October 6, 1980: Summer-like heat over Minnesota with 92 at Montevideo and 84 at the Twin Cities.
I'm a sucker for summer but October is a tonic for the soul: one last grand finale of color, light and magic before the sudden flush of winter. Maybe it's the low sun angle, casting long shadows across a ripening landscape. A lack of haze, humidity, bugs and pollen offers up a crystal clear sky, sharp visibility all the way to the horizon.
Driving out to Willmar yesterday I couldn't help but notice an endless sea of crunchy corn waving in the wind. Harvest has begun over Iowa, but a record wet June has set Minnesota'a corn harvest back 7-10 days.
Good news for farmers: our pattern looks relatively dry for the next week; west to northwest winds aloft keeping big storms south of Minnesota until next week, when moisture from the Gulf of Mexico may surge up the Mississippi by Wednesday.
We may see another 70-degree day or two, but 80s may not come around this way until May. Highs brush 60F today before cooling off slightly later this week - no more cold, rainy or snowy windblown blasts are brewing anytime soon.
Keep an eye on California. If Pacific storms break down a stubborn ridge and it rains on Hollywood starlets it's a good omen for a milder, tamer winter here at home.
Photo credit above: "The banks of Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet are dry and cracked. Though agriculture would shrink under chronically dry conditions, California on the whole wouldn't collapse." (Allen J. Schaben)
TODAY: Partly sunny and windy. Winds: NW 15-30. High: 59
TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, winds ease up a bit. Low: 38
WEDNESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, less wind. High: 58
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, lot's of fresh air! Dew point: 28. Wake-up: 36. High: 55
FRIDAY: Blue sky, still calm and quiet. Wake-up: 34. High: 57
SATURDAY: Dim sun, breezy and milder. Wake-up: 39. High: near 60
SUNDAY: Clouds increase, showers far west. Wake-up: 45. High: 62
MONDAY: Lot's of clouds, a few few hours of rain. Wake-up: 46. High: 57
* Photo credit: Timothy Butz.
Image credit above: "The ocean stores much of the warming caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases." Daniel Ramirez/Flickr.