63 F. average high for October 5.
88 F. A year ago the Twin Cities metro was 40 degrees warmer.
28 F. predicted low Sunday morning; first widespread freeze for the Twin Cities suburbs. A freeze is defined as 2-4 hours below 28-30 F, cold enough to kill off most plant life.
65-70 F. highs predicted for Monday, the mildest day in sight.
Cold fronts "trigger" colds and flu bugs? Not directly, but indirectly? You can make a case, yes. Details below.
...FROST EXPECTED TONIGHT FOLLOWED BY A HARD FREEZE TOMORROW NIGHT... .TEMPERATURES WILL DROP DOWN TO AROUND FREEZING TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING ALONG RIVER VALLEY LOCATIONS WHERE THE GROWING SEASON HAS YET TO END. CLOUD COVER AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY PREVENT A HARD FREEZE FROM OCCURRING TONIGHT BUT TEMPERATURES WILL STILL BE COLD ENOUGH TO BE OF CONCERN FOR SENSITIVE OUTDOOR PLANTS. EXPECT TEMPERATURES TO DROP INTO THE 20S REGION WIDE SUNDAY MORNING...THUS ENDING THE GROWING SEASON.
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.
"I'm Not Going To Be Ashamed" KSTP Meteorologist Reveals Battle With Bipolar Disorder. Kudos to Ken Barlow for having the courage to come forward - and it the process help a lot of Minnesotans struggling with the same disease. Here's an excerpt from TVspy.com: "...Barlow told the Pioneer Press he first spoke about his condition while emceeing a walk for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
“When I was standing up there, I was thinking, these people came here to end the stigma of mental illness, and I’m up here living one — I’m afraid of this stigma. I thought as I was on that stage two weeks ago, I’m not going to do this anymore, I’m not going to be ashamed. Two million people have this in the country and millions of others deal with depression and other forms of mental illness. I’m not alone.”In the article, Barlow talks about being diagnosed with the illness in 2007 while he was working for WBZ in Boston."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
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.