Number of Minnesota High Temperature Records (according to Mark Seeley):
27 June 2011
26 July 2011
2 August 2011
12 September 2011
58 October 2011
11 November 2011
69 December 2011
191 January 2012
12 February 2012
434 March 2012
14 April 2012
35 May 2012
Photo credit above: Matt McKean, AP.
8-14 Day Temperature Outlook. Here is the forecast trend looking out 2 weeks, according to NOAA CPC, showing a high probability of significantly warmer than average temperatures through the third week of June. Map: Ham Weather.
Graphic credit above: "Temperature rankings for spring 2012 in the Contiguous U.S. Thirty-one states were record warm for the 3-month period, and an additional eleven states had top-ten warmth. Spring 2012 beat the previous record for hottest spring on record, set in 1910, by an remarkable 2°F. Image credit: NOAA/NCDC."
Record Events. Here are the towns that registered record highs, lows and 24 hour rainfall amounts in the last 7 days. Data courtesy of NOAA and Ham Weather.
Today's Severe Risk. SPC predicts a few storms will exceed severe criteria (58 mph+ winds, hail over 1" in diameter) from the Dakotas into the Red River Valley of Minnesota.
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Photo credit above: "Hail and floodwaters swamped this vehicle in Colorado Springs Wednesday night. A rescuer is seen helping someone from the vehicle, in this video clip from NBC Affiliate KOAA-TV."
Photo above courtesy of aliving00 and Instagram.
7 Days Worth Of Severe Storm Reports. 1,666 severe reports in the last 7 days, according to NOAA. For an interactive map from Ham Weather click here.
* "Buy a local/state map: Whether you are waiting out the storm or are forced to evacuate, a local and/or state map is essential. When the power goes out, your GPS might not be fully charged or fully functional, so a map will ease many headaches when either finding the quickest way out of town or getting around closed/blocked roads.
* Do your laundry and dishes ahead of time: Having all of your clothes, towels and dishes clean and ready to go will not only give you more resources during the storm, but you also won't have to worry about finding a place to wash them since you will have lots of clean ones on hand.
* Place towels along window sills and the bottom of doors leading outside: The towels will act as an extra barrier to keep water from seeping into your home. This is especially important for any windows or doors on lower levels and in basements."
Map above courtesy of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
Death Ray? No worries, it's just the MPX (Chanhassen) National Weather Service Doppler detecting the setting sun at 9 pm Friday evening. If you check the radar frequently you'll notice these beams of energy at sunrise and sunset. Yes, it's reassuring knowing that Doppler can detect rain, hail, tornado circulations, dust, insects, birds and even..the sun.
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"Warmest March, warmest spring, warmest 12 months on record for the Twin Cities, 2012 on track to be the warmest year since 1872." I'm no rocket scientist but I detect a trend.
Welcome to a free sauna. Bring your own towel and sunscreen. We should top 90 today, mid-90s likely tomorrow with a swamp-like dew point in the low 70s.
The heat index may approach 100 Sunday afternoon. Men will sweat, women will glow, and pets will try to find a cool spot to ride out this latest heat spike. It's the Dog Days of June.
We've been through this drill before: drink plenty of water, try to avoid the midday sun, and slow down. In my case that won't be a problem.
Good news for the 18,542 grad parties and 2,891 outdoor weddings: the atmosphere aloft will actually be too hot and dry for storms until late tomorrow, when an eastbound wedge of cool, Canadian relief will spark T-storms; a few may be severe around the dinner hour.
Have your NOAA Weather Radio turned on, consider a few apps for your smart phone and stay alert tomorrow. June is, historically, the wettest, most severe month of the year across Minnesota.
After a midweek cool-down we warm to near 90 again late next week.
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