October 9, 1938: Forest fires on the 9th and 10th claimed 21 lives in northern Minnesota.
Summer in Mid-October
New Record High on Sunday?
Wednesday night I opened up a window in our bedroom to let some fresh air in. Growls of thunder and strobe-flashes of lightning were a bit surreal. I should be tracking frost, not thunderstorms, in October.
Low 80s here on Sunday? Considering it could be SNOWING I'm grateful that summer warmth is hanging on. A 6 month boating season? Amazing.
On average MSP sees at least 1 day above 80F every October. Back in 2011 the metro experienced 11 days of 80F+ readings.
Unusual late-season warmth is showing up in the atmosphere and the oceans. The soggy remains of Hurricane Joaquin may soak Spain this weekend. Hurricane Oho in the eastern Pacific may reach Sitka, Alaska as a tropical storm by Saturday. Tropical storms in Alaska? Haven't seen that before.
Interesting - and vaguely unsettling.
Expect comfortable sunshine today; your A/C may kick on over the weekend with mid-70s Saturday. We may come close to the record high on 84F (1930) on Sunday at MSP.
Temperatures cool off next week, closer to average - but the GFS model prints out more 60s into late October. What a strange and wonderful pattern.
Photo credit above: "In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, pedestrians walk down Dorchester Road at Sawmill Branch Canal as it begins to wash away due to floodwaters near Summerville, S.C. Residents are concerned that the Ashley river will continue to rise as floodwaters come down from Columbia. South Carolina had problems with crumbling roads and bridges and old drinking water systems and dams long before the historic floods of the past week." (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File).
* Over $1 billion in damage from the Carolina flooding? Details via GreenvilleOnline.
- 636 million swimming pools (16 x 32 feet each)
- 130,370 Rose Bowls (filled to the top)
Photo credit above: "Jeanni Adame rides in her boat as she checks on neighbors seeing if they want to evacuate in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville, S.C., after many of their neighbors left, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. South Carolina is still struggling with flood waters due to a slow moving storm system." (AP Photo/Mic Smith).
Photo credit above: "
File photo credit above: "In this July 20, 1969 file photo, astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. stands next to a U.S. flag planted on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first men to walk on the lunar surface. During a ceremony in Melbourne, Fla. on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, Aldrin announced he is teaming up with the Florida Institute of Technology to develop "a master plan" for colonizing Mars within 25 years." (Neil A. Armstrong/NASA via AP)
SATURDAY: Sunny and windy. Winds: SW 15-25+ High: 75
SUNDAY: Near-record warmth. Sunny. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 58. High: 82
MONDAY: Gusty and cooler. Winds: NW 15-30. Wake-up: 57. High: 66
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, pleasant. Wake-up: 45. High: 64
WEDNESDAY: Lot's of sun, breezy. Wake-up: 50. High: 65
THURSDAY: Patchy clouds, cooler. Wake-up: 47. High: near 60
Image credit above: "In 1980, Exxon acquired the Colony Shale Oil Project in Colorado to support the production of synfuels. Two years later, Exxon announced the termination of the project, in part due to low oil prices." (Credit: U.S. National Archives via Wikimedia Commons).
Photo credit above: "A stop sign in flood waters in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville, S.C., Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. South Carolina is still struggling with flood waters due to a slow moving storm system." (AP Photo/Mic Smith)