Soggy Week But No Superstorm

Exactly 1.5" in Cologne. Photo courtesy Bryan K

Did the thunderstorms this morning wake you up too?  They were like mother nature’s alarm clock.  Even though the storms were none severe, they did manage to dump 1″-3″ on our area trails.  Be sure to check the trail conditions before heading out on a ride.

Metro Trail Rainfall Totals
  • Murphy-Hanrehan: 2.07″
  • Lebanon: 1.11″
  • Theodore Wirth: 1.03″
  • Carver Park/Battle Creek: 0.35″

Another round of morning thunder is expected Wednesday with lingering showers into Thursday.  With this additional rain, our area trails should stay soggy through the end of the week.  Conditions do clear out with drier (and cooler!) weather for the weekend.


Wednesday: Morning thunder. Mostly cloudy. H: upper 80s

Thursday: Lingering showers early then broken afternoon sunshine. H: low 80s

Friday: Partly sunny, drier and much much cooler. H: upper 70s!

Saturday: Awesome. Mostly sunny and comfortable. H: mid 80s

Sunday: Partly sunny. A thunderstorms developing late. H: mid 80s

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Twin Cities’ Superstorm.  If you’re over 30 years of age you may remember when the metro received 10″ of rain in an 8 hour period.  This amount is still in the record books as the heaviest rainfall the Twin Cities’ has ever seen.

Weekend Riding At Cuyuna

Decaying storms over northern MN. Photo courtesy Susie Martin

The weather held up nicely for Squirrel Fest at Cuyuna Lakes this past weekend.  Definitely hot enough to take a dip in the lake after the ride.  This was my first time at Cuyuna and I thoroughly enjoyed the nice layout of trails.  The clay-like dirt reminded me a bit of Colorado especially with the gorgeous bluffs overlooking the mine lakes.  Beautiful.

The technical sections cured any desire for something daring with the rock gardens, hairpin turns and obstacles.  The Timber Shaft trail, for example, definitely got my adrenaline pumping.

Some Like It Hot

Last month was the 3rd warmest June nationwide in 118 years.  So far, the average high temperature this month in Minneapolis/St. Paul is 92°, which is above the normal of 83°.  In addition, the Twin Cities hit 90° before 11am on five different occasions.

From the Twin Cities NWS, days when the temperature reaches 90° before 11am:

2012 – Jul 2,4,6,16,23
2011 – Jul 20
2006 – Jul 17,31
2001 – May 14,15 Jun 25,27
1970 – Jun 30
1963 – Jun 30
1955 – Jul 31
1949 – June 30

The recent heat has only helped to worsen the drought across the Midwest.  As it looks now, hot and dry weather is expected to continue into the fall season.  Southeastern Minnesota has a 40% chance of receiving above normal temperatures from August to October.

Three Month Temperature Outlook August-October

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mankato and Rochester have a slightly higher chance of below normal precipitation August through October.

Three Month Precipitation Outlook August-October

The Smell of Space

So it turns out Outer Space has a distinct smell…like “seared steak, hot metal and welding fumes.”  Weird, huh?  As it turns out, the space aroma stems from highly energetic vibrations of particles.  Now a chemist has been hired by NASA to recreate the smell to better train (or prepare) future astronauts for the odd smells of space.







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