Schwarzenegger Heat: It Will Be Back

Photo courtesy AP

The mercury in the thermometer hit 98° on Monday…not quite 100° but close.  Getting to 100° in the Twin Cities is not easy.  Since records began in 1873 there has been only 65 days over 100.  The most?…9 days over 100 during the Dust Bowl-era of 1936.  This year we’ve had 2 days over 100 on July 4 and 6 when it was 101 and 102, respectively.

The heat will be squashed temporarily through Thursday before another wave of heat arrives for the weekend.  High temperatures on Saturday will be in the mid 90′s.  Yes, a hot one for Squirrel Fest at Cuyuna Lakes this weekend.

CycleCast

Wednesday: Early morning thunder.  Broken sunshine. Isolated chance of afternoon thunder. H: mid 80s

Thursday: Clouds/showers early then afternoon clearing. H: mid 80s

Friday: Mostly sunny. Getting hotter… H: near 90°

Saturday: Nice day for the lake.  Hot.  Thunderstorms Saturday night.  H: mid 90s

Sunday: An isolated thunderstorm otherwise remaining hot. H: mid 90s

Data courtesy ISU

From the forecast meteogram above it looks like the models are downplaying the heat for the upcoming weekend.  The majority of the computer models are going for highs in the 80s whereas the NWS is forecasting highs in the 90s.  Sometimes models have a bias towards cooler conditions.  I still think highs in the 90s over the weekend is a safe bet.

Minnesota’s drought won’t get any help with more heat on the way and a lack of any significant precipitation.  The Minnesota DNR is concerned about an increase in the bushfire danger statewide.  Plants naturally get drier as vegetation matures through the summer but the recent heat and dry weather have sped up that process this year.

Mayflies at the carwash. Photo courtesy KARE11.com

Hastings has a bug problem.  While the annual hatching of the mayfly is a common occurrence this time of the year it appears that this year’s hatching is the largest in a decade. Even MnDOT plow trucks had to be called out to clear the mayflies off the road!

Photo courtesy STAFF, Reuters / July 14, 2012

A tandem lawn chair balloon flight didn’t go so well for two men in Bend, OR.  The two men are fine but had a rough landing after encountering hail, snow and erratic winds from thunderstorms.  They had plans last Saturday to float over the mountains into southwestern Montana at an elevation of about 16,000-17,000 ft where temperatures could have been near zero.  Summer-time thunderstorms over the western mountains are commonplace this time of year.  Next time they should check the forecast.

Members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Mountain Bike squad: Sam Schultz, Georgia Gould, Lea Davison, and Todd Wells. Photo courtesy usacycling.org

Go Team USA!  Are you as excited for Olympic mountain biking as I am?  The Olympic mountain biking course will be held the weekend of August 11 and 12 at Hadleigh Farm in Essex.  This course looks super fun and was designed completely by scratch for the Olympic games.  Mountain biking is a relatively new Olympic sport that was introduced during the 1996 summer games in Atlanta, GA.

Photo courtesy bikeradar.com

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