8 am: 27 F. Southwest 7. Sunny skies.
10 am: 37 F. Southwest 8.
Noon: 47 F. Southwest 11.
2 pm: 53 F. West/southwest 15. Blue sky.
Photo credit above: bringmethenews.com.
* say what? I'm still trying to track down a basis for that last sentence. A snowy arc?
Photo credit above: "Bemidji State University junior Karley Terwey walks to class Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 as Bemidji, Minn., received over an inch of snow with more expected in the northwest portion of Minnesota." (AP Photo/Bemidji Pioneer, Monte Draper)
Other significant October snowfalls and blizzards include:
October 11-14, 1820 up to 11 inches at Old Fort Snelling.
October 21-22, 1835 brought the first 6 inch snowfall of the season to Ft Snelling and was a precursor to a harsh winter for the Great Lakes Region.
October 16-18, 1880 paralyzing blizzard (drifts up to 20 feet) in southwestern Minnesota, written about by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
October 18-20, 1916 a blizzard struck northwestern Minnesota with 5 to 16 inches of snow and zero visibility.
October 23-24, 1933 brought a heavy snow to northeastern Minnesota, with amounts ranging from 7 to 11.5 inches.
October 1-2, 1950 brought 1-5 inches of snow across northwestern Minnesota counties.
October 7-11, 1970 brought some heavy snowfall to northern counties, record setting amounts of 6-14 inches for some, producing some road closures.
October 4-6, 2000 brought snow to many northern Minnesota communities. Thief River Falls, Roseau, and Littlefork reported over 2 inches, while Baudette and Thorhult reported over 3 inches.
October 24-25, 2001 a blizzard with 55 mph hit northwestern Minnesota bringing snowfall of 10-14 inches, and huge drifts.
October 12-13, 2006 brought snowfall to northeastern Minnesota, including 4-5 inches at Cook and Babbitt.
Cold Fronts and Colds
A respectful tip of the hat to runners and spectators cheering on today's runners in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Expect blue sky, 40s and less wind than recent days.
We're all contestants in the Minnesota Winter Marathon (congratulations!) and the question keeps coming up: "does cold weather trigger colds?" Common colds and flus are triggered by viruses, transmitted from one person to the next. When the mercury drops we're indoors more, around other (sick) people. Our kids bring home exotic new strains of bugs from school, too. Wash your hands frequently, maybe resist the urge to embrace sniffling strangers, even if they do run a sub-four-hour marathon.
Expect blue sky today; mid-50s will feel good by afternoon. 60s return Monday, followed by a couple of chilly, wind-blown clippers Tuesday & Thursday.
Steering winds (finally) buckle by late week, allowing Gulf moisture to surge north, brushing us with some rain next weekend. We need 5-12 inches of rain right to pull out of the drought.
More 60s return the third week of October, so don't pack away the fall clothes just yet.
This morning's freeze has benefits: killing ragweed & pollen. Good news for allergy sufferers. Now if we could just settle the dust.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” - philospher Edmund Burke
Graphic caption: "This 2012 graphic compares sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic at the time of year when they hit their lowest levels. Data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, graphic by NASA’s James Hansen."
Map credit above: "Global trends in seasonal nighttime lake surface temperatures, 1985-2009." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Photo credit above: "British climate sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton." Photograph: Alan Porritt/EPA.