56 F. average high on October 20.
47 F. high on October 20, 2013.
October 20, 1916: Three day blizzard ends. Temp at Bird Island falls from 65 to 13.
I'm having a really good weather dream. Please don't wake me up. No newscast-leading storms, San Diego-like 60s every day, happy strangers waving at me with all their fingers. I could get used to this.
Climate skeptics talk about a "temperature pause", even though the atmosphere makes up 3 percent of Earth's heat engine; most excess CO2 warming is going into the world's oceans.
The top 10 warmest years, worldwide, have all been observed since 2000, according to NOAA and NASA. And in spite of a lack of El Nino warmth (yet) 2014 is on track to be the warmest year, worldwide, since 1880.
Our perpetual September spills over into next weekend, when highs should once again surge thru the 60s to near 70F. Not bad, considering today's sun angle is identical to February 21. Expect midweek showers, then rapid clearing with weekend weather that would feel right at home in early September.
Models show a chilly slap early next week, followed by gradual moderation. The GFS model shows temperatures near 50F with a shower risk on Halloween.
The pattern favors Nor'easters over New England and soaking storms for the Pacific Northwest.
Fly-over Country is quiet, for now.
Animation credit above: "A map showing sea surface temperature anomalies leading up and during the 1997-98 super El Nino." Credit: NOAA View
Image credit above: " Photograph: ISS/NASA.
Photo credit above: Dado Ruvic / Reuters.
TODAY: Sunny and pleasant. Winds: East 10. High: near 60
TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and cool. Low: 43
WEDNESDAY: Clouds increase, PM showers likely. High: 59
THURSDAY: Damp start, then clearing skies. Wake-up: 47. High: 62
FRIDAY: Mild sunshine. Put boat back in the water. Wake-up: 42. High: 68
SATURDAY: Sunny, Indian Summer lingers. Wake-up: 46. High: 63
SUNDAY: Pinch me (please). Amazingly nice. Wake-up: 45. High: near 70
MONDAY: Early shower, then clearing, cooler. Wake-up: 53. High: 59
Map credit: NOAA NCDC.
Image credit above: "These are just some of the indicators measured globally over many decades that show the earth's climate is warming. Red arrows indicate increacing trends, blaok arrows indicate decreasing trends. All the indicators expected to increase in a warming world are increasing, and all those expected to decrease in a warming world are decreasing."