Severe Storm Watch. SPC has issued a watch for most of central and east central Minnesota and a big chunk of western Wisconsin until 6 am. There's a good chance the cells over western and central MN will congeal into an MCS, a swirl of strong to severe storms capable of torrential rains, 50-60 mph gusts and frequent lightning overnight. I could see some minor flooding as the storms sweep thru, probably making for a slower Friday morning commute.
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So this is what a "cool front" feels like! Soak up the fleeting taste of October this morning, because you'll be tempted to try on the shorts one more time this weekend, especially Sunday. 80s in mid-October? Why not. Gives us all something to chat about...
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.