"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.
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