Thanks to the @NWSMissoula for this post from Gilmore Summit in Idaho Monday. This snow is from the same storm system that will bring scattered showers and storms to Minnesota Tuesday/AM Wednesday.
As the storm system works inland, moisture will turn to snow across the higher elevations from the Sierra Nevada Range to the Colorado Rockies. There may even be a little snow in the lower elevations along the Front Range.
Monday was a beautiful day with mostly sunny skies and a stronger breeze that kicked up in the afternoon. Ultimately, it helped to bump temperatures up into the low to mid 70s across the state.
Here's the visible satellite loop from Monday, which showed mostly clear skies across the state. Note the low clouds and fog that slithered along the western side of Lake Superior. Also note the high clouds that were moving across the eastern Dakotas, these are the clouds associated with the storm system that will bring widespread showers and storms to the region Tuesday/AM Wednesday.
Take a look at this! Hurricane Matthew made a direct hit with a buoy located in the Caribbean and survived! Note the relation between the intense wind gusts and the central pressure dropping significantly as Matthew passed over the buoy.
good September can be.
1939: A storm dumps 2.16 inches of rain at Fairmont.
1922: A record high of 89 is set in Minneapolis.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average Low: 44F (Record: 24F set in 1935)
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~4hours and 5mins
3.9 Days Before First Quarter
...SWRN MN/NWRN IA... WEAK INSTABILITY WILL DEVELOP AHEAD OF THE SFC TROUGH DURING THE DAY AS WARM ADVECTION BRINGS LOWER 60S F DEWPOINTS NWD AHEAD OF THE UPPER TROUGH. FORECAST SOUNDINGS SHOW LARGE LOOPING HODOGRAPHS WHICH MAY SUPPORT ROTATING STORMS WITH EVOLVING EARLY AND LATE ACTIVITY. THERMODYNAMIC PROFILES WILL BE RATHER MOIST AS WELL WHICH MAY SUPPORT A WEAK TORNADO...BUT THE LIMITING FACTOR WILL BE THE WEAK INSTABILITY. GIVEN THIS CONDITIONAL THREAT...HAVE EXPANDED THE MARGINAL RISK NWD INTO MN.
...DISCUSSION... THE POTENTIAL FOR ORGANIZED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL LIKELY FOCUS DURING THURSDAY /DAY 4/ FROM PARTS OF OK NORTHEASTWARD INTO THE LOWER MO VALLEY. DETERMINISTIC AND ENSEMBLE MODEL DATA SUGGEST A SHARP GRADIENT BETWEEN THE WEAK FLOW ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUBTROPICAL/TROPICAL REGIME OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES AND THE WESTERLIES. THE MOST LIKELY OVERLAPPING OF THE MOIST/UNSTABLE CONDITIONS AND STRONGER WIND PROFILES WILL OCCUR ON THE NORTHWESTERN PERIPHERY OF A WARM SECTOR ACROSS THE SOUTHERN-CENTRAL PLAINS INTO THE MID MS VALLEY REGION. FROM FRIDAY /DAY 5/ INTO EARLY THE FOLLOWING WORK WEEK...MODELS INDICATE A LOWER AMPLITUDE FLOW REGIME WILL PREVAIL ACROSS THE CONUS...LENDING LOW POTENTIAL FOR CONCENTRATED AREAS OF ORGANIZED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.
Events are conspiring to make Clinton or Trump the most powerful player in the effort to slow global warming. For a relatively slow-burning phenomenon, climate change is having a moment of great consequence this week. A cascade of events—physical, legal, political, and diplomatic—is underway. While you wouldn’t know it from the cacophony of the presidential campaign, these dramatic changes may allow the winner to dictate what direction the world heads in, for better or worse, when it comes to fighting global warming. First off, this year is expected to smash the global average heat record, set last year, which eclipsed the mark set the year before. Each decade since the 1980s has been hotter than the previous one. (Scientists explain the human contribution like this.) Second only to temperature, climate risk is most commonly represented by a single number: The amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Humanity has increased the CO2 level by 43 percent since industrialization in the mid-19th century. This fall, the CO2 level crossed a symbolic threshold for good—400 parts per million. For the uninitiated, take any volume of atmospheric gas, divide it into a million parts, and there will be enough CO2 to make up more than 400 of them. It may not seem like a lot, but it’s the highest level in at least 800,000 years. The period right before industrialization averaged about 280 ppm.
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