October 14, 1886: St. Cloud-Sauk Rapids tornado. It left 72 people dead. 80 percent of all buildings in Sauk Rapids were leveled as the tornado expanded to 800 yards across. When it crossed the Mississippi it knocked down two iron spans of a wagon bridge and local witnesses said the river was "swept dry" during the tornado crossing. There was 300,000 dollars damage in Sauk Rapids and only 4,000 dollars worth was insured. The forecast for that day was for local rains and slightly warmer with highs in the 50s.
Big Temperature Swings Brewing
Colors Peaking Soon
"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile" wrote William Cullen Bryant. Nature's grand finale is in full play; a splash of Crayola color on the trees, the air cool and clean. Fewer bugs showing up on Doppler too.
October can be a manic month, capable of 80s and 90s, but also towering drifts of snow. NOAA records show pioneers at Fort Snelling digging out from 11 inches of snow on this date in 1820. In 1880 a blizzard in western Minnesota left Canby buried under 20 FOOT drifts, which didn't melt until the following spring. Autumn 2015 has been a blessing, by comparison.
No drama brewing, but get ready for big temperature extremes and more wind. Another slap of Canadian air sets the stage for the first widespread freeze of the season Saturday morning. So long ragweed. Good riddance.
Strong south winds on the backside of a high pressure bubble warm us into the 60s early next week; 70F possible Monday before a storm spins up with rain late Tuesday into Wednesday. It won't be cold enough for s-s-snow looking out 2 weeks or so. After that all bets are off.
Enjoy the quiet spell!
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).
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THURSDAY: Cloudier and cooler, passing shower? Winds: NW 10-20. High: near 60 (falling into the 50s)
FRIDAY: More clouds than sun, brisk, light jacket needed. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 38. High: near 50
SATURDAY: Frosty start. Bright sunshine. Winds: SE 5-10. Wake-up: 31. High: 53
SUNDAY: Sunny, windy and milder. Winds: SE 15-25. Wake-up: 37. High: near 60
MONDAY: Some lukewarm early, PM shower possible. Wake-up: 49. High: 70
TUESDAY: Early sun, late showers. Wake-up: 53. High: 63
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