. They are, in order: ischemic heart diseases (when the heart is unable to get blood, which typically leads to heart attacks), lower respiratory infections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis), stroke, diarrhea, road injuries, HIV/AIDS, preterm birth complications, malaria, neonatal encephalopathy (severe brain injuries occurring within the first month of life), and congenital causes (conditions present from birth)..."
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Facebook, a News Giant That Would Rather Show Us Baby Pictures. Ironic - FB has morphed into the largest news site on the planet, but it appears news isn't much of a priority, according to a New York Times story: "...Though it is couched in the anodyne language of a corporate news release, the document’s message should come as a shock to everyone in the media business. According to these values, Facebook has a single overriding purpose, and it isn’t news. Facebook is mainly for telling you what’s up with your friends and family. Adam Mosseri, the Facebook manager in charge of the news feed, said in a recent interview that informing and entertaining users was also part of the company’s mission. But he made clear that news and entertainment were secondary pursuits..."
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TODAY: Morning sunshine, clouds increase this afternoon with an isolated shower. Winds: S 5-10. High: near 80
SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and comfortable. Low: 60
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny, low humidity lingers. Winds: SE 5-10. High: 82
4TH OF JULY: Warm sunshine, a bit stickier. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 63. High: 84
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, T-storms at night. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 67. High: 86
WEDNESDAY: Steamy sun, a few T-storms around. Winds: SW 5-10. Wake-up: 72. High: near 90
THURSDAY: Some sun, nagging thunder risk. Winds: N 5-10. Wake-up: 71. High: 88
FRIDAY: More sun, slight drop in humidity. Winds: NE 5-10. Wake-up: 68. High: 82
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.
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Are West Virginia's Floods The Result of Climate Change? Did an increase in water vapor increase the odds of another 1-in-1,000-year flood? Here's an excerpt from Forbes: "For a state that has been racked with recession and unemployment, the flash floods that have ravaged West Virginia don’t help much. But the key question to ask — no matter how unpleasant — is whether the coal sector there shares some of the blame. At issue is the concept of climate change and whether the warmer atmosphere is holding more water and therefore intensifying the storms. To that end, West Virginia’s prime industry has been coal, a fuel that when burned is responsible for a third of all human-induced carbon emissions. Even more, the surface mining that has occurred is lopping off whole mountaintops and removing the vegetation, leaving the landscape vulnerable to erosion..."
File photo credit: "In this June 25, 2016, file photo, West Virginia State Trooper C.S. Hartman, left, and Bridgeport W. Va., fireman, Ryan Moran, wade through flooded streets as they search homes in Rainelle. A rainstorm that seemed no big deal at first turned into a catastrophe for the small town in West Virginia, trapping dozens of people whose screams would echo all night." (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File).
Photo credit: Ryan Donnell for Fortune Magazine.
Combating Climate Change Crucial to Global Security. This Op-Ed at the San Diego Union-Tribune resonated; here's an excerpt: "...Even more, let's honor their mission by preventing the very conflicts that they could be called upon to fight. To do so, we must combat climate change. It’s not just an environmental issue; it’s a global security crisis. The Department of Defense, in its long-term planning documents, has identified climate change as an “urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources.” As a “threat multiplier,” climate change increases the likelihood of conflict while also hindering military readiness. Like gas on a fire, it inflames smoldering conflicts in regions least able to extinguish them. That often means putting American service members in harm’s way...."