57 F. average high on October 19.
69 F. high on October 19, 2014.
October 20, 2002: Heavy snow across central Minnesota. It fell in a 10-20 mile wide band from southeast North Dakota to around Grantsburg Wisconsin. Little Falls picked up nine inches.
October 20, 1916: Snow fell in south central Minnesota with 4.5 inches recorded in New Ulm, 4 inches in Farmington and Hutchinson, 3.5 inches in Montevideo, and 3 inches in Faribault.
October 20, 1835: 6 inches of snow fell at Ft. Snelling.
Winter on Indefinite Hold
Every day is a gift. Even the lousy ones. Every day I can torment my neighbors wearing shorts and t-shirts is a good day, in my humble estimation.
NOAA informs me that half a foot of snow fell on Fort Snelling on this date in 1835. Yes, we could be ankle-deep in slush on the 20th day of October. My father, who lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, reported flurries on Sunday. "No snow in the Twin Cities yet, Dad!" sounding a little like a hyperactive kid at Christmas. Yes, it's been an amazing autumn, coming after a memorable summer.
Early cold fronts often set the tone for the winter to come. Not always, but many winter. At the rate we're going this may be one of the milder, drier autumns in Minnesota history.
To date the entire state is experiencing the 4th driest October since 1895, according to AerisWeather meteorologist D.J. Kayser. Symptoms of El Nino kicking in; warm water in the Pacific penetrating unusually far inland? Probably.
For the record the average date of first flurries at MSP is November 4. First inch? November 18. Just trying to cheer you up.
Today's weather may put a spring in your step: another shot at 70F. Rain arrives Friday but skies clear in time for another fine fall weekend.
Unusual warmth spills over into at least the first week of November. No complaints here.
* Kayaks and cruisers on the lake....on October 19? Nothing like a 5 month boating season. In Minnesota. The high at MSP yesterday was 75F, 1 degree warmer than LAX, Los Angeles International Airport. You don't see that very often in late October. Source: NOAA.
Image credit above: "MODIS image of Typhoon Koppu over Luzon Island in the Philippines as seen from NASA's Terra satellite on Sunday, October 18, 2015. At the time, Koppu was a Category 2 storm with 105 mph winds." Image credit: NASA.
* Reports of 31"+ rains (and the rain continues to fall) from Typhoon Koppu, details via Mashable.
Image credit above: "This infrared satellite image is enhanced to show colder, and therefore higher, cloud tops in various shades of red and violet. Such clouds are associated with vigorous thunderstorms. Wind data may disappear if the observing equipment is damaged."
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TODAY: Intervals of mild sun, isolated shower possible. Winds: E 8-13. High: 69 (70s southern MN)
TUESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, few showers. Low: 53
WEDNESDAY: Early shower, PM clearing. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 63
THURSDAY: Sunny, light winds. Wake-up: 43. High: 62
FRIDAY: Dry start to the day. PM showers likely. Winds: SE 10-20. Wake-up: 49. High: 59
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, breezy and cooler. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 48. High: 57
SUNDAY: Plenty of cool sunshine. Winds: E 7-12. Wake-up: 41. High: 54
MONDAY: More clouds, few showers likely. Wake-up: 43. High: 52
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Photo credit above: "The remains of a house in Long Island, The Bahamas." Source: Long Island Hurricane Relief Facebook Page.
Photo credit above: "Following what the National Weather Service described as "high astronomical tides due to the lunar cycle," a coastal flood advisory was put in place for South Florida early this week. Pictured above is flooding that occurred in Miami Beach at Indian Creek Drive and 30th Street on September 28, 2015." Credit: Photo by Emily Michot/Miami Herald Staff.
Image credit: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio.
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