Some Autumn Dryness Showing Up:
Anniversary of the Great Fires of 1871:
Fires began in western Minnesota, from Breckenridge south to the Iowa border during the month of September. By October, the Pioneer Press was reporting smoky air, clouds of dust, fires lighting up the western horizon, obscured sunlight, and cinders in the air. The prairie fires peaked on October 8th in a very destructive manner. Fires destroyed farm fields, buildings and homes in the New Ulm area. Elsewhere at the same time, even greater destruction occurred: a fire broke out near Peshtigo, WI destroying the town in less than one hour and claiming 1200 lives in Door and Kewaunee Counties while scorching 1.2 million acres; the Great Chicago Fire began on the evening of the 8th of October in a stable behind the O'Leary home and was not completely extinguished until October 10th by which time it had destroyed over 17,000 buildings and killed over 200 people*; numerous fires also broke out in Michigan and burned over 2 million acres, mostly forested lands, killing 200 people. Snow and rain during the remainder of October helped to bring an end to this terrible fire season.
Interesting narratives about these fires can be found on the National Weather Service-Green Bay Office web site.
*Footnote: the Chicago weather office of the Army Signal Corps was destroyed in this fire, along with all the early climatological data records. They had reportedly only recorded 1 inch of rainfall from July to October.
A Fond Farewell and Best Wishes to Craig Edwards:
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Twin Cities Almanac for October 9th:
MSP Local Records for October 9th:
MSP weather records for this date include: highest daily maximum temperature of 86 degrees F in 1938; lowest daily maximum temperature of 38 degrees F in 1906, 1925, and 1985: lowest daily minimum temperature is 22 degrees F in 1895; highest daily minimum temperature of 67 F in 1879; record precipitation of 1.82 inches 1904; and record snowfall of 0.5 inches in 1925.
Average dew point for October 9th is 40 degrees F, with a maximum of 68 degrees F in 1973 and a minimum of 16 degrees F in 1932.
All-Time State Records for October 9th:
Past Weather Features:
A very unusual and damaging snow storm occurred over October 8-10, 1970 across portions of southwestern Minnesota. A band of 6 to 8 inches of snowfall occurred from Slayton (Murray County) to Hendricks (Lincoln County) and another band of snow fell from Otter Tail County into Clearwater County. Many trees were damaged by the weight of the snow and some roads were closed for a period of time in these areas of the state.
The wettest October 9th in state history occurred in 1973. A slow moving storm system passed across the state over October 9-10 depositing several inches of rain in many counties, especially in north-central Minnesota. Walker, Park Rapids, and Grand Rapids reported over 6 inches of rain producing basement flooding in many homes. In Blooming Prairie a tornado touched down damaging two farms and overturning some trailers.