Todd's StarTribune Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Monday: Foggy start. Still feels like September. Unseasonably mild with clouds. Showers/T-storms and windy developing later. High: 64
Tuesday: Extremely windy, gusts to 40mph or 50mph. Heavier rain shoves north and east through the day, getting colder. High: 52
Wednesday: Blustery and raw with light rain and sprinkles (mixing with wet snow north). Winds gust to 35 mph. High: 43
Thursday: Feels like late October. Winds ease with clearing - first frost possible late Thursday night. High: 43
Friday: Few clouds, becoming breezy again by afternoon. High: 51
Saturday: Probably the nicer day of the weekend. Sun early, clouds increase late with light rain possible late. High: 56
Halloween: Fast moving weather pattern. Still a ways out, so it could change and probably will. Showers possible early, then clearing for trick or treating... it's eerily up in the air at this point - stay tuned! High: 54 (Trick or Treat temperatures falling through the 40s).
Welcome to October
Oh there you are October, welcome back! Of course, being a weather junkie, I don't mind this type of weather... it gives me something to talk about, to enjoy on a day to day basis. 'Normal' people may consider that a problem, something that needs to be addressed, but I can honestly and happily admit that weather is not only my job, but my hobby and passion.
We have enjoyed several weeks of unusually dry and mild fall weather. This weeks weather will definitely come as a surprise, but keep in mind, this is where we should be at this time of the year.
A very strong low pressure system will develop today and whip up some nasty winds through the next few days, especially Tuesday when wind gusts could near 60mph!
Rain, possibly thunder, will be scattered around the region tonight with enough cold air wrapping in on the back side of the storm Tuesday night and Wednesday to produce some snow showers and flurries across central and northern Minnesota. It might be worth a friendly call to unsuspecting hunters that may be 'roughing' it this week up north, they may thank you for the heads up.
The fast moving weather pattern will continue through the week, so the extended forecasts look a little frightening right now. Eerily, the Halloween forecast is up in the air at this point. Another, weaker, storm system looks to be rolling through the Upper Midwest this weekend, but timing is ridiculous to accurately forecast right now. Stay tuned through the week, hopefully we can pins something down. For now, my forecast includes a good chance of scattered ghosts and isolated goblins. Have a good Monday - Todd Nelson
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So long heat index, at least for a few days. Agreeable air, courtesy of Canada, will be with us for the next few days. Clouds build up this afternoon; Friday should be sunnier with less wind and temperatures more typical of late September. After a close encounter with Saturday showers temperatures mellow Sunday and summer heat returns next week. No, we haven't seen the last 90-degree warmth.
Hard to believe it rained again last night with another fine display of thunder and lightning. At least we were spared severe storms this time around. Winds shifting to the west/northwest dry us out today with cooling temperatures into Friday (the nicest day in sight). You may need a Plan B for Saturday; with any luck we salvage a better day on Sunday. No storms with names - which is more than residents of Florida and the Gulf Coast can say. All eyes are on "Invest 99-L", which may ripen into "Hermine" in the days to come.
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.
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