3 days with more than a "trace" of rain this month in the Twin Cities metro area.
1952. The last time it was this dry across the state of Minnesota during September.
2.80" normal rain as of September 27.
77.45% of Minnesota in moderate drought - up from 13.67% just 3 months ago. Details below.
45 Minnesota counties in severe or extreme drought as of September 25. Source: U.S. Drought Monitor.
331 months/row where the global temperature exceeded the 20th century average. Source: NASA GISS.
Photo credit above: "White Bear Lake is plummeting to a record low water level due to the current drought and large amount of groundwater pumping. Some lakeshore property owners have had to constantly expand their docks to reach water's edge." (MARLIN LEVISON/STARTRIBUNE).
"The nation’s fishermen and hunters are in the frontline of our field naturalists. Doing what they love best they see firsthand the impact of climate change on natural systems and our wildlife. Their conclusions are based on observations made over years spent in the out of doors." - from a post at Think Progress below.
* the latest radar image of Jelawat is here, courtesy of the JMA, the Japan Meteorological Agency.
How Dry We Are
I don't want to be Debby Downer. There's enough depressing news. As much as I'm enjoying this stretch of lukewarm, postcard-perfect, Chamber of Commerce-worthy weather, I'm seeing red flashing lights.
It's dry out there. According to Dr. Mark Seeley all or parts of 45 Minnesota counties are in severe to extreme drought. "In total over 35 percent of Minnesota's landscape was designated to be in severe or extreme drought, the largest fraction of the state since the fall of 2006" he wrote in his latest WeatherTalk post. Statewide this may rival 1952, the driest September on record, when average rainfall was .57 inches.
Trees, flowers & shrubs need a good dousing before the ground freezes up. Farmers are hoping to replenish depleted soil moisture, looking ahead to 2013's growing season.
The arrival of cooler air late next week may spark a little light rain Wednesday and Thursday; but not the soaking we need.
We're sliding into an El Nino pattern, a warm stain of water in the central Pacific that tends to nudge wet, sloppy storms well south of Minnesota.
Soak up the 70s and low 80s this weekend, because a suburban frost is possible by Friday - next weekend will bring 50s and light jackets. No big storms (of any flavor) on the horizon.
Pray for rain.
Photo credit above: Duluth sunrise courtesy of Alison Gimpel via WeatherNation TV.
Photo credit above: "Former South Carolina Republican Rep. Bob Inglis now runs the Energy and Enterprise Initiative." (Energy and Enterprise Initiative)