51 F. average high on Halloween.
52 F. high on October 31, 2012.
Trace of rain fell yesterday at MSP.
3" rain fell in the Twin Cities during October, .57" wetter than average.
October 31 in Minnesota Weather History (courtesy of the Twin Cities National Weather Service):
2000: An F1 tornado touched down on a farm east of Prinsburg in Kandiyohi County destroying a small storage shed. It also tipped another shed on its side, and ripped off a portion of the roof of a third shed.
1999: High winds were reported in central Minnesota. The St. Cloud State University Meteorology Department in Stearns county recorded a 65 mph gust. Morris AWOS in Stevens county, posted a 62 mph gust and Willmar AWOS in Kandiyohi county recorded a 59 mph gust. Area wide sustained winds of 40 mph occurred, with gusts in the 45 to 50 mph range.
1991: Classes were canceled across the state due to the Halloween Blizzard. Three foot drifts across I-94 from the Twin Cities to St. Cloud.
Ah, November. A tweener-month: not quite autumn - almost winter - perpetually gray. November & December are virtually tied for the honor of cloudiest month of the year (average of 18.1 cloudy days/month).
Put your sunglasses away.
Expect a couple more weeks of rain storms, but snow will be the precipitation of choice the latter half of November. This month sees an average of three 1-inch-plus snows, one 3-inch-plus shellacking, according to NOAA. I don’t see any accumulating snow here through November 11, in fact NOAA NCEP’s CFS (Climate Forecast System) model, which goes out 45 days, prints out very little snow the entire month of November, with an arctic smack a few days before Thanksgiving. Let's see if there's any skill to this model; I have my doubts.
A cloud-cluttered Friday gives way to weekend sunshine; gusty winds and 50s by Sunday afternoon.
More rain pushes in late Monday into Tuesday as highs reach the 40s to near 50 early next week. The lowest mile of the atmosphere should be warm enough for rain Tuesday; snow mixing in Red River Valley. Not quite Indian Summer, but nothing Nanook either, the next 2 weeks.
And if you do see a rare sunshine sighting consider yourself blessed.
* photo above courtesy of Birch Leaf Photography.
2. Barrier islands shift
Barrier islands are the long, thin offshore islands that help protect the mainland from a powerful beating by storms. Superstorm Sandy pummeled barrier islands in New York and New Jersey. New York's Fire Island lost more than half of its beach and dune sand. In Mantoloking, N.J. (a borough of Ocean County, N.J.), almost the entire dune vanished from the borough's barrier island. Waves also breached, or cut through, islands in both states.
3. Flood evacuation zones
Drowning poses the highest risk of death during hurricanes. New evacuation zones in New York City and new storm-surge maps for the Atlantic and Gulf coasts will help save lives in the next storm..."
Photo credit above: "This image shows Hurricane Sandy degris and parts of destroyed houses in Breezy Point on Nov. 12, 2012 in Queens, N.Y." Credit: MISHELLA, Shutterstock.com.
Hurricane Sandy's Toll On Health. Beyond the damage and dislocation, residents of the East Coast in the path of Sandy are still dealing with some of the emotional tolls of this unprecedented storm. Here's an excerpt from CBS News: "...Although some 70 million people, across eight nations, were in the path of the storm, their experiences were very different depending on where they lived, said James Shultz, director of the Center for Disaster & Extreme Event Preparedness (DEEP Center) at the University of Miami School of Medicine. "It wasn't a one-size-fits-all storm; it was a very, very complex set of exposures," Shultz said. However, a Gallup-Healthways poll conducted in January this year provides some idea of the storm's mental-health impact. The poll found that among adults living in the most affected ZIP codes in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, there was a 25 percent increase in diagnoses of depression in the six weeks following the storm. That translates to about 540,000 new diagnoses of depression..."
File photo credit: Alex Brandon, Associated Press.
Photo credit above: "A Chinese man covers his nose and mouth as he walks on the street during a day of heavy pollution in Harbin in northeast China's Heilongjiang province Monday Oct. 21, 2013. Visibility shrank to less than half a football field and small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an international safety standard in the northern Chinese city as the region entered its high-smog season." (AP Photo).
Photo credit above: "A painted "elf door" leans against rocks near the Icelandic town of Selfos." (Bob Strong/Reuters).
TODAY: Mostly cloudy & cool. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 49
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partial clearing. Low: 36
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, "fall back 1 hour" late Saturday night. High: 47
SUNDAY: Fading sun, windy and milder. Wake-up: 32. High: 52
MONDAY: Dry start, wet finish as rain develops. Still mild. Wake-up: 45. High: near 50
TUESDAY: Cold rain. Wet snow Red River Valley? Wake-up: 39. High: 46
WEDNESDAY: Partial clearing, jacket-worthy. Wake-up: 34. High: 41
THURSDAY: Chilly, intervals of sun. Wake-up: 28. High: 42
Photo credit: NOAA.
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Image above: Clean Technica.
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Fossil Fuels Divestment Campaign Is Gathering Momentum. Bill McKibbon has an Op-Ed at The Guardian, here's the intro: "The world has a choice when dealing with climate change. One is to decide it's a problem like any other, which can be dealt with slowly and over time. The other is to recognise it as a crisis, perhaps the unique crisis in human history, which will take rapid, urgent action to overcome. Science is in the second, scared camp – that's the meaning of the IPCC report issued last month, which showed that our planet is already undergoing climatic shifts far greater than any experienced in human civilisation, with far worse to come. And those of us urging divestment from fossil fuel stocks are in the second camp too – we recognise that business as usual is quite simply impossible..."