- Duluth: 70 (previous record 66 in 1916)
- International Falls: 71 (previous record: 65 in 1975)
- Fargo, ND: 73 (previous record: 70 in 1887)
- Grand Forks, ND: 72 (previous record: 68 in 1975)
- Eau Claire, WI: 70 (tied record previously set in 1916 and 1895)
- La Crosse, WI: 71 (ties previous record set in 2001 and 1916)
Latest First 32 Degree Reading On Record
Monday marks the latest first 32 degree low on record, set back in 1900. As we have not hit 32 so far this fall here in the Twin Cities, we will be tying this record on Monday, and extending it this week as Saturday morning may be our first shot at freezing this fall.
Most Consecutive Days Above Freezing
Sunday broke the record for longest streak with a low above 32 degrees, now sitting at 208 days (graphic above shows the 2016 number through Saturday). We should add at least five more days to this new record before we start to threaten the end of the 2016 streak of lows above freezing.
Twin Cities Election Day Weather
Record Breaking Stretch Of Weather Continues
By D.J. Kayser, filling in for Paul Douglas
While the calendar may say November 7th, it certainly hasn't felt like it recently across the Twin Cities. Highs have topped 10-20 degrees above average for this time of year, and we haven't even dropped below 36 for a low so far this autumn. We set some record highs across the state over the weekend, and another record that has stood for the past 116 years in the Twin Cities will be tied today.
Back on this date in 1900 marks the latest first freeze in history as the temperature finally dropped to 32 or below that fall. That year also tied the longest stretch on record of 207 days where the temperature hadn't dropped to 32 or below. We've already broken that record, as the temperature at the Twin Cities Airport hasn't dropped to freezing since April 12th - 209 days ago including today.
As we look out into the future, there is the potential we could come close to freezing next weekend as cold air filters south behind a cold front. Until then, temperatures will continue to remain above average for this time of year.
This Day in Weather History
1844: A large prairie fire at Fort Snelling occurs, followed by more fires later on in the week
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 46F (Record: 72F set in 1874)
Average Low: 31F (Record: -6F set in 1991)
Average Precipitation: 0.06" (Record: 1.67" set in 1915)
Average Snow: 0.2" (Record: 4.2" in 1947)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 7:01 AM
Sunset: 4:53 PM
*Length Of Day: 9 hours, 52 minutes and 02 seconds
*Daylight Lost Since Yesterday: ~2 minutes and 37 seconds
*Next Sunrise That Is After 7:30 AM: December 1st (7:32 am)
*Earliest Sunset Of The Year: December 9th (4:31 pm)
Minnesota Weather Outlook
Highs will be a touch cooler to begin the work week across the state, with temperatures only reaching the 50s and 60s.
Despite the cooler temperatures, highs will still be a good 15-20 degrees above average for early November across the state of Minnesota Monday.
Taking a look at the temperature trend, we will continue to cool a bit into Election Day Tuesday, with highs only reaching into the mid 50s in the Twin Cities. We do warm back into the 60s for Wednesday and Thursday before another cold front moves through, dropping temperatures into the weekend. Looking into the future, we continue to see a potential downturn in temperatures heading toward the third weekend of the month.
Rainfall through Thursday will be light across the state, with only the chance of some sprinkles or very light showers during the day Monday across the region.
Most of the country will be above average on Monday, with the areas seeing the highest chance of below average temperatures across the Southern Plains and the East Coast. The Upper Midwest will see highs that are a good 15-25 degrees above average for this time of year.
The heaviest rain over the next five days will be in parts of the Southern Plains and along the Gulf Coast.
Election Day Forecast
For Election Day on Tuesday, showers will be possible from New England southwest through the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and into parts of the Deep South. A few storms could be mixed in across the Southern Plains. Rain will also be likely across parts of the Pacific Northwest.
The coolest highs will be in parts of northern Great Lakes, where temperatures will only be in the 40s. The warmest weather will be across the Southwest, where some highs could top 90.
Southeast Drought Continues
Drought expanded once again this week across the Southeast. As of the Thursday update, 51.9% of Alabama is under at least D3 (extreme) drought, and 14.8% is under D4 (exceptional) drought - the worst category of drought. In Georgia, 39.6% of the state is under at least D3 drought, and 14% is under D4 drought. This is on the back on very little (and in some cases, no) rain over the past month.
I wrote for AerisWeather about some of the dry weather last month across the Southeast. These are some of the cities that saw no rainfall during the month of October (for more on extreme weather last month, including excessive rain and record highs, click here):
- Birmingham, AL – 0.00″ (driest October on record)
- Colorado Springs, CO – 0.00″ (driest October on record)
- El Paso, TX – 0.00″ (driest October on record)
- Mobile, AL – 0.00″ (driest October on record) – only the second overall month on record with no precipitation falling
- Pensacola, FL – 0.00″ (driest October on record)
Unfortunately, we would need a lot of precipitation to end the drought across the region. Almost all of northern Alabama and Georgia would need at least 10" of rain to end the drought - some areas would need over 16"!
The Great Salt Lake Is Drying Up
Due to recent drought and a changing climate, the Great Salt Lake is drying up. Take a look at the two images above taken 5 years apart, showing exposed lake bed in Farmington Bay. More from the NASA Earth Observatory: "Five years of drought in the American West have contributed to the recent drop in the water line, as have higher-than-normal temperatures. But the region has seen dry cycles before, and according to scientists, there has not been a significant long-term change in precipitation in the basin. Nonetheless, the volume of water in Great Salt Lake has shrunk by 48 percent and the lake level has fallen 3.4 meters (11 feet) since 1847."
- D.J. Kayser