It’s July, which means we’re in the hottest time of the year for Minnesota weather. Mother Nature won’t disappoint on Monday as she will bring the heat. With it will come some oppressive humidity and a few storms before it finally feels comfortable again.
It may not have felt like it with the high wind speeds, but temperatures in the Twin Cities reached 84 degrees Wednesday, breaking a 133-year-old record.
While the air on Wednesday feels like the deepest, most miserable part of winter — the kind that settles into your bones as though setting up shop for the long term — there are a few signs of impending spring in the air.
Housing nearly 600 people a night is typical for the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center. But those numbers remain steady with the hot weather, barely giving staff a break to prepare adequate room.
Minneapolis schools tried fans, popsicles, ice and outdoor classes before finally giving in to a late-summer heat wave.
The hot weather is having a huge impact on State Fair food businesses. Attendance was down on Sunday by 40,000 folks this year compare with last.
The excitement of the first day of classes for Minneapolis Public Schools came with some apprehension due to Monday’s sweltering heat. The district got permission to begin the school year a week before Labor Day four years ago. Most classrooms are not equipped with air conditioning. The principals and teachers in Minneapolis did what they could to make sure students were as comfortable as possible.
After another day in the 90s, the heat and humidity is starting to take a toll on some Twin Cities residents. Officials with Xcel Energy reported hundreds of power outages across the metro Wednesday night.
From Minnesota to Massachusetts temperatures surged to potentially dangerous levels Wednesday as the largest heat wave of the summer stretched out and stagnated, with relief in many parts of the country still days away.
Some kids in the 4-H program and the FFA are showing up to the county fairs with smaller animals than years past due to the record breaking temperatures in July. Philip Clark, whose family has won ribbons in the swine competition Carver County Fair, can attest to the fact that the blue ribbon is a badge of honor.
As the weather has heated up this summer, so has business. In fact, the heat wave has caused some employers to hire more workers due to increased business.
This summer’s heat wave is taking its toll on fish in the Upper Midwest, where high water temperatures and low oxygen levels have combined to kill thousands of fish in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin.
The recent heat wave is blamed for killing thousands of fish in several southern Minnesota lakes. Most of the lakes are shallow, and thus more susceptible to summer fish kills, and most of the fish were northern pike, which prefer cold water.
Our 4th of July high temperature of 101 degrees wasn’t the only record set in the Twin Cities this week. Three other temperature records were broken: the warmest overnight lows on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
For horse racing fans, Saturday is business as usual at Canterbury Park. The 12 race program begins at 1:30 p.m. and includes two stakes races.
Officials at Hennepin County Medical Center said at least six people were hospitalized Monday with heat related illnesses. Another 10 patients were also admitted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Just how hot is it out there? The National Weather Service says the Twin Cities hit a record high temperature.
Trends in climate data show much of Minnesota is getting hotter and more humid with each year. Pete Boulay with the State Climatology Office explains what it means when you hear the term “dew points.”
For many, 2011 will be remembered as a year of wild weather. Storms were historic, deadly and costly.
Minnesota officials estimate more than 105,000 turkeys and up to 1,500 cattle were lost due to the recent heat wave.
The end of the heat wave couldn’t come soon enough for Minnesota turkey growers.
In the land of giant ice castles, where auto makers test their vehicles against extreme cold and people play hockey year-round, it’s not uncommon to hear some griping about the weather.
Pouring concrete, standing over a hot grill and biking people around, they’re all jobs that invoke some sympathy when you have excessive heat warnings like we’ve had this week.
For millions of people enduring this week’s extreme heat and humidity, it feels like they’re living in a pressure cooker. And in a sense, they are.
It was a day of steam and storms across Minnesota, but while the storms knocked down trees and power lines, they didn’t knock down the heat and humidity.