1986: 3 inch hail fell in Watonwan County.
1947: Downpour across the Iron Range. Hibbing got 8.6 inches in three hours.
1931: St Cloud's high was 106 degrees, while it reached 104 degrees in Minneapolis.
1910: Duluth had the shortest growing season ever with frost free days from June 14 to September 10 (87days). Normally the frost-free season is 143 days.
"Look at how green it is!" the San Diego passenger sitting next to me gasped as we pulled up to the MSP terminal. I can confirm that San Diego, like much of California, is an oasis of sickly-green, surrounded by dying vegetation, nearly-empty reservoirs and dry creek beds.
All of which tempers my temptation to complain about this morning's gulley gusher. An inch or two of rain falls early this morning, adding to the 31.3 inches of precipitation so far in 2014; 8 inches wetter than normal, to date.
Today's storm is more reminiscent of late October, drawing on huge north-south temperature contrasts and a jet stream still dipping unusually far south. Steering winds aloft have been stuck overhead since June, cutting down on extreme heat, and keeping us wetter than average, overall.
Today redefines the meaning of foul with a slow, rainy AM commute. A cold north wind kicks in behind the storm, gusting to 30 mph as temperatures sink thru the 50s. A second shot of moisture arrives Friday; the atmosphere aloft ALMOST chilly enough for a rain-snow mix Friday night. Frost outside the metro early Saturday gives way to 60s and 70s next week.
This front? A mere shot across the bow.
Image credit above: "The climate impacts typically associated with an El Niño during the months of December, January, and February." Courtesy of NOAA.
Image credit above: "In September 1997, powerful Hurricane Linda, shown in this NASA rendering created with data from the NOAA GOES-9 satellite, was briefly forecast to strike Southern California, most likely as a tropical storm, as shown in the inset forecast track from the Naval Research Laboratory’s Marine Meteorology Division. The storm eventually turned westward away from land, but still brought rainfall to parts of Southern California and high surf." Main image credit: NASA/NOAA Inset image credit: NRL/NCEP.
Photo credit above: " Credit Dan Gill for The New York Times.
TODAY: Heavy rain tapers early. Mostly cloudy, gusty and much cooler. Winds: N 15-30. High: 59
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy, chilly. Low: 42
THURSDAY: More clouds than sun, brisk - feels like late October. High: 58
FRIDAY: Clouds increase, showers late. Wake-up: 41. High: 55
SATURDAY: Frost risk outside metro. Cool sun. Wake-up: 37. High: 59
SUNDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, still dry. Wake-up: 47. High: 64
MONDAY: Mostly cloudy, showers south. Wake-up: 51. High: 62
TUESDAY: Sunnier, quite pleasant. Wake-up: 46. High: 67
Photo credit above: "Concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere rose rapidly in 2013." Source: SPL.
Photo credit above: " Credit Elaine Thompson/Associated Press.
Cities Taking Action to Offset Effects of Global Warming, But They Can't Call It That. Yes, forget about science, it's all about semantics. Here's a snippet of an AP story at cjonline.com: "...Big cities and small towns are shoring up dams and dikes, using roof gardens to absorb rainwater or upgrading sewage treatment plans to prevent overflows. Others are planting urban forests, providing more shady relief from extreme heat. Extension agents are helping farmers deal with an onslaught of newly arrived crop pests. But in many places, especially strongholds of conservative politics, they’re planning for the volatile weather linked to rising temperatures by speaking of “sustainability” or “resilience,” while avoiding no-win arguments with skeptics over whether the planet is warming or that human activity is responsible..."
Image credit above: "Is this all we need to stop climate change?" Source: Sergey Kustov/ Wikimedia Commons.