SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 46
SUNDAY: Patchy clouds, winds pick up. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 59
MONDAY: Cool sunshine, very pleasant. Winds: SE 5-10. Wake-up: 38. High: 56
TUESDAY: Few showers southern Minnesota. Winds: SE 10-20. Wake-up: 41. High: 52
WEDNESDAY: Cold rain tapers off PM hours. Winds: E 10-15. Wake-up: 43. High: near 50
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, gusty winds. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 40. High: 52
FRIDAY: More sunshine, less wind. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 38. High: 56
Addicted to Travel - No Complaints This Weekend
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” wrote Mark Twain. Traveling is our vice, preoccupation and obsession. Logging miles on Delta gives us new understanding of the world, and new appreciation for Minnesota.
Overhead at yesterday's Senior Expo in Scott County: "You're sure gone a lot Paul!" Well, we don't want to wait until we're in our 70s to tick off items on our bucket list. 50 countries so far - the goal is 100 before we take the ultimate journey.
And I'm not talking France.
You won't want to go anywhere this weekend with low 60s and sunshine dribbling through high cirrus clouds. Rain is still possible Tuesday and Wednesday, although latest model runs take the biggest puddles south of MSP. We warm up to 70F or beyond a week from today before cooling off for Halloween.
Don't buck the trends. In spite of a La Nina cool phase in the Pacific my hunch is a continued mild bias into at least November.
My wife of 32 years and I love to travel. But we also like coming back home. There's nothing better than returning to the cool, clean sanity of Minnesota.
Photo credit: Fidel L Soto.
ENSO Model Plume: Earth Institute, Columbia University.
Map credit: "The year-to-date heat has the world on track for its hottest year on record."
Let's Choose a New Name for "Indian Summer". Yes, the name is something of a head-scratcher. Here's more perspective from Atlas Obscura: "...In his extremely thorough research, though, Matthews never discovered a convincing explanation for what the phrase meant. Why associate Native Americans with warm days in fall? There were plenty of ideas floating around: Native Americans had predicted the warm spell to settlers; they used that time of the year to extend their harvest; a tribe's mythology connects the weather to the sigh of the personified southern wind. "Indian summer" may have had a tinge of colonial nostalgia to it, too. Some of the examples Matthews found argued that by the 1800s "Indian summer" had disappeared. "This short season of mild and serene weather, the halcyon period of autumn, has disappeared with the primitive rest," wrote one 19th century author. “It fled from our land before the progress of civilization; it has departed with the primitive forest..."
Photo credit: Forbes.
Map credit: "July 2016 was the hottest month every recorded according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)." Photograph: GISS/NASA.
Photo credit: "When water accumulates on the surface of an ice sheet, more sunlight gets absorbed, which results in more melt, in a cycle that builds on itself. This year’s melt season began so early that many scientists couldn’t believe the data they were seeing." Photograph by Daniel Beltrá.