+8.3 F. October temperatures are running more than 8 degrees above average.
.06" rain predicted today for Minneapolis/St. Paul (NAM model).
Dry for Halloween - Trick or Treat temperatures ranging from 45-50.
61 F. predicted high for MSP on Wednesday, November 2 (GFS).
80 F. record high in Denver on Monday. Winter Storm Watch in effect for the Mile High City (2-5" snow may fall Wednesday).
Hurricane Rina may threaten Cozumel and Cancun by the end of the week (some models hint that Rina may strengthen to Category 3 strength). A turn to the north, and then northeast is possible - Rina may pose some risk to Florida next week.
From 1950 through 2006, Alabama reported more F5 tornadoes than any other state. (source: SPC and Birmingham Weather Examiner).
Track Similar To Wilma? Hurricane Wilma struck south Florida on October 24, 2005 (the busiest hurricane year on record in the USA). Wilma was a powerful Category 5 storm, in fact it was the strongest hurricane ever observed int he Atlantic basin. Rina is forecast to take a track eerily similar to Wilma. Time will tell.
* Rina: the 17th Storm Of The Season. 2011 has seen more tropical storms and hurricanes than any year but 2005 (that's the year we went entirely through the alphabet and started over again).
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
* TGdaily.com has another angle on the story here:
"He found that when the temperature rises in one hemisphere, it falls or remains unchanged in the other. "My study shows that, apart from the larger-scale developments, such as the general change into warm periods and ice ages, climate change has previously only produced similar effects on local or regional level," he says. During the last clear period of climate change - the Little Ice Age between 1600 and 1900 - Europe experienced some of its coldest centuries. However, says Björck, there's no evidence of corresponding simultaneous temperature changes and effects in the southern hemisphere."