88 F. record high on September 27 (1987).
67 F. average high on September 27.
86 F. high on September 27, 2013.
1983: Late summer with 91 degrees at Montevideo and 90 degrees at Elbow Lake.
1895: "Furious wind" at Pleasant Mound in Blue Earth County blew down grain stacks and corn shocks.
Grown-ups have an innate ability to make a hot mess of the world. What transforms you into a wide-eyed, wonder-filled kid again? Fishing with dad? Wandering the State Fair? Christmas morning?
For me one antidote to stress is staring out the window at 39,000 feet, munching on peanuts, problems and stresses shrinking into a storybook landscape below. I'm most at peace when I'm IN the weather, not tracking it from below. Being a pilot might have been a smart career choice - funny how my youngest son inherited that itch.
FAA data confirms that summer T-storms are more disruptive than fog or winter snow & ice, especially at small airports in the south. If you're a pilot (or farmer/gardener) a healthy respect for the weather isn't optional. Your job depends on it.
Today: the last day of atmospheric magic - highs near 80F as showers spread into far northern Minnesota. Canadian air dribbles into town Monday; the best chance of rain comes late Wednesday into Thursday. It'll feel like October by late week - a slight risk of frost next weekend; close to average for the immediate MSP metro area.
In an increasingly weather-on-steroids world I'd love to track some "average weather".
Rocky Mountain Soaking. A deep trough of low pressure, a cold wrinkle of air aloft, sparks soaking rains from central Arizona north to Montana over the next 60 hours. Heavy T-storms sprout from the Gulf Coast to Florida; dry and pleasantly warm weather lingers from the Ohio Valley into the Northeast. 4 KM NAM accumulated precipitation loop: NOAA and HAMweather.
Ask Paul. Weather-related questions, comments and rants:
"Love your column. Any early predictions for weather for Twin Cities Marathon Oct 5th? ? ? Possible stocking caps and gloves the whole 26.2 miles? Wind on our back? (that would be great)."
- Sharon Hanson
Thanks Sharon - I appreciate your loyalty very much. Right now the early word for next Sunday morning, October 5 is bright sun, a light breeze and temperatures rising from the upper 30s at 7 AM to 50s by late morning, so not nearly as warm and sticky as recent days. Not sure about the wind at your back but I'll kick the Doppler and try to make it happen. Good luck.
TODAY: Early patches of fog, then warm sunshine, August-like. Winds: S 10. High: 81
SUNDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase, showers possible, mainly north of MSP. Low: 59
MONDAY: More clouds, cooling down. High: 65
TUESDAY: Intervals of sun, breezy. Wake-up: 51. High: 68
WEDNESDAY: Rain develops late, thunder rumbles. Wake-up: 54. High: near 70
THURSDAY: Soggy. Showers linger. Wake-up: 57. High: 69
FRIDAY: Cold wind, showers linger. Wake-up: 51. High: 58
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy, feels like October. Wake-up: 43. High: 57
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