73 F. average high for September 13.
70 F. high on September 13, 2011.
33 F. low on September 13, 1890 in the metro area.
83.5% of Minnesota is now described as "abnormally dry".
Moderate drought now impacting central Minnesota and northern suburbs of the Twin Cities.
25-50% of trees in the immediate metro area showing fall colors, according to the Minnesota DNR. Details below.
567 million smartphones will be shipped in 2012, according to NPD DisplaySearch. That number is expected to surpass one billion by 2016. Details at gizmag.com below.
Spreading Drought. According to NOAA's Drought Monitor, St. Cloud, Willmar and the entire north metro is in a moderate drought (again). In fact 44.39% of Minnesota is in a moderate drought, up from 39% last week. Severe drought is impacting the Red River Valley, pockets of extreme drought from Pipestone to Jackson and Worthington.
...FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 8 AM CDT FRIDAY... * LOCATION...INLAND FROM LAKE SUPERIOR...ESPECIALLY IN LOW LYING AREAS. * TEMPERATURE...33 TO 36 * IMPACTS...TENDER VEGETATION MAY SUFFER EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FROST ADVISORY MEANS THAT FROST IS POSSIBLE. SENSITIVE OUTDOOR PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNCOVERED.
Fall Color Slightly Ahead of Schedule? According to the Minnesota DNR 25-50% of trees in Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota county are already ripening up, about 7-10 days ahead of schedule. Dry weather may be accelerating color, as trees across much of the metro are under stress.
Image credit above: "The extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26, 2012, the day the sea ice dipped to its smallest extent ever recorded in more than three decades of satellite measurements. The line on the image shows the average minimum extent from the period covering 1979-2010." Credit: NASA/JPL.
Graphic credit: Arctic Sea Ice Monitor data: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Earth Observation Research Center
* image above courtesy of Digital Typhoon.
Bad news for allergy sufferers (at least until the first frost):
Photo credit above: "According to local lore, the Flaming Mountain is the hottest spot in China. After visiting the site, scientists used NASA data to find out for sure." (Photograph ©2011 oh contraire.)
Photo credit above: "Annual smartphone shipments are predicted to double by 2016." (Photo: Shutterstock)
Photo credit: Charlie Riedel/AP Photo. "Time exposure of smokestacks at the La Cygne Generating Station coal-fired power plant in Kansas."
Photo credit above: "Northern Polar Institute Research Director Kim Holmen, left, with UN Foundation Board Chairman Ted Turner and President Timothy Wirth in the Arctic."