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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The good news is that skies should appear a little more clear Sunday as upper level winds have become more westerly. Winds at the surface will favor a more southerly direction, which will keep the warm and muggy air streaming northward ahead of a storm system that will plow through Sunday night with scattered storms and heavy rain. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
It'll be a warm weekend, but it gets a little more humid on Sunday as a storm system approaches from Canada. Much of the region will start the day dry on Sunday, but the holiday weekend could conclude with some heavy downpours and strong thunderstorms, especially overnight. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Every now and then, whether you deserve it or not, you get a break. The planets temporarily align and things work out for the best. Your worst weather-fears are NOT realized. It's especially remarkable when this happy confluence of events happens on what is arguably the biggest outdoor holiday weekend of the entire year. Considering we could be knee-deep in flood waters and hailstones, or gasping for air as highs push into 90s, or dodging swarms of tornadoes, I consider myself very lucky to be able to report good weather news. On the 4th of July? Time to run out and buy a Lotto ticket....
We should be counting our blessings, atmospheric and otherwise. The same bloated heat-pump high pressure ridge responsible for drought, fire and hundreds of weather records out west is keeping our winds blowing from the west to northwest, a wind flow that makes it impossible for the hottest, steamiest air of summer to reach Minnesota anytime soon, at least looking out into the 3rd week of July. I'm starting to think we'll escape the worst of the heat this summer - that's the trend.
I don't miss the 90s and drippy 70-degree dew points, but once again the patterns are slowing down. A semi-permanent ridge of high pressure stapled over the west coast will treat much of the west and south to a heat wave, while burps of Canadian air sneak south of the border every few days, preventing temperatures here from building to uncomfortable levels. No complaints here.