110+ F. weather for three straight days at Oklahoma City? This is only the second time in recorded history this has happened - the last year: 1936. Stat: #OKwx.
Saturday was the 4th straight day above 110 F. at OKC - most ever. #OKwx.
24 days at or above 95 F. in Washington D.C. Most to date on record.
Saturday: 39th straight day of 80+ highs in the Twin Cities, second longest 80+ stretch on record.
24 days of 90+ at Denver as of Saturday, tying the longest streak on record.
32 days so far in 2012 with 90+ highs at Cincinnati. 30-year average is 21 days/year.
* thanks to WeatherNation meteorologist D.J. Kayser for tracking down these (remarkable) numbers.
"What was the winter like in the Twin Cities after that hot summer in 1988?"
Ginger Knaff, West St. Paul, MN
* 3 month outlook from NOAA's CPC (Climate Prediction Center) shows a lingering warm bias east of the Rockies from August through October. Beyond that, place your bets. Good luck.
"I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once" lamented Jennifer Yane. I can relate. August makes me want to hyperventilate. 3 more weeks to jam in frantic trips to the cabin, frenzied fishing attempts and ill-fated projects in the yard. I love every season - but Minnesota summers are extra-precious.
Back to school sales, football tickets, State Fair spots on the tube? How did this happen?
The Great Drought of '12 deepens over America's heartland, but at least we're seeing some rain. Friday night's window-rattling storms unloaded a cool 1-3" rain on much of southern Minnesota; a multi-million dollar rain for farmers.
This morning was a subtle (yet blunt) reminder that the sun is as high in the sky as it was in early May. We've lost 65 minutes of daylight since June 20.
Searing heat shifts into the western U.S this week.; more aggressive puffs of Canadian air east of the Mississippi. No hair-curling heat, but 90 F. may return as early as tomorrow, but this week won't be nearly as hot as recent weeks.
Today? A well-time preview of September: 70s - dew points in the 40s. Perfect.
T-storms may return by late Wednesday, as residents of the Gulf Coast keep a watchful eye on "Ernesto".
* photo above courtesy of Heidi Rusch, who snapped this photo after a late afternoon shower up at Breezy Point yesterday.
Photo credit: AP
And yet our so-called leaders continue to tiptoe around the issue as if they might wake a sleeping baby. At least some people are awakening. They've slept late, but they're awakening nonetheless."
"theblooms" writes: "Anthropogenic Global Warming is FAR FROM PROVEN. If the evidence is so damn clear-cut, then why did the East Anglia University Climate Research Unit cook the books and falsify the data?"
Response: The East Anglia researchers didn’t cook the books. Any suggestions otherwise are based on taking fragments of emails completely out of context. Several investigations have cleared these researchers of any scientific misconduct whatsoever. The were reprimanded only for failing to respond with enough thoroughness to a barrage of freedom-of-information requests from climate skeptics."
Graphic credit above: "Generalized sea level rise since the last ice age showing several meltwater pulses (MWP). MWP-1A0, c. 19,600-18,800 years ago; MWP-1A, 14,600 to 13,800 years ago; MWP-1B, 11,000-8,800 years ago; and MWP-1C, ~8,200-7,600 years ago."