Weekend Number 12
I used to look forward to weekends.
Now it's hard crawling out of bed Friday, knowing full well computer models at work will be freckled with neon-green blobs for weekend plans - the next 72 hours spent apologizing on behalf of a vindictive Mother Nature.
Wait, do people blame Mark Rosen when the Twins lose, or fault Jeff Passolt when there's a terrible news story? No. But apparently weather forecasters are fair game when the weekend sky turns weepy. It defies logic, but I get it. 12 summer weekends - and every one is precious. We're easy scapegoats.
You have to go back to March to find a weekend without any measurable precipitation in the Twin Cities. This will be the 12th weekend in a row with puddles (or worse). An approaching trough of low pressure kicks up a few showers and T-showers by afternoon today. A stalled frontal boundary keeps a few T-storms around Saturday, especially south of the Twin Cities. The farther north you go into Cabin Country the better the odds of lukewarm sun.
Sunday still looks like the better day, statewide, as highs top 80F under a partly sunny sky. It looks like we're moving into a slightly warmer, slightly drier pattern the latter half of June.
A late summer this year? Yep.
Wild Winds. I'm not sure I've ever seen 623 separate reports of damaging winds in one 24 hour period. The only tornadoes were in northeastern Colorado - SPC issued a PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Severe Storm Watch for Virginia and North Carolina - you usually see those for Tornado Watches, but yesterday the main risk was straight-line winds vs. tornadic winds. One possible tornado did touch down north of Washington D.C. (Montgomery County) with reports of downed trees and powerlines. A full list of all damage from SPC is here.
* click here for an interactive Google map that shows the location of the blaze, addresses of many of the homes lost to fire, emergency shelters, and other resources.
Tracking Black Forest Smoke Plume on Doppler. Brad Panovich tweeted out this image of the plume being swept along by prevailing winds. Amazing.
Illustration credit above: "Artist illustration of events on the sun changing the conditions in near-Earth space." NASA.
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Photo credit above: "This photo shows the ice front of Venable Ice Shelf, West Antarctica, in October 2008." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UC Irvine
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