65 F. average high on October 2.
72 F. high on October 2, 2012.
.01" rain as of 7 PM at MSP International.
.92" additional rain predicted by Saturday evening (NAM model).
Preparing Minnesota for Climate Change: a Conference on Climate Adaptation. This important, all-day session will be held at The Science Museum on November 7. Tickets are available for businesses and consumers; details below.
Umbrella. Noun. "A device consisting of a circular canopy of cloth on a folding metal frame supported by a central rod, used as protection against rain."
I had to brush cobwebs off my umbrella, and for good reason. The last day with an inch or more of rain was back on August 6. Since then it's been "flash drought" and fickle, sporadic (piddly) rainfall amounts. It's time for a real storm, a jolt of steady rain to replenish dry topsoil and low lake water levels.
The biggest storm in 5 months will track north, pushing waves of rain, even a few embedded T-storms, across the state. Mercifully, the atmosphere will be warm enough for rain. The Dakotas may see a few inches of slushy snow. A tough break for Pierre, where the high was 88F on Monday.
Saturday looks like a good museum/movie day, and any peeks of sun early Sunday will quickly give way to low, lumpy clouds and a chilling breeze. Expect 40s and mostly-dry weather for Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon, but instability showers may pop up by afternoon.
Yes, the timing could be better, but we need the rain. I still don't see a metro frost looking out 8 days, in fact 60s return next week. Hardly a warm front but welcome nonetheless.
October Tornado Reminder. Although rare, tornadoes in Minnesota and Wisconsin have been observed as late as mid-November.
File Photo: 2012 Duluth flood aftermath courtesy of Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune.
TODAY: Rain likely, clap of thunder? Winds: E 10. High: 68
THURSDAY NIGHT: Periods of rain and drizzle, very damp. Low: 55
FRIDAY: More rain, heaviest late PM hours. High: 65
SATURDAY: Windy & raw, lingering showers. Wake-up: 50. High: 53
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, PM sprinkles. Wake-up: 44. High: 52
MONDAY: Partly sunny and pleasant. Wake-up: 42. High: 61
TUESDAY: Fading sun, not bad. Wake-up: 40. High: 64
WEDNESDAY: Intervals of sun, still mild. Wake-up: 49. High: 68
Photo credit above: "June 2012's torrential rains devastated landscapes and wiped out the Highway 210 approach to the Thomson Bridge in Jay Cooke State Park, ten miles southwest of Duluth."
Graphic credit above: "Data provided by the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, and Department of Physics, University of Oxford, with support from the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Modelling by Richard Millar. Interactive by Duncan Clark."
Photo credits above: "The photo on the left of Lyell Glacier in Yosemite National Park was taken by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1883; the one on the right was taken by park geologist Greg Stock in late September." (U.S. Geological Survey; Greg Stock)
* A large number of news article headlines framed around an alleged global warming "pause" that scientists have dismissed as statistically meaningless and insignificant.
* A British tabloid, The Mail on Sunday, portraying the sixth lowest Artic sea ice level on record as a "rebound" that undermines climate science—a claim that then reverberated in conservative media and even made its way to the halls of Congress..."
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* more on the possible link between conspiracy theorists and climate denial from Mother Jones.
Photo credit above: "Brace for more of this." AP/Mike Groll.
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