September 15, 1916: St. Paul's earliest snow ever.
Considering the sun is as high in the sky as it was back on March 27 a predicted afternoon high of 83F is nothing to sneeze at. That's about 10 degrees F. above average. Whatever "average" is. Our weather is rarely average.
I stand corrected: meteorological summer's average temperature in the MSP metro was 71.3F, matching the long-term historical average. In spite of a lack of sizzling heat nighttime lows were milder (a growing trend) and temperatures were right where they were supposed to be.
The Twin Cities were 2 inches wetter than average, with a slight summer rainfall deficit over the northern third of Minnesota. No biblical spring floods or "flash droughts" this year - weather whiplash was kept to a minimum.
80s spill over into Thursday, when a few thunderclaps herald the approach of a cooler front. Lingering showers may keep some football fields muddy for Friday evening games, but skies clear over the weekend with lukewarm sunshine and 70s. Good timing. What's not to like about September?
The risk of a frost in late September has diminished; if anything I see a mild bias the next 3 weeks.
Today? A bad hair day as south winds gust over 30 mph. But a warm wind! I feel your pain...
Graphic credit and more details: hotwhopper.com.
Photo credit above: "Flames continue to burn near gas lines at a destroyed apartment complex Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Middletown , Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Lake and Napa Counties after a wildfire charred more than 60 square miles within 12 hours, prompting thousands to flee their homes. Brown said Sunday the declaration will expedite debris removal and waive fees to people who need to replace official documents lost in the fire. The blaze, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, has destroyed an unconfirmed number of homes and other buildings and damaged highways and other infrastructure." (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Photo credit above: "A house burns as the Butte Fire rages through Mountain Ranch, California." (Reuters/Noah Berger)
Photo credit above: "This Sept. 3, 2015 photo shows a dried-out lawn at Los Angeles City Hall, with a sign explaining that irrigation has been shut off due to the ongoing drought". (AP Photo/Nick Ut).
Image credit above: "How temperatures departed from average during summer 2015 for the contiguous U.S." Credit: NOAA
Graphic credit: NOAA Storm Prediction Center.
* The 2014 National Hurricane Center Verification Report is here.
TODAY: Sunny, gusty winds. Winds: S 20-30. High: 83
TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and mild for late September. Low: 67
WEDNESDAY: Less sun, stray T-shower? Winds: S 15-25. High: 84
THURSDAY: Better chance of T-storms, some heavy. Wake-up: 69. High: 81
FRIDAY: Unsettled, PM showers. Wake-up: 61. High: 75
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, very pleasant. Wake-up: 57. High: 75
SUNDAY: Sunny and milder. Wake-up: 58. High: 78
MONDAY: Break out the shorts! Warm sunshine. Wake-up: 59. High: near 80
File photo credit above: "Houses are submerged in water flooded from the Kinugawa River, right bottom, in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. As heavy rain pummeled Japan for a second straight day, the river broke through a flood berm, sending a wall of water into Joso, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Japan's capital." (Kyodo News via AP)
“It’s a pretty convincing climate fingerprint,” said Retired Navy Rear Adm. David Titley, a meteorologist who’s now a professor at Penn State University. After decades of poor water policy, “there was no resilience left in the system.” Titley says, given that context, that the record-setting drought caused Syria to “break catastrophically...”