71 F. average high for September 18.
61 F. high on September 18, 2011.
Frost possible for the outlying suburbs of the Twin Cities Sunday morning.
Slush for northern Wisconsin Saturday? The GFS is hinting at a rain/snow mix. No cause for panic in the metro...yet.
...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR WEST CENTRAL THROUGH SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... .A DRY COLD FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE WATCH AREA WEDNESDAY MORNING. NORTHWEST WINDS FROM 20 TO 25 MPH WILL OCCUR IN THE AFTERNOON ALONG WITH GUSTS APPROACHING 35 MPH. RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL LOWER INTO THE 20 TO 25 PERCENT RANGE DURING THIS TIME FRAME AS WELL. THE COMBINATION OF THE WIND AND LOW HUMIDITY MAY RESULT IN DANGEROUS FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM MORRIS TO ST. PETER TO ALBERT LEA.
6). 1997-1998 (strongest El Nino on record)
According to Seeley, "...5 of the warmest 7 have occurred since 1997-1998 using statewide data."
* we are now 18% below the previous record low for Arctic ice set in 2007. Details from Climate Denial Crock of the Week with Peter Sinclair.
- The warmer than average August, in combination with the hottest July and a warmer than average June, contributed to the third hottest summer on record for the contiguous United States. The summer season’s nationally-averaged temperature was 74.4°F, 2.3°F above the 20th century average. Only the summers of 2011 (74.5°F) and 1936 (74.6°F) had higher temperatures for the Lower 48.
- The summer season was warmer than average for a large portion of contiguous United States, with the exception of the Southeast and parts of the Northwest. Sixteen states across the West, Plains, and Upper Midwest had summer temperatures among their ten warmest. Colorado and Wyoming each had their record hottest summer, with seasonal temperatures 4.4°F and 4.9°F above average, respectively. Much of the Northeast was warmer than average, where seven states from New Hampshire to Maryland had a top ten warm summer.
- The nationally-averaged summer precipitation total of 7.39 inches, which was 0.86 inch below average, marked the 18th driest summer on record for the contiguous United States.
Photo credit above: "This Aug. 28, 2012 file photo shows waves caused by Hurricane Isaac tearing apart a pier along the Mobile Bay in Coden, Ala., near Dauphin Island." (AP Photo/Butch Dill, file)
On This Date In Weather History (from the Twin Cities NWS office):
1998: 1 to 1 3/4 inch hail fell in Meeker, Wright, Todd, and Wilkin Counties winds were also estimated over 50kts.
1980: Golfball to baseball sized hail hit St. Paul. One company had 75 to 95 percent of the glass in their greenhouses smashed.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Photo credit above: "This shows Ayr Lake, Baffin Island, Canada. UB geologists studying this remote region found that the island's glaciers reacted rapidly to past climate change, providing a rare glimpse into glacier sensitivity to climate events."
Credit: Jason Briner
Map above courtesy of The Pacific Institute.
Photo credit above: Tropical Storm Fay in 2008, courtesy of MIT.
Photo credit above: "Hurricane Katrina approaches the U.S. Gulf Coast on Aug. 28, 2005." (Photo: NOAA)