72 F. average high on September 15.
62 F. high on September 15, 2014.
September 16, 2006: A rapidly forming tornado hits Rogers just before 10pm, killing a 10 year old girl.
September 16, 1992: New Market received nearly a foot of rain. A bridge collapsed from floodwater in northern Le Sueur County.
September 16, 1955: An F1 tornado touched down in Mille Lacs and Kanabec Counties causing 1 fatality and $500,000 in damages.
September 16: American Legion Day.
"You can't get mad at weather because weather's not about you. Apply that lesson to most other aspects of life" wrote Douglas Coupland. But it's so easy to take bad weather personally, right?
I'm perpetually perplexed and amazed at our crazy swings in weather. Exhibit A: on September 15, 1916 St. Paul enjoyed the earliest snow fluries on record. The very same date, but in 1939, the high in Minneapolis was a torrid 98F. How is that possible?
The greatest extremes come near the center of continents, well away from the moderating influence of lukewarm ocean currents. Siberia. Mongolia. Minnesota.
A warm wind blows again today; peaking at 30 mph from the south. You'll swear it's July out there. Soak it up because by Friday highs droop into the 60s with a risk of a jacket.
A T-storm may sprout by tonight - another flare-up of irritable, stormy weather along the leading edge of cooler air Thursday. A cool breeze kicks in on Friday with a slight chance of late-day shower. The weekend looks sunny & glorious; a run of 70s for next week.
This is why I'm so smitten with September.
1.12": amount of rain predicted by NOAA's NAM model for the Twin Cities by Saturday morning.
AP File photo credit: "Wildfires and drought have been widespread across the western US this northern summer."
Graphic credit and more details: hotwhopper.com.
TODAY: Gusty sun, T-storms possible by late afternoon. Winds: S 15-30. Dew point: 64. High: 84
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Humid with more numerous T-storms. Low: 70
THURSDAY: Unsettled, more T-storms, especially PM hours. High: near 80
FRIDAY: Cooler, more rain Friday PM and Friday night Wake-up: 59. High: 66
SATURDAY: Wet start, then gradual clearing. Wake-up: 55. High: 70
SUNDAY: The nicer day of the weekend. Partly sunny, milder. Wake-up: 54. High: 74
MONDAY: Lukewarm sunshine - very pleasant. Wake-up: 55. High: 76
TUESDAY: Fading sun, late shower possible. Wake-up: 57. High: 73
Exxon: The Road Not Taken. Inside Climate News, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has an amazing series on how Exxon knew as far back as 1977 that burning fossil fuels would warm the planet. Here's an excerpt: "...Speaking without a text as he flipped through detailed slides, Black delivered a sobering message: carbon dioxide from the world's use of fossil fuels would warm the planet and could eventually endanger humanity. "In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels," Black told Exxon's Management Committee, according to a written version he recorded later. It was July 1977 when Exxon's leaders received this blunt assessment, well before most of the world had heard of the looming climate crisis..."
Cast of Characters: http://insideclimatenews.org/
AP File photo above: "U.S. President Barack Obama, right, smiles after a group of children waved flags and flowers to cheer him during a welcome ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China."