September 7, 1986: A touch of winter is felt in northern MN, with lows of 20 degrees at Embarrass and 30 at Duluth.
September 7, 1922: The fifth consecutive day of 90 degrees or above occurs in the Minneapolis area.
By My Rough Calculations Today is June 99th
Why Minnesota? I can think of 11,842 good reasons. Our amazing roster of lakes has 44,926 miles of shoreline - more coastline than California's lakes and Pacific coast. We are blessed with an abundant supply of fresh water. Something Americans west of the Rockies don't take for granted.
Lately there's been far too much water. Peering out my rain-splattered window at a neon-green lawn I'm sure it's June the 99th. From a climatological perspective we're on our fourth June in a row. This year June "monsoon season" never ended.
30 years ago scientists predicted that wet a
reas would get wetter; dry areas would trend even drier. That's what we're seeing on the weather maps.
A Flash Flood Watch lingers today; a few more waves of heavy showers and T-storms, with another 1-2 inches of rain. A west wind dries us out Thursday with a ration of lukewarm sunshine. Showers flare up Friday before Canadian air has us reaching for sweatshirts Saturday.
Sunday looks warmer - a better day for the lake - a reminder that, at least on paper, September is one of the driest, most pleasant months of the year. Prove it, please!
Precipitation anomalies since June 1 courtesy of NOAA.
Hottest Summer? Snowiest Winter? Yes, Data Show Weather Is Getting More Extreme. Where have you heard that before. Here's an excerpt from The Boston Globe: "...According to the U.S. Climate Extremes Index, which considers both the frequency of extreme weather and how much land area is affected by such conditions nationwide, 2015 ranked as the second-most extreme year on record, trailing only 2012. Records date to 1910. The first half of 2016 ranked as the seventh most-extreme when compared with the same period in other years. The index is based on data on several key indicators: maximum and minimum temperatures that are much above or much below normal; how much of the country has either a severe drought or moisture surplus; single-day events with unusually high precipitation; and abnormalities in the number of days with, and without, precipitation..."
Graphic: NOAA NCDC.
Map credit: "Forecast track and actual track of Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015." Map: Dennis Mersereau.
File image: Super Typhoon Haiyan, shortly before devastating the Philippines on November 8, 2013.
Photo credit: " " Credit David Bitton/The News Press, via Associated Press.
THURSDAY: Rare sunshine sighting expected. Winds: W 10-15. High: 76
FRIDAY: Some sun, risk of a few showers. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 60. High: 75
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, a fresh breeze. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 57. High: 71 (60s for most of MN)
SUNDAY: Sunny, breezy and warmer. Winds S 10-20. Wake-up: 56. High: 79
MONDAY: Mild start, then cooling off as clouds increase. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 63. High: 76
TUESDAY: Few showers, feels like fall! Winds: N 10-15. Wake-up: 56. High: 62
Photo credit: " " Credit Hunter McRae for The New York Times.
Sea Level Rise Puts Mid-Atlantic in Greater Damage When Storms Like Hermine Strike. Andrew Freedman provides more perspective at Mashable.
Photo credit: "Water from Roanoke Sound pounds the Virginia Dare Trail in Manteo, N.C., Saturday, September 3, 2016 as Tropical Storm Hermine passes the Outer Banks." Image: Tom Copeland/AP.
Image credit: U.S. Army/Public Domain.