"The 12 month period from June 2011 to May 2012 is the warmest June to May temperature in the Twin Cities, going back to 1872. I arrive at 51.7 F. for the average temperature, and that beats second place (2005-06), when the average temperature was 49.5 F.
We are also the warmest year to date from 1891-2012 (January 1 - June 6), although that probably isn't too surprising."
Here's the Top 3 (Warmest) Years for MSP (1891 - 2012):
1). 43.7 F. 2012
2). 42.9 F. 1987
3). 41.1 F. 2006
Photo caption above: "Hail at I-25 and Founders Pkwy. Castle Rock, Colo. June 6, 2012."
- nine to 15 named storms (with minimum wind speeds of 39 miles per hour),
- four to eight hurricanes (with minimum wind speeds of 74 miles per hour), and
- one to three major hurricanes (Categories 3 to 5 with minimum wind speeds of 111 miles per hour)."
Photo credit above: "Maggie Dagrossi walks through flooded streets in Brooklyn, N.Y., in August 2011, shortly after Hurricane Irene hit New York City." By Chris Maddaloni, Gannett.
Photo credit above: "The skyline of midtown Manhattan in New York is seen at sunset from Jersey City, New Jersey June 3. Pictured are the New York Times Building (L), the GE Building at Rockefeller Center (2nd L), the Conde Nast Building (2nd R) and the Bank of America Building (R)." Gary Hershorn/REUTERS
• Citizens is far from the insurer of last resort, with approximately 25 percent of Florida’s homeowners insurance market and rates that are about 40 percent below where they need to be to cover its risk. Citizens claims are subsidized by non-Citizens policyholders, which account for the 75 percent of Florida homeowners who have private homeowners insurance. So, 75 percent of Floridians are not only paying for their own risk but are also being taxed (assessed) to help pay past storm claims for Citizens policyholders. And, depending on the severity or frequency of storms that make landfall in Florida this year, unfortunately and in all probability, they will be required to pay more in the future."
Consulting meteorologist Dean DeHarpporte sent me an e-mail earlier this week, the tone one of incredulity. "Paul, the numbers are startling. Our last subnormal month at MSP was May 2011, when it was 0.9 F degrees below average. Since then all months have been above average, 7 of them by more than 5 degrees." DeHarpporte added that the last 12 months have averaged 5.6 F above normal, but 2012 is 7.4 F above average; on track for the warmest year since 1891.
It's the "new normal": no more gradual heat waves that build over many days. Now we usually experience sudden "heat spikes".
I don't expect any records but we should hit 90 today - low to mid 90s Saturday & Sunday before a cooler front provides a surge of Canadian relief. The dreaded dew point may top 70, making it feel even more oppressive.
The atmosphere will be "capped", meaning too hot and dry aloft for any storms to fire until late Sunday. Get thee to a lake, pool or air-conditioned shopping mall, stat!
A cooling trend returns, highs in the 70s much of next week, although we may warm back into the 80s by the end of the week.
Finally, Pete Boulay at the Minnesota Climate Office reports the 3 warmest years at MSP have occurred since 1987. Eye-opening details on the weather blog.