85 F. high in the Twin Cities Sunday, breaking the old record of 84F in 1930.
61 F. average high on October 11.
57 F. high on October 11, 2014.
October 12, 1969: Snow accumulated in several locations. Minneapolis received 2 inches, while St. Cloud record 3.6 inches, Redwood Falls had 1.7 inches, and Springfield recorded 1.5 inches.
October 12, 1918: Dry fall weather set the stage for a dangerous fire threat. Several fires roared through large area of Carlton and St. Louis County. Hardest hit were the towns of Cloquet, Moose Lake and Brookston. The Carlton County Vidette called it a "Hurricane of burning leaves and smoke." At least 453 people died, possibly as many as 1,000. Over 11,000 people were homeless.
97F in western Minnesota Sunday - Gusty 40 MPH Reality Check Today
I had the most amazing dream last night. It was mid-October yet waterskiers were tearing up the bay behind our house; parades of motorcyclists soaking up 80-degree sunshine; moms smearing sunscreen on their toddlers.
Did we really hit a record 85F in the metro yesterday, or was it all a dream? We may have tied the all-time Minnesota heat record for October. Upper 90s in western Minnesota, on October 11? Surreal.
I hate to see summer end. It's like saying goodbye to a dear friend you won't see for another year. Sunday's warm embrace gives way to window-rattling winds today as our hot-weather-bubble bursts. The sharper the drop in temperature, the faster winds will blow to keep the atmosphere in equilibrium.
Expect gusts over 40 mph as temperatures droop into the 50s. So this is what October feels like.
A quiet midweek gives way to a reinforcing cold frontal passage Thursday, setting the stage for the first frost of the season in the exurbs Saturday morning. Lakeville, Anoka, Arden Hills and Stillwater may see an end to the growing season; the close-in suburbs may remain frost-free another 2 weeks.
You can thank (or blame) El Nino. A warm, Pacific bias will flavor our weather into late October.
A COLD FRONT IS PUSHING ACROSS THE EASTERN DAKOTAS EARLY THIS EVENING. WINDS IMMEDIATELY BEHIND THE FRONT HAVE BEEN GUSTING BETWEEN 50 AND 60 MPH AND THESE WINDS WILL BE PUSHING INTO WESTERN MINNESOTA BY MID EVENING. THE WIND ADVISORY HAS BEEN EXTENDED IN THOSE AREAS TO INCLUDE THIS EVENING. A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT MONDAY FOR AREAS WEST OF A LINE FROM LONG PRAIRIE TO ST CLOUD...TO THE TWIN CITIES METRO...AND ALONG I-35 INTO IOWA. STRONG WINDS WILL REDEVELOP MONDAY MORNING WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH...WITH GUSTS OF 45 TO 55 MPH.
Image credit: NOAA SPC.
Photo credit above: "Robert Vicino outside the entrance of Vivos Europa One."
TODAY: Mostly cloudy and blustery, showers up north. Winds: NW 20-45. High: near 60
MONDAY NIGHT: Leftover clouds, cold wind. Low: 41
TUESDAY: Sunny, less wind. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 63
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, a fine fall day. Wake-up: 44. High: 65
THURSDAY: Colder wind, few showers. Wake-up: 49. High: 58
FRIDAY: More clouds than sun, still brisk. Wake-up: 43. High: 54
SATURDAY: Frost outer suburbs? Sunny. Winds: W 5-10. Wake-up: 37. High: 58
SUNDAY: Windy, trending milder with plenty of sunshine. Winds: S 15-25. Wake-up: 39. High: 63
3F Ocean Water Temperature Rise since 1901. Climate Central has details: "This year is on track to be the hottest on record globally. The strong El Niño is likely playing a role as the average global temperature of an El Niño year is 0.4°F higher than a La Niña year. However, the strong El Niño is not solely responsible for the warming planet. Global temperatures have been trending upward since 1950, regardless of whether or not the Pacific Ocean was in an El Niño, La Niña, or neutral phase. In fact, La Niña years in the 21st Century are now warmer than El Niño years just 30 years ago. Similarly, the long term trend of global ocean water temperatures is on the increase, emphasizing that El Niño is only magnifying the ongoing warming trend..."
Photo credit above: " Credit Jamie Rector/Bloomberg.