65 F. average high on September 30.
77 F. high on September 30, 2012.
+4.9 F. September temperatures were roughly 5 F. warmer than average in the Twin Cities.
1.35" rain fell in September in the metro area, 1.73" drier than average.
2.8" snow fell on September 30, 1999. Source: MPX National Weather Service.
Yes, our September weather was phenomenal, in spite of a reinvigorated statewide drought. But I'm finally seeing encouraging signs & trends on the weather maps.
The shift from summer to winter, with larger temperature swings in play, tends to brew up much more significant storms capable of heavier, steadier, widespread rains.
Summer T-storms are notoriously fickle. One farm gets soaked, while 5 miles up the road the sun is out and neighbors wonder what happened to that "70 percent chance of rain"? T-storms are 5-10 miles wide; if you're lucky a line of storms will soak everyone.
But autumn storms produce "stratiform" rain, 300-800 mile wide smears of steady rain, the kind of moisture we need to replenish thirsty fields & lawns.
Late week weather will range from 80s over Iowa to snow over the Black Hills, spinning up an impressive storm capable of significant rain, especially northern and western Minnesota. 70s spill over into Wednesday, when T-storms may bubble up by late in the day. Heavier rains, a few waves of moisture, push across Minnesota Thursday into Saturday with 1-2 inch rains.
The sun peeks out for marathon runners Sunday as we slide into a MUCH cooler pattern.
Image credit above: "Water vapor image of storm." (Cliff Mass Weather Blog).
Photo credit above: "A wildfire in burns Prescott, Ariz., on June 18. The fire would eventually take the lives of 19 firefighters in an area near Yarnell." Todd Tamcsin/AP Photo/American Red Cross.
Image above: NASA.gov.
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TODAY: Sunny, a bit cooler. Winds: W 10-20. High: 76
TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and cooler. Low: 51
WEDNESDAY: Fading sun, late-day thunderstorms possible. High: 75
THURSDAY: Periods of rain, a few embedded T-storms. Wake-up: 62. High: 71
FRIDAY: More rain, possibly heavy. Wake-up: 52. High: 65
SATURDAY: Windy and colder, showers taper. Wake-up: 40. High: near 50
SUNDAY: Slow clearing & brisk. Pretty good running weather as winds ease a bit. Wake-up: 37. High: 53
MONDAY: Reinforcing cool front. Some sun. Wake-up: 41. High: 57
* image above: funcram.com.
Photo credit above: "The melting of Mexico’s Orizaba glacier is another consequence of global warming." Credit: Mauricio Ramos/IPS.
* the IPCC Final Draft is here, all 2,000+ pages of it.
Photo credit above: Christopher Sherman - AP. "Farmers in South Texas are struggling with uneven crops and some that never emerged as the Rio Grande Valley suffers through its driest stretch ever recorded."
Photo credit above: "Sunstein: We need mind over matter." (AP Photo).