62 F. average high on October 8.
77 F. high on October 8, 2013.
TODAY: Plenty of sun, cool breeze. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 55
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clear, touch of frost late. Low: 34
FRIDAY: Cool blue sky. High: 56
SATURDAY: Nicer day of the weekend. Early frost, then sunny and breezy. Wake-up: 33. High: near 60
SUNDAY: Fading sun, showers at night. Wake-up: 42. High: 58
MONDAY: Showers slowly taper. Wake-up: 46. High: 57
TUESDAY: Partly sunny and quiet. Wake-up: 38. High: 61
WEDNESDAY: Mild sunshine, beautiful. Wake-up: 41. High: 68
Halloween is coming; candy-craving freaks and zombies show up at your door in about 3 weeks. But if you REALLY want to get scared just pick up the paper or turn on the news.
People ask me if I'm frightened of the weather. Only if I'm flying into a thunderstorm or stuck on a lake during a severe electrical storm. But today there's no excuse for either. With phone apps and thousands of free web sites you can SEE the weather moving in and take precautions.
Even so, new research at Ball State suggests 1 in 10 Americans suffer from severe weather phobia - an almost debilitating paranoia over tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and fires. Some can't sleep, others are depressed, many obsessively check their phones, laptops or TV's for the latest updates.
A healthy respect for weather is a good thing. So is perspective.
Cool, dry weather spills over into much of Sunday; temperatures a few degrees cooler than average. Rain may hold off until after Sunday's Vikings game at TCF Bank Stadium.
Monday showers give way to a warming trend: 60s, maybe 70F by Thursday & Friday.
The extended outlook calls for a corn harvest, aerobic leaf-raking and home winterizing. Nothing too scary in sight.
Image credit above: "Photo: BBC.
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Image credit above: Keith Srakocic/AP/File. "In a giant analysis of 120,000 regular coffee drinkers from dozens of studies, scientists identified six new gene variations linked to coffee and caffeine consumption."
Photo credit above: "Low-lying waterfront communities like Miller's Island in Baltimore County are predicted to get flooded more often in years ahead as seas rise." (Kenneth Lam / October 8, 2014).
Photo credit above: "Shasta Lake, the largest manmade lake in California, was at 36 percent of capacity when this photo was taken in January 2014. As of Sept. 28, it was at 26 percent of capacity."
Credit: USGS/Angela Smith.
Photo credit above: "CTO and co-founder Peter Eisenberger in front of Global Thermostat’s air-capturing machine."