Serious Flashing and Splashing. Heavy thunderstorms are pushing into the southern and eastern metro - no severe storm warnings, but expect numerous lightning strikes and downpours capable of street flooding. The bulk of the storms should push east of the St. Croix by 3 PM, give or take. NWS Doppler at 12:50 PM.
A Boisterous Warm Front. The leading edge of warm air is setting off a swarm of strong T-storms - no need to water anytime soon. WeatherTap visible imagery shows a clearing trend over far western Minnesota - skies may brighten in the metro by evening.
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I can't imagine the weather being much nicer, in October, or any month for that matter. Expect more 60s today as clouds increase, a few rain showers by tonight, but nothing I'd characterize as a "storm". We warm up over the weekend - I still think 80F is a possibility on Sunday. And the GFS brings more 70s into town the following weekend. With an October like this who needs September?
Until further notice there will be no real "weather" in Minnesota. A few showers Thursday, 70s over the weekend - maybe a cooler front next week. But nothing that rises to the level of newsworthy. Unlike South Carolina, where up to 26" of rain fell - an almost unimaginable amount of moisture from one (stalled) system. Details in the blog.
Gazing at the maps, with a persistent west-to-east "zonal" jet stream flow keeping the coldest Canadian air bottled up to our north, I don't see a serious metro frost through at least October 15. A longer growing season, yes, and more ragweed to annoy those of us with allergies. Check the blog for more details.
There was precious little to complain about this past summer, and our weather-luck is spilling over deep into autumn; an autumn that has been neutered, and delayed. I still don't see a good chance of a frost or freeze for the metro area into mid-October. Flurries? Not likely anytime soon. Enjoy the weather honeymoon because at some point the other shoe (boot) will drop. Savor every moment...