75 F. average high on September 8.
77 F. high on September 8, 2013.
Trace of rain fell yesterday at MSP International Airport.
September 9 in Minnesota Weather History:
1979: 1 3/4 inch hail fell in Douglas County.
1917: Very chilly air over region with 17 degrees at Roseau.
As my father likes to remind me: if you're not just a little bit paranoid you're not paying attention. I would rank low-grade paranoia right up there with humility, empathy and curiosity; essential attributes for success in business and life.
I just returned from San Diego, in a deepening and historic drought. Trees are withering; signs of water stress are everywhere.
Meanwhile record flash floods hit Phoenix with 3-5 inch rains; a plume of tropical moisture from ex-Hurricane Norbert fueling monsoon storms.
Along with thinning arctic ice, shrinking glaciers, warmer, more acidic oceans, and rising sea levels, heavier summer rains are another symptom of a warming, increasingly volatile climate system.
Another puzzle piece.
An October-like storm brushes Minnesota with heavy rain tonight. An inch may soak the metro with 2-4 inch rains over southeastern Minnesota, where flash flooding can't be ruled out. A few storms over the southern third of Minnesota may turn severe later today and tonight. Behind the storm temperatures tumble into the 50s Wednesday; late week weather should feel like something out of the third week of October. We wake up to 30s Saturday (the metro stays frost-free) with 60s returning by Sunday.
No need to take the boat out yet. Give it a few weeks.
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: "The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum in downtown Reno, Nevada."
Photo: Courtesy of nvdm.org.
Photo credit above: " Credit Dan Gill for The New York Times.
TODAY: Fading sun, still warm. Winds: SE 10. High: near 80
TUESDAY NIGHT: Showers, possible heavy T-storms. Low: 55.
WEDNESDAY: Heavy rain tapers during the morning. Slow PM clearing with a cool wind. N 15-30. High: 57
THURSDAY: Scrappy clouds, jacket-worthy. Wake-up: 43. High: 56
FRIDAY: More clouds than sun. October-ish. Wake-up: 42. High: 58
SATURDAY: Chilly start. Bright sun. Better. Wake-up: 37. High: 61
SUNDAY: Sunny start, clouds increase. Wake-up: 46. High: 65
MONDAY: Another clipper-like shot. Wind-whipped showers. Wake-up: 47. High: 59
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.