I wandered through the Upper Arb yesterday afternoon, taking in the warm sun, cool breeze, blue skies, and the brilliant colors.
Get out today, if you can. We may have a hard freeze tonight so the colorful sumac and vines may not last long.
I was mountain biking in the Upper Arb this morning when I noticed the approaching storm clouds had a green tint.
I got caught in the fast-approaching deluge (1.75 inches of rain about 45 minutes) but got home in time to notice that one of our window wells was about to overflow into my basement world headquarters. Bucket time. Whew.
After the thunderstorm passed, I roamed around town on my bike to get a few photos of its aftermath (with email hints on where to go from my buddy Curt Benson who was monitoring the police scanner): Northfield Police helping motorists with stalled cars; trees and power lines down; Trinity Lutheran Church recycled cans strewn over a few acres; Rice County Sheriff officers closing off streets; and artist David Allen with some new landscaping perfectly framing the business sign in his yard.
More storm photos:
I spotted this partial double rainbow over Northfield last night at about 8pm. while driving along Prairie Ave. near Jefferson Parkway. I didn’t have my good camera with me so I had to use my G2’s video cam instead.
No, it’s not on a par with THEE double rainbow video from last year.
As I settled in for coffee at 6 am this morning at the GBM, I checked the radar and noticed a line of severe thunderstorms approaching. I glanced out my corner office window and saw a white streak of clouds, very high up, many miles long, well ahead of the wind, rain, and pea-sized hail that eventually came after the squall line passed.
Anyone know what this cloud formation is called? Is it a "line echo wave pattern" as described in the Wikipedia section on the severe weather indicator of a squall line?
It’s considerably friendlier and more visual than the Carleton College Weather database, though nothing beats that for local historical weather info.
Thanks to Clark Webster for the tip.
David Hvistendahl showed me the high water mark from last September inside Froggy Bottoms this morning when the pub was destroyed. We’ve got a long way to go to beat that. David said that hydrostatic pressure starts forcing water up from the floor when the Cannon River tops the orange ‘danger’ sign on the 4th St. bridge. We’re getting close to that.
Like last fall, I’m continuing to add photos to the same photo album, in this case Spring flooding 2011.
The bank thermometers by my house read –28 and –25 at 6:30 this morning. Downtown’s read –22 and the Carleton Weather Database thermometer bottomed out at –23. No wind, though, so it’s a refreshing morning. Photos: Downtown Riverwalk at 7:30 am with a nearly full moon.
How cold was it at your house this morning?