Friday, August 5, 2011

The year in Pictures 2011








From January to August 2011
These are the similar pictures I have taken so far this year. The snow didn't really start melting, until the end of March by April 15 it was gone.  Then it really got cold it stayed below average until middle of June. July went off the charts hot with dew points in the upper 70's and 80. We set a record for the highest dew point ever at 82 degrees. Here in Minnesota the dew points in the summer, on average we have 13 days of dew points in the 60's to low 70's, this year we've had 19 days and it's not even the dog days of summer. A few times each year it will get too hot to rain, that has only happened once so far meaning it's been a very wet.  In the winter dew points are 30's and 40's. The yearly average dew point is in the high 40's. Like summer in winter it gets too cold to snow, that's when you can see ice crystals in the air that don't seem to hit the ground like dew would. How this happens here in both summer and winter is when the upper and surface temperature is around the same. The reasons the ground frost here can go deeper then 4 feet down, when we don't have enough snow cover to insulate the ground until mid November or December. Now if your still reading this you have more information about Minnesota climate then some of the people who live here have. 
This year within 48 hours we went from a high of  58 degrees with a dew point of 43, to a high of 83 degrees and the dew point in the mid 70's. People like to say "It's not the heat it's the humidity!" The higher the dew point temperature is, the harder it makes it to breath.
  







7 comments:

Have Myelin? said...

I know about dew point - dealt with that problem in Texas at times when I lived there. You are right, you can't breath. The air is sooooo heavy!

Travelogue for the Universe said...

Love seeing the contrasting photos. 4 Seasons are nice but the extremes can get to you. Keep cool! mary

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I Love these same but oh so different photos! Our humidity makes our air heavy too. I still love Summer :)

Mary K. Mennenga said...

Have Myelin, Thank you, the extremes this year have taking a toll on just about everyone.

Mary, I hope the fall colors will be grand and start next year out right.

Kim,I'm glad you still like summer;) I'm hanging my hopes on next summer yes, I know wishful thinking! This Gal can dream can't I!LOL

Diane J Standiford said...

Reminds me of state I was born in--Indiana.

kmilyun said...

I do not see myself moving to your lovely state any time soon! I new it was humid and the chill ran deep but oh my!

thank you for posted the pics they really show the changes.

Mary K. Mennenga said...

My dad was born there. In winter humidity isn't a problem at all, because it's so cold here it freezes, then falls like snow and you can even see the ice crystals in the air.LOL