82 F. average high on July 25.
84 F. high on July 25, 2015.
July 26, 1981: A chilly morning occurs across the Northland, with 33 degrees at Roseau and Wannaska.
Another Streak of 90s Brewing On The Horizon
"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it" wrote Russel Baker. Between the urban heat island, "corn sweat" and a dew point pushing 80 degrees, last week's heat index of 112F in the metro was an acquired taste. And there's growing agreement among weather models that a second wave of gasp-worthy heat is shaping up for early August.
A steep lapse rate (temperatures cooling more rapidly with altitude) sparks a few spotty showers and T-showers Tuesday night into Friday. Probably no sustained tropical soakers, and temperatures this week trend closer to average for late July.
Warm sunshine returns for the weekend and by early next week neighbors may be griping about the heat once more, with highs near 90F and dew points in the 70s. Some of the models build another heat dome, a bubble of hot high pressure, directly above the Midwest by the second week of August, potentially capable of a second round of sustained heat & humidity.
MSP has enjoyed 10 days of 90- plus heat in 2016. Average is 13 for the year. At the rate we're going I could see a total of 15-20.
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Between 1993 and 2005, when the increase in house size was reaching its zenith, total consumption of electricity for residential air conditioning nearly doubled, from 134 billion kilowatt-hours to 261 billion, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration surveys. The Energy Department says air conditioners use about 5 percent of all the electricity produced in the country each year, costing homeowners more than $11 billion. It’s not too late to reduce our dependence on air conditioning, especially in rural areas, small towns and leafy suburbs. Even in big cities, homeowners can plant shade trees and other vegetation, install whole-house fans, sleep in the basement..."
Photo credit: " Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times."
The End of Advertising, As We Know It. The disruption continues - here's an excerpt of a fascinating article at MediaPost: "Eighty-eight percent of Fortune 500 companies that were around in 1955 no longer exist today. Industries get disrupted. How’s that working out for advertising? Until relatively recently, the ad industry has been dominated by the same media that dominated it in 1955: print, radio and TV. Only TV still dominates today, but its grip on media buyers is slipping. It’s hanging on by its fingernails. That’s about to change. Cataclysmic forces are shifting corporate culture and disrupting pent-up organizational malaise..."
Photo credit: "The humble VHS VCR is finally dead, outliving its arch-rival Betamax’s tapes by 9 months." Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian.
TODAY: Partly sunny, sticky. Winds: SW 8-13. High: 87
TUESDAY NIGHT: Humid, risk of a T-storm. Low: 70
WEDNESDAY: Unsettled, a few T-showers nearby. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 83
THURSDAY: A few more showers may sprout. Winds: NE 5-10. Wake-up: 68. High: 80
FRIDAY: Stray shower, cooler breeze kicks in. Winds: NE 10-15. Wake-up: 66. High: 79
SATURDAY: Intervals of sun, T-storm up north. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 63. High: 83
SUNDAY: More sun, warming up again. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 65. High: 86
MONDAY: Hot sun, feels like upper 90s. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 69. High: near 90
“A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true.”—Isaac Newton
Sizzling Midwest Feels a Preview of a Hotter Future Climate. InsideClimate News offers up some perspective: "Extreme heat waves like the current string of scorching days in the Midwest have become more frequent worldwide in the last 60 years, and climate scientists expect that human-caused global warming will exacerbate the dangerous trend in coming decades. It comes with potentially life-threatening consequences for millions of people. Research has shown that overall mortality increases by 4 percent during heat waves compared to normal days in the U.S. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives in 2011 suggested that rising summer temperatures could kill up to 2,200 more people per year in Chicago alone during the last two decades of the 21st century..."
Map credit: "This June was the hottest ever, and July has brought even more heat, particularly in the Midwest." Credit: NOAA.
Photo credit: "A man walks through a dried-up Sarkhej lake on a hot summer day in Ahmedabad, India, April 21, 2016." Reuters/Amit Dave/File Photo.
Life On The Front Line of Climate Change. Here's an excerpt from Horizon Magazine: "...Observations show that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of world; an alarming trend given its understood role as the world’s barometer of environmental health. Its summer sea ice cover has decreased by about 50 % since the late 1970s, a loss larger than the landmass of India. With sea ice loss outstripping modelled predictions and complete summer loss being a realistic possibility within decades, ICE-ARC is also working to better understand the local and global economic impact of this. The researchers are using their understanding of community vulnerabilities and resilience, along with data collected from sources including autonomous robot platforms, data-sampling buoys and submersibles, to predict what physical and living marine resource changes can be expected — and how fast..."
Photo credit: "Measurement tools on dog sleds will tell researchers and the local Inuit population the ice thickness in northwest Greenland." Image courtesy of ICE-ARC.
Photo credit: "A file photo dated 19 June 2010 showing oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill being corralled and burned on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana." Photo by Bevil Knapp/EPA.