61 F. average high for October 9.
83 F. high on October 9, 2011.
.03" rain fell yesterday in the Twin Cities.
Freeze likely Friday morning.
1"+ rains possible close to home Saturday into Sunday.
60-degree highs possible early next week.
Driest year since 1988. The first 9 months of 2012 were the driest in 24 years. Source: NCDC.
* The average contiguous U.S. temperature during September was 67 F, 1.4 F above the 20th century average, tying September 1980 as the 23rd warmest such month on record. September 2012 marks the 16th consecutive month with above-average temperatures for the Lower 48.
* According to the October 2, 2012 U.S. Drought Monitor, 64.6 % of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing moderate-to-exceptional drought, slightly larger than the extent of drought at the end of August. The percent area of the nation experiencing exceptional drought, the worst category of drought, remained nearly constant at about 6%. Exceptional drought conditions improved across the Lower Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley, while drought conditions deteroriated across the Central and Northern Plains.
* The January - September period was the warmest first 9 months of any year on record for the contiguous USA. The national temperature of 59.8 F. was 3.8 F. above the 20th century average, and 1.2 F. above the previous record warm January - September of 2006. During the 9 month period, 46 states had temperatures among their ten warmest, with 25 states being record warm. Only Washington had statewide temperatures near average for the period.
* January - September 2012 was the 11th driest such period on record for the contiguous U.S. with a precipitation total 1.98" below the average of 22.67". The central portion of the country, from the Ohio Valley to the Rocky Mountains, was drier than average. Wetter-than-average conditions were observed along the Gulf Coast and in the Pacific Northwest.
"Indeed, Romm has called Obama's failure to speak out about global warming, loudly and often, his "biggest communications mistake." Now, a raft of new polls are showing that this issue has the potential to move independent and swing voters.." - both excerpts above from a story at Mother Jones; details and links below.
Video credit above: Rita Krill.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Photo credit above: "Temperatures approaching 120 degrees on the field in Atlanta on June 30 sent Washington Nationals power pitcher Stephen Strasburg to the showers after only three innings." (David Tulis/AP)
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