Temperature Roller Coaster

Waterskiing in Lakeville. Photo courtesy Amy Solinger

::Sigh:: Summer.  I’m trying not to get depressed that the season is almost over.  We had a very warm July with 14 days at or above 90°.  The climate data isn’t fully tallied yet but this will be the second warmest July on record.

Highs near 90 will stay through the first few days of August and then cooler weather arrives this weekend that’ll have you thinking of Fall.  Sunday’s high may stay in the 70s with overnight temperatures in the low 60s making it some of the coolest weather in a month!  The weekend cool down will be short, though, as conditions will start to heat up again next week.

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Wednesday- Afternoon showers and thunderstorms. H: near 90°

Thursday- Partly cloudy. H: near 90°

Friday- Scattered thunderstorms H: mid 80s

Saturday- Morning rain, mostly cloudy afternoon. H: low 80s

Sunday- Partly cloudy. Noticeably cooler H: upper 70s

Metegram showing model forecast temps into early next week. Notice the temps take a tumble into the weekend. Data: Iowa State

Olympic Mountain Biking takes place August 11-12 at the Hadleigh Farm in Essex.  Even though August is one of the dryer months out of the year, summertime showers are highly unpredictable across Great Britain.  By looking at the climatology in August, there’s at least a chance of rain during race time.  As the event nears, you can check the latest forecast at the Met Office which is equivalent to the National Weather Service here in the states and, hence, a pretty reliable source.

Rainy days in a given month for Hadleigh Farm in Essex. Graph couresty: myweather2.com

Just last week, the UK recorded a high temperature of 87° which was their highest temperature of the year.  Check out how packed the beaches were!  Conditions have since cooled with daytime highs now in the 60s.

Packed beach on the UK'S south coast. Photo: Andrew Hasson, Brighton

Phil Leggitt. Photo courtesy Doug Pensinger - Getty Images

There has been some controversy over mountain biking in the Olympics.  The British cycling commentator Phil Liggett has publicly denounced mountain biking and BMX racing as not being an ‘Olympic discipline’.  The reason for his disdain is because the inclusion of mountain biking in the Olympics has taken away other cycling events in track racing.  This guy had some pretty harsh words for the Olympic organizers and the International Cycling Union.  Your thoughts?

Tour de Fat Forecast

Welcome to the coolest day of the summer.  Temperatures on Friday stayed in the 70s all day…a nice change from our usual hot and sticky summer atmosphere.  Saturday will be the nicest day of the weekend to hit the trails.  Thunderstorms arrive Saturday night with lingering clouds into Sunday.

The Tour de Fat is coming to town Saturday and the weather couldn’t be better: partly sunny, light south breeze and low 80s during the afternoon.  The festivities take place at Loring Park starting with the bike parade at 10am.  Should be a good time all the while supporting our local non-profit bike organizations like MORC!

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Saturday: Partly sunny. Low dewpoint air=comfortable. Thunder Saturday night. H: low 80s

Sunday: Cloudy early then decreasing clouds during the afternoon. H: low 80s

Monday: Getting hotter and more humid. Afternoon thunderstorms. H: near 90

Tuesday: Hot and humid. H: upper 80s

Wednesday: An isolated thunderstorm. Not as hot. H: low 80s

Severe storms rocked the Northeast Thursday producing over 300 wind damage reports and a possible tornado in Elmira, NY.  Strong tornadoes (EF2-EF5) are somewhat rare in July.  In fact, the number of significant tornadoes has been steadily decreasing in recent years.

Significant tornadoes can still happen in July.  Turns out Minnesota is the 2nd most frequented state by significant tornadoes in July.  Wow, who knew?  No worries, I don’t see any severe weather outbreaks anytime soon for Minnesota.

Speaking of thunderstorms, have you heard of a doggy thundershirt?  My parents have a big (close to 100lb) Old English Sheepdog, named Hailey Lou, who turns into a frantic, nervous nellie whenever the loud claps of thunder come around.  A thundershirt is a tight-fitting shirt that claims to calm the nerves of a dog.  Well, they bought a thundershirt for Hailey Lou and it seems to work!  Mom and Dad say she’s not as ‘uptight’ whenever thunder booms.

Hailey Lou in her Thundershirt

 

Muddy Trail Alert

It doesn’t take a meteorologist to figure out that it’s too wet to ride.  That infamous “do not enter” sign is the status of various metro area trails on the MORC trail conditions page.

A healthy dose of one to three inches of rain fell across our area already this week.  Thundershowers have been meandering through our area today with more rain on the way Thursday.  Hang tight.  The weather will improve on Friday and Saturday looks great for the Tour de Fat.

7 Day Radar Estimated Rainfall. Yellow = 2"-3"

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Thursday: Early AM fog. Mostly cloudy. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms. H: mid 80s

Friday: Partly sunny and dry. Free air conditioning! H: upper 70s

Saturday: Sunny.  Dry for the Tour de Fat festivities in Loring Park. H: low 80s

Sunday: A return of showers and thunderstorms. H: mid 80s

Yes, the rain has put a damper on our riding but area farmers have been happy to get the moisture.  The recent summer heat has helped to create a flash drought.  Nearly 70% of the country is now in a drought that has only taken a few month to develop.  The drought has taken its toll on some crops, like corn and soybeans, while others have benefited from the hot and dry weather.  If you like your food spicy, then you’re in luck.  Turns out that peppers thrive in hot, dry weather.

The rain expected today through Thursday will be less than a half inch.  Locations that don’t need the rain, like Duluth, will likely get the highest amounts.

Rainfall forecast through Friday.

Tour de Fat Time!

Get the tutus ready cause Tour de Fat is coming to town this Saturday at Loring Park.  This free event helps support our nonprofit bike organizations, like MORC!  Come out to enjoy some good camaraderie, beer and music.  The weather looks great: sunny, low 80s and a light breeze. Booyah!