Aurora Borealis may be visible in the coming nights (see story below).
36 F. coolest temperature so far in the metro area (September 15).
.31" rain has fallen on MSP so far this month (2.29" drier than average, to date).
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Sunday, the Indianapolis airport recorded 2.17″ of rain, breaking the previous one day total of 2.13 set back in 1961.
Central Park, New York City: 9th Wettest Year with 58.44". Records go back to 1869
"...Our results demonstrate that the dominant personality types for Ph.D. climate change researchers are fundamentally different from those found in the U.S. population. This suggests that there is a strong potential for inherent challenges in communication between these two groups." - from a Capital Weather Gang story about the inherent challenges in communicating climate science.
Stormy Swirl. The "cut off" low pressure system centered near the Quad Cities of Iowa is impacting weather from Minnesota to Indiana, southward to Missouri. Under the center of this counterclockwise-rotating swirl of chilly air in the upper atmosphere skies are unstable - capable of showers (especially PM hours). A few showers may wobble into the Twin Cities metro area today; once again the best chance of rain south/east of the Twin Cities.
This Weekend: Indian Summer. There's little doubt we'll warm into the 60s Saturday, possibly the 70s on Sunday, thanks to a ridge of high pressure over the Plains and Upper Midwest. You will want to spend some serious time outdoors this weekend.
Unsettled Monday. The sun was out over central and western Minnesota (highs soared into the mid 70s), while sprinkels and showers (and clouds much of the day) kept temperatures cooler east of the Twin Cities. Highs ranged from 76 at Redwood Falls to 73 in St. Cloud, 69 at St. Paul and a rainy 62 at Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Heatwaves are increasing in frequency, intensity, and duration throughout the world. The nature of heatwaves is also affected by climate change. Nighttime temperatures have been climbing twice as fast as average temperatures since 1970, meaning less relief at night. (When the temperatures at night don't fall in farm country, the cows go down. The same holds true for us.) In addition, the warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor -- seven percent more for each one-degree Celsius warming -- raising humidity levels, thus heat indices, which determine how we feel during a heatwave. The combination of factors make heatwaves today all the more lethal, and the consequences include cardiorespiratory illness, and dehydration and diarrhea in children. Thousands have lost their lives in recent heatwaves in Europe, Russia, and India, for example.
Asthma and Allergies
The total number of asthma sufferers in the U.S. has more than doubled since 1980 and several exacerbating factors stem from burning fossil fuels."