The Mississippi Creek
How dry is it out there? At a Rotary talk yesterday in St. Cloud SC Times Newspaper Editor John Bodette pulled me aside. "Have you seen how low the Mississippi is now? People are seeing rocks and boulders that haven't been visible for decades!" The impact on river-cooled power plants? We'll see.
No more "threat of storms" or "risk of rain". Now, as it was much of spring, we speculate on the OPPORTUNITY for showers.
State Climate data shows this year's Minnesota State Fair was the warmest since 1931. Six days above 90F; the third warmest on record.
My unscientific poll of friends, family members & complete strangers at Target leads me to believe that 88% of Minnesotans are just fine with the most recent cool front.
Soak it up, because more heat is building: 90F highs return by Friday & Saturday. Another 90F high or two is possible again next week. It's been a strange, chopped-up summer - I'm not surprised the heat is spilling over into September.
I don't see a drop of rain before Saturday, when "ridge-rider" T-storms track across northern Minnesota. Monday appears to have the best likelihood for welcome rain - but I'm seeing a warm, dry bias into most of September.
* photo credit above: Dave Schwarz, Editor of Photography, St. Cloud Times. "Photo shot on the Mississippi between Becker and Clearwater on Friday, August 23."
Precipitation Needed To End Drought. It's deja vu, all over again. Although not as severe as late spring, moderate drought is now impacting most of Minnesota. NOAA data suggests 3-6" of rain is required to end the drouught across much of Minnesota. Map above: Ham Weather.
Friday Heat. No, not a new action-thriller debuting this fall on TNT, but a prediction, based on (all) model guidance. The 4 km. NAM model shows highs near 90F in the metro at 4 pm Friday afternoon, even some low to mid 90s over west central Minnesota. Don't write summer off just yet.
Kayak Fishing Increasingly Popular On Minnesota Waters. Rapidly falling waters on the Mississippi and other rivers have made handling a motorboat increasingly treacherous - kayaks are catching on as a way to navigate the shallow waters, and get closer to the best fishing. Here's an excerpt from The St. Cloud Times: "As the summer wears on and water levels drop, smallmouth bass anglers see possibility in every rock and riffle. But those same rocks and riffles make river fishing difficult, if not impossible, from a motorboat. Shallow boats and canoes have been used for years in mid to late summer when the water level drops. Manufacturers now produce specialized kayaks for fishing shallow waters. Kayak fishing is catching on in Minnesota, and the shallow, rocky stretch of Mississippi River from St. Cloud to Monticello is proving to be a popular spot to try it out..."
The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday firefighters have contained 75 percent of the so-called Rim Fire, up from less than 50 percent contained 36 hours earlier. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity have helped the nearly 4,400 firefighters battling the blaze on the edge of Yosemite National Park. The so-called Rim Fire has engulfed more than 95,000 hectares and covers 953 square kilometers. It has destroyed more than 100 structures since it started about two weeks ago. The massive blaze is still some distance from Yosemite National Park's major attractions, including granite rock formations and waterfalls. But the wildfire has affected tourism at the park..."
Photo credit above: "In this photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, members of the Roosevelt Interagency Hotshot crew, from Fort Collins, Colo., gear up for a controlled burn operation as they fight the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. The massive wildfire is now 75 percent contained according to a state fire spokesman." (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service, Mike McMillan)
* California using prison inmates to help fight the Rim Fire? Details from examiner.com.
Image credit above: "Lightning rolls through the sky over Sonic restaurant in the Denbigh section of Newport News, Virginia, Saturday, June 30, 2012, as severe thunderstorms moved through the area." (Rob Ostermaier/Newport News Daily Press/MCT)
Photo credit above: "A bright sunny winter day at Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, in the South Island of New Zealand." Photograph: Mark Mitchell/AP.
Image credit above: "A NASA computer model of Hurricane Sandy. A new study says climate change could make such storms less likely along the Atlantic Coast." Photograph by NASA/ National Geographic Stock.
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