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.
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.
Students have returned to school in Minneapolis amid some of the most sweltering conditions of the summer. Minneapolis public schools have 18 buildings that lack air conditioning and another 11 with only limited cooling.
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.
Sunny, 79, with a slight breeze along the Mississippi River. Summers in Minnesota are the reason many people deal with the winter months. So, that had Brad Ehlers of Fergus Falls asking: Why are we comfortable with weather between 68-72 degrees when our body temperatures average 98.6 degrees? Dr. Tim Mead teaches anatomy at the University of St. Thomas.
With autumn around the corner many people are desperately clutching to the remaining days of summer. Take some time to indulge in these five summer activities to ease the seasonal transition.
Our soggy spring and now mild summer weather makes it feel like summer will be short lived this season. In fact, some trees in St. Paul are already changing color. Overcast skies, a slight breeze and when the sun goes down some folks have a hard time determining what season we are in here in Minnesota. Most Minnesotans know this is not typical for August. Sweaters and jackets were well represented by walkers on the Nicollet Mall Saturday.
The network has announced that the series, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, has been renewed for a second season.
Last week, I took at look at a summer bucket list, because, like it or not, summer is racing to its end. The State Fair opens in three weeks, and school isn’t far behind. But there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the best rites of summer: visiting an ice cream shop (or two, or three…).
Despite the cooler weather, it’s still summer and there is plenty of time to get out and fire up the grill. Grilling out means serving chips, dips and burgers. But just because you’re BBQ’ing, that doesn’t necessarily mean your meal can’t be healthy.
Penn Avenue in south Minneapolis is being rebuilt and widened, and the work is taking from May through October.