74 F. average high on September 11.
57 F. high on September 11, 2014.
September 11, 1980: 3.35 inches of rain fell in the St. Cloud Area.
September 11, 1942: A line of thunderstorms raced across Minnesota at 70 mph, destroying 651 barns in a 30 mile wide, 180 mile long path.
September 11, 1931: Summer still had its grip on Minnesota with 111 degrees at Beardsley.
September 11, 1931: The daytime high in St. Cloud was 96 degrees.
September 11, 1900: The soggy remains of the Galveston Hurricane brings 6.65 inches of rain to St. Paul over two days.
September 11, 1807: Thick smoky weather noted at Pembina. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service.
"Who cares about the clouds when we're together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather" sang Dale Evans. By all standard metrics (including common sense) it has been an exemplary summer, with just the right mix of sunshine, warmth and moisture.
The Minnesota State Climate Office and DNR have a "Summer Glory Index" that factors temperature, dew point and precipitation. It was the 3rd best summer since 1903. Only 2008 and 1922 were better. Of course "good weather" is subjective; a good day for a farmer might be a rough day on the golf course. But let's agree that the summer of 2015 was considerably better than average.
The Arrowhead is probably waking up to frost this morning. A touch of October early today gives way to July flashbacks early next week as daytime highs nudge 80 degrees. Dry weather persists into midweek; models hint at a few waves of showers Thursday & Friday, followed by another comfortable front and lukewarm sunshine next weekend.
To be honest I'm a little bored, but that bodes well for your outdoor plans.
Minnesotans get a lot of grief for staying put when arctic winds begin to howl. But remind your friends how spectacular a Minnesota summer can be.
Photo credit above: Ronn and Market Murray.
Image credit above: "Sea surface temperature anomalies along the equator, showing telltale stripe of above average ocean waters, a hallmark of El Nino." Image: Earth Simulator
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Image credit above: IGS CNRS/AMU. More perspective from Popular Science.
Photo credit above: "Minnesota Power announced today that it will build a 40-kilowatt solar array at Arrowhead Road and Rice Lake Road, near its Herbert Service Station, that will be generating electricity sometime in 2016." (Photo submitted by Minnesota Power).
TODAY: Sunny and pleasant. Winds: W 5-10. High: 69
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear and cool - possibility of seeing the Aurora Borealis? Low: 50
SUNDAY: Sunny and milder. Winds: S 10-20. High: 76
MONDAY: Warm sun, feels like July. Wake-up: 59. High: 82
TUESDAY: Sticky sun, stiff wind. Wake-up: 62. High: 84
WEDNESDAY: Isolated T-shower possible. Wake-up: 62. High: 81
THURSDAY: Early T-storms, PM sun. Wake-up: 64. High: 78
FRIDAY: Showers, possible thunder. Wake-up: 62. High: 75
Image credit: American Meteorological Society.
Photo credit above: "Wind power generation farm in Taebaek." Photo Credit: Flickr