82 F. average high on July 30.
84 F. high on July 30, 2015.
July 31, 1961: Very heavy rain falls at Albert Lea, where 6.7 inches is recorded in 24 hours.
Minnesota Coping Skill? A Raging Case of Weather Amnesia
Are you really going to sit there and whine about a little humidity? Really? "I've just now thawed out from winter" a colleague at TPT's "Almanac" sighed. "I'm saving every bead of sweat in a jar." OK. That may be a little extreme, but under the heading of BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR consider this: 4 months ago today I was predicting a dusting of snow. 5 months ago the forecast low was 17F. 6 months ago today I was babbling about clippers and plowable snowfalls.
So no, I just can't get too indignant about 90 degrees.
A few generic instability thundershowers may sprout over far western Minnesota today; most of us escape with pudgy cumulus and low 80s. T-storms become more widespread Monday; by midweek another swipe of 90-95F air may have us wiping our collective brow. ECMWF guidance hints at fine weather next Saturday, but more strong T-storms Sunday as another spasm of 90-degree heat approaches.
La Nina often brings drought, and the Dakotas are drying out rapidly. But this pattern favors abundant rains for Minnesota in the foreseeable future. Which is about 3 hours or so.
The Big Thompson Disaster: Reverberations of a Flash Flood, 40 Years Later. Dr. Jeff Masters has the post at WunderBlog: "What began as a celebratory Saturday in the mountains ended in tragedy 40 years ago this weekend, when a catastrophic flash flood ripped through the narrow Big Thompson Canyon of Colorado’s Front Range. A total of 144 people were killed on that Saturday evening, July 31, 1976--the eve of the 100th anniversary of Colorado’s statehood. On just about any summer weekend, the canyons northwest of Denver are packed with vacationers and day-trippers. With the state’s centennial falling on this particular weekend, the mood was especially festive, and the weather seemed no more threatening than on many other summer days. Forecasts through the day called for a 40% to 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, but there was no particular concern about flood risk. Only a few hours later, critical gaps in weather data, communication, and public awareness had teamed up with a slow-moving deluge to create a true disaster--one that’s had a noteworthy influence on how we deal with flash floods today...."
Image credit: NOAA.
Photo credit: " " Sergei Karpukhin / REUTERS FILE.
Confessor. Feminist. Adult. What The Hell Happened to Howard Stern? I give Howard credit for reinventing himself, for adapting, iterating, tinkering and maturing. Because what worked in the 1980s isn't working in the 2010s. Here's an excerpt from New York Times Magazine: "...By all accounts, the metamorphosis has been slow — the result of a combination of therapy, his second marriage, mainstream acceptance and a sixth sense Mr. Stern has about how to evolve with the times. “I couldn’t have done the show I’m doing now 20 years ago,” Mr. Stern said over the phone. “I’ve changed a lot. I’d be sort of pathetic if I’d reached this point in my life and I hadn’t. How else do you have longevity? There are so many guys who started out with me in radio, who have disappeared, because they can’t broaden their view of what entertainment should be, or get in touch with what they find to be exciting and fun and funny...”
Photo credit: Chad Batka for The New York Times.
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, more humid. Winds: SE 8-13. High: 83
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 67
MONDAY: More clouds, scattered T-storms in the area. Winds: SE 10-15. High: 82
TUESDAY: Still muggy, few stray T-storms. Winds: S 5-10. Wake-up: 70. High: 89
WEDNESDAY: More sticky sun, feels like 96-100F. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 74. High: 91
THURSDAY: Few T-storms, then turning cooler. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 75. High: 86
FRIDAY: Sunny & warm, a bit less humid. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 66. High: 84
SATURDAY: Sunnier, drier day of the weekend? Winds: SE 5-10. Wake-up: 65. High: 85
Image credit: "Greenland ice loss has recently contributed to twice as much sea-level rise than in the preceding two decades." (Reuters).
Global Warming, God and the "End Times". I'm familiar with the Rapture and the Tribulation and what the book of Revelation predicts for the future. Every generation since the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ thought that THEY were the chosen ones living through the End Times. Every one. It's how we're wired, apparently, at least some of us. But using this as an excuse to treat God's Divine Creation like a dirty ATM card doesn't cut it. That's the sin of indifference, gluttony and greed. Nobody gets a free pass to trash Eden - we are called to be stewards. Here's an excerpt from a study at The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication: "For a significant number of Americans, the reality, causes and meaning of global warming are seen through the lens of their religious beliefs. Some reject the evidence that humans are causing global warming because they believe God controls the climate. Others believe that global warming is evidence that the world will be ending soon, and that we don’t need to worry about global warming in light of the approaching apocalypse. To assess the level of acceptance of these beliefs among Americans, we surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,204 American adults in March, 2016..."
Photo credit: " Credit Dennis Gearhart/NASA.
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.