You know the seasons are changing when the Velodrome has its last Thursday Night Lights race. September has, so far, been good to us...if not a little too dry. Minnesota has experienced what is known as a 'flash drought' meaning that drought conditions have increased rapidly in the recent weeks. Trails are dry and dusty but a little rain this weekend should settle the dust.
Our trails should get a good soaking Saturday night as a cool front swings through the state. Cool yet refreshing air slides in late in the weekend followed by a slight warm up through midweek. Tuesday & Wednesday will be our next shot at rain.
Saturday: Becoming cloudy with rain arriving by 7 pm. H: 71° Wind: SW 9
Saturday Night: Steady rain, some heavy at times. Total rain could be ~ 0.50" L: 54°
Sunday: Cloudy through midday, then clearing. H: 66° L: 44° Wind: NE 10
Monday: Best day for riding! Clear blue sky. H: 67° L: 53° Wind: SE 4
Tuesday: Morning sun, afternoon clouds and rain. H: 71° L: 61° Wind: SE 10
Wednesday: Rain slowly ending through the day. H: 82° L: 64° Wind: S 10
With the recent lack of any substantial rain, drought conditions have been allowed to expand. The state went from almost no drought in the beginning of August to severe drought in the north metro this September.
Total rainfall through late next week does show some generous amounts in central and southern Minnesota. Trails could become tacky again by next weekend.
Storms on Steroids?
Colorado's Front Range got slammed by heavy rain of 'biblical proportion' late this week. Crazy rainfall totals of up to ten inches fell over a few days time. Heavy rain like that anywhere is enough to cause some serious problems. Colorado is a popular cycling state with many of the trails and bike paths completely submerged in flood waters. Commuting by car, bike...or foot for that matter was extremely dangerous and life-threatening.
Many climate scientists believe that climate change will have an affect on global weather patterns. Storms won't necessarily be stronger but slower. With warming near the poles, the north-south temperatures gradient across the globe decreases. Some studies have shown that as the temperature gradient decreases, the jet stream becomes weaker and a lazy jet stream could bring slower moving storms across the country, capably of dumping large amounts of precipitation over one area for a longer period of time. Did this happen in Denver? Tough to say if this was just an anomaly or the beginning of a new norm. Either way, we need to remember, weather is the day to day variation of conditions whereas climate is the 30+ year average of these variations.
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