Bureau of Land Management firefighters work to extinguish a brush fire along U.S. Highway 26 at mile marker 188 near Dietrich, Idaho on Saturday, July 5, 2014.
First, there's the cold.
The terminology we've been using is all wrong. Global warming suggests everyone warms up, simultaneously. Climate change? Our climate has always changed, although this time we're the ones stepping on the accelerator," he said on his Minneapolis Star Tribune blog.Climate volatility is a better descriptor. From a record warm 2012 to last winter's Polar Vortex. From "flash drought" last summer to June 2014, the wettest month in Minnesota history. That's what we're seeing in the data and on the maps.Exhibit A: today, perfectly average for early October. A few instability showers pop up this afternoon; highs stuck in the low to mid 60s - probably the coolest July 14 on record for MSP. Meanwhile highs will soar to 90F near the Arctic Circle, topping 100F over British Columbia.Extremes right out of some fictional, hard-to-believe Hollywood blockbuster.
It is extremely rare, although not unheard of, for a cold front to sweep that far south in JulyIt is extremely rare, although not unheard of, for a cold front to sweep that far south in July, and relief from the humidity, even for a few days, is atypical in states like Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, and North Carolina at this time of year either. Yet that is what is about to happen.
Then, there's the rain.
Also, there's the heat.
Giant trough the story this week, major ridge the story next week. It is flip flop season, after all. pic.twitter.com/dvccUDuKO6— Eric Fisher (@ericfisher) July 14, 2014
This weird weather comes courtesy of the polar vortex.
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