Another Cool Start
It was another cool start Sunday morning across Minnesota, with many areas dipping into the 20s and 30s. MSP airport got down to 40F.
Latest First 40F Or Below Low On Record
Meanwhile, Saturday morning was the first morning so far this season that had the low dip to at least 40F at MSP as the low got down to 38F.
That was the latest first 40F (or below) low on record for MSP, the previous latest being October 14, 2015. Out of the top ten spots, five of those have occurred within the past ten years.
Meanwhile, that also means that we haven't seen a frost yet in the metro, going off the basis that Frost Advisories are typically issued for lows of 33-36F. Only seven times has the first "frost" (low at/sub-36F) occurred after October 17th, and the lastest on record occurred on November 1, 1931. Most recently, the first frost in 2015 occurred on October 16, and in 2013 it occurred on October 19th. Last year? It was on October 4th.
Warm Lake Superior Temperatures
Monday Weather Outlook
Mild autumn temperatures await the metro area on Monday, with morning lows not as cool as they have been the past few days and highs topping off in the mid-70s.
Blue, sunny skies are expected across much of the state as we head through Monday with the best chance of a few afternoon clouds along portions of the North Shore and in northwestern areas. Highs will be quite above average, ranging from 10-20F degrees above average in the 60s and 70s.
Temperature Trend This Week
While we will see a warm start to the week with highs in the 70s both Monday and Tuesday, a change back toward cooler weather works in during the middle of the week. This will be due to a system that ushers in showers for Wednesday as well as that cooler air. By Thursday and Friday highs will be a lot closer to average (even below average) in the low to mid-50s.
Fall Color Update
A lot of Minnesota is now at or past peak when it comes to fall colors according to the Minnesota DNR. The best odds of finding some color still approaching peak is within the metro and across far southern portions of the state. You can follow the MN DNR Fall Color Finder throughout the fall color season by clicking here.
Mild Autumn Weather To Begin The Week
By D.J. Kayser, filling in for Paul Douglas
When we get to the fall season, I look forward to the cooler conditions to get out and do some hiking and camping. That means I have really been enjoying some of the cooler days we've had recently, versus the warm start we've had to autumn! Overall, since September 1st, we are tied for the warmest start to meteorological autumn on record at MSP.
The warmer weather has also prevented a frost for the Twin Cities (typical Frost Advisory criteria is 33-36F). So far, the coolest low was 38F which occurred Saturday. Looking back at history, the latest first low of 36F or below at MSP was November 1, 1931, but that first low at/sub-36F for the season has only occurred seven times on or after October 18th. Saturday also marked the latest first low of at least 40F on record for MSP.
Milder fall weather returns for the beginning of the week, with highs in the 70s Monday and Tuesday. A rainy system Wednesday helps drive cooler air back in late this week into the weekend and potentially the first frost of the season for the metro.
D.J.'s Extended Twin Cities Forecast
MONDAY: Warm with blue skies. Wake up 46. High 74. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind S 5-10 mph.
TUESDAY: A few early morning and evening clouds. Wake up 53. High 71. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind S 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Scattered showers. Wake up 53. High 64. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind E 5-10 mph.
THURSDAY: Cooler. More clouds than sun. Wake up 43. High 54. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind NW 5-10 mph.
FRIDAY: Quickly decreasing clouds. Sunny PM. Wake up 38. High 52. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind NW 3-8 mph.
SATURDAY: Clouds thicken late in the day. Wake up 36. High 54. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind E 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY: Mainly cloudy. A few showers? Wake up 41. High 55. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind SE 5-10 mph.
Minneapolis Weather Almanac And Sun Data
*Length Of Day: 10 hours, 49 minutes, and 21 seconds
*Daylight LOST Since Yesterday: 3 minutes and 0 seconds
*When Do We Drop Below 11 Hours Of Daylight? October 25th (10 hours, 28 minutes, and 41 seconds)
*Latest Sunrise Before Time Change: November 6th (7:58 AM)
*When Is The Sunset At/Before 6:00 PM?: November 1st (6:00 PM)
This Day in Weather History
1950: Record high temperatures are set across the area as highs reached the mid to upper 80s. Minneapolis and Farmington saw highs of 87 degrees Fahrenheit, while Albert Lea reached 86 degrees.
1916: A blizzard impacts Minnesota. A sharp temperature drop begins as well; Hallock drops from the 60s to 2 above by the 20th.
National Weather Forecast
The main system on Monday will be out in the western United States, producing areas of rain and snow. A few showers will be possible with a trough of low pressure in the Northeast.
We will be watching areas of rain through the first part of the week in portions of the western and northeastern United States, but rainfall amounts, for the most part, will remain under 3". The heaviest snow will fall across portions of Wyoming, where up to two feet will be possible in some locations.
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- D.J. Kayser