...EARLY SEASON FREEZE FOR MUCH OF THE AREA TONIGHT... .A FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT THROUGH 8 AM THURSDAY MORNING. STRONG CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE WILL SETTLE OVER THE AREA TONIGHT... BRINGING A COMBINATION OF LIGHT WIND...A CLEAR SKY...AND WELL BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. A WIDESPREAD FREEZE APPEARS LIKELY WITH LOW TEMPERATURES IN MOST LOCATIONS BETWEEN 25 AND 30 DEGREES. TEMPERATURES WILL DROP INTO THE MID 30S IN MOST LOCATIONS BY AROUND MIDNIGHT...THEN SUB FREEZING TEMPERATURES WILL BECOME LIKELY AFTER 2 AM. SENSITIVE OUTDOOR PLANTS WILL BE IMPACTED TONIGHT IF LEFT UNCOVERED.
36 F. or colder on September 15 in the Twin Cities? A "1 in 10 year event", according to Pete Boulay at the State Climate Office.
Saturday night: best chance of weekend showers. A few showers may spill over into Sunday morning.
51: average number of tornadoes every year in Minnesota since 2001.
1918: last year Minnesota saw a larger wildfire than the current BWCA Pagami blaze.
70 days above 100 in Dallas/Fort Worth this summer (a new, all-time record). Old record was 69 days over 100 in 1980
40 of those 100-degree days were in a row in Dallas.
2-6" of snow possible near Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge, Colorado - heaviest amounts above 9,000 feet.
"...Climate is central to business strategy of 68% of the world's 500 largest companies, compared with 48% last year." - from an article in The Guardian below.
"...And the changing Texas climate is not an isolated phenomenon. Extreme climatic events are becoming the order of the day around the world. For examples, most of North America has been experiencing more unusually hot days and nights, fewer unusually cold days and nights, and fewer frost days. Heavy downpours have become more frequent and intense. Droughts are becoming more severe in some regions, though there are no clear patterns for the globe as a whole. The power and frequency of Atlantic hurricanes have increased substantially. Outside the tropics, storm tracks are shifting northward and the strongest storms are becoming even stronger." - Houston Chronicle story below. Photo credit: myweathertech.com.
Wednesday Record Highs:
Austin Bergstrom: 101
Austin Camp Mabry: 103
College Station: 101
******Dallas only hit 94 Wednesday*******
Cape Hatteras, NC: 87
Bridgeport, CT: 86
Shreveport, LA: 102
Photo credit above: "The Pagami Creek wildfire burns in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northeastern Minnesota. The haze from the fire was heavy enough that some people reported burning eyes and difficulty breathing in the Chicago area, 400 miles south of the forest fire, the National Weather Service said. Clint Austin -- Duluth News Tribune, Associated Press - AP
- At this point the Pagami blaze covers approximately 10 percent of the vast Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
- Exceeds 101,000 acres.
- 230 personnel helping to fight the flames.
- The fire pushed farther south yesterday exiting the southern Boundary Waters Canoe Area
- Homes are being evacuated.
- So far 100,000 acres have burned. Started by lightning August 18.
- The Milwaukee Brewers closed the Miller Park roof before their game against the Colorado Rockies due to the lingering smoke from a wildfire burning in Minnesota.
- Largest wildfire in Minnesota since 1918.
- The Pagami Creek fire is ranked as the third largest fire in the history of Minnesota. Larger fires were the 250,000-acre fire near Cloquet in October of 1918 which killed 559 people, and a 200,000-acre fire near Hinckley in September of 1894 which killed 418 people.
- Officials are saying that the blaze will probably burn until the snow flies.
Hints of Early October. At least the sun was out much of the day, removing some of the cool sting behind a vigorous cold front. Highs ranged from 51 at International Falls and Hibbing to 58 in St. Cloud and Redwood Falls to 60 in the Twin Cities. About a tenth of an inch of showery rains fell on the MN Arrowhead, helping firefighters gain some ground on the Pagami blaze.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clear, not quite as chilly. Low: 40