65 F. normal high for October 2.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
August In October. Check out Sunday's highs around the state, ranging from 78 at St. Cloud to 80 at MSP International to 82 at Alexandria and 84 at Redwood Falls. Typical for late August. What a weekend...
Fire Information Report for Pagami Creek
Wildland Fire Incident
Report Date: 02-OCT-11
|Burnt Area:||92,682 Acres|
|Location:||Lake County, MN (13 miles east of Ely, MN, mostly in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness)|
|Incident Team Type:||IMT Type 1|
|Team Leader:||Doug Turman|
|Containment Status:||70% contained)|
4" snow on the ground at Snoeshoe Mountain Ski Resort, West Virginia Sunday morning.
- 1″ in Phillipsburg, PA
- 0.7″ in Laurel Summit, PA
Sunday's Record Lows:
Augusta, GA 40
Jackson, KY 38
Alma, FL 44
Gainsville, FL 46
Melbourne, FL 58
Daytona Beach, FL 56
Lakeland, FL 55
N. Myrtle Beach, FL 46
Dayton, OH 49
Saturday's Record Highs:
- Miles City, MT – 95° (Previous 94 in 2005)
- Billings, MT – 91 (Previous 90° in 1992)
- Lewiston, MT – 90° (Previous 89° in 1957)
- Stanford, MT – 90° (Previous 87° in 1992)
Fall 2011 Precipitation Outlook For U.S. Here is the latest from NOAA's ClimateWatch magazine: "After enduring months of drought and baking summer heat, residents of the Southwest and Southern Plains will hardly be excited about the fall 2011 temperature and precipitation outlooks. The precipitation outlook for September–November 2011 from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center indicates an increased probability for significantly below normal precipitation across half of Arizona, all of New Mexico, and most of Texas. (“Significantly below normal” means “within the bottom third” of observed precipitation for an area in a particular season.) The map above shows NOAA’s precipitation outlook for September-November 2011. Blue-green shaded areas are places where precipitation is likely to be significantly above normal, while yellow areas are places likely to experience significantly below-normal precipitation. Moving from the outer edge of the shaded area to the interior, percentages indicate increasing probability of the predicted pattern."
Drought Baking The Southern USA. Here's an overview of one of the worst droughts in U.S. history, courtesy of NOAA: "An intense drought has gripped the southern tier of the United States for several months, accompanied by destructive wildfires, low water supplies, and failed crops. Dry conditions emerged as early as October of last year and culminated in one of the driest winter and spring seasons in the observed record for the region. At the peak of this year’s drought in July, “exceptional” drought conditions were spread across nearly 12 percent of the U.S., from Arizona to Florida, reaching the highest recorded level of drought since the US Drought Monitor began reporting conditions 12 years ago. As of August 31, just over 11 percent of the contiguous United States was experiencing exceptional drought. (Related image: July 2011 drought map.) Texas and Oklahoma have been particularly hard hit. According to John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, the state is officially in the midst of its most severe one-year drought on record. Some areas in the extreme west, south and southeast areas of the state have seen some relief from recent rains, but other locations are so dry that it would take as much as 20 inches of rain in one month to bring conditions back to normal."
Photo credit above: "Brazos River runs dry in Knox County, Texas, in summer 2011. By Earl Nottingham, © Texas Parks & Wildlife Department."
Typhoon Nalgae. Here is a post from NASA's Earth Observatory on "Nalgae", before it hit the Philippines, the second typhoon strike there in less than 1 week: "Typhoon Nalgae, known in the Philippines as Quiel, was headed for the archipelago on September 30, 2011. Residents braced for winds and floods in the wake of Typhoon Nesat, which passed over the same region days earlier. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of Nalgae, just east of the Philippines, on September 30, 2011. On September 30, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported that Nalgae had maximum sustained winds of 115 knots (210 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 140 knots (260 kilometers per hour). Located roughly 320 nautical miles (590 kilometers) northeast of Manila, the storm was moving west. On September 30, Agence France-Presse reported that Typhoon Nesat, which preceded Nalgae, had already killed 43 people and left 30 more missing, while forcing 160,000 residents into state-run evacuation camps. As Nalgae approached, The Manila Bulletin reported that authorities advised residents of low-lying and mountainous areas to watch out for potential floods and landslides."