68 F. average high on September 24.
77 F. high on September 24, 2012.
80+ highs possible by Friday
Mild bias continues into early October.
October 4: average date of the first frost in the Twin Cities.
Orange Cone Alert
All this road construction almost makes me look forward to winter.
I know - our highways don't repair themselves. MnDOT crews have a job to do, and they do it very well. Yesterday a quick 15 minute drive turned into an epic, 2-hour scavenger hunt. At least the sun was out.
When it comes to all things atmospheric I take NOTHING for granted. On September 24, 1985 half an inch of snow cheered up Twin Cities residents. Nearly 2 inches fell on September 26, 1942. No, I don't take 70s and low 80s in late September for granted.
NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a milder than average October for Minnesota and much of the USA. Spring was chilly, snowy and wet - maybe autumn will balance things out.
I don't see any frost risk for the Twin Cities metro looking out thru October 10.
Temperatures warm into Friday (low 80s!) before an eastbound cool front sparks showers and T-storms on Saturday. Have a Plan B. Skies clear Sunday with highs in the upper 60s, closer to average.
The same tropical swirl responsible for flooding rains over Florida may spin up into a formidable Nor'easter, soaking New England early next week.
While we enjoy the best week of autumn.
* Record June flooding in Alberta, Canada damage toll reaches $6 billion (Canadian). Details from Bloomberg.
Photo credit above: Alejandrino Gonzalez/The Associated Press. "A car lays buried in mud after flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Manuel as residents try to clean up their neighborhood in Chilpancingo, Mexico, on Thursday. Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday before starting to weaken."
Photo credit: "A new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, its first in six years, will be released Friday with the unequivocal conclusion that human beings are altering the climate."
Photo credit above: Gene Blevins/Reuters. "Thunderstorms are forecast to increase in the eastern and central United States."
Photo credit above: "Is Climate Change to Blame? Although it is still relatively young, practitioners in the field of attribution science are looking at the relationship between climate change and extreme weather events such as the recent Colorado flooding." Image: Nurpu/Flickr.
Graph above: Arctic Sea-Ice Monitor.
Image credit above: "During boreal summer, Earth's tropicla rain belt migrates north. A similar but prolonged shift could happen if the north continues to heat faster than the south, disrupting global rainfall patterns." Credit: Mats Halldin.
- According to the theory of gravity, objects should fall to the Earth’ surface.
- That bird in the sky remains there, without falling.
- Theory of gravity is wrong.
- According to AGW, CO2 controls the climate.
- For the past 10 years, global temperature remained more or less steady whereas CO2 levels went up.
- AGW theory is wrong..."
Photo credit above: "The former Irish president and UN high commissioner, Mary Robinson, is to spearhead a new international push aimed at breaking the climate talks deadlock and silencing sceptics." Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian.