Extended Summer Hangover?
In the 1500s houses had thatched roofs of thick straw. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the pets - dogs, cats (and mice, rats and bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained roofs got slippery, and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off. Thus the saying, "it's raining cats and dogs".
That sure summed up Thursday's deluge, when a record 2.37 inches fell at MSP; Doppler estimated over 5 inches in parts of western Wisconsin. There was a remarkable amount of water in the air for mid-September. More details below.
In spite of this morning's jacket-worthy breeze I see a warm weather bias spilling into at least early October. 70s return next week, maybe 80s next weekend. NOAA's GFS guidance shows an almost August-like bubble of warm, stagnant air over the eastern 2/3rds of America into the first week of October.
In previous years we've seen flurries and hard freezes by the third week of September. Expect the unexpected, right?
Enjoy a weekend of cool, comfortable sunshine. I suspect air conditioners may be chugging away into October. Winter is coming, at least on paper.
* Photo credit: Flickr.
* More perspective on a very hot summer (and year) from Mashable.
Photo credit above: "A news crew runs from flames southeast of Middletown, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, as winds kick up the Valley fire." (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Image credit: Data provided by cities, NG STAFF. SOURCES: CDP; AECOM.
Map credit above: "Voters in every state supported regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant in 2014, according to a new study." Yale University.
SUNDAY: Blue sky, milder breeze. Winds: S 10-15. High: 72
MONDAY: Warm sunshine, very nice. Wake-up: 57. High: 78
TUESDAY: Patchy clouds move in. Wake-up: 58. High: 72
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, still mild. Wake-up: 61. High: 79
THURSDAY: Sticky sun, T-storms north. Wake-up: 63. High: 77
FRIDAY: What September? Storms around town. Wake-up: 61. High: 79
Photo credit: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/The New York Times.
Photo credit above: "Exxon’s Richard Werthamer (right) and Edward Garvey (left) aboard the company’s Esso Atlantic tanker measuring carbon dioxide levels in the ocean and atmosphere during a 1979-1982 project." (Richard Werthamer, via ICN).
Photo credit above: "Researchers conducted Exxon's first climate-related project aboard the Esso Atlantic tanker, pictured here, between 1979 and 1982."