Minnesota’s official influenza season started in October and will last through April. It’s the same for much of the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, the months are reversed. Flu season down happens during their winter – from May through September.
Buzzing cicadas signal yet another hot August day. But it’s the scorched lawn and grinding of an air conditioner that are Brett Severson’s clue. “My A/C is running all the time — I’d guess my bill is about $400 a month,” Severson said.
Classes are canceled for the rest of the week at 27 schools in Minneapolis. High humidity and sweltering temps, combined with some buildings lacking air conditioning has canceled class on Thursday and Friday at more than two dozen schools, which will then resume class on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Students will not need to make up the canceled days.
Extreme heat is the most dangerous type of weather, causing more fatalities than flooding, lightning, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Appropriately, fairgoers are taking Monday’s temperatures seriously while still having fun. On a second day of record-breaking heat and oppressive humidity, fairgoers arrived with water in hand and armed with a plan to stay cool. For members of the Jefferson High School marching band, beating the heat began days in advance when musicians began getting used to consuming lots of water.
You can’t call it the calm before the storm because there’s no sign of severe weather – just a whole lot of heat and humidity. Summer, in the scorching sense, hasn’t made an appearance in quite a while. Recently it’s felt almost like fall. But like a carefree kid getting ready to head back to school, a reality check is also on the way in the form of 90-degree weather.
After a long Fourth of July weekend at the cabin, many Minnesotans return home scratching the dozens of mosquito bites all over their bodies. We’ve all noticed that it seems like they’re worst at night, so Cory in Faribault wanted to know: Where do mosquitoes hide in the day? According to Kirk Johnson, an ecologist with the Minnesota Mosquito Control District, it starts 20 minutes before sunset and lasts for about 2.5 hours.
It’s not too hard to find the words to describe the Twin Cities’ weather over the past few days. “Sticky,” said one person. “Hot and steamy,” said another. “Clammy,” another said.
Richfield’s parade carried its typical patriotic tones, but with some major warmth added in.
The heat is putting stress on the power grid, but Xcel Energy says it’s ready.
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.”
Your forecast today: hot. Your forecast tomorrow: still pretty hot. Your forecast for the remainder of the holiday week: potentially firecracker hot.
Monday was the comfortable one with low humidity and temperatures peaking below average in the 70s. Tuesday will be the average one with highs climbing into the low 80s with a southeast wind blowing 10-15 mph.
After near-record breaking heat on Saturday, Sunday will take the cake in terms of both heat and humidity. According to WCCO meteorologist Lauren Casey, we were 15 degrees above average on Saturday. The high of 92 degrees was just three degrees shy of the record, set in 1976.
We started the month with damaging winds, flooding rain and a muggy day as well.
Minnesota crops developed quickly in the heat and humidity last week.