65 F. average high for September 30.
64 F. high on September 30, 2011.
+1.7 F. The first 29 days of September are running 1.7 F. warmer than average in the Twin Cities.
High fire danger statewide; an extreme fire risk over the Red River Valley.
Fire Weather Watch posted for roughly the western half of Minnesota today.
Frost/freeze possible for Twin Cities suburbs next weekend.
...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FOR WESTERN AND SOUTHWESTERN MINNESOTA... .A DRY COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP THROUGH THE REGION FROM WEST TO EAST LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY. THE FRONT WILL REACH EASTERN MINNESOTA BY EARLY MONDAY MORNING...AND AREAS BEHIND THE FRONT WILL EXPERIENCE STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS DURING THE DAY. WESTERN AND SOUTHWESTERN MINNESOTA WILL EXPERIENCE RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES OF 20 TO 25 PERCENT...WHICH WILL BE COUPLED WITH NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS VALID ALONG AND WEST OF A LINE FROM ABOUT ST. CLOUD...THROUGH MANKATO...TO JUST WEST OF ALBERT LEA.
October 4. Mean date of the first 32-degree temperature in the Twin Cities. Source: MN Climate Office.
- White Bear drains a very small watershed and has always had big decreases in area and volume during extended dry periods when rainfall and melting snow do not keep up with evaporation.
- Chemical testing of water from wells around the lakes confirms that lake water is flowing out the bottom of the lake into groundwater aquifers that feed those wells.
- Pumping from high-capacity wells in suburban communities that mostly draw their water from those aquifers more than doubled over the last 30 years.
Photo credit above: "White Bear Lake is plummeting to a record low water level due to the current drought and large amount of groundwater pumping. Some lakeshore property owners have had to constantly expand their docks to reach water's edge." (MARLIN LEVISON/STARTRIBUNE).
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Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
MONDAY NIGHT: Partial clearing. Low: 49
Are We Wrong About Climate Change? Here's an excerpt from a Doug Craig Climate of Change post at redding.com: "...So if the science is settled, why do so many have trouble believing this? As Oreskes explains, "The mass media have paid a great deal of attention to a handful of dissenters in a manner that is greatly disproportionate with their representation in the scientific community. The number of climate scientists who actively do research in the field but disagree with the consensus position is evidently very small."
"This is not to say that there are not a significant number of contrarians but to point out that most of them are not climate scientists and therefore have little (or no) basis to claim to be experts on the subjects on which they boldly pronounce."
Photo credit above: "Impacts of climate change are mostly keenly felt in developing countries where damage to agricultural production from extreme weather is contributing to deaths from malnutrition, poverty and their associated diseases." Credit: NEWSCOM.