83 F. average high on July 10.
85 F. high on July 10, 2015.
1.01" rain fell at St. Cloud Sunday.
July 11, 1903: The temperature plummets down to 26 at Leech Lake Dam.
Extreme Heat: America's Number One Weather Killer
Thousands of Americans chase tornadoes, for profit or just a cheap adrenaline rush. Hurricanes are mesmerizing on weather satellites, threatening entire states with flooding. But the number one killer in the USA is heat.
30-year data from NOAA confirms that heat consistently claims more lives than flooding, lightning, or extreme storms. Since 1986 an average of 130 Americans have succumbed, directly or indirectly, to excessive heat - more than 3 times the death toll from winter cold and storms.
Cooling degree data since June 1 shows we've spent 13 percent more than average to cool our homes and offices. And weather models, increasingly, hint at a simmering ridge of hot high pressure stalling over the Upper Midwest the last 10 days of July. I could see a string of 90s next week, with a heat index topping 100F at times. Summer heat has yet to peak in our zip code - I suspect '16 will wind up considerably hotter than last summer.
We get a little preview today: 90F with a few severe storms later on. Enjoy a late week cool front because prime time summer arrives next week.
Welcome Puff of Canadian Comfort - then Beastly Hot Next Week? European (ECMWF) model guidance shows 90 degrees today, but significant cooling by the end of the week. Soak up a little Canadian refreshment because seriously stinking hot weather may return next week. Graphic: WeatherBell.
Late July: Moderately Hot Weather Continues. Although the ridge axis stretches from Alberta and Montana into the Rockies and western Plains within 2 weeks the map above insinuates 90s into the last week of July.
* NOAA NCDC has the list here.
Why We Need to Pick Up Alvin Toffler's Torch. Future Shock has arrived. Globalization. Automation. Computerization. Robots. Artificial Intelligence. No wonder so many of us are feeling disoriented, underemployed and worried for the future. Here's an excerpt at The New York Times: "...Yet in rereading Mr. Toffler’s book, as I did last week, it seems clear that his diagnosis has largely panned out, with local and global crises arising daily from our collective inability to deal with ever-faster change. All around, technology is altering the world: Social media is subsuming journalism, politics and even terrorist organizations. Inequality, driven in part by techno-abetted globalization, has created economic panic across much of the Western world. National governments are in a slow-moving war for dominance with a handful of the most powerful corporations the world has ever seen — all of which happen to be tech companies..."
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TODAY: Steamy, strong T-storms possible, a few may turn severe. Winds: S 15-25. High: 91
MONDAY NIGHT: T-storms likely, locally heavy rain. Low: 71
TUESDAY: Damp start, then warm sunshine. Winds: SW 10-15. High: 87
WEDNESDAY: Less sun, stray T-storm or two. Winds: W 10-20. Wake-up: 68. High: 84
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, cooler. Few showers and sprinkle. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 63. High: 72
FRIDAY: Sunny and pleasant. Comfortable dew points. Winds: S 5-10. Wake-up: 58. High: 78
SATURDAY: Few showers and T-storms. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 60. High: 80
SUNDAY: Sticky sun, few T-storms. Wake-up: 67. High: 84
* A friend snapped the photo of the Bald Eagle clutching a walleye (?) up at Pelican Lake over the 4th of July weekend.
Image credit: "As sea levels rise in the next century, even a $3 billion wall won't keep Lower Manhattan above water."
Arctic Cruise Raises Hopes and Environmental Concerns. Yes, let's cruise NORTH of Canada and admire a rapidly-melting arctic. Alaska Dispatch News has the story; here's a clip: "...There are few opportunities for passengers to travel the sea route along the northern coast of North America. Even with global warming opening up the Northwest Passage, fewer than 50 passenger ships have completed the full transit, and those were largely yachts and expedition boats with at most a few hundred people. With 1,070 passengers and a crew of 655, the Serenity is giant in comparison. Its foray into these waters will test not only the ability of man and machine to avoid ice, but also the readiness of a multinational search and rescue coalition..."
Photo credit: "The 1,077 passenger capacity Crystal Serenity is planning a 32-day voyage through the Northwest Passage in the summer of 2016." (Courtesy Crystal Cruises).