73 F. average high on September 13.
60 F. high on September 13, 2014.
September 13, 1994: Lightning struck and injured a 35 year old man in Stearns county as he opened the door of his truck. Witnesses said he was thrown 10 feet when the lightning bolt struck him.
September 13, 1834: Smoky skies at Ft. Snelling due to fires burning nearby.
Back It Up
If the house burned down, if (God forbid) an EF-5 tornado came streamrolling through the neighborhood, I wouldn't miss our "stuff". That can be replaced. The only thing I would anguish over is lost family photos and videos. That's irreplaceable.
That's why I'm backing up all every jpeg and movie onto Dropbox, Picasa and YouTube. That's my fall and winter project - making sure there's a Plan B.
Which got me thinking about our postcard-worthy weather; how lucky we've been here at our lofty latitude. The western USA is suffering through historic drought, running out of water, wildfires blazing. Dust from the Sahara Desert and El Nino teamed up to disrupt hurricane formation in the Atlantic; we've dodged a bullet again this year.
The older I get the less I take for granted, and that applies to quiet, drama-free weather. Storms may be good for business, but I'm just fine with sedating Mother Nature for an extended period of time. It all evens out in the end.
Warm, gusty winds blow 80s back into Minnesota this week; late-week thunder giving way to more quiet, sunny, lukewarm weather next weekend.
NOAA's GFS model hints at frost for the suburbs in about 2 weeks. Take a mental snapshot.
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: Warm sun, gusty winds. Winds: S 15-30+ High: 82
MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and mild. Low: 64
TUESDAY: Sticky sun, still windy. Winds: S 15-30. High: 83
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, hello July. Dew point: 63. Wake-up: 65. High: 84
THURSDAY: Unsettled, few T-storms likely. Wake-up: 67. High: 82
FRIDAY: PM showers, thunder. Wake-up: 64. High: 76
SATURDAY: Lukewarm sun, pleasant. Wake-up: 57. High: 72
SUNDAY: Good timing. Mild sunshine. Wake-up: 58. High: 74
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