Thank You September. It's been the warmest year on record for much of Minnesota, temperatures 2-5 F. warmer than average. It's also been the warmest 12 months on record. Details below.
Slight Severe Threat. A few storms later today and tonight may exceed severe limits (especially with hail size) across central, western and northern Minnesota, according to SPC.
September 10. Date when hurricanes are most likely to strike the USA mainland. We are almost halfway thru hurricane season.
Twin Cities: Warmest Year To Date On Record. 2012 is turning out warmer, to date, than 1987 or 2006, the previous records for warmest years. St. Cloud and Eau Claire are also having their warmest year. Details from the Twin Cities NWS.
Meteorological Summer. Temperatures from June 1 thru the end of August ran 3.5 F. warmer than average in the metro, nearly 3" drier than average. Source: Twin Cities NWS.
Growing Fire Danger. The Minnesota DNR is tracking very high fire danger over far northern Minnesota; burning restrictions are in place, statewide. (upper right).
Photo credit above: "High winds from hurricane Isaac toppled signs and caused flooding and power outages in New Orleans Wednesday." Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor
"...The fact is, many people lack the resources to escape. Having no money, no mode of transportation and no friends or family in safe places means no choice but to weather the storm." - from an NBC News story on why some people won't (or can't) evacuate to a safe spot before a hurricane.
Photo credit above: "A man makes his way down a flooded street in a boat in the aftermath of Isaac Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in Ironton, La. Isaac is now a tropical depression, with the center on track to cross Arkansas on Friday and southern Missouri on Friday night, spreading rain through the regions." (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Photo credit above: "Two sailboats, the Sweet Dreams, foreground and the Caribe, were swept from their docks by Hurricane Isaac to the parking lot in front and beside Shaggy's at Pass Christian, Mississipi, on Friday, August 31, 2012." (Tim Isbell/Biloxi Sun Herald/MCT)
Photo credit above: Vincent Laforet, Pool, File - Associated Press). "In this Aug. 30, 2005 photo, floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina pour through a levee along Innter Harbor Navigational Canal near downtown New Orleans, LA, a day after Katrina passed through the city."
Photo credit above: "Tony Miranda takes a break from clearing out his home after it was flooded by Hurricane Isaac in LaPlace, La., Friday Aug. 31, 2012." (AP Photo/The Advocate. Arthur D. Lauck)
Weather on Hold
When people live in other, less fortunate parts of America ask me what Minnesota is like I invite them to the State Fair. Nothing sums up our agrarian, lake-centric culture better than strolling & munching your way down Dan Patch Avenue.
After a heart-straining jolt of sugar & grease some people just can't help but speak their minds.
My earliest memory from my KARE at the fair: "Paul...you look better on TV!" Thank you ma'am. May I have another? I'm looking forward to loitering at the Star Tribune booth this afternoon. I'm hoping warm sun and a lack of purple blobs on Doppler will keep natives in an agreeable mood.
While the soggy dregs of Isaac soak the Ohio Valley we enjoy sticky sun; dew points rising into the 60s, with highs ranging from 85-90. Not bad. A weak frontal boundary sparks a stray T-shower Monday, more numerous T-storms Tuesday, before a puff of Canadian air cools us off the latter half of the week.
We're heading into fire season; a high risk in the metro, very high up north.
September 1, 1894: an area the size of the Twin Cities metro scorches Hinckley, killing nearly 800 people; the deadliest blaze in Minnesota history.
Since then we've been very lucky.
Photo credit above: "Geoengineering could replicate the cooling effects of a massive volcanic eruption as a tool to reduce climate change." Photo via Wikimedia Commons
"The same human economic activity that has brought freedom and opportunity to billions has also increased the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. While the scope and longterm consequences of this are the subject of ongoing scientific research, common sense dictates that the United States should take measured and reasonable steps today to reduce any impact on the environment. Those steps, if consistent with our global competitiveness will also be good for our national security, our energy independence, and our economy."Photo credit above: "No longer a Republican concern." (JOHN MCCONNICO / AP)