11 hours, 39 minutes of daylight on Monday. We've lost nearly 4 hours of daylight since June 21, which makes 80s in early October all that much more impressive.
86 F. in 1912: Wednesday all-time high temperature record in the Twin Cities (in danger of being broken).
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear and mild. Low: 56
What Month Is This Again? Believe it or not, the warmest weather may still be ahead of us. Models are hinting at mid 80s on Wednesday, even some upper 80s close to home. Not too shabby, considering the sun angle is equivalent to the first week of March.
* Houston, Texas has had 139 days at 90 degrees or higher so far this year. That’s more than half the days from Jan 1 to October 3, 2011. (We are now 276 days into 2011)
* Houston has also had 46 days so far this year at 100 or higher.
* The Phoenix monsoon season wrapped up with the end of September. It was the warmest on record in Phoenix, and one of the warmest in Yuma. It was also drier than normal, with 1.6″ of precipitation recorded.
* 13.32" rain at Baltimore, a new September rainfall record. The old record was 12.41" in 1934.
"...A hole that developed in the Earth's protective ozone layer over the Arctic this year was the largest ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere and spread over parts of northern Russia, Greenland and Norway, the journal Nature reports. For the first time, the hole was comparable to one that appears regularly over the Antarctic, researchers found." (graphic above courtesy of NASA).
- from a USA Today article below.
Chemical Fire From Space. The black smoke billowing from a chemical fire just south of Dallas was so massive that it showed up on satellite images - this one taken by NASA's low-orbiting "MODIS" Terra satellite, about 220 miles above the ground.
THE 2-DAY AVERAGE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE IN WASHINGTON DC FOR THE
SAME PERIOD WAS 56.5 DEGREES…WHICH NOW RANKS AS THE COOLEST 2
DAY START IN OCTOBER. THIS SURPASSES THE PREVIOUS COOLEST OCTOBER
2-DAY START OF 57.5 DEGREES SET IN 1940. THE NORMAL AVERAGE HIGH
TEMPERATURE FOR OCTOBER 1ST AND 2ND IN WASHINGTON IS 73.5 DEGREES.
...WETTEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD AT BALTIMORE MD...
A RECORD MONTHLY RAINFALL OF 13.32 INCHES WAS SET FOR SEPTEMBER AT
BALTIMORE IN 2011. THIS BREAKS THE OLD SEPTEMBER RECORD OF 12.41 SET
From Green To Brown. The Iowa Environmental Mesonet has a couple of satellite photos that show the progression of the seasons, the transition from greens to (mostly) browns: "Clear skies overhead this weekend give satellites a great look at the ground to show what has happened to our landscape over the past month. The featured image is of Aqua MODIS true color imagery from 6 September and 1 October of this year. Our lush green landscape has been replaced by the brown shades of fall. This color change is important as it changes the albedo of the surface allowing warming to occur more rapidly. This change will be in effect this week with mostly clear skies expected to push temperatures to near 80."
Skiers Are Happy. This photo was taken at the Snowshoe Ski Resort in West Virginia, where a whopping 9" of snow has fallen.
********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL******************** LOCATION STORM TOTAL TIME/DATE COMMENTS SNOWFALL OF (INCHES) MEASUREMENT PENNSYLVANIA ...BLAIR COUNTY... ALTOONA T 610 AM 10/2 NWS EMPLOYEE ...CAMBRIA COUNTY... EBENSBURG 1.0 730 AM 10/2 WEBCAM WESTMONT T 730 AM 10/3 COCORAHS BELMONT T 730 AM 10/2 COCORAHS PRINCE GALLITZIN SP T 700 AM 10/2 COOP ...CENTRE COUNTY... PHILIPSBURG 1.2 700 AM 10/2 COOP STATE COLLEGE T 630 AM 10/2 NWS EMPLOYEE ...ELK COUNTY... SAINT MARYS 2 SE T 700 AM 10/3 COCORAHS RIDGWAY T 700 AM 10/2 COOP ...MCKEAN COUNTY... KANE T 700 AM 10/2 COOP ...SOMERSET COUNTY... LAUREL SUMMIT: 2.2" SNOW SOMERSET T 800 AM 10/2 COOP
Huge Waves Stir Up Silt, Sediment, Over Southern Lake Michigan. Last week's Alberta Clipper whipped up 50-65 mph winds over the Great Lakes, resulting in wild winds that stirred up Lake Michigan. More from the Chicago NWS: "The intense northerly winds that blew though the Great Lakes region late last week, caused the silt in the southern portion of Lake Michigan to become churned up, increasing the lake turbidity to extremely high levels. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA's Terra polar orbiting satellite captured this high resolution image over Lake Michigan around noon on Sunday, October 2, 2011. Note how the "muddy" waters get caught in the currents moving through the lake."
Nothing Worse Than "Crap Damage". Enough said.
Global Temps. Spiking Faster Than Nature Can Adapt. Here's an article from Catholic Online: "Although some people still refuse to accept it, global warming is a fact. All national science academies of all the major industrialized nations of the world unanimously agree that global warming is taking place. What is still subject to debate is just how much are humans contributing to the problem and how much of it is simply being caused by nature. And more importantly, what should we do about it? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Earth's temperature has fluctuated dramatically over millions of years and there have been times when the average global temperature has been much higher or much lower than it is today. Scientists know that some of the warming and cooling process is entirely natural. However they have noticed a sharper than normal increase in global temperatures over the past century, and they believe unequivocally that this is the result of human activity. Sharp changes in temperature are especially worrisome because organisms cannot rapidly adapt to such quick changes. Historically climate change has been a very gradual process, but this time it's occurring faster than on any other occasion in history. Evidence for climate change isn't simply found in temperature readings. Humans can easily handle a couple degrees of temperature change one way or another. However the environment cannot, without time (at least hundreds of years) to adjust. Scientists are blaming global warming for mass die offs of plant and animal life around the world."
Global Warming Causes Faster Melting Of Canadian Ice Shelves. Empowerednews.com has the details: "Toronto – The 2 ice shelves that already existed before Europeans settled in Canada was seen to be already diminished as of this summer. One of the 2 ice shelves was almost completely disappearing, as confirmed by Canadian scientists. The loss signifies the worsening of global warming. The Canadian Arctic is so different few years ago as compared now, scientists added. Icebergs floating in the ocean that were already broken free might just pose risk to shipping lines and offshore oil facilities in the area. The breaking of ice shelves into smaller pieces also affects the environment for microbial life. It will also affect Canada’s coastline."