Todd's StarTribune Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Friday: Cold start. Plenty of sunshine, warming back up to "average". High: near 52
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, another chilly one. Low: 35
Saturday: Sunnier day of the weekend. Blue sky, cool breeze. High: 50
Halloween. Partly cloudy. More treat than tricking. High: 46
Trick OR Treating Weather: Dry and chilly, extra layer needed under the costume. Temps: Falling from the lower 40s into the upper 30s
Monday: A few clouds, near average temps. High: 49
November 2nd: Election Day. Partly cloudy, dry and quiet. High: 51
Wednesday: Lot's of sunshine, warming up. High: 53
Thursday: More sunshine. Extremely mild for early November... A few days away from deer hunting opener. High: upper 50s
A Quiet Weather Pattern Ahead There's nothing special about the extended weather models. We should dry out, warm us and stay quiet through the next several days. No worries from the weather department, enjoy the respite from the crazy weather we just endured. See the interesting weather elements from the recent, record breaking, storm below:
Storm of the Century
What a storm!
My wife recently commented on the water in the toilet - "Why is the toilet water moving and why is it so low?"
The storm of the century was responsible for the lowest pressure ever recorded in the Continental U.S. by a non-tropical system... 955 millibars... that's equivalent to a category 2 or category 3 hurricane!
This storm caused near 28 foot waves on Lake Superior:
After 4 days of cloudy weather, it sure was nice to see the sun late yesterday, wasn't it? It was a definite morale booster!! The clearing skies came just in time to help aid in the coldest night of the season! Clear Skies... Light Winds... and Extremely Dry Air is the perfect recipe for radiational cooling... good thing we didn't have any snowpack or it would have been doubly cold Thursday Night/Friday Morning... none the less, we had a hard freeze Friday morning. The picture below is the scene after the strong +60mph wind gusts roared through St. Michael, MN - note the clear skies and the newly leaf-less trees... not sure I'm ready to endure 6 to 7 months of trees without leaves.
The strong upper level winds show some spooky things this year... now sure what to make of it, but we have a Witch Watch and a Werewolf Warnings currently in effect for Sunday night - the full details are to come, stay tuned!
Trick or Treating??
Here's the forecast for the Halloween weekend - Thanks to Susie Martin for the frightening weather graphics!!
Quick Question... When do you have too many gadgets?
I'm not sure, but I think I have a serious problem... I think I'm addicted to gadgets! When is it too much? When do we become too obsessed with computers, cameras, Ipads, Iphones, etc.? When do we become too disconnected with the real world. When do we lose touch with our neighbors? Will my kids know what "Go play outside" means, or are they going to be busy with the WII, PS3 or WOW? Maybe I should go tinker with that 2 wheel device out in the garage, some people call a 'bicylcle' - geez - I hope I still know how to ride it!
Happy Friday and Happy Halloween Weekend - Todd Nelson
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We stare out the window at a smear of stratus clouds Sunday, some thick enough to leak drizzle and light rain showers. Temperatures mellow later this week with a streak of 50s and relatively dry, quiet weather into next weekend as significant storms sail south of Minnesota. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
It could be worse. It can always be worse. We're not being chased from our homes by a wall of flames. Wildfires are racing across Oklahoma and much of the southern Plains. No severe weather (it's too cool and stable overhead for anything wild anytime soon). And we're not dreading the 7-Day the way residents of Seattle area, where rain is a given, but the last few months have been excessively wet, even by soggy Seattle standards. Skies brighten today before drizzle and light showers return Sunday. The sun makes a cameo appearance next week with a shot at 60F by Tuesday. That would be nice.
We go from muttering about slush to whining about puddles slowing down our commute. Complaining (out loud) is part of the human condition. Showery rains linger today, although probably no hail like the St. Cloud area saw yesterday. We dry out Saturday and models show 50s next week - a few degrees above average. Hey, you could be in Denver.
Getting to (real) spring is always a struggle. Weather never moves in a straight line - it's a messy tug of war. Warm air can't just push cold air out of the way; winter has to retreat on its own - and that just takes time (and patience at this latitude). Showery rains are likely today into Saturday morning, but next week will look and feel more like spring.
Enjoy the last little bit of sunshine while you can today. A water-logged storm system arrives later this week with heavy rainfall tallies up to 1 inch or more across parts of southern Minnesota. The extended forecast suggests a series of Pacific storm systems sliding across the country. Stubborn low clouds and showers look likely into the last week of March with rainfall tallies possibly topping 2 inches in spots to our south. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson