"Tina" watches over those riding at Hillside.
Okay, I admit. Hillside Park humbled me this weekend. I took an embarrassing tumble on a sketchy downhill section and the sandy corners were enough to stop me dead in my tracks. My fat bike would have fared much been better. Regardless, Hillside is always a joy to ride...especially with the quirky trail ornaments.
I was hoping that the recent cooler weather would decrease the bug population. No such luck. Those 'squitoes attack the second you stop. Rumor has it that it snowed this past weekend in the BWCA. This report isn't confirmed and it's hard to believe because it has never snowed in Minnesota in July...EVER. Thank goodness!
Initially I thought this week would stay fairly dry...then again I wasn't expecting rain this past Saturday either. ::Sigh:: The beauty of forecasting. My mom always says "You're only as good as your last forecast." Amen, Mother.
I am confident, however, that rain will impact our area trails through midweek as a sneaky front arrives. Good news is that the rain will generally be light. Cooler weather thus comfortable riding conditions stick around through early August.
Wednesday: Scattered rain & thunder early. H: 79 Wind: W 5-10
Wednesday Night: Rain ends, sky clears. L: 59 Wind: NW 7
Thursday: Mostly sunny. H: 81 L: 60 Wind: W 9
Friday: Partly sunny. H: 80 L: 61 Wind: NW 5
Saturday: Scattered clouds. H: 80 L: 63 Wind: CALM
Sunday: Afternoon thunderstorms. H: 75 L: 64 Wind: SE 5-10
Minnesota and Radioactive Fallout
Last Monday, July 22 the operator of the Fukushima, Japan nuclear power plant admitted, for the first time, that radiation continues to leak in to the Pacific Ocean. It had been long speculated that the radioactive material hadn't been fully contained since the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Following the disaster in 2011, radioactive particles were detected in precipitation samples across the U.S., including right here in Minnesota!
The radioactive fallout from Fukushima was "determined to be well below any level of public health concern". After data showed declining radiation levels across the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency went back to routine sampling and analysis of precipitation, drinking water and milk. Many, however, predict that the radioactive fallout will continue in Fukushima for months if not years and the amount of radiation will increase well beyond healthy levels for humans.Dr. Simon Atkins
I recently had a chance to catch up with my good friend, Dr. Simon Atkins. He is the CEO of the Advanced Forecasting Corporation and has interesting background that includes an atmospheric science degree from Cornell University, MBA business impacts on the environment, and planetary electromagnetics but his speciality is tracking any substance (foreign or natural) in the atmosphere and its impacts to society and environment. He believes that as radiation continues to increase around the globe because of the Fukushima disaster many people will be effected which will cause "major societal movements". I listened to Dr. Atkin's latest talk on Phoenix Rising Radio and, I have to say, I'm a bit concerned. It certainly has me thinking twice about eating fish from the Pacific Ocean. You can come to your own conclusion by listening to Dr. Atkins's radio talk below.
No, summer, please don't go...you've only been around for a short while! We've had 9 days 90 degrees or higher so far this year. Not bad. During a typical year, we average 13 days at or above 90 degrees.
Crazy cool air this weekend, however, puts the kibosh on anything remotely summer-like. Lukewarm highs in the 60s on Friday set the tone for the rest of the weekend.
The lowest maximum temperature ever recorded in July was 58° back in 1967. While it won't get quit that cool, daytime highs in the low 70's might have you thinking Autumn thoughts.
You gotta admit, the cooler conditions are nice for riding. The cool breeze combined with dry weather gives us one of the best weekends for hitting the dirt this summer. Our next chance of rain might not be until late next week.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. H: 70 Wind: NW 5-10
Saturday Night: Clear & cool. L: 53 Wind: NW 2
Sunday: Sunny. H: 75 L: 54 Wind: NW 2-4
Monday: Increasing clouds. H: 77 L: 63 Wind: SE 7
Tuesday: Partly sunny. H: 82 L: 65 Wind: SE 7
Wednesday: Increasing clouds, rain overnight. H: 81 L: 66 Wind: S 5-10
Wetlands Soak Up CO2
Our wetlands in Minnesota might be the key to reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. According to a recent study, as CO2 levels increase in the atmosphere wetland plants increase their consumption of CO2. This "carbon sink" could help balance the extra CO2 that is being admitted into the air and mitigate the effects (if any) CO2 has on a warming world.
I had my first ride at Elm Creek this past weekend. Can't believe it has taken me this long to ride such a fun trail!...fast singletrack with sharp turns and a technical section that is something to behold. Kudos to the trail maintenance crew as it's obvious they put a lot of time and effort into making this trail flow. The parking lot was surprisingly jammed packed with bikers ready to rock the trail. I wondered if this was normal for Elm Creek because of its stellar singletrack or if it was because Lebanon, Murphy and Theo were all closed Sunday afternoon.
Lucky for us, our weather stays tame this week. Daytime highs stay slightly cooler than average with the high humidity holding well to our south. The only viable chance for rain will be on Friday.
Tuesday: Best day for riding. Sunny with dewpoints in the 40s. H: 77 N 5-10
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Comfortable. L: 58 Wind: CALM
Wednesday: An isolated thunderstorm. H: 77 L: 62 Wind: S 5-10
Thursday: Isolated showers. H: 80 L: 61 Wind: SW 5-10
Friday: Best chance for rain. H: 80 L: 62 Wind: NE 4
Saturday: Partly cloudy. A passing shower. H: 77 L: 60 Wind: E 4
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Comfortable. H: 79 L: 60 Wind: SE 2-4
New Fixit Stations
The Greenway just got upgraded. Earlier this month the Midtown Greenway Coalition announced that Dero had donated two (permanent) fixit stations for public use along the Greenway. Awesome! One is on Kennilworth and the other is on Colfax near the Bryant Ramp. Have you used a fixit station yet?
Okay, so we've lost about 24 minutes of daylight since the summer solstice. Depressing, I know. The drop in humidity and heat this weekend probably won't be significant enough to have you thinking Fall but, hey, at least conditions are more comfortable for riding.
A nice puff of Canadian air settles in this weekend allowing the dewpoints to drop from the 70s into the 50s! A welcomed break from the stuffy air as of lately.
Now the rain...if only we were so lucky.
Drier air (brown shade above) tries to overtake the area but does a crappy job. Yes, humidity will drop but just enough moisture sticks around to kick up a few stray thunderstorms Saturday night into Sunday.
No searing heat or deluge of rain expected anytime soon. In fact, very typical July weather hangs out through next week.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. H: 80 Wind: NE 4
Saturday Night: Patchy thunderstorms ~ 0.25". L: 61 Wind: E 4
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. A few thunderstorms. H: 78 L: 65 Wind: SE 10
Monday: An isolated thunderstorm. H: 83 L: 68 Wind: S 10-15
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. H: 85 L: 65 Wind: N 5-10
Wednesday: Partly sunny. H: 80 L: 65 Wind: SW 5
Fat Bike Central
The rumors are true. This week Trek and Specialized BOTH announced a new fat bike line. Nice! Fat bike beer run anyone?...
What are your thoughts about the new additions to the fat bike world?
The rain was relentless Saturday morning. Many reporting stations around the metro picked up 1-3 inches of rain. Our trails were still trying to recovery early this week.
Blame rising humidity and lack of wind for the slow drying. More heat and humidity is on the way early this week. Tuesday and Wednesday could be some of the hottest days of the summer with highs in the low 90s and dewpoints in the low 70s. Whenever that dewpoint rises above 70° that air can feel heavy and sticky. The sizzle breaks late this week as severe thunderstorms signify a passing cold front.
Tuesday: Hot & humid. H: 91 Wind: SW 10
Tuesday Night: Uncomfortably warm. L: 72 Wind: SW 5-10
Wednesday: Hot, heavy air. H: 91 L: 73 Wind: SW 5-10
Thursday: Still hot but storms increase overnight. H: 90 L: 71 Wind: SSW 10
Friday: Rain ends, sky clears and humidity drops. H: 86 L: 66 Wind: NW 10
Saturday: Comfortable again. Much cooler. H: 80 L: 61 Wind: NE 5-10
Sunday: Sunny and pleasant. H: 81 L: 65 Wind: SE 5
Nothing like a little rain to spoil a weekend of riding. Thunderstorms return as a sluggish cold front stalls over the state. Luckily, the heaviest rain stays north of the Twin Cities.
