74 F. average high on September 11.
64 F. high on September 11, 2015.
September 12, 1982: Two tornadoes touch down in Benton County. The F2 tornado causes $250,000 worth of damage, and an F0 tornado causes $25,000.
September 12, 1931: The fifth consecutive day of 90 degrees or above occurs in the Minneapolis area.
September 12, 1923: Winter weather pays an early visit to northern Minnesota. The cities of Roseau and Virginia receive flurries and sleet.
September 12, 1903: 4.96 inches of rain fall in the Minneapolis area.
September 12, 1869: A hail storm between 1 and 3 am breaks windows and causes considerable damage to late vegetables at Madilia in Watonwan County.
Making The Case To Extend Summer Into September
Please don't interrupt my sweet summer hangover.
September is perhaps the most underrated month of the year, but I'm lobbying Congress to lengthen summer to 4 months.
Think about it. Our growing season is almost a MONTH longer than it was for your parents. Boating season now extends into early October, when leaves finally ripen up here in the metro. Fewer severe storms in September - not as much obnoxious heat and humidity.
June often brings chilly days, flooding rains and washed out weddings, whereas September is...extraordinary. Let's lobby our representatives to shift summer back a month.
Then again I may have way too much free time on my hands.
After the 4th wettest meteorological summer we SHOULD dry out in the coming weeks, as cool fronts arrive with greater frequency. Enjoy 70s today, but showers push in by tonight, setting the stage for 60s Tuesday into Thursday. Models bring more rain into town Friday and Saturday.
Sunday looks sunny and Renaissance Festival or Parade of Homes-worthy with a streak of 80s the first half of next week. Yep, September may be the best month of the year.
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
TODAY: Mild as clouds increase, PM showers. Winds: S 8-13. High: 76
MONDAY NIGHT: Showery rains likely, cooling off. Low: 57
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, cooler breeze. Winds: N 10-15. High: 68
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, cool and comfortable. Winds: NW 3-8. Wake-up: 48. High: 67
THURSDAY: Sunny start, showers arrive late. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 51. High: 72
FRIDAY: Showers likely, possible T-storms. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 59. High: 70
SATURDAY: Drying out a bit, leftover shower. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 57. High: 71
SUNDAY: Sunnier, milder, nicer day of weekend. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 54. High: 76