Memorial Day marked the unofficial start to summer and it also kicked off the start to mosquito season.
Warm weather is finally here! High temperatures and a sunny sky swept across the state of Minnesota Saturday. Temperatures have been warm this whole week, which gets many thinking that warm weather may finally be here to stay.
When out picnicking on a nice day, wasps aren’t typically welcome. “I just run,” Kelley Hart, from Waconia, said. But it seems like all of a sudden they’re everywhere. “When you’re outside picnicking, eating, grilling that type of stuff, that is when they come out quite a bit more,” Hart said.
Every year Twin Cities doctors see the same kind of injuries. “The most common thing that we see are falls,” Dr. Andrew Zinkel, emergency room physician at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. said.
As the weather (very slowly) changes from winter to summer, many are transitioning from boots to lighter shoes. Or at least thinking about changing over to lighter shoes. People are starting to jog and run more, and they’re breaking out the flip-flops for day-to-day wear.
Despite our recent bouts with rain it is finally barbecue season. In fact, May is National Barbecue Month. Edward Moody talked with “pit master” Sean Ewing from Famous Dave’s to highlight tips on the art of barbecuing.
The chilly weather and rain isn’t stopping Minneapolis from opening up boat launches on Thursday, as scheduled. City park employees are on standby to help boaters and inspect for invasive species.
The snow is finally gone, which can only mean that it’s time to get ready for mosquito season. Helicopters with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District were already out and spraying for the pests on Tuesday.
Start the guesses now. The Minnesota Twins say they will announce a major summer concert coming to Target Field on Monday.
In about two months, schools will be closing for the summer. That means, the kids will need some activities to keep from getting bored.
McNally Smith College of Music will present Grammy Camp in St. Paul next summer. The camp is the Grammy Foundation’s signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students. McNally Smith is one of four host sites in 2014.
There’s nothing unusual about a cool, wet October week. For example, Wednesday’s high only climbed to the mid 50s – the same temperatures that feel so warm to us in early April.
Because summer won’t let up, 31 Minneapolis wading pools won’t close until Sunday, Sept. 8. About 30 wading pools located on or adjacent to Minneapolis Public School property closed on Aug. 26, on the first day of school. Beaches remain open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Swim docks at Nokomis, Calhoun and Harriet lakes have been removed.
Over the past few weeks, you might have been hearing a loud buzzing sound outside. It sounds like buzzing power lines, but it’s actually an insect we usually start hearing in Minnesota in July. “All the buzzing is cicadas,” said U of M Extension Entomologist Jeffrey Hahn. He said he heard from so many people about the cicadas at the U of M Extension State Fair booth that he decided to write an article about it.
It’s still good swimming weather with a heat index in the upper 90s, but you might have to search for a safe place to swim. Many municipal pools have closed for the season and a lot of local beaches no longer have lifeguards.