Saturday: Early morning thunder. Partial PM clearing. H: 86 Wind: SSE 10
Saturday Night: Thunderstorms overnight. L: 69 Wind: S 7
Sunday: Rain ends early, sky gradually clears. H: 86 L: 70 Wind: S 7
Monday: Sunny. Warm and humid. H: 88 L: 71 Wind: SW 5-10
Tuesday: Sunny and muggy. H: 89 L: 72 Wind: SSW 5-10
Wednesday: Late day thunderstorms. H: 89 L: 71 Wind: SSW 10-15
Moisture-laden air begins to invade MN this weekend not only resulting in rain but also higher humidity. Dewpoints are likely to hold in the upper 60s making it feel slightly uncomfortable when riding.
After a drying trend early next week, it looks like rain is back with a vengeance late next week. Two wet weekends in a row? I hope I'm wrong.
You've just experienced the best biking weather of the summer! The first week of July offered dry skies and low humidity. Perfect for all Minnesota bikers. This has been one of the better starts to July, very different from the previous wet June and spring.
Thunderstorms on Tuesday will be followed by sunshine the rest of this week. Drier, cooler Canadian air sneaks in by midweek allowing for ideal riding conditions Wednesday-Friday. Chance of rain ticks back up again this weekend as a front stalls over the state.
Tuesday: T-storms w/strong winds, especially before Noon. H: 89 Wind: SE 5-10
Tuesday Night: Rain ends, sky clears. L: 64 Wind: NNW 7
Wednesday: Clear sky, low humidity. H: 81 L: 62 Wind: NW 5-10
Thursday: Sunny. H: 83 L: 64 Wind: SW 7
Friday: Windy, increasing clouds. Rain Friday night. H: 87 L: 70 Wind: SE 10-20
Saturday: Morning thunder, afternoon clearing. H: 86 L: 69 Wind: SE 5-10
Sunday: Early morning showers, afternoon sun. H: 88 L: 71 Wind: SE 5-10
Maah Daah Hey
I'm taking my bike and I'm heading to the rugged badlands and rolling prairies of western North Dakota, a 96-mile long biking trail known as the Maah Daah Hey trail. I plan on tackling this trip towards the end of summer when the summer sun starts to wane and the insects begin to fade away. After spending this past weekend camping in the Boundary Waters, I think I'm ready for a self-supporting ride through the grasslands of North Dakota. Have you done this ride before? Any tips, suggestions, advice??
Above film shot by T.C. Worley with Joshua Van Patter as the editor.
Let the quiet weather begin! Great singletrack riding weather ahead as conditions stay fairly dry and warm slightly through the upcoming holiday weekend. Fire up those grills!
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. H: 82 Wind: NE 2-4
Tuesday Night: Clear. L: 60 Wind: CALM
Wednesday: Sunny. H: 83 L: 62 E 2
4th of July: Isolated shower (most backyards stay dry) H: 80 L: 65 Wind: S 4
Friday: Partly sunny. Warm & breezy. H: 88 L: 69 Wind: SW 10-15
Saturday: Increasing clouds, rain Saturday night. H: 87 L: 70 Wind: S 10-20
Sunday: A few showers and thunderstorms. H: 86 L: 69 Wind: SSW 10
Lutsen 99er Post-Race Weather Round Up
The sky may have cleared up just in time for the race but the previous days rain had already taken its toll on the trail...
"Crazy muddy, huh?" I asked a fellow female rider as I slowly chugged passed her on a slippery uphill singletrack. "Yea. This sucks!" she quickly snapped back. For a rider that thrives off of the technical sections, I was loving the mega mud fest that the Lutsen 99er had to offer on the last 4 miles of the race. Where I lost ground on the paved road, I gained it back in the clay-like mud. Maybe it was the fact that every time I got off my bike my legs would immediately cramp up so I tried my hardest to stay in the saddle and crank through that crazy mud.
A weather station 4.9 miles NE of Tofte reported 1.14 inches of rain in the 3 days leading up to race. That's a lot considering that the majority of Minnesota, especially the lower third, has received above normal precipitation from April to June.
I wish I had gotten video of that epic mud section but I was too darn busy trying to stay on the bike. All in all, the weather held up nicely for the race. A cool, Canadian breeze helped perk up the riders with every pedal. After starting off the race in the mid 50's, conditions warmed up rather quickly. The temperature went from 61° to 77° in just one hour as a northeast, downsloping wind increased during the afternoon.
Besides the gigantic mud pit at the end of the trail, everyone was talking about how nice the weather was that day. While Minneapolis was getting rain, Lutsen was soaking in sun. We got lucky this year...hoping our luck stays with us for next year's Lutsen 99er. I know I'm already looking forward to it!
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story