66 F. average high on September 29.
77 F. high on September 29, 2013.
.07" rain fell Monday at MSP International Airport.
September 30, 1995: Lightning started a house on fire in Washington County.
September 30, 1985: 4 inches of snow fell in Ely, with just a trace at the Twin Cities.
It is our God-given right to complain about the weather. It may even be in the founding father's Bill of Rights, but my history is a bit hazy. Don't quote me.
Locals were complaining in 1961 when a coating of snow fell at MSP on September 30. A far cry from 1897, when the mercury soared to 87F on today's date.
Cathy Larson wrote me a note, asking me to start a campaign to stop readers from griping about the weather. She has a chronic illness and would gladly endure another Polar Vortex if she was healthy again. "Being aware of the weather is important, but people complaining that it's too hot or too cold - really??" she said.
Cathy has a very good point, and I'll be drafting a bill for the legislature, right after my rodeo career fades. Stop whining about the weather?
The approach of a reinforcing cool front sparks showers tonight & Wednesday; a rumble of thunder is possible with slower commute times tomorrow. By Friday it'll feel like early November: raw and windy with showers for evening football games. Take a heavy jacket.
We may avoid a frost next weekend; 40s to low 50s with ragged clouds for the Twin Cities Marathon.
A bit chilly, yes, but I'm not complaining.
Photo credit above: "The Air Force flies WC-130 planes to study active hurricanes." (NOAA)
Offshore Wind Turbines Could Tame Hurricanes. I'm a little skeptical about this idea, especially for larger hurricanes, since hurricanes get their strength from warm ocean water - not sure what a necklace of wind turbines will do to change that dynamic. Here's a clip from The Wall Street Journal: "Could an armada of giant windmills reduce damage from the next big hurricane? A study by scientists at Stanford University and the University of Delaware suggests that U.S. coastal cities could be spared by installing tens of thousands of gigantic wind turbines offshore in arrays up to 20 miles long. The scientists say the turbines, as high as a football field is long, would suck much of the energy out of storms and pay for themselves with the clean electrical power they produce..." (Hurricane Sandy file image: NASA).
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TODAY: Fading sun, late PM showers. Winds: E 10-15. High: 63
TUESDAY NIGHT: Showers likely. Low: 57
WEDNESDAY: Unsettled with showers, few T-showers. High: 62
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, drying out. Wake-up: 56. High: 67
FRIDAY: Windy & raw. PM showers likely. Wake-up: 47. High: 51 (chill factor dipping into the 30s)
SATURDAY: Slight frost risk early. Chilled sunshine. Wake-up: 38. High: 57
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy and brisk. Wake-up: 45. High: 62
MONDAY: Plenty of sun, less wind. Wake-up: 43. High: 59
Photo credit above: "The Hindu holy town of Kedarnath, India is seen from a helicopter after severe flooding in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, June 18, 2013. Torrential monsoon rains caused havoc in northern India leading to flash floods and landslides." Source: AP.
Image credit above: "Is global warming really paused?" Image courtesy of Lesserland, modified by Elizabeth Klusinske.
Image credit above: "The range of the black-legged tick, which carries Lyme disease, is expanding north due to the warming effects of climate change." Photo credit: Shutterstock.
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