19 F. at Embarrass and International Falls Thursday morning.
Trace of flurries Wednesday in Duluth, tied a record.
78 F. Thursday's high at DFW Airport. That's the coolest high temperature in Dallas since May 16, when the high was 74.
88% of Texas now in "exceptional drought", the most severe conditions - highest of the year. Up from 81% a week ago.
2.83" of rain fell on Tucson, AZ Thursday, This is a RECORD for the day, 2nd wettest Sept. day on RECORD and 5th wettest day of all time.
"...There’s no denying the weather has become more extreme. Years of drought in Australia have been followed by devastating floods. Weather events causing more than $10 billion in damage, from floods and wildfires to an East Coast snopocalypse, have hit the United States this year. In Pakistan, large swaths of land sit under floodwaters. Munich Re, the large reinsurance company, has estimated that natural disasters caused $265 billion in damage in the first six months of the year, five times more than the average losses for that period over the last decade." - from a New York Times article below.
"...The world has entered a new era of catastrophes. Economic losses from hurricanes, earthquakes and resulting tsunamis, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters increased from $528 billion (1981-1990) to more than $1.2 trillion over the period 2001-2010." - from a Washington Post story below.
Pierre, SD: 32
Sisseton, SD: 30
Lincoln, IL: 37
Mason City, IA: 26
Flint, MI: 38
International Falls, MN: 19
Rochester, MN: 31
Milwaukee, WI: 40
Sioux City, IA: 32
Rolla-Vichy, MO: 41
Twin Cities, MN: 36
Eau Claire, WI: 29
Thursday Record Highs:
Beaumont Port Arthur, LA: 96
*****North Platte, NE only reached a high of 47 today!!!
****record early snow (just a trace) for Duluth & the Lakewoods of WI
The low temperature at 7:06 am Thursday morning at International Falls was 19 degrees. This breaks the record low for a September 15th, 24 degrees, set in 1964. This is the coldest temperature reported for so early in the season. This also marks the first time in station history that a temperature in the teens has been recorded in the month of September. -- http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dlh/?n=climatestatsandfacts
Embarass MN got down to 19 F. http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/current.php?station=EMBM5&network=MN_COOP
Morning Lows from NWS Duluth: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/wxstory.php?site=dlh
Ocean City, Maryland Waterspout. Check out the YouTube clip of the waterspout (tornado over water) that formed at 3:43 pm yesterday.
- The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for August 2011 was the eighth warmest on record at 61.09 F (16.15 C), which is 0.99 F (0.55 C) above the 20th century average of 60.1 F (15.6 C). The margin of error associated with this temperature is +/- 0.16 F (0.09 C).
- Separately, the global land surface temperature was 1.51 F (0.84 C) above the 20th century average of 56.9 F (13.8 C), making this the second warmest August on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.32 F (0.18 C). Warmer-than-average conditions occurred across most of North America and the northern half of South America, southern Greenland, eastern Russia, Mongolia, most of Europe, northern Africa to Southwest Asia, and southern Australia. Cooler-than-average regions included western Russia, Alaska, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay.
- The August global ocean surface temperature was 0.79 F (0.44 C) above the 20th century average of 61.4 F (16.4 C), making it the 12th warmest August on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.07 F (0.04 C). The warmth was most pronounced across the north central, northwest, and south central Pacific Ocean, the north-central Atlantic, and the Labrador Sea.
- Scotland and Northern Ireland had their coolest average monthly August temperatures since 1993. Scotland was 1.4 F (0.7 C) below its 1971–2000 average of 55.2 F (12.9 C), while Northern Ireland was 1.3 F (0.8 C) below its average temperature of 57.6 F (14.2 C).
- Australia’s August 2011 average maximum temperature was the fifth warmest August in its 62-year period of record. The state of Tasmania had its all-time warmest August maximum and minimum temperatures on record.
Sunday Showers. It won't be an all-day rain on Sunday, but an approaching frontal boundary will probably squeeze out a few hours of showers. Saturday still looks like the drier, nicer day across most of Minnesota.
Don't Pack Away The Shorts Just Yet. I'm sure some people must think I'm mad ("but Paul, we've already had our first frost. It SNOWED in Duluth on Wednesday!") All true (including the mad part), but the one thing I've learned - the hard way - is that lukewarm weather tends to spill over into much of October. Sure, we'll see more cold fronts, but the GFS is showing an extended stretch of 70s, even some 80s the last week of September into the first few days of October. Time to rummage around for light jackets and sweatshirts, but I wouldn't retire the shorts just yet.
Touch of October. Only Minneapolis and St. Paul (and close-in suburbs) avoided a frost early Thursday. Eau Claire and St. Cloud reported lows of 29, afternoon highs reached the upper 50s across most of Minnesota.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and dry. Low: 45
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clouds and showers. Low: 53
Here are just a few of the pieces of evidence that make us conclude that global warming is real:
- The average temperature at the Earth’s surface has continued on an upward trajectory at a rate of 0.17C per decade over the last three decades
- Temperatures throughout the lower atmosphere (the troposphere) have also warmed consistent with the surface temperatures