The 4th of Labor Day
My dusty, faded Snap On Tools Calendar on the wall insists that it's late August - Labor Day coming up. Then why do the maps for next week look like the 4th of July? Historically the hottest days of summer come 3-4 weeks after the Summer Solstice - the heat usually peaks mid or late July. Not this year.
I'm watching model trends and continuity (consistency from run to run) carefully, and it now appears next week may wind up being the hottest week of summer for much of Minnesota, coming on the cusp of meteorological autumn.
I'd like to say I'm surprised, but I'm getting to the point where nothing shocks me anymore. A blizzard in southeastern Minnesota in May? Frost in Embarras in mid-August? Bring it on.
Enjoy one last day of relative comfort: dew points in the 50s under blue sky. The approach of a steamy hot front may set off T-storms Saturday morning (yes, we need the rain). By Sunday highs surge into the 90s, ECMWF guidance hinting at a few mid to upper 90s next week.
Under this nearly stationary heat dome any storms will be isolated - the air too hot & dry for significant convection. Slight relief is possible late next week but the Dog Days of September may spill over into Labor Day.
What a summer huh?
Image credit above: "In September 1997, powerful Hurricane Linda, shown in this NASA rendering created with data from the NOAA GOES-9 satellite, was briefly forecast to strike Southern California, most likely as a tropical storm, as shown in the inset forecast track from the Naval Research Laboratory’s Marine Meteorology Division. The storm eventually turned westward away from land, but still brought rainfall to parts of Southern California and high surf." Main image credit: NASA/NOAA. Inset image credit: NRL/NCEP. › Larger view
Graphic credit above: "Does Brevard have "Hurricane Amnesia?" : The last time Brevard County (Florida) endured hurricane force sustained winds was 1979 with Hurricane David. Are Brevard residents prepared for the 2013 hurricane season? The is an excerpt from the "Matt Reed Show". Posted June 26, 2013."
Photo credit above: "Storm surge from Hurricane Dennis in 2005." (USGS)
Photo credit above: "Still waiting". Reuters/Aly Song
Image credit: Illustration by Licoln Agnew.
Bismarck Is Lovely This Time Of Year. Really. The thrust of this story (which makes a lot of sense to me) is: people need to MOVE to where the jobs are! Easier said than done, with kids in school and care for parents, not to mention moving away from friends. Here's a clip from a story at Slate: "...Of course there are always good reasons not to move. Midland, Texas (3.7 percent) is remote. Minneapolis (5.1 percent) is cold. Honolulu (4.7 percent) is expensive. Morgantown, W.V. (4.5 percent) is small. And Bismarck, N.D.—America’s unemployment rate champion, at just 2.8 percent—managed to be remote, cold, expensive, and small all at once. Meanwhile, areas with even the most hopeless economies might offer good cause to stay. People may have relatives to look after in their hometown, or else depend on relatives to take care of their kids. People have friends and family. They have financial and personal commitments. Moving is expensive, and moving to a new pace where you don’t have a job lined up is scary. Ask any given person in any given town why they don’t move to some other town, and the list of reasons will be endless..."
* PS: this is the most terrifying file photo on my laptop. Look closely: she's on her cell phone reading a book in bumper to bumper traffic. Where's a cop when you need one?
1. A Positive Attitude Trudi Fletcher of Tubac, Ariz., a lifelong artist, remains an innovative painter at 100 and recently had a gallery exhibition showing off her new style. She credits her creative longevity to "attitude, attitude, attitude." Almost all of the centenarians we spoke to \believe a positive yet realistic attitude is critical throughout one's life and described themselves as optimistic people.
2. Diet Here's diet advice you may not have heard before: Eat like it's 1960. Our centenarians were critical of today's supersized portions; the majority advised just eating nutritious food in moderation. Only 20 percent said they had ever been on a specialized diet plan, although some had become vegetarians. Lillian Cox, 107, of Tallahassee, Fla., confided that in her 50s she became "quite heavy" but resolved to lose the weight, did so and kept it off by just eating less. The stylish former dress shop owner says, "I was a good advertisement for the merchandise I selected on my frequent buying trips to New York..."
How Far Do You Run Playing Different Sports. By Gizmodo's calculations, during a typical pro basketball game, about 2.72 miles, compared with 1.25 miles for an average NFL football game (11 whole minutes of action!) Here's an excerpt of the story: "While watching sports, have you ever stopped (midway through a bowl of Cheetos) to wonder, "How far are those guys actually running?" It's a common question, one that's historically been subject mostly to guesswork, Thanks to some recent technological developments, though, we can now actually apply some data to it. So which of your heroes are putting in the hard yards? Welcome to Fitmodo, Gizmodo's gym for your brain and backbone. Don't suffer through life as a sniveling, sickly weakling—brace up, man, get the blood pumping! Check back on Wednesdays for the latest in fitness science, workout gear, exercise techniques, and enough vim and vigor to whip you into shape..."
You Know Something I Don't? That's my friend and business partner, Todd Frostad, loading up a new sled for Hay Days in North Branch on September 7. A good winter for snowmobiling? Place your bets.
Photo credit above: "Our gamble may lead to an unstable future climate." Photograph: Don Mcphee
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