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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What can you say about Saturday? As fine a day as I can ever remember (anytime, anywhere). Extraordinary doesn't quite sum it up adequately. I expect more clouds today, even a shower north of MSP this morning, but we should see more 60s today and Monday before a reality check on Tuesday. Probably just a cold rain in the metro but a slushy surprise may await parts of central and northern Minnesota by Tuesday night. I can hardly wait!
Good luck staying indoors the next couple of days. Plan on enough sun for upper 60s to near 70F, with low humidity and a reasonable bug count. A few showers and T-storms Monday mark the leading edge of a cooler front, but nothing too traumatic is brewing in the 7-Day.
Now we're getting the sloppy storms we should have experienced in March. Back in February we were getting weather more typical of early April. Makes perfect sense to me. The sun stays out most of today and Saturday, your faith in a Minnesota spring restored. At least for the moment. If you listen carefully you can almost hear your lawn growing...
If you liked yesterday you will LOVE today as showers taper and a raw northwest breeze tries to dry things out a little by the dinner hour. It won't be as wet as yesterday. Just a downpour here with thunder and lightning, but severe storms pushed across Iowa. I see a cool, wet bias into next week, but long-range models hint at a warming trend by early May.
Hey, it's just rain, not snow, not ice, plain-Jane-rain. The atmosphere is cool and stable enough that we don't have to worry about those unpleasant spring storm side-effects, like hail, high water, lightning and tornadoes. But we are rapidly moving into prime time for severe outbreaks and we need to be prepared. Details on the blog.