70 F. average high on September 21.
63 F. high on September 21, 2012.
+4.2 F. the first 20 days of September are running more than 4 F. warmer than average.
3:44 PM. The official start of autumn, the "Autumnal Equinox" as the sun's direct rays pass over the equator.
Remember "being in the moment"? Me neither. Instead of admiring a sunset now I feel compelled to photograph it. At a recent Eagles concert fans were holding up phones, tweeting in unison. It's not real unless it's preserved, digitally! During a recent meal our heads were bowed, not in prayer, but buried deep into our smartphones.
I'm as guilty as everyone else, addicted to a steady IV drip of information, stimulation & affirmation. Afraid I'm going to miss something, yet missing everything. Is this progress? I doubt it.
Welcome to the earthquake-proof, volcano-resistant, hurricane-free state of Minnesota. Roughly 25 percent of the world's population lives within 60 miles of the ocean, but our position at the center of North America inoculates us from the most severe storms on Earth.
Typhoon Usagi is poised to smack Hong Kong as a Category 1 hurricane tonight, but the Atlantic is still supernaturally quiet for late September.
Autumn arrives at 3:44 PM this afternoon, but 70s are the rule this week, maybe 80F by Friday. No significant rain storms are brewing - no frosty cold fronts either.
Frost has come to within 60 miles of the metro, but I see a frost-free stretch for MSP into early October.
1. Wichita, Kan.
2. Jackson, Miss.
3. Knoxville, Tenn.
4. Louisville, Ky.
* more details on this "gliders" from Rutgers. I need one of these for Pelican Lake.
Photo credit above: John Wark, AP. "Days of heavy rainfall flooded Colorado mountain towns, obliterating roads and leaving many people stranded."
Photo credit above: "A stranded home near Golden, CO on September 12" (Rick Wilking/Reuters).
Photo credit above: "A view of a residential area destroyed by heavy rains, with some areas receiving as much as 18 inches in a 24-hour period in Boulder, Colorado, on September 14, 2013."