1942: A line of thunderstorms raced across Minnesota at 70 mph, destroying 651 barns in a 30 mile wide, 180 mile long path.
1931: Summer still had its grip on Minnesota with 111 degrees at Beardsley.
1931: The daytime high in St. Cloud was 96 degrees.
1900: The soggy remains of the Galveston Hurricane brings 6.65 inches of rain to St. Paul over two days.
1807: Thick smoky weather noted at Pembina.
I'm afraid to check the news. Between ISIS, Ebola and Ray Rice it's no wonder the heart monitor on my new Apple Watch sounds like a bongo drum on fast-forward.
In a perfect world (it ain't) the weather report would be an antidote to all the darkness lurking out there. At least we can do something about the weather, prepare ourselves for whatever comes next.
At the risk of burying the lead, this premature shot of October does not mean that another harsh winter is imminent. A stubborn polar vortex in early 2014 resulted in the most extreme winter in 30 years for Minnesota. The odds of an identically-brutal winter, statistically, are small.
That said, the same upper level feature (hot, dry ridge of high pressure in the west - frequent shots of Canadian air east of the Rockies) has been remarkably persistent, and sweatshirt weather spills over into Saturday.
The sun peeks out today; a reinforcing front sparks more rain showers Friday. A light frost can't be ruled out Saturday morning outside the Twin Cities metro but 60s return next week. Plenty of September left to go.
Tell that to residents of Grand Marais, where it snowed yesterday.
Um, maybe it's time to tune in CNN, just to catch my breath.
TODAY: Partly sunny & brisk. Dew point: 37. Winds: N 10. High: 57
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clearing and cool. Low: 43
FRIDAY: Raw with clouds, few showers. High: 54
SATURDAY: Slight frost risk outside the metro early. Bright sun. Wake-up: 36. High: near 60
SUNDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, pleasant. Wake-up: 42. High: 63
MONDAY: Some sun, still cooler than average. Wake-up: 44. High: 59
TUESDAY: Bright sunshine, very nice. Wake-up: 40. High: 64
WEDNESDAY: Sunny intervals, a bit milder. Wake-up: 48. High: 66
Graphic credit above: "Decadal index of two-day precipitation totals that are exceeded on average only once in a 5-year period. Changes are compared to the period 1901-1960. As data show, such once-in-five-year events have become much more common (via NCA.)"
Map credit: NOAA NCDC.
Cartoon credit above: The Consensus Project.
Photo credit above: "Scientists at the Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference in Seattle said modeling suggests large wildfires are increasingly likely to occur going forward." Flickr/Washington DNR.
Photo credit above: "Concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere rose rapidly in 2013." Source: SPL.