Here’s a wonderful mix tape from KFAI’s MinneCulture, which includes interviews from staff members that worked during the blizzard as well as other stories from the massive storm.
“How can you forget the one Halloween in your life that came with two feet of snow? KFAI’s Britt Aamodt was studying biology at Gustavus Adolphus College when a record snowstorm blasted its way into her life. She wasn’t alone in experiencing the legendary Halloween Blizzard of 1991, a storm that closed schools, shuttered stores and workplaces and left an indelible memory on those that experienced it. (Photo byPeter Boulay)”
Imagine waking up to a 2 feet of snow and drifts up to 10 feet high in spots. It happened, 25 year ago on today's date as one of the most significant storms to affect Minnesota continued. 28.4 inches of snow was the grand total in the Twin Cities after "Halloween Blizzard" faded. That record still stands today as the most snow from any single storm in the Twin Cities. Note that 18.5 inches of that fell on November 1st, which is still the snowiest November 1st on record.
According to Minnesota State Climatologist, Mark Seeley, October will likely go down as one of the 20 warmest on record for the state. The first 10 months of 2016 also ranks as the 4th warmest in history! The Twin Cities has yet to see an official frost and we're nearing record territory again as the latest first 32 degree reading in the Twin Cities was on November 7th, 1900.
The forecast remains mostly dry and mild with temps running nearly 10 to 15 degrees above average through the weekend ahead. Long range models suggest a dip in temps by mid month.
1999: High winds are reported in central Minnesota. The St. Cloud State University Meteorology Department in Stearns County recorded a 65 mph gust. The Morris AWOS in Stevens County posted a 62 mph gust and the Willmar AWOS in Kandiyohi county recorded a 59 mph gust. Area-wide sustained winds of 40 mph occurred, with gusts in the 45 to 50 mph range.
1991: Classes are canceled across the state due to the Halloween Blizzard. Three foot drifts are measured across I-94 from the Twin Cities to St. Cloud. MSP airport records its all-time record daily snowfall total of 18.5 inches.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average Low: 34F (Record: 10F set in 1951)
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~5hours and 29mins
1.6 Days Since New Moon
"Global warming is on track to disrupt the Mediterranean region more than any droughts or heatwaves in the past 10,000 years, turning parts of southern Europe into desert by the end of the century, scientists said. Average temperatures in the region have already risen by 1.3 degrees Celsius (2.3 Fahrenheit) since the late 19th century, well above the world average of 0.85°C (1.5°F), according to the study led by France's Aix-Marseille University. Man-made climate change "will likely alter ecosystems in the Mediterranean in a way that is without precedent" in the past 10,000 years unless governments quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the researchers wrote in the journal Science. With unchecked warming, deserts would expand in southern Spain and Portugal, northern parts of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and other regions including Sicily, southern Turkey and parts of Syria, it showed. And it would dramatically shift vegetation in the region, famed for umbrella pines, olive groves, and holm oaks. Last year, almost 200 governments agreed in Paris to limit the rise in average world surface temperatures to "well below" 2°C above pre-industrial times, ideally 1.5°C. Governments will meet in Morocco next month to review the accord. Only the 1.5°C global goal would ensure Mediterranean ecosystems stay within bounds of the past 10,000 years, the study said. Debate about cutting emissions "is urgent for such sensitive regions," lead author Joel Guiot of Aix-Marseille University told Reuters. The Mediterranean is sensitive to global warming partly because Atlantic storms are likely to shift northwards, meaning more sun and less rain."
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"The weather in the summer of 2015 was unlike anything Chile's Aurelio Montes Jr. had experienced in nearly 30 years of winemaking. "We never get rain during summer, but last year we had some rains during summer...very extreme rains, tropical rains, that's not very common in Chile." said Montes, who has vineyards in Curico and Colchagua, Chile, producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Experts are predicting a drop in global production of wine because of climate change, which is forcing up prices, particularly of Old World wines. That has Canadian winemakers seeing an opportunity. The rain in Chile was a result of El Nino, a cyclical climate event where surface waters in parts of the Pacific become warmer than average resulting in unusual weather systems in different parts of the world. The effect of climate change on wine The El Nino of 2015-16 was among the worst in the last 30 years. In South America, it produced monsoon-like rains causing widespread flooding and extensive damage. Meanwhile, in France, extreme spring storms and a late frost damaged plants in traditional winemaking regions in 2016 and a drought has cut production in recent years."
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