1970: Early snowfall was recorded in west central Minnesota. Snow totals ranged from a trace to 4.2 inches in Benson. Other areas included Montevideo with 4 inches, Canby with 3.2 inches, Morris with 2.6 inches, Willmar with 2.5 inches. New London, New Ulm, and Buffalo all recorded 2 inches of snowfall.
1949: Bizzare storm brings Hurricane force winds across Minnesota. This was possibly the strongest non-thunderstorm winds seen in Minnesota. Top winds were clocked at 100 mph at Rochester, with a gust of 89 mph at the Twin Cities International Airport. 4 deaths and 81 injuries were reported. Numerous store windows were broken, and large chimneys toppled. The top 10 floors of the Foshay building were evacuated with the tenants feeling seasick from the swaying building.
1928: Record high temperatures were set across central Minnesota with high in the upper 80s to lower 90s.
"Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter" wrote Carol Bishop Hipps.
Summer is on life-support. 60 degrees is the new definition of "warm front". 70s might constitute a heat wave. Considering it snowed 2.5 inches on this date in 1977 I'm not going to whine about a little morning frost or a smudge of rain on Sunday.
This is about as benevolent as the sky ever gets in mid-October, when massive north-south temperature extremes can fuel violent full-throttle storms.
NOAA now says there's 66 percent chance of a mild El Nino from winter into spring of 2015, which should (in theory) lower the odds of a bitter blocking pattern similar to last year. We'll see snow and cold, but less mid-winter misery, I pray.
Crisp, comfortable sunshine lingers into Saturday; temperatures pretty closer to average. I expect few complaints. Showers straggle in late Sunday and the bulk of any rain Monday stays east of MSP.
A high pressure ridge treats us to a string of stunning, 60-degree days next week. Winds aloft shift to the west, turning on a mild, Pacific flow for Minnesota.
Don't rule out a super-sized autumn!
* photo credit: Shad Van Matre.
Image credit above: "Photo: BBC.
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TODAY: Early frost, bright sunshine. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 54
FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear and chilly - patchy frost late. Low: 32
SATURDAY: Frost, then blue sky, pleasant. Winds: SW 10-15. High: near 60
SUNDAY: Showers after Vikes game. Wake-up: 43. High: 59
MONDAY: Chance of rain, heaviest over Wisconsin. Wake-up: 46. High: 56
TUESDAY: Sunshine returns, pleasant. Wake-up: 39. High: 61
WEDNESDAY: Sunny and lukewarm. Wake-up: 44. High: 66
THURSDAY: September flashback. Mild sun. Wake-up: 45. High: 68
Graphic credit above: "Antarctica’s seasonal sea ice extent reached a new high in September even though the Southern Ocean continues to warm." Credit: NOAA.