64 F. average high on October 4.
59 F. high on October 4, 2013.
.03" rain fell yesterday.
No snow reported Friday night at MSP International.
.6" snow reported at Eau Claire, Wisconsin yesterday, earliest measurable snowfall on record.
October 4, 1963: Heat wave across area with 98 at Beardsley, 96 at Madison, and 94 at Elbow Lake.
Running in Place
My dream is to one day finish the Twin Cities Marathon in first place in my age division - cheerfully waving to the crowd from a Segway Scooter. It probably won't happen, but it's good to dream.
My wife is a marathon runner and after consulting her I've reached the conclusion that weather should be nearly ideal for today's Twin Cities Marathon: temperatures rising from the mid-30s into the mid-40s with a mix of sunshine and scrappy cumulus clouds; a west breeze at 5-15 mph pushing you toward the finish line in St. Paul.
We will all participate in the annual Minnesota Winter Weather Marathon, which runs about 6 months or so. Last winter's pattern became locked in a blocking pattern that funneled arctic air into much of the USA. The QBO, or quasi-biennial oscillation, tracks winds near the stratosphere that increase the risk of these stubborn blocks forming. So far the trends are diametrically opposite of last year, to date. I don't think this winter will be nearly as harsh as last.
A cool, dry week gives way to showers next weekend. Just rain, no snow in sight. No warm fronts brewing but no drama either.
Today Tokyo may see a direct hit from Typhoon Phanfone.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
707 AM CDT SAT OCT 4 2014 /807 AM EDT SAT OCT 4 2014
...CHICAGO ILLINOIS RECORDS THIRD EARLIEST SNOWFALL ON RECORD...
THE WEATHER OBSERVER AT CHICAGO OHARE CONFIRMED THAT SNOW WAS OCCURRING. THIS SNOW IS THE THIRD EARLIEST SNOWFALL TO BE OBSERVED AT CHICAGO DATING BACK TO 1884. THE EARLIEST SNOWFALL TO OCCUR IN CHICAGO WAS ON SEPTEMBER 25 IN 1928 AND 1942 WHEN A TRACE FELL. THE AVERAGE FIRST TRACE OF SNOW AT CHICAGO IS OCTOBER 30TH.
Continuing Cool Bias Northern USA. An intense storm rotating around Hudson Bay keeps cool exhaust flowing into the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and New England in the coming days, unusually cool air pushing as far south as Florida. Any significant rains pass well south of Minnesota until late week, when the next long-wave trough pushes showery rains into Minnesota. Yes, the atmosphere should be warm enough for liquid precipitation. Source: NOAA ARL.
Image credit: UC Irvine, NASA.
TODAY: Partly sunny, brisk. Winds: 8-15. High: 52
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 37
MONDAY: More clouds, stray shower possible. High: 57
TUESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, still cool. Wake-up: 40. High: 56
WEDNESDAY: Intervals of sun, winds ease. Wake-up: 36. High: 55
THURSDAY: Blue sky, mosquito-free! Wake-up: 35. High: 57
FRIDAY: Blue sky, still pleasant. Wake-up: 37. High: 56
SATURDAY: Showery rains push in. Wake-up: 41. High: 55
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The foundation of the Christian faith is about loving others as Christ loved us, and it is clear from the work that I do myself as well as I see from other colleagues that those with the least resources to adapt to a changing climate will be most affected by our actions.Map credit above: