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winter cherry blossoms

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TRC has been waiting for real winter to arrive in St. Paul. This year. Yesterday we had our first real “winter storm,” which for St. Paul turned out to be a dump of sleet and rain, upon which about 2 inches of heavy, wet snow fell. The morning shovel felt terrible. And the snow is not going to hang around long. Paul Huttner told me on MPR this morning that it’s going to be nearing 50 degrees next week. So much for MN winter.

But at least our Cherry Blossom Tree looked lovely this morn.

Written by Christopher ZF

February 29, 2012 at 09:48

Posted in Minnesota, weather

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Minnesota in July

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TRC is a big fan of weather, and weird weather, and extreme weather (except extreme heat). And to put it mildly, we’ve been having some bonkers weather in Minnesota recently. Currently, Minnesota is in the middle of a heat wave (granted, so is half the nation), which has provided the first ever 3-day string of 80 degree dew points, and a dew point of 81 degrees, which is also our record high. We’ve had consistent heat indexes from 105-115 degrees. It is hot.

In the middle of this heat-wave, today brought some severe thunderstorms. At about 11 am, the sky was pretty much midnight black. By 12 it had lightened a little, and brought downpours of rain and hale. Now it’s 1:30, bright and sunny and the heat is back.  Here’s a pic from the High Bride, and two from the backyard.

Above is the darkness coming in to Downtown St. Paul as seen from the top of the High Bridge.

This is hail falling against the backdrop of our giant oak tree.  And below is the hail that fell.

*UPDATE.
MPR said just now that we have broken our long standing dew point record (81) and reached 82 degrees. With our current temperature of 95, that makes our heat index (Feels Like) to 121.
I don’t mean to obsess over this. But really. This is unacceptable.

Written by Christopher ZF

July 19, 2011 at 13:42

Posted in weather