82 F. average high on July 29.
82 F. high on July 29, 2015.
July 30, 1971: A cool spell across Minnesota brings frost to northern Minnesota. Freezing temperatures are reported as far south as Pipestone
Trending Warmer - More Good News Than Bad?
Unlike much of the planet Minnesota may actually benefit from a steady warming trend in the 21st century.
We're already tracking a consistently longer growing season. Many farmers acknowledge rain is falling harder, washing away rich topsoil and nutrients. But Minnesota is water-rich, and this may be one of our biggest assets in the years to come.
Much like 2012 Minnesota will enjoy a 7-month boating season this year. But a longer warm season means more allergens, ragweed and pests. Climate Central just crunched the numbers, showing a 34 day increase in Minnesota's mosquito season since the 1980s. Lovely!
A mixed blessing.
Cooling degree data shows we've spent 23 percent more than average cooling our homes so far this summer; 11 days at or above 90F in the Twin Cities. We'll add a couple more days above 90F next week, but this weekend looks remarkably nice, with blue sky, a light southeast breeze and highs within a couple clicks of 80F.
The more I stare at long-range models the greater my confidence that August will be stinking-hot too. When in doubt don't buck the trends.
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Photo credit: "The Waldo Canyon Fire northwest of Colorado Springs, Colo., in June 2012 caused nearly $454 million in damage and was the state's most destructive fire -- until the Black Forest Fire surpassed it a year later. Scientists say climate change is helping to fuel forest fires." Photo by the Department of Agriculture, courtesy of Wikipedia.
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Shared Vehicles Could Make Our Cities Dramatically More Livable. Dave Roberts has the story at Vox; here's an excerpt: "...Our transportation system has not changed much, except to become bigger and more sprawling, in over 60 years. There are so many moving pieces today, so many new technologies and possibilities, that it seems impossible to wrap your head around what may be coming. One way to think about it is this: Technology is enabling a shift to self-driving vehicles, a shift to electric vehicles, and a shift to shared vehicles. Each of those shifts will have its own effects. It can be helpful to try to disaggregate those effects. That’s what a recent study from the International Transport Forum (an OECD think tank) attempts to accomplish. In particular, it tries to focus in on the sharing part..."
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Why Rich Neighbors Are Bad For You. Here's a clip from The Washington Post: "The concept of “keeping up with the Joneses” has been around for more than a century. But in an era of high inequality, the pressure to match the lavish lifestyles of one's neighbors has become all the more salient. A new paper from a Federal Reserve economist explores a potentially alarming way these pressures affects people's financial lives. The paper from Fed economist Jeffrey Thompson suggests that Americans are borrowing more to keep up with wealthier members of society — particularly when it comes to buying and financing homes..." (Image credit: someecards).
The Public Shaming of England's First Umbrella User. Using an umbrella shows "weakness of character?" Who knew. Atlas Obscura has the details: "...In the early 1750s, an Englishman by the name of Jonas Hanway, lately returned from a trip to France, began carrying an umbrella around the rainy streets of London. People were outraged. Some bystanders hooted and jeered at Hanway as he passed; others simply stared in shock. Who was this strange man who seemed not to care that he was committing a social sin? Hanway was the first man to parade an umbrella unashamed in 18th-century England, a time and place in which umbrellas were strictly taboo. In the minds of many Brits, umbrella usage was symptomatic of a weakness of character, particularly among men..."
TODAY: Partly sunny. Very few complaints about the weather. Winds: SE 3-8. High: near 80
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear and pleasant. Low: 64
SUNDAY: Plenty of sunshine. Lakes beckon. Winds: SE 8-13. High: 82
MONDAY: Sticky sun, stray T-storm possible. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 69. High: 88
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, dew point above 70F. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 72. High: 89
WEDNESDAY: Hot sun, feels like upper 90s to near 100F. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 74. High: 92
THURSDAY: Heavy T-storms, then cooling off a bit. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 73. High: 88
FRIDAY: Blue sky, welcome drop in humidity. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 67. High: 86
Photo credit: "The Sand Fire burning in California's Santa Clarita Valley in July." Credit: Kevin Gill/flickr.
Graphic credit: "Oceanographic satellite released by NASA April 21, 2008, depicts a La Nina blanketing the Pacific Ocean near the equator." Reuters.
Cameron's video is here.
File photo: USGS.