64 F. average high on October 3.
50 F. high on October 3, 2014.
October 4, 2005: Localized heavy rain fell in parts of central Minnesota. 4.61 inches of rain fell in the Minneapolis area, 3.42 inches was recorded in St. Cloud, 2.28 inches in Redwood Falls, 2.98 inches in New London, 3.23 inches in Buffalo, 1.43 inches in Little Falls, 1.92 inches in Alexandria, 1.10 inches in Glenwood, and 1.77 inches in Amery, WI.
October 4, 1939: Storm dumps 2.16 inches of rain at Fairmont.
October 4, 1922: A record high of 89 degrees Fahrenheit was set in the Minneapolis area.
Climatologist: 2015 Growing Season Close to Ideal
Savor the moment. Lately it seems most summer seasons trend either cool & wet or hot & steamy. But this year's warm season has been extraordinary any way you look at it. Statewide, September was 6F warmer than average; possibly the warmest on record. According to State Climatologist Greg Spoden growing season weather was close to ideal. "The state did not suffer a major heat wave or consistently unbearable humidity levels. Growing season rainfall totals were adequate to abundant" Spoden added.
The MSP metro area usually sees its first frost by early October, the first flakes in mid-October. Push that back at least 2 weeks this year. More symptoms of the warmest year on record, worldwide.
Clouds increase today, but the first chance of a statewide lawn-watering comes Wednesday night and
Thursday. Temperatures trend milder than average into mid-October; a few more 70-degree highs possible early next week.
Historic floods are underway across South Carolina, but nothing resembling a real storm close to home. Winter is coming - but it's running late this year.
Enjoy the honeymoon!
- The October precipitation outlook
tilts towards below-normal conditions for all Minnesota counties.
Normal October precipitation ranges from one and one-half inches in
northwestern Minnesota, to over two and one-half inches in portions of
[see: Climate Prediction Center 30-day Outlook | October Precipitation Normal Map]
- The October temperature outlook favors above-normal conditions across Minnesota. Normal October high temperatures fall from the low to mid-60s early in the month, to the upper 40s by month's end. Normal October low temperatures drop from the low 40s early in the month to near 30 by late October..." (Map above: Midwest Regional Climate Center).
* Hurricane Joaquin still expected to track offshore - no direct impact for the USA.
* Stalled storm over southeastern USA focuses heaviest rains on South Carolina; 10" rains have already soaked much of the Carolinas and Mid Atlantic, another 5-10" may fall by Sunday evening, producing extreme flooding problems - especially South Carolina.
* Historic, 1-in-1,000 year flooding possible from Asheville to Spartanburg to Columbia and Charleston.
* Strong onshore winds creating minor to moderate coastal flooding for communities on the Atlantic - especially close to high tide.
* Conditions gradually ease by Monday and Tuesday.
Flash Flood Watches are depicted in dark green, with Flash Flood Warnings (flooding already well underway) shaded in red - major flooding already reported from Charlotte to Charleston.
Another update this evening as new guidance (and flooding reports) roll in. Be careful out there.
Paul Douglas, AerisWeather
Photo credit above: " " Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times.
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TODAY: Clouds increase during the day. Winds: E 7-12. High: 62
SUNDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Low: 49
MONDAY: Mix of clouds and sun. Winds: S 7-12. High: 66
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, pleasant. Wake-up: 54. High: near 70
WEDNESDAY: Early sun, showers late. Wake-up: 55. High: 68
THURSDAY: Damp, showers linger. Wake-up: 57. High: 65
FRIDAY: Blue sky, drying out. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 56. High: 63
SATURDAY: Sunny, mild breeze. Winds: SW 10-20. Wake-up: 50. High: 70
Photo credit above: "The village of Qannaaq, Greenland, in the Arctic, is built on permafrost." Credit: Andy Mahoney/NSIDC.