1886: St. Cloud-Sauk Rapids tornado. It left 72 people dead. 80 percent of all buildings in Sauk Rapids were leveled as the tornado expanded to 800 yards across. When it crossed the Mississippi it knocked down two iron spans of a wagon bridge and local witnesses said the river was "swept dry" during the tornado crossing. There was 300,000 dollars damage in Sauk Rapids and only 4,000 dollars worth was insured. The forecast for that day was for local rains and slightly warmer with highs in the 50's.
A Fine Whine
Amazingly, meteorologists are people too. Well, on a good day. We get just as annoyed with lousy weather as everyone else, even though it offers some (perverse) level of job security. Should we be clinical and unemotional? "Just the facts ma'am." Or do we hold up a mirror and reflect some of the weather-related joy, dread & angst we witness all around us? I still struggle with this.
Ron Reimann of Arden Hills has had enough "Debbie Downer" weather updates. "....I’m convinced the depth of our 4 seasons is part of what makes Minnesotans so vibrant and healthy. Each of our 4 seasons demands changes in our lives and keeps us from getting into as much of a rut" he wrote. "Can’t you celebrate that a little more and help make that our mental model here, instead of fostering this “poor us” mentality?....."
Ron has a point. Reacting to extreme and violent weather (that often tries to murder us) has fostered resilience & innovation - it's FORCED us to adapt and improve. I'm usually a glass-half-full guy, but this winter tested my patience too, I admit.
We won't see much of spring into Friday; a chilly relapse gives way to 50s next weekend. Then again, no slush, no early mosquito bites, no blaring severe storm sirens or widespready flood warnings. It could be worse.
I'm trying, Ron. I really am.
Ask Paul. Weather-related questions and comments:
Paul and Todd,
First, I am weather nut and outdoor enthusiast, and so I love your passion for weather and all you do.
But, I find myself developing some sort of complex about living in Minnesota with your column and Tribune summary paragraph constantly referring to winter weather as something to fly to Florida to get away from.
Read your last 10 tribune summaries, how many are like some therapy session trying to console us like we are living here against our will!
I’m convinced the depth of our 4 seasons is part of what makes Minnesotans so vibrant and healthy. Each of our 4 seasons demands changes in our lives and keeps us from getting into as much of a rut.
Can’t you celebrate that a little more and help make that our mental model here, instead of fostering this “poor us” mentality. You can do it!
This is written with a smile and positive energy and with a constructive spirit (and yes I do have a full spectrum lamp on next to me!)
Arden Hills, MN
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TODAY: Is it March 14? Patchy clouds, chilly for April. Winds: NW 15-25. High: 39
MONDAY NIGHT: Clearing and cold. Low: 23
TUESDAY: More sun, less wind. Still chilly. High: 43
WEDNESDAY: Rain showers. Snowy mix up north. Wake-up: 32. High: 44
THURSDAY: Partial clearing, brisk. Wake-up: 28. High: 41
FRIDAY: Intervals of cool sunshine. Wake-up: 29. High: near 50
SATURDAY: Clouds increase, turning milder. Wake-up: 36. High: 57
EASTER SUNDAY: Partly sunny, hints of spring. Wake-up: 43. High: 58
* "Fire and Ice" photo above courtesy of Steve Burns.
Graphic credit above: "Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S. The latest IPCC report finds the annual cost of avoiding that catastrophe is a mere 0.06% of annual growth."