October 17, 1971: Heavy rain falls in NW Minnesota. 4.02 inches is recorded at Georgetown (20 miles N of Moorhead).
October 17, 1952: Record lows between 10 to 15 degrees are reported across central Minnesota, including a low of 10 at St. Cloud, 12 at Glenwood, and 14 at Alexandria, Litchfield, and Mora.
Limping Into Autumn - No Weather Drama Brewing
The questions are benign, the weather almost an afterthought. "When will fall color peak?" "What time will the showers arrive?" "Is this next cool front jacket-worthy?"
Mother Nature is blowing us all a kiss, compared to Octobers gone by. On this date in 1880 western Minnesota was digging out from a severe blizzard that temporarily shut down the railroads. On October 17, 1952 St. Cloud awoke to 10 degrees.
You know, back when it actually snowed in October.
Yesterday was a fine spring day; my neighbor mowing a supernaturally-green lawn. No official frost yet, but mosquitoes are living on borrowed time.
A nearby frontal boundary ignites a few T-showers today as temperatures approach 70F in the MSP metro. We cool back down into the 50s by late week, but no obnoxiously cold air is on tap anytime soon.
The pattern doesn't favor big, burly, full-latitude storms capable of high winds, heavy rain or snow. A "zonal", west to east flow aloft should mean rapid changes and light rain showers.
The lowest mile of the atmosphere will be too warm for snow through at least Halloween.
Image credit: Capital Weather Gang, which has more astonishing, heartbreaking imagery from the thousand-year flood that hit North Carolina.
Hurricane Matthew Brought 1,000 Year Record Rainstorms to North Carolina. This would be the 6th thousand-year flood to strike the USA since October of 2015 (Texas, South Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana - now North Carolina). Here's an excerpt from Pacific Standard: "The storm swept in by Hurricane Matthew has produced rainfall that exceeds the level expected about once every 1,000 years, according to a statistical analysis using National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data. Matthew broke numerous rainfall records in some of North Carolina’s toughest-hit towns, marking another spike in this year’s extreme weather. The new rainfall records were enabled by warming in the ocean and coastal atmospheres, which hold more water as temperatures increase — with a few cities across the Southeast reporting record levels of air moisture during the storm..." (October 6 file image: NOAA and AerisWeather).
Photo credit: "Floods surround houses in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh province after torrential rain submerged tens of thousands of houses." Photograph: STR/EPA.
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TODAY: Lot's of clouds, few showers & T-showers, mild. Winds: NE 5-10. High: near 70
MONDAY NIGHT: Showers taper, cooling down. Low: 52
TUESDAY: Partly sunny and drier. Winds: W 8-13. High: 64
WEDNESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, seasonable. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 46. High: 59
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, oddly October-like. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 42. High: 53
FRIDAY: Clouds increase, few showers up north. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 36. High: 57
SATURDAY: Intervals of sun, not bad at all. Winds: W 7-12. Wake-up: 44. High: 60
SUNDAY: Early shower, then slow clearing. Winds: N 5-10. Wake-up: 47. High: 55
Scientists Warn Negative Emissions Are a "Moral Hazard". Will we ever be able to (cost-effectively) suck CO2 out of the air to slow the global warming trend? Perhaps - but can we count on it? Here's an excerpt from Climate Central: "Removing carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere to prevent global warming from becoming catastrophic may be a fool’s game amounting to a “moral hazard par excellence,” according to a paper published Thursday in the journal Science. Nobody knows if atmospheric carbon removal — known as negative emissions — will work, and it could delay critical cuts to emissions while tacitly giving people license to pollute, the paper says..." (File image: NASA).