* October 2010: new record for sunshine. Mark Seeley's excellent WeatherTalk blog has a report about sunshine in the Twin Cities. Apparently the first 3 weeks of October were the sunniest on record, 36% above average. We've had 14 sunny days and 5 partly cloudy days, according to NWS records.
* October 2020 Temperatures: 57.7 F. (average is 48.6 F). 5th warmest on record (since 1891).
* Weekend rain won't be as heavy as earlier predicted. Latest models print out closer to .25" (down from just over 1" on Thursday's model run). Heaviest, steadiest rains arrive tonight - just light, showery rain and sprinkles much of today and Sunday.
* Next week will look and feel like late October. 1-3" of slushy snow is possible over far northern MN next Tuesday/Wednesday, it may be just cold enough for a few flurries to mix in with windblown sprinkles by Wednesday as close as St. Cloud and the far northern suburbs of the Twin Cities. Not sure we'll see any snow here in the immediate metro midweek, but it will be a very close call.
* Skies clear and winds subside next Thursday, setting the stage for the first widespread frost/freeze of the season in the immediate metro area (about 3 weeks later than usual).
Brave Son. That's my 22 year old son, Walt, who couldn't resist one (last) dip in the lake. Water temperature: 53 F. He won't be doing that again anytime soon, but I give him kudos for braving the chilly waters of Tonka Bay.
Boating In Late October...in Minnesota? Where are we living again? I think that's a 10 meter Trojan anchored just offshore, on October 22, 2010. Remarkable. And no, it won't last.....but what an October!
Aug-Tober Hangs Tough. What a Friday, 60s statewide (except for poor Grand Marais). 67 at St. Cloud, 68 in the Twin Cities, 70 at Mankato and Albert Lea, 71 at Sauk Centre, 72 Montevideo, and a lukewarm 73 at Redwood Falls. Wow.
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Today: Mostly cloudy with a little light rain and drizzle. Winds: East 8-13. High: near 60
Saturday night: More rain, patchy fog. Low: 48
Sunday: Still drippy with periods of light rain likely. High: 59
Monday: Breezy and relatively mild, another surge of rain arrives. High: 61
Tuesday: Cold front arrives. Gusty and colder with a few wind-whipped showers and sprinkles. High: 54
Wednesday: Windy and raw with sprinkles - even a few flurries mixing in up north. High: 46 (wind chill in the 20s and 30s statewide).
Thursday: First widespread frost/freeze of the season for the immediate metro area? Bright sun, less wind. High: 49
Friday: Windy, a bit milder with intervals of sun - a dry day. High: 55
Saturday (Oct. 30): Plenty of sunshine, not bad for late October. High: 57
Halloween: Mix of clouds and sun, probably dry, milder than average. High: 58 (Trick or Treat temperatures in the low 50s).