October 15, 1899: Heavy precipitation with 3.2 inches of rain in the St. Cloud area and 2.1 inches in Willmar. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service.
Hard Freeze Saturday
Farewell to Bugs and Ragweed!
Minnesota has experienced tornadoes as early as March 18, 1968; as late in the season as November 16, 1931. The Gopher State has seen tornadoes as early as March 18, 1968 - as late in the season as November 16, 1931. 2015 saw 20 tornadoes in Minnesota; fewer than average. Nationwide it was the 4th relatively quiet year in a row for twisters.
On April 14, 1886 Sauk Rapids was leveled by a massive tornado that left 72 dead. The twister was 800 yards wide; a tornado vortex so big and powerful the Mississippi River was temporarily "swept dry". St. Cloud, which experienced a glancing blow, went on to become the largest city in central Minnesota.
I find it vaguely fascinating that an 1883 F5 tornado resulted in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. A small 1981 tornado in Roseville was the inspiration behind a "Best Buy" sale that spun up a national chain based in Bloomington.
A silver lining to horrifying tornadoes? Sometimes tragic circumstances have happy endings.
No weather drama brewing, just an inevitable cold frontal passage today. Tomorrow will feel like "football weather"; time to dig out the heavy jackets. Skies clear and winds ease Friday night, setting the stage for a freeze Saturday morning. A cool, sunny weekend is shaping up; more 60s return early next week.
Graphic credit above: "Satellite images comparing Oct. 1, 2015, and Oct. 2, 1997, show large areas of white, which indicate high sea levels -- a reflection of high sea temperatures. The images show how this year's El Nino could be as powerful as the one in 1997, the strongest El Nino on record." (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory).
File photo above: "View of drought in Rio Jacarei, region of Joanopolis, interior of Sao Paulo, southeastern Brazil, on February 14, 2014. The level of Cantareira System, abastace dam that almost 9 million people in Sao Paulo is in 18.7%, the lowest level since 1974." Photo by: LUIS MOURA/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
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TODAY: Mix of clouds and sun, cooling off a bit. Winds: NW 15-30. High: near 60
THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and colder. Low: 37
FRIDAY: Chilled sun, grab a jacket for evening football games. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 48
SATURDAY: Hard freeze. Bright sunshine. Winds: SE 3-8. Wake-up: 30. High: near 50
SUNDAY: Sunny, milder wind. Wake-up: 35. Winds: SE 10-20. High: near 60
MONDAY: Unsettled as clouds increase, stray T-shower? Wake-up: 47. High: 65
TUESDAY: AM sun, late PM rain. Wake-up: 53. High: 63
WEDNESDAY: Periods of rain. Wake-up: 49. High: 55
Photo credit above: Flickr/Ken Hodge.
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