95 F. high in the Twin Cities Thursday.
.34" of rain fell at KSTC yesterday.
83 F. average high on July 21.
83 F. high on July 21, 2015.
July 22, 1972: Copious amounts of rain fall in parts of Minnesota, with 10.84 inches of rainfall in 24 hours at Ft. Ripley. 14 inches of rain is measured at a farm in Morrison County.
Still Stinking Hot - Breathing Easier by Sunday
Yesterday wasn't quite as oppressive as predicted: a heat index of 100-105F, instead of 110F. It's a little like winter wind chill. Can you feel colder than numb? But high dew points can result in heat ailments setting in faster this time of year. Thunderstorms sprouted, in spite of a strong cap, or inversion, and this kept things a bit more tolerable.
Expect mid 90s again today, with a heat index of 100-105F. I may use a trick my 86-year old father taught me years ago. Buy a cold can of pop, but don't drink it - just hang on to it. The cold can in the palm of your hand cools your entire body. Not perfect, but it helps. Thanks Dad.
T-storms bubbling up along the leading edge of Canadian relief may turn severe Saturday. If you have weekend plans Sunday looks like the drier, more comfortable day of the weekend as dew points sink into the 60s. Next week looks seasonably warm; highs in the 80s with midweek thunder. Typical for late July.
Football is almost here. Back To School Sales are now popping up. Forgive me for not bad-mouthing the heat.
We EARNED this hot front.
Slight Severe Storm Threat Saturday. If you have a choice in the matter schedule outdoor plans for Sunday, because conditions are ripe for a few rough T-storms Saturday. Dew points will still be in the low 70s, and cooling temperatures aloft may set the stage for a squall line or two during the day. NOAA SPC has the eastern Dakotas, Minnesota and western Wisconsin in a slight risk on Saturday.
Graphic credit: "The running average of global temperatures during 2016."
* More perspective on the record-setting first half of 2016 from Ars Technica and ThinkProgress.
Graphic credit: Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. "Climate Change and Wildfire. An infographic explaining the relationship of climate change and wildfire."
- Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive
- Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price
- Provide solar power. No kidding, this has literally been on our website for 10 years.
- The reason we had to start off with step 1 was that it was all I could afford to do with what I made from PayPal. I thought our chances of success were so low that I didn't want to risk anyone's funds in the beginning but my own..."
On July 25th the Citizens League will be joining with the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum to host an event featuring both national and state policy thinkers to explore the growing movement of conservatives embracing both technological and marketplace innovations in delivering energy to consumers. Join us for what will prove to be a surprising and interesting conversation...." (Photo: Michael Nagle, Bloomberg).
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TODAY: Excessive Heat Warning. Hot sunshine; feels like 100-105F later. Winds: NE 5-10. High: 95
FRIDAY NIGHT: Still warm and sultry. Low: 74
SATURDAY: Sticky, T-storms may turn severe. Winds: SE 10-15. High: 87
SUNDAY: Warm sun, slight drop in humidity. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 72. High: 88
MONDAY: Sunny and pleasant. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 68. High: 86
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, T-showers far west. Winds: SW 8-13. Wake-up: 67. High: 87
WEDNESDAY: Showers & T-storms, some heavy. Winds: SE 10-20. Wake-up: 69. High: 82
THURSDAY: Peeks of sun, cooler and drier. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 66. High: 79
Graphic credit: "Global temperature anomalies since 1956, broken up into 20-year averages compared to the 20th century baseline."
Photo credit: TownePost Network
Why This Summer Is So Hot, And Why The Future Will Be So Much Hotter. Here's an excerpt from TIME: "...The coming warm spell is just a taste of future summers when heat waves will be stronger and more frequent. Recent research has shown that average summer temperatures post-2050 will regularly top today’s records, unless there are efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. “Extremely hot summers always pose a challenge to society,” said Flavio Lehner, a researcher at National Center for Atmospheric Research, following the release of a study on summer heat. “Such summers are a true test of our adaptability to rising temperatures...” (Image credit: CNN.com).
Image credit: "Greenland ice loss has recently contributed to twice as much sea-level rise than in the preceding two decades." (Reuters).
Increased Asthma Attacks Tied To Exposure to Natural Gas Production. InsideClimate News has the story; here's the intro: "Exposure to more intense shale gas development correlates with a higher risk of asthma attacks among asthma patients, according to a new study of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale, one of the nation's largest and most active fracking regions. The paper, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, a publication of the American Medical Association, didn't examine the exact cause of the trend. But lead author Sara Rasmussen, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said air pollution and stress are both plausible explanations..."
Photo credit: "Natural gas operations in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region were studied for ties to increased asthma attacks." Credit: Wikimedia.