The Talmud says "We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are." Someone once told me there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
You may have serious doubts about alleged miracles as you slog home from work later today. Rain annoys commuters but look at the bright side: Minnesota is now drought-free. And this early October soaking is recharging soil moisture after a late summer dry spell, setting the stage for more agricultural miracles in 2015. And it's not snowing.
If anyone asks, last year the first flurries came October 19; the first inch of slush November 5-6. Pretty close to average, yet winter was anything but average. Let's take it one day at a time.
A second surge of rain clips the metro later today and tonight; more windblown showers tomorrow as a taste of early November arrives. Daytime highs hold near 50F tomorrow into Monday, before 60s return the middle of next week. Flurries are possible up north by tomorrow night; a metro frost can't be ruled out Sunday morning.
In defense of this wet, gloomy spell gray, soggy days are good for business.
Fewer distractions. Less time staring out the window.
Photo credit above: " " Photograph: Global Warming Images/WWF-Canon.
59 F. high in St. Cloud Wednesday.
64 F. average high on October 1.
73 F. high on October 1, 2013.
.01" rain fell at St. Cloud yesterday as of 7 PM.
.69" rain fell at MSP International Airport yesterday.
October 1, 1953: A record high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit for the St. Cloud area was recorded in 1953 (and later tied in 1992). Minneapolis also set a record that same day in 1953 with a high of 89 degrees.
October 1, 1849: Persistent rain at Ft. Snelling leaves 4 inches in a day-and-a half.
TODAY: Clouds increase, more showers later in the day. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 61
THURSDAY NIGHT: A few showers possible. Low: 40
FRIDAY: Colder wind, passing PM showers. Heavy jackets/blankets for evening football games. A few flurries may mix in by Friday night. High: 47
SATURDAY: Fine November day. Mostly cloudy and brisk. Wake-up: 33. High: 47
SUNDAY: Metro frost possible. Dry, chilly Twin Cities Marathon with intervals of sun. Wake-up: 30. High: 48
MONDAY: Mostly gray, still raw for early October. Wake-up: 34. High: 47
TUESDAY: Intervals of sun, a bit better. Wake-up: 36. High: 52
WEDNESDAY: Milder, few PM showers up north. Wake-up: 43. High: 62
Image credit above: AP Photo/NOAA, Corey Accardo.
Image credit above: "Arctic sea ice hit its annual minimum on Sept. 17, 2014. The red line in this image shows the 1981-2010 average minimum extent. Data provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency GCOM-W1 satellite." Image: NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio.
How Global Warming Affected Extreme Weather Events in 2013 - Interactive. Following up on yesterday's posts here's an effective interactive infographic from The Guardian: "From Australia’s off-the-charts heat wave to Colorado’s biblical deluge, Europe’s scorching summer, and Britain’s miserable spring, nine events were caused at least in part by climate change, scientists conclude in a report in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society on Monday. Overseen by the US Noaa and the UK Met Office, 92 scientists from 14 countries looked at how climate change affected 16 of the biggest weather events of 2013."
Growing, And Growing Vulnerable. Barrier islands are at special risk from warming/rising seas. Here's a clip from a story at The New York Times: "...But the barrier islands that line the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, from Cape Cod to the Mexican border, are a special case. A new report from the National Research Council finds that the effect of climate change is especially harsh on these islands. Population growth in much of this long coast “is nearly twice the national average,” the report said. Meanwhile, “these same coasts are subject to impact by some of the most powerful storms on earth and the destruction potential of these events is increasing due to climate change and relative sea-level rise...”
Photo credit above: " Credit National Park Service."