"But who wants to be foretold the weather? It is bad enough when it comes, without our having the misery of knowing about it beforehand?" wrote Jerome K. Jerome.

I beg to differ. Weather is one of the few things we can predict. The forecasts aren't perfect, not by a long shot, but there's more skill than picking stocks or predicting tomorrow's news headlines.

The 70s are nothing to sneeze at, considering it could be SNOWING right now. NOAA data show the earliest flurries in St. Cloud on Sept. 21 (1995) and Sept. 24 (1985) in the Twin Cities. We're talking official reporting stations. Take nothing for granted, especially 70s and low 80s in late September.

Fall kicks off early tomorrow, but the maps look more like August. A ridge of high pressure will keep temperatures 10-15 degrees higher than average into most of next week. Thunderstorms flare up Wednesday, some packing heavy rain, but the first weekend of autumn may bring highs near 80.

Snow flurries and heated car seats will just have to wait.