Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Refreshing Breeze

Todd's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota

Thursday: Mostly sunny, low humidity and refreshing. High: 81

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy and slightly chilly. Low: 61

Friday: Looking dry and pleasant. High: 83

Saturday: Heating up. Warmer with more humidity and a chance of PM showers and storms. High: 87

Sunday: Very warm and sticky with more PM thundershowers. High: 90

Monday: Lingering showers early, then clearing. High: 88

Tuesday: Mostly dry, still mild. High: 84

Wednesday: Summer sun and mild. High: Mid 80s

"Summer Breeze, Makes Me Feel Fine"

Ahh, now this is more like it. Thanks to a reinforcing cool front, we'll be enjoying two straight days of worry free, stress free weather. Meteorologist region-wide can shut off the Doppler, open the windows and watch clouds float by for a couple of days. A cool, Canadian air mass has drifted into the Upper Mississippi Valley. Temperature deficits today will be nearly 15 to 20 degrees cooler than what we had on Tuesday.

Hot weather has definitely been a 'hot' topic around the water cooler lately. From the international border to the Gulf Coast states, temperature readings have been well above average. In fact, it has been so warm this summer that a buoy on southern Lake Michigan, 40 miles off shore, reported a temperature of 80 degrees on Sunday afternoon. 30 years of data for this location show the last occurrence was in 2001. The warmest reading ever recorded here was 81 degrees back on August 15, 1995 - the same year that a 5 day heat-wave claimed the lives of nearly 700 people in Chicago.

Heat and humidity will make a return to Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend along with some thunder potential. Soak up the sun and more comfy weather while it's here.

Read more about the Lake Michigan warm water temps here:

Check the water temps anywhere on the Great Lakes here:

Aurora Update

Tuesday night's/early Wednesday morning's northern lights show did come to fruition and several people were able to sneak a peak of the brilliant lights. The image below comes from near Chippewa Falls, WI - see more here: and here at

Good news, if you didn't get a chance to see the lights the last couple of nights, you're still in luck... the forecast still calls for active conditions in the northern latitudes through the 5th, see the forecast here:

(Photo Courtesy: / Tony Wilder)

Still Hot? This Icy Video Might Cool You Off

Live TV is live TV... that's all I'm going to say. "Fail: Reporter breaks ice sculpture on live TV" - This is a must see video:

Forecasters: Active Hurricane Season Still Likely

Three named storms have formed in the Atlantic Basin this season so far: Alex - Category 2 Hurricane, Bonnie - Tropical Storm and Colin - Tropical Storm. It seems like a slow start, but hurricane forecasters are still calling for an active season. Read more from USA Today Weather:

That's all for now, have a good Thursday - Todd Nelson

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