A Fine Whine
It's human nature to compare, contrast and complain. Compared to last summer's historic, blast-furnace heat, we're having a cool summer.
Some, not all, feel cheated by the lack of hot fronts. "What summer?" an old friend e-mailed me yesterday. "Our lake up north has cooled by 13 degrees. Make it stop!"
Done. I kicked the Doppler, lit a candle and wrote my Congressman.
Don't hold your breath.
There is, as always, a silver lining, a significant upside to the lack of jungle-like heat and humidity. We're saving money on air conditioning, and this hint of September is keeping the juiciest, most unstable air well south of Minnesota, meaning fewer severe T- storms. SPC reports only 6 tornadoes in Minnesota this year. Maryland has seen 10!
I suspect most readers will be just fine with the weather into Saturday: blue sky, highs near 80F with a dew point in the 50s. Like living in a postcard. Showers & storms return Sunday, but next week looks dry and comfortable, brushed by another puff of cool air by midweek. More sweatshirt weather up north, with little chance of 90s into mid-August. I'm betting on a sizzling front in time for the Minnesota State Fair. Wait for it.
Nothing severe, no debilitating heat, no weather drama? Sounds pretty good to me.
Image credit above: "A massive dust storm moves off the coast of Africa in this MODIS image taken at 1:40 UTC July 30, 2013." Credit: NASA.
"Maybe only because I live here now, but I moved from Minnesota to southern Oregon a couple of years ago, and I find the weather out here fascinating.
The rain stops in May or June, and doesn't start up again until September (or October, or November...) We get about the same precipitation (~31") as the Twin Cities, but it all comes in the winter months.
One of the new concepts I've become familiar with, is that we do sometimes get thunderstorms that roll in over the summer months. However, because the air is so dry, the moisture never reaches the ground and we get "dry lightning".
Anyway, today is a perfect storm kind of setup. The fuel moisture is at almost record-low levels, the entire county (Josephine County) is swathed in very thick smoke from fires that start on July 26 (so no visual spotting of fires), and the NWS has forecast abundant dry lightning potential and 40 mph wind gusts from 9 am to 2 pm PST.
Obviously it's too late to write about it in today's blog before it happens, but I know I always enjoy learning about weather patterns in other areas, that are different from my own experience. I thought this might be something you'd wan to add."
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Photo Credit: The Mutual UFO Network.
No, it's not okay.
Image credit above: Ceres.org and NASA.
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