73 F. average high on September 12.
69 F. high on September 12, 2015.
September 13, 1994: Lightning strikes and injures a 35 year old man in Stearns County as he opens the door of his truck. Witnesses said he was thrown 10 feet when the lightning bolt struck him.
September 13, 1834: Smoke fills the sky at Ft. Snelling due to fires burning nearby.
A Harsh, Pioneer Winter? Recent Trends Suggest Otherwise
Everywhere I go people ask the same 3 questions: "How do get your hair looking so soft and manageable...do the Vikings have a real shot...and will we suffer through a Polar Vortex winter?"
I wish I had a clue.
But just look at recent trends: 2016 is on track to be the warmest year on record, worldwide - warmer than the previous records set in 2015, 2014, 2010 and 2005. We've just had our 11th "hottest month" in a row; some scientists suspect it may be the warmest stretch in 8,000 years.
Winter's still coming - there will be bouts of intense cold and snow. But I've learned not to buck the trends. The odds of a frigid winter are small, less than 1 in 4. In fact NOAA just cancelled the La Nina Watch. The warm signal is overwhelming slight cooling of the Pacific Ocean.
Today will feel like fall with a damp start; highs in the 60s with a generous smear of clouds. Bright sun returns Wednesday before the next soggy slap of showers and T-storms Thursday into Saturday.
Parts of the Minnesota Arrowhead may experience a frost by Wednesday morning but NOAA's GFS model shows 80s here into late September.
4th Wettest Meteorological Summer on Record for Minnesota. Here's an excerpt of an explanation from NOAA NCEI: "One way to depict how a month or season compares to its history is to use a ranking system. NCEI has done this for many years for the climate divisions, states, etc. The maps below depict rankings based on the 5km gridded dataset, nClimGrid. Each grid point is ranked based on the other values in its own period of record. Ranking the grid cells provides a greater detail for the regional patterns across the CONUS and Alaska. For instance, several states were record warm in August. This record warmth is evident in both the percentile maps below and the climate division rank maps..."
5th Hottest U.S. Summer Saw Record Northeast Heat. Here's the intro to a recap at Climate Central: "The dog days of summer were especially scorching across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic last month, with eight states in those regions recording their hottest August in 122 years. Two of those — Connecticut and Rhode Island — also had record-warm summers, according to data released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. While ample rains kept temperatures closer to normal across much of the country last month, the contiguous U.S. still had its fifth-warmest summer on record and its third warmest year-to-date. Outside of the Lower 48, Alaska continued its streak of sweltering weather, with its third-hottest August and second-hottest summer in the past 92 years. So far, 2016 is far and away its hottest year on record..."
Map credit: "How the average temperature of each state in the Lower 48 ranked for August." Credit: NOAA
Photo credit: "The Karma Revero costs $130,000. Production has not yet started." Source: Karma Automotive.
TODAY: Damp start, gray & cool. Winds: N/NW 10-15. High: 65
TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and cool. Low: 47
WEDNESDAY: Bright sun returns, optimism returns. Winds: NE 3-8. High: 68
THURSDAY: Clouds increase. PM showers, possible T-storms. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 53. High: 71
FRIDAY: Still unsettled. Another shower, stray T-shower. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 61. High: 75
SATURDAY: Lingering clouds, couple of showers. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 60. High: 69
SUNDAY: Sunnier, nicer day of the weekend. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 55. High: 76
MONDAY: Breezy and mild, late T-storm? Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 59. High: near 80
Photo credit: "Rain fell for seven days in the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy." Source: Max Becherer/AP.
A Conservative Republican Tackles Climate Change. Rep. Bob Inglis (a friend and mentor) is fighting a lonely battle, but he is on the right side of science, and history. Here's an excerpt of an interview with Rep. Inglis at The Charlotte Observer: "...We’re essentially calling on conservatives to step forward with free-enterprise solutions to climate. Rather than regulating down the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, we simply have the government put a price on emissions. That price signal would be sensed throughout the economy, with the result that hundreds of millions of consumers would pursue their own self interest. They would be seeking cleaner fuels because it would be in their economic interest to do so. It’s something that conservative economists have talked about for quite a while, the idea of not regulating but attaching all the costs and revealing all the hidden costs of a product so the market can judge that product..."
Photo credit: " JOHN D. SIMMONS.