East Coast Is Soaked By A Gusty Storm. The New York Times has a good overview of the stubborn storm that drenched the east coast late last week. Central Park picked up over 2", with 2-5" rain for much of New Jersey, coming after the worst summer drought since 1966. Parts of eastern PA and Maryland were soaked with over 10" of rain, stranding motorists, downing trees and powerlines. It will take weeks for some of these east coast towns to get back to normal.
Brisk Saturday. Saturday was the coolest day since May 13, a hint of things to come. Highs ranged from 52 at Rochester to 56 in the Twin Cities and 57 in St. Cloud. That's the normal high for October 22.
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Today: Bright sun, breezy, a few degrees milder. Winds: S 10-15. High: 60
Sunday night: Clear and cool. Low: 39
Monday: Blue sky - warming up. High: 66
Tuesday: Hard to concentrate - sunny & beautiful. High: 71
Wednesday: Somehow even nicer - sunny and spectacular. High: 73
Thursday: Indian Summer in full force. Sunny and lukewarm. High: 75
Friday: Still sunny, still memorable. High: 77
Saturday: The best week of autumn winds down - still amazingly sunny and nice. High: 76
* Temperatures trend warmer than average with 60s and a few 70s through October 14.
* Models hinting at a colder front after October 14 - 40s and 50s the 3rd week of October.
* First chance of significant rain: October 14-15. Until then the weather remains dry (and quiet).
Get ready for what will probably be the nicest stretch of weather of Autumn. That's a mouthful, I realize, but Minnesota's weather will be remarkably quiet, dry (and mild) through October 14, give or take a day. Highs will reach well into the 70s the latter half of this week - more than 10 degrees above average, with sunshine and assorted atmospheric oohs and aahs spilling over into the weekend. The first chance of any rain? The end of NEXT week, around October 14-15, when a vigorous cool frontal passage may kick up some rain, followed by a reality-smack the third week of October (highs sinking into the 40s and 50s).
If you somehow missed out on a frost overnight you're probably in the clear for the next 1-2 weeks, your plants are not in grave peril. And if you're waking up to a frosting of white in your yard you can (officially) refer to this upcoming spell of sunshine and warmth as "Indian Summer."
Call it want you want - the next 1-2 weeks will be off-the-scale fine, as good as it ever gets in October. More like September in October.