78 F. high temperature in the Twin Cities Friday.
68 F. average high on September 25.
77 F. high on September 25, 2014.
September 26, 1980: Cold morning across Minnesota, with a low of 20 degrees at Tower and 16 at Embarrass.
September 26, 1942: 1.8 inches of snow fell in St. Cloud.
Super-Sized Summer Continues
I'm thinking of moving to Bemidji. I drove north to give a talk to the American Planning Association on Thursday. I was reminded that most of Minnesota is still undeveloped. Untouched. Pristine. I was amazed to hear that Bemidji has 1 gigabit Internet speeds. Holy bandwidth!
But I was baffled to see so much green, so far north, in late September. A few splashes of yellow on sugar maples, but no vibrant Crayola colors just yet. Our extended summer may dull fall colors a bit; peak times pushed back at least 1-2 weeks from average.
Symptoms of the warmest year on record, worldwide, and El Nino? Probably.
One more weekend of shorts and T-shirts: 70s today, 80F tomorrow before cooling off next week. No full-frontal Canadian belch of cold air is brewing; more of a minor correction, with highs in the 60s. You know, "average". More showers and storms are possible Wednesday; again next weekend, as a temperature tug-of-war plays out overhead.
Finally, the ECMWF (European) model prints out a possible tropical system near New Jersey on the first Sunday in October. What can possibly go wrong?
Photo credit above: "Earth’s shadow will cover the Moon in shades of orange and red the evening of September 27, just as it did during this August 1989 eclipse." Credit: Bill and Sally Fletcher.
TODAY: Warm sun, beautiful. Winds: SE 7-12. High: 78
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear and mild. Low: 60
SUNDAY: Sunny, warm winds. Total lunar eclipse Sunday night. Winds: South 10-20. High: 82
MONDAY: Clouds increase - showers develop. Wake-up: 63. High: 72
TUESDAY: Blue sky, cooling off. Wake-up: 57. High: 64
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, comfortable. Wake-up: 51. High: 65
THURSDAY: Mix of clouds & sun, quiet. Wake-up: 49. High: 67
FRIDAY: Some sun, average temps. Wake-up: 51. High: 68
Climate Stories....Because Weather & Climate are Flip-Sides of the Same Coin:
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Photo credit above: "President Obama in Kotzebue, Alaska." Photograph by Mark Seliger.
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