I'm heading down to the lake, wearing my suit of armor, a portable lightning sensor on my helmet - praying out loud I don't get blown into the next county. June is the wettest, most severe month of the year in Minnesota, and lately that isn't hard to believe.
On average weather systems limp along at 15-25 mph this time of year. But when storms or fronts stall, that's when thunderstorms can regenerate over the same counties, increasing the risk of flash flooding.
One tip: gauge the severity of a storm by the amount of lightning. Almost continuous flashes moving in? Odds are high the storm is severe.
A fickle warm frontal boundary will throw a series of loud parties for consenting cumulonimbus clouds through the weekend with enough midday/PM sun for 80s. If the sun stays out a few hours 90F is possible closer to home. A few severe storms are likely today & Sunday. Stay alert and don't push the weather. Mother Nature always gets the last laugh.
Last summer the Twin Cities enjoyed 31 days above 90F. This year: 10-14 days above 90? Dr. Mark Seeley says the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo sparked a Summer Solstice FROST across much of Minnesota in 1992.
Yes, things could be worse.
* photo above courtesy of Michael Thompson down at Twin Cities International Airport.
* Flash Flood Watch in effect for most of central and southern Minnesota thru Saturday morning.
* Click here for the latest damage metro reports from NOAA.
From Friday morning's severe storm outbreak between 3 and 6 am:
A Monstrous Swirl. On my smartphone Doppler display at 3:25 AM it looked like a miniature storm system with the advancing warm front, trailing cool front and comma head with steadier/heavier rain. Like every (synoptic scale) storm every MCS (meso-convective system) is different. Last night's storm sparked 60+ mph wind gusts in the metro and over 1-2" rain in some communities.
3.56 inches at Hawley
3.41 inches at Sandstone
3.73 inches at Little Falls
2.63 inches at Brainerd
2.57 inches at Cloquet
2.25 inches at Staples
Peak Winds from Overnight T-storms:
MRSSS - - gust 76 mph at 1:56 a.m. EDT / 12:56 a.m. CDT - - WeatherBug at St. Mary’s School, Morris, MN
KMOX - - gust 68 mph at 1:46 a.m. EDT / 12:46 a.m. CDT - - Municipal Airport in Morris, Minnesota
KCFE - - gust 66 mph at 4:14 a.m. EDT / 3:14 a.m. CDT - - Municipal Airport in Buffalo, Minnesota, USA
SCLOD - - gust 60 mph at 3:39 a.m. EDT / 2:39 a.m. CDT - - WeatherBug at Apollo HS in St. Cloud, MN
STCSD - - gust 60 mph at 3:44 a.m. EDT / 2:44 a.m. CDT - - WeatherBug at St. Cloud State EAS Department
KPNM - - gust 60 mph at 4:11 a.m. EDT / 3:11 a.m. CDT - - Municipal Airport in Princeton, Minnesota, USA
NWRMS - - gust 57 mph at 5:15 a.m. EDT / 4:15 a.m. CDT - - WeatherBug at New Richmond HS in New Richmond, WI
* thanks to James Anan at Earth Networks for providing these reports.
Photo credit upper left: Bob King, Duluth News Tribune.
- The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for May 2013 tied with 1998 and 2005 as the third warmest on record, at 0.66°C (1.19°F) above the 20th century average of 14.8°C (58.6°F).
- The global land surface temperature was 1.11°C (2.00°F) above the 20th century average of 11.1°C (52.0°F), also the third warmest May on record. For the ocean, the May global sea surface temperature was 0.49°C (0.88°F) above the 20th century average of 16.3°C (61.3°F), tying with 2003 and 2009 as the fifth warmest May on record.
Photo credit above: "A home in Sea Isle City, N.J., is moved to an adjoining property to correct damage issues inflicted by Superstorm Sandy." (Anjalee Khemlani / Associated Press).
Image credit: gizmodo.com.
Photo credit above: Townsville, Australia. Credit: Kim Kamo.
Artificial food dye: Makes your food pretty and inhibits nerve-cell development.
Found in: Practically everything we eat: cake mixes, sports drinks, cheese, candy, and even MACARONI AND CHEESE.
Why it’s dangerous: Artificial dyes are made from chemicals derived from PETROLEUM, which is also used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and TAR! Artificial dyes have been linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity, just to name a few.
Where it’s banned: Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the United Kingdom.
For more information on artificial dyes, visit 100 Days of Real Food.
Photo credit above: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press. "President Barack Obama speaks in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effort to make good on promises he made at the start of his second term. “We know we have to do more — and we will do more,” Obama said in Berlin."
Photo credit above: "New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced changes to the city's building code to make buildings more resilient to extreme weather events." Credit: Spencer T. Tucker, NYC.gov.