September 20, 1972: Downpour in Duluth, with 5 1/2 inches in ten hours.
Cool, Calm and Quiet
No Sign of Autumn...Yet
To be a meteorologist is to live a life of perpetual paranoia. "What can go wrong and when?" I'm waiting for an enterprising business to build a pipeline from the Great Lakes to the thirsty western USA.
Think about it: California is in the middle of the worst drought in at least 500 years. Forget oil pipelines. You can't drink oil, or sprinkle it on your crops. What happens when a big city runs out of water?
Maybe it's paranoia, sleep deprivation or worse, but at some point they're coming for our water. Wait for it.
Threat and opportunity: there's a need for new technologies that use less water, while better capturing the rainwater that does fall. It's coming.
September will wind up much wetter than average across much of Minnesota and Wisconsin, but today will be serene and postcard-perfect, with highs in the mid-70s. We teeter on the edge of a warmer front much of this week, our sky irritable and capable of thunder Wednesday into Friday. This sticky boundary lifts north next weekend with more 80s by Sunday.
Autumn officially kicks off on Wednesday, but the maps look more like late August.
The old complaint is that summer in Minnesota only lasts 3 months. Maybe true, but not this year.
* photo credit above: wonderfulengineering.com.
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.
Photo credit above: USA Today Sports.
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TODAY: Bright sun, beautiful. Winds: S 10-15. High: 74
MONDAY: Partly sunny and warmer. Winds: S 15-25. High: 78
TUESDAY: Intervals of sun. Isolated storm risk. Wake-up: 60. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: Sticky again, T-storms up north. Wake-up: 61. High: near 80
THURSDAY: Humid with numerous T-storms. Wake-up: 63. High: 76
FRIDAY: Unsettled with lingering T-showers. Wake-up: 61. High: 73
SATURDAY: What autumn? Warm sun. Wake-up: 59. High: 79
What Exxon Knew About Climate Change. Here's additional perspective from The New Yorker. The intro: "Wednesday morning, journalists at InsideClimate News, a web site that has won the Pulitzer Price for its reporting on oil spills, published the first installment of a multi-part expose that will be appearing over the next month. The documents they have compiled and the interviews they have conducted with retired employees and officials show that, as early as 1977, Exxon (now ExxonMobile, one of the world's largest oil companies) knew that its main product would heat up the planet disastrously. This did not prevent the company from then spending decades helping to organize the campaigns of disinformation and denial that have slowed - perhaps fatally - the planet's response to global warming...."