58 F. average high on October 16.
72 F. high at KMSP on October 16, 2014.
October 17, 1971: Heavy rains in NW Minnesota. 4.02 inches at Georgetown (20 miles N of Moorhead).
October 17, 1952: Record lows were reported across central Minnesota with lows from 10 to 15 degrees, including a low of 10 degrees at St. Cloud, 12 degrees at Glenwood, and 14 degrees at Alexandria, Litchfield, and Mora.
Freeze This Morning, Then 70s by Monday
Can we keep the economy powered up without burning dirty fuels that threaten short-term health - and weather and climate disruption for generations to come? Yes.
Prices for solar have plummeted and energy storage may be the next disruptive technology. When the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow next-generation batteries kick in, releasing power back to the grid, or keeping the lights on during the next severe storm.
I’m speaking at a conference in San Diego, in a state that routinely gets 30% of its power from clean renewables. It’s not a Pollyanna pipe-dream. It’s a sustainable way forward, and Minnesota will help lead the way.
In spite of a warming atmosphere and oceans winter hasn't been cancelled. Not yet. The opening salvo came overnight as countless plants and flowers froze their buds off.
More head-snapping changes are brewing: alternating between a freeze and lukewarm 70s will turn on the wind machine again Sunday - but another sunny, glorious weekend is on tap.
Meanwhile the ECMWF (European) hints at Tropical Storm Kate in the Gulf of Mexico in one week.
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* Dangerous Typhoon Koppu expected to hit northern island of Luzon as a Category 4 storm, capable of extensive to extreme flooding, mudslides and damage across northern Philippines next 36-48 hours.
* Normally-reliable ECMWF (European) model continues to spin up a possible tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico late next week. It's too early for specifics, but interests along the Gulf Coast should pay attention.
(Image credit above: WSI Corporation).
Typhoon Koppu is the short-term risk to the northern Philippines, where rainfall and subsequent flooding may be extreme, potentially historic in a few spots. Closer to home we'll continue to monitor the potential for a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico 7-9 days out and keep you posted.
Paul Douglas, Senior Meteorologist, AerisWeather.
Graphic credit above: "Figures include battery-powered electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Exemptions include national tax breaks on purchases of electric cars vs. comparable internal combustion engine cars. Nonnational subsidies and incentives for purchase are not included. Recurring tax exemptions are a 5-year cumulative total including savings on highway and tunnel tolls and parking fees." Sources: Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, McKinsey & Company.
Image credit above: " Photo: Bloomberg News.
TODAY: Morning freeze. Bright sunshine, light breeze. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 53
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear, not as cold. Low: 37
SUNDAY: Sunny, stiff breeze returns. Winds: SE 10-20. High: 62
MONDAY: More clouds, lukewarm. Wake-up: 49. High: 73
TUESDAY: AM sun, late showers. Wake-up: 53. High: 65
WEDNESDAY: Damp start, then clearing. Wake-up: 48. High: 61
THURSDAY: Sunny and quiet. Wake-up: 45. High: 62
FRIDAY: Fading sun, mild breeze. Wake-up: 48. High: 61
Image credit: Zak Bickel / The Atlantic.
Even Fossil Fuel Companies Support an International Climate Agreement. ThinkProgress has a summary; here's a link and excerpt: "In a joint statement released Wednesday by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, 14 major Fortune 500 companies voiced their support for a strong global agreement on climate change. The 14-company coalition represents a broad set of business interests, from technology giants like Intel and HP to the electronics manufacturer Siemens Corporation. But the letter also includes supporters that might not seem like the most natural allies to a global climate agreement, including coal mining companies like BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, oil and gas companies like BP and Shell, and industrial manufacturers like Alcoa and LafargeHolcim. Together, the companies have a combined revenues of $1.1 trillion and employ more than 1.5 million people, according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions..."
Graphic credit: National Survey of Energy and Environment