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Post by TexasBlue on Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:28 pm

82 degree dewpoint in Twin Cities breaks record

Belinda Jensen
KARE TV
Jul 20, 2011


MINNEAPOLIS -- We're dealing with record dew points this week all across the state. We tied our all-time state record of an 86 degree dew point on Sunday in Madison, Minnesota. The previous record was in St. James and Pipestone in July of 2005.

The Twin Cities tied its all time highest dewpoint of 81 degrees Sunday night at 9 p.m. and then trumped it Tuesday at 3 p.m. when the dewpoint hit a tropical 82 degrees. The previous record prior to this week for the Twin Cities was in July of 1999. Both of those dew points occurred after rain had moved through allowing even more moisture to pool in the atmosphere.

Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. we tied for the highest heat index at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, reaching 118 degrees. The last time it felt like was July 11, 1966. At 4pm in Eden Prairie we reached 120 degrees for the heat index.

Another day of high heat and oppressive humidity is on tap for Wednesday. Hang on, a brief respite from this stretch of heat is on the way.

Temperatures will creep towards the century mark Wednesday afternoon along with tropical dew points in the 70s and potentially a few low 80s. The humid air will push the heat index into the dangerously high 110-115 range.

Later Wednesday night, a few possibly heavy thunderstorms are possible ahead of a front which will be rolling through triggering our cool down.

This will set the stage for more comfortable air with much lower humidity and somewhat cooler temperatures on Thursday.

But by Thursday night, another warm front will push through bringing dew points in the 70s with isolated t-storms likely on Friday. July certainly is living up to it's reputation as the warmest month of the year.
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Heat wave heads east after historic high humidity hits Minnesota

Post by TexasBlue on Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:33 pm

Heat wave heads east after historic high humidity hits Minnesota

Jason Samenow
Washington Post
July 20, 2011


Today alone, 141 million Americans are under heat advisories or heat warnings from the Midwest to the Ohio Valley. That’s after 78 million were afflicted by extreme heat Tuesday over an area the size of Mexico. By far, the most impressive heat and humidity records yesterday occurred in Minnesota, where Minneapolis had its most humid day on record.

Minneapolis Star Tribune meteorologist Paul Douglas reports the Twin Cities recorded a maximum heat index of 119 Tuesday, tying its all-time record. Minneapolis also set a new (unofficial) record for dew point temperature (a measure of humidity), which reached at least 82 degrees.

Amazingly, Douglas found Moorhead, Minnesota - located just over the border from Fargo (North Dakota) - had its heat index soar to a sweltering 134 degrees, the hottest on record for the state. It’s dew point climbed to 88, also a state record. Moorhead’s heat index was the highest anywhere in the entire world Tuesday!

NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Center lists some of the other stifling heat index values that swelled from Texas into Canada (the dew point in Hallock, Mn. - at the U.S./Canadian border reached 86, “higher than Dubai or any reporting station in the Middle East” Douglas said). Here’s a small sample:

Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin: 116
For Hood, Texas: 111
Memphis, Tennessee: 112
Aberdeen, South Dakota: 119
Offut Air Force Base, Nebraska: 112
St. Louis, Missouri: 110
Newton, Iowa: 129
Indianoplis, Indiana: 110
Champaign/Urbana, Illinois: 117

Fortunately, after one more day of oppressive heat, a reprieve is on the way for Minnesota and other portions of the north Central U.S. later today and Thursday. As the National Weather Service writes today on its Facebook page:

After several days of deadly heat and humidity — with as many as 13 fatalities potentially related to the heat wave in the Midwest — relief will finally come later today and tomorrow in the form of a cold front currently moving across Montana, which will significantly drop temperatures across the north central U.S. for the rest of the... week, though locations across the central and southern Plains and parts of the Midwest will not see much change from the extended period of heat.

Chicago WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling blogged that Chicago may reach 100 today for the first time six years. Chicago has seen its hottest temperatures in 34 years so far in July Skilling said.

While the heat is gradually smushed south in the central U.S., it will rebound up the East Coast. Triple digit readings will extend to Philadelphia on Thursday. And as I showed in my post yesterday, by Friday, heat indices of at least 105 are forecast to extend from southeast Georgia to New York City with a large pocket of 110-115+ values in the mid-Atlantic.

Want to find a cool place? Check out Seattle - where highs are forecast in the 60s for the next several days. Local meteorologist and blogger Cliff Mass has been lamenting the unseasonably cold weather there. In his latest blog he writes: “We look to the heavens and ask: Why do we suffer? Why is the warmth of summer denied us?” He then provides an excellent explanation of how the hot weather locked in the central and eastern U.S. is interconnected with the cold weather in the Pacific Northwest.
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Re: Dewpoint (humidity level) in Twin Cities breaks record

Post by TexasBlue on Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:33 pm

Want to find a cool place? Check out Seattle - where highs are forecast in the 60s for the next several days.

ROFL ROFL ROFL
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Re: Dewpoint (humidity level) in Twin Cities breaks record

Post by i_luv_miley on Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:44 am

I hate any dewpoint above 60. At least when the temperature is above maybe 85. That sucks to me. Since, by definition, the temperature has to be higher than the dewpoint, ANY dewpoint in the 80's is horrible. Shocked
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