70 F. average high on September 20.
66 F. high on September 20, 2013.
.24" rain fell yesterday at MSP International as of 7 PM.
September 20, 1994: 1/2 inch hail in Blue Earth County resulted in $6 million in crop damages.
September 20, 1924: Windstorm with a peak gust of 64 mph in Duluth.
"We know that in September we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost" wrote Henry Rollins. I prefer to think of September as a summer encore, one last chance to get it right.
What's not to like? A crisp snap to the air, drooping dew points, fewer grumbles of thunder (yesterday's storms notwithstanding) and not nearly as many minivan-size mosquitoes showing up on Doppler.
This month can bring 100-degree heat and snow but most days are reasonable, the frenetic pace of summer replaced with fog & football.
Sorry for sounding like an infatuated teenager but this is my favorite time of the year. I don't have to sleep with one eye open.
I still see a warm bias into the first week of October. The ridge of high pressure that's been parked over California pushes east, bottling up any chilly air over Canada. After cooling into the 60s today 70s will be the rule much of this week; model guidance still showing highs near 80F by late week. Next weekend may be ideal for escaping up north to check out ripening leaves. Peak leaf-peeping time in the MSP metro is still about weeks away.
Summer was slightly milder than average. That trend should now spill over into early autumn.
An Oddly Average Summer. After the monsoons of June, officially the wettest month on record in Minnesota, temperatures were all over the map. Only 2 days above 90F (average is 14; last year we saw 19 days at or above 90F), with a series of chilly fronts in mid-July, the midpoint of summer heat. The perception: a chilly summer, and daytime highs were slightly cooler than average. But nighttime lows were 1.2F milder than average at MSP, meaning meteorological summer was .2F warmer than average. Yes, it was one of the strangest "average" summers I can recall.
Map credit above: "The parts of the world that were warmer-than-average this past summer are seen in red and pink on this map, while places that were cooler-than-average (such as the eastern U.S.) are seen in blue." (Photo: NOAA's National Climatic Data Center)
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TODAY: More clouds than sun, still windy. Risk of a shower, especially Wisconsin. Winds: NW 15+ High: 65
SUNDAY NIGHT: Clearing and cool. Low: 49
MONDAY: Bright sun with less wind, beautiful. Dew point: 45. High: 71
TUESDAY: Fading sun, seasonably mild. Wake-up: 50. High: 73
WEDNESDAY: Unsettled, few showers in the area. Wake-up: 56. High: 69
THURSDAY: Early fog, PM sun, milder. Wake-up: 57. High: 74
FRIDAY: Bottle it. Warm sunshine. Wake-up: 60. High: 78
SATURDAY: August memories. Hazy sun. Wake-up: 61. High: near 80
Image credit above: " Illustration: Cesar Maxi.
Map credit: Gurney Labs.
Map credit: National Geographic 2014. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/west-snow-fail/