1939: Storm dumps 2.16 inches of rain at Fairmont.
1922: A record high of 89 degrees Fahrenheit was set in the Minneapolis area.
Who turned up the volume on our weather? 2013 brought $942 million in damage to Minnesota - third greatest in the USA - much of it from an August hailstorm. Then came the evil Polar Vortex and the roughest winter in a generation. June, 2014 was the wettest month in recorded Minnesota history.
The same supernaturally resilient bubble of high pressure currently parked over western North America, the ridge that's sparking historic drought for California, is also helping to funnel chilly air across the icy prairies of Canada into the eastern 2/3rds of America.
We've relapsed into the same overall pattern we were staring at much of last winter and spring. But a number of factors suggest the upcoming winter won't be as severe. I'll go into more detail about that in the coming days.
A swirl of November-ish air lingers into the weekend with scrappy clouds and temperatures 15-20F colder than average. If winds ease frost may form Sunday morning, even for close-in suburbs.
Great news: the mosquito and ragweed season is drawing to a close; more leaf-raking and less lawn mowing in the coming weeks. And our definition of warm front will change.
Wouldn't 60F feel great right about now?
TODAY: More clouds than sun, feels like early November. Wind chill: 30s. Winds: NW 15-20. High: 48
SATURDAY NIGHT: Skies clear, winds ease up a bit. Frost risk late. Low: 34
SUNDAY: Early frost outside the downtowns. Partly sunny, dry for Twin Cities Marathon. High: near 50
MONDAY: Mostly cloudy, passing shower possible. Wake-up: 37. High: 51
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, a little nicer. Wake-up: 36. High: 57
WEDNESDAY: More clouds, showers far south. Wake-up: 41. High: 58
THURSDAY: Lot's of clouds, turning cooler. Wake-up: 45. High: 55
FRIDAY: Blue sky, still chillier than average. Wake-up: 39. High: 52
* Photo credit: Media Logic meteorologist Todd Nelson.
Map credit above: "
Global warming and the resultant melting of parts of the Arctic icecap have opened a new world of travel — a 900-mile, 32-day luxury cruise with fares starting at $20,000. Crystal Cruises, one of the world's top-rated cruise lines, has announced that one of its ships, the Crystal Serenety, will traverse the fabled Northwest Passage on this Pacific-to-Atlantic voyage, beginning from Seward, Alaska, through the north part of mainland Canada and the Arctic Ocean to New York City..."
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:
There was a pattern in the results. The studies looking at heat all suggested a link to anthropogenic global warming (AGW). This is not surprising because AGW has involved a global increase in average temperature which is manifest across a variable climate, so even a modest increase in global temperature, bunched up in to places that are a bit cooler or warmer than average (at a given moment in time) is going to be blatantly obvious when picking out heat events. Some of the studies that looked at the California drought and drought in New Zealand attributed these conditions to climate change, others were more ambiguous or suggested that there was no link. All of the studies that looked at extreme precipitation events concluded that there was no way to make a connection, except one (in Northern India) which as ambiguous..."
Photo credit above: Mel Evans, AP. "Thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of Manhattan to participate in a climate change march on Sept. 21, 2014, urging policy-makers to take action."