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've lost 2 1/2 hours of daylight and about 4 degrees off our average high temperature; the sun now as high in the sky as it was in mid-April. No hot fronts are brewing, but today will feel like July; more 80s likely next week. The arrival of cooler air sets off a few T-storms late tonight, but Thursday there will be no doubt in your mind that the atmosphere is shifting gears. More downpours by Sunday? Well, at least the pattern is consistent...
After a less-than-optimal Saturday yesterday restored my faith in a Minnesota August. At the risk of editorializing, it was perfect. A gusty south wind tugs the mercury well into the 80s today and Tuesday; another squall line of heavy T-storms late Tuesday night into early Wednesday marks the leading edge of cooler, drier air. A few T-showers may sprout again by the weekend. I know, what a shock.
Good news on the weather front: today will be even nicer than yesterday! At least we salvage one day of the weekend. With any luck we can dry out a little as we head into the Minnesota State Fair and Labor Day. The maps still look more like June than August.
If you liked Friday you will adore today with gusty northwest winds, off and on showers and temperatures stranded in the 60s. Not a great lake day, but it won't slow too many of us down. Sunday looks brighter, drier and milder after a chilly start. No, it's not quite time to dig out the jackets, not yet. Meanwhile the GFS is pulling a big hurricane into the southeastern USA by late August. We'll see.
The atmosphere is shifting gears - the first real taste of autumn is brewing for the weekend, and this surge of cool air spins up a storm capable of dropping 1-3" of additional rain today into Saturday night. Just when you thought it couldn't get any wetter. Saturday looks windy, cool, wet and foul - Sunday looks better, and it should feel like summer again by early next week.