52 F. average high on October 28.
46 F. high on October 28, 2012.
Minnesota Weather History on October 28 (courtesy of the MPX National Weather Service):
2004: Exceptionally muggy for October. Dew points surged into the middle to upper 60's over central and southern Minnesota. Ladybugs are extremely active.
1955: Early snow with 2.2 inches in the Twin Cities.
1905: Snowfall accumulated in south central Minnesota. Snow totals included 7 inches at Fairmont, 6 inches at Farmington, 4.5 inches at Montevideo, 4 inches at Faribault, and 3 inches at New London.
"Any day you can walk to the window and look out is a good day" an older friend explained. And any day snowdrifts don't cover up that big window is an even better day.
My 25 year old son is dreading the upcoming winter, sounding more like a 65-year old snowbird: "When I was a kid snow brought snow days. Now it just brings commuting misery."
As winters shrink and trend milder even nuisance snows can bring howls of disapproval. Imagine what 5.5 inches of snow did to our rutted dirt roads on October 29, 1905, when a lucky few had 1-horsepower daily drivers. A huge blizzard on October 16, 1880 smothered Canby, Minnesota under 20 foot drifts, bringing train traffic out west to a standstill until the spring thaw in 1881.
This puts today's ration of morning slush into stark perspective. A light mix may coat a few lawns early today, but a rapid warm-up aloft should mean light rain by midday; mainly wet roads after 9 AM. Heavier rain is expected Wednesday night as a strong storm tracks across the Midwest. Showers taper to a light drizzle for Thursday Trick or Treating; temperatures in the 40s.
Highs reach 50s again early next week - I still don't see anything bitter through mid-November.
* Photo credit above: Imara Hixon.
Today marks the 1 year anniversary of Sandy coming ashore over New Jersey:
- At its height of intensity, just over Cuba, Hurricane Sandy clocked in as a category 3 storm. It had lost strength by the time it hit the East Coast of the U.S.
- Sandy was so large that tropical storm force winds extended over an area more than 1,000 miles in diameter.
- The superstorm forced coastal water surges from Florida to Maine -- with parts of New York City seeing the worst flooding. Recorded water level values there exceeded 9 feet above the Mean Higher High Water line.
- More than 12 inches of rainfall led to subsequent flooding in rivers, streams and creeks throughout portions of the Mid-Atlantic.
- Sandy’s peak winds increased to near 100 miles per hour over the Gulf Stream, approximately 220 nautical miles south of Atlantic City, N.J..."
File photo above: Patsy Lynch, FEMA.
Photo credit above: "Bacons Neck Road in Greenwich, Cumberland County, was submerged by Hurricane Sandy. Flooding is a recurring problem in the area, where no dikes are accredited by FEMA to provide sufficient flood control." (For The Star-Ledger).
File photo credit: "In this Sept. 13, 2013 file photo, cars lay mired in mud deposited by floods in Lyons, Colo. Little more than a year after Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper assured the world his wildfire-ravaged state was still “open for business,” he may have to throw another lifeline to keep the state’s billion-dollar tourism industry afloat." AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File.
Graphic credit: Lisa Haney
TODAY: Cloudy with a slushy coating possible this morning; a few light rain showers by midday and afternoon. Winds: E 10-15. High: 41
TUESDAY NIGHT: Damp with a little light rain and drizzle. Wet roads. Low: 38
WEDNESDAY: More rain, heaviest at night. High: 52
HALLOWEEN: Zombie Alert. Rain ends early. Probably dry for Trick or Treating. Wake-up: 41. High: 48
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy and chilly. Wake-up: 37. High: 46
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, a fine fall day. Wake-up: 36. High: 45
SUNDAY: Dim sun, windy, turning milder. Wake-up: 32. High: 52
MONDAY: Increasing clouds, few showers around. Wake-up: 39. High: 51
Photo credit above: "Parts of the Arctic have seen average temperatures rise 9 degrees Fahrenheit in just the last five years, said climate scientist Paul Mayewski." (Solana Pyne/GlobalPost).
Photo credit above: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson.
Photo by Phil Plait based on NASA image.