Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Mark Anthony,
Weather column: The musical group Sly and the Family Stone had a hit song back in 1969 called "Hot Fun in the Summertime." I don't know of very many people having a great deal of fun with the recent heat across the nation.
My brother works outside in the heat. Like many, he has been sweating out the water that he drinks just as quickly as he can guzzle it on some days. We also had a family reunion in Glenwood and the family camped at a park near Lake Minnewaska. Needless to say, those who were camping couldn't wait to take a plunge into the lake every hour or so during the warmest points of the day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. After this heat wave, the family is considering having our annual family reunion in September, as opposed to July.
Is it fair to react this way in our lives? This is an unusual year, however. The average monthly temperature for the area is 77.2 degrees as of Monday. That is nearly seven degrees warmer than average. Coupled with the heat, the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor has about 80 percent of the nation in drought conditions. An upper-level ridge has kept much of the nation stuck in the same weather pattern, and with little relief.
There is some good news, however. Of course, we did get some scattered showers over the weekend and earlier this week. The 10-day outlook calls for above-average temperatures, but they will be cooler than where we have been recently. In addition, the outlook calls for slightly above normal precipitation during the period.
Most of the nation can use all the help it can get from the heat and drought. This is being defined as an "Epic Drought." It is the worst the nation has seen since 1956. Here's hoping for some nice rainfall across Minnesota and much of nation!
Have a great weekend!
Weather history: On this date in 1976 temperatures across most of Minnesota climbed into the upper 90s and lower 100s as a terrible heat wave gripped much of the Midwest.
Weather fact: What is the definition of a drought? According to the National Weather Service, it is a "condition of moisture deficit sufficient to have an adverse effect on vegetation, animals, and man over a sizeable area."
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 69 High 89
Duluth Low 64 High 84
Central MN Low 70 High 88
Twin Cities Low 73 High 92
Rochester Low 71 High 90
Marshall Low 72 High 91
Monday, July 23: Mostly cloudy with a 40-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 88 Low 66 Winds: SW/NW 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.20"
Monday's sunrise: 5:56 a.m.
Monday's sunset: 8:56 p.m.
Normal High: 81
Normal Low: 60
A weak, cool front will slide through the Upper Midwest on Thursday that could generate some showers and thunderstorms across Minnesota.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of showers/T-storms across mainly northern Minnesota. High 82 Low 60 Winds: NW 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-20"
Friday: Partly cloudy. High 81 Low 61 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 82 Low 63 Winds: E 5-10 mph. Prec. None
Sunday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of showers and T-storms. High 88 Low 68 Wind: SE 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20"