63 F. average high for October 6.
83 F. high on October 6, 2011.
Flurries spotted across parts of the Twin Cities metro Saturday (but not officially at MSP International).
65-70 F. highs possible Monday in the metro area.
8 am: 27 F. Southwest 7. Sunny skies.
10 am: 37 F. Southwest 8.
Noon: 47 F. Southwest 11.
2 pm: 53 F. West/southwest 15. Blue sky.
Photo credit above: bringmethenews.com.
* say what? I'm still trying to track down a basis for that last sentence. A snowy arc?
Photo credit above: "Bemidji State University junior Karley Terwey walks to class Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 as Bemidji, Minn., received over an inch of snow with more expected in the northwest portion of Minnesota." (AP Photo/Bemidji Pioneer, Monte Draper)
Other significant October snowfalls and blizzards include:
October 11-14, 1820 up to 11 inches at Old Fort Snelling.
October 21-22, 1835 brought the first 6 inch snowfall of the season to Ft Snelling and was a precursor to a harsh winter for the Great Lakes Region.
October 16-18, 1880 paralyzing blizzard (drifts up to 20 feet) in southwestern Minnesota, written about by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
October 18-20, 1916 a blizzard struck northwestern Minnesota with 5 to 16 inches of snow and zero visibility.
October 23-24, 1933 brought a heavy snow to northeastern Minnesota, with amounts ranging from 7 to 11.5 inches.
October 1-2, 1950 brought 1-5 inches of snow across northwestern Minnesota counties.
October 7-11, 1970 brought some heavy snowfall to northern counties, record setting amounts of 6-14 inches for some, producing some road closures.
October 4-6, 2000 brought snow to many northern Minnesota communities. Thief River Falls, Roseau, and Littlefork reported over 2 inches, while Baudette and Thorhult reported over 3 inches.
October 24-25, 2001 a blizzard with 55 mph hit northwestern Minnesota bringing snowfall of 10-14 inches, and huge drifts.
October 12-13, 2006 brought snowfall to northeastern Minnesota, including 4-5 inches at Cook and Babbitt.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Graphic caption: "This 2012 graphic compares sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic at the time of year when they hit their lowest levels. Data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, graphic by NASA’s James Hansen."
Map credit above: "Global trends in seasonal nighttime lake surface temperatures, 1985-2009." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Photo credit above: "British climate sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton." Photograph: Alan Porritt/EPA.