53 F. average high on October 26.
64 F. high on October 26, 2014.
.01" rain fell at MSP International Airport yesterday.
October 27, 1943: Said to be one of the worst fogs in the Twin Cities in memory. A very dense area of fog, with an average of 75 feet in thickness, blanketed the area. At the worst, street lights could not be seen 25 yards away. Drivers refused to cross unmarked railroad crossings and traffic was brought to a standstill.
October 27, 1931: Storm hits the Duluth area. Barometer falls to 29.02.
I'm still standing. The sun was shining Saturday as my oldest son got married at a majestic 100-year old lodge on the northern tip of Gull Lake. I want to thank Walt and Tracy for restoring my faith in love, the institution of marriage, and everything good in the world. I feel blessed - and old, in that order.
- At Louis Armstrong International Airport, 8.67 inches of rain fell, the fourth highest one-day total on record for that location. The all-time high there was 12.24 inches on May 8, 1995.
- Baton Rouge's Ryan Airport measured 8.60 inches of rain, its fourth-highest one-day total. The all-time record at Ryan is 11.99 inches, set April 14, 1967..."
21 Hurricanes and Typhoons That Shattered Records in 2015. Mashable provides more perspective on a very active hurricane season in the Pacific; here's an excerpt: "...The combination of El Niño, other natural climate cycles and global warming have supercharged this year's tropical cyclone season in the northern hemisphere to the point where all-time records have been blown away. Specifically, there have now been 21 typhoons and hurricanes in the hemisphere — all but one of which occurred in the Pacific Ocean — that have reached the most intense levels of the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, Category 4 and 5. This beat the past record of 18, set in 2004..." (File image of Hurricane Patricia: NOAA, NASA).
Photo credit above: "Life is hard when you have unreasonable expectations." (Reuters/Lucas Jackson).
TODAY: Early sun, still milder than average. Light rain arrives late PM. Winds: SE 10-20. High: 59
TUESDAY NIGHT: Periods of rain. Low: 45
WEDNESDAY: Gusty and colder with rain. Flurries Wednesday night? Winds: NW 15-30. High: 47
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, brisk. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 36. High: near 50
FRIDAY: Fading sun, rain at night? Wake-up: 34. High: 53
HALLOWEEN: Wet start, slow clearing. Winds: SW 5-10. Wake-up: 43. High: 55
SUNDAY: Sunny, mild breeze. Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 44. High: 63
MONDAY: Clouds increase, turning cooler. Wake-up: 52. High: 58
File photo credit above: "New Orleans shortly after Katrina". Image: National Archives.
Image credit above: "Two possible future. Colors are 2100 temperatures under “business as usual” climate change (left, RCP8.5) and aggressive climate policy (right, RCP2.6). Burke, Hsiang, & Miguel (Nature 2015) demonstrate the effects of these changes on economies around the world. These findings are used in a simulation of future nightlights, as seen from space, since richer economies tend to glow brighter. A hotter world is a more unequal world, with the north benefitting and tropical economies declining. A cooler world leads to more equitable global growth, offering regions like Africa the chance to “catch up”.
Figure attribution: Burke, Hsiang, & Miguel (Nature, 2015)
Canadian Government Hinders Scientists from Talking about Climate Change. Following up on the rapid changes taking place in the Gulf of Maine (even faster than what we're witnessing in Minnesota) here's a link to a story at The Portland Press Herald.
Photo credit above: " Preserved by cold, a musk-ox carcass lies above the toe of Brother John’s Glacier, Etah, Greenland." (All photos by Roy Scranton).