Best Kept Secret
In a recent CNBC poll (highlighted below) Minnesota finished 3rd for "Quality of Life", behind Hawaii and Vermont. Hawaii I get, but Vermont? No treat in January either, unless you're a skier or lumberjack.
The old adage that "Minnesota is the toughest state to get Fortune 500 executives to move to, and the hardest to get them to leave" rings true.
When I moved here in '83 I couldn't understand why people were driving 2-4 hours to their cabins, when there were lakes in the metro. I get it now, and it's probably a back-handed blessing most of America is clueless about what's up here.
I haven't seen lake levels this high in 20 years; part of my yard washed into the street during Saturday's tropical torrent. As downpours increase in frequency we'll all be looking for new ways to make our homes & yards more resilient and storm-proof.
No drama this week, God-willing.
Expect highs above 90F into Thursday, late week storms - then a slight dip in dew point next weekend. A real cool front is shaping up for next week.
It's all about perspective right? Last year we saw 20 days above 90F by July 15. Today will be the 7th day at/above 90F. Atlanta ("Hot-lanta?") has only seen 4 days above 90F in 2013!
A Steamy All-Star Game. Temperatures Tuesday evening at Citi Field in New York City should still be in the low 90s for the first pitch of this year's All Star Game. Graphic: WeatherNation TV.
Image credit above: "Torrential rainfall from a 2003 storm in the Southeast resulted in massive accumulations of rain (red). Similar data from NASA's TRMM satellite has revealed that more rain falls midweek." Credit: NASA.
Image credit above: "On July 4, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of wildfires burning in western Quebec near James Bay. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire. The Eastmain fire, which became the 2nd largest fire since 1959 in Canada at 1.6 million acres, is at the upper left of the image, just east of James Bay. Other fires near Nemiscau, Quebec (about 150 - 200 km to the southeast of Eastmain) are also burning, but these patches are "only" 120,000 - 200,000 acres. MODIS also observed smoke from the fires moving across the Atlantic Ocean on July 5, July 6, and July 7. By July 8, smoke was drifting over Scandinavia." Image credit: NASA.
Image credit above: NASA.
2013 Quality of Life Rank (Points): #3
2013 Overall Rank: #15
2012 Quality of Life Rank: #5