Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Today: A mix of clouds and sunshine, gusty and milder. Winds: W/NW 15-25. High: 63
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy and chilly - frost over much of central MN late. Low: 37
Thursday: Plenty of sunshine, a bit cooler. High: 58
Friday: Best day in sight. Blue sky, a definite taste of Indian Summer statewide. High: 66 (70 possible south/west of the MN River Valley).
Saturday: Clouds increase, a few showers possible by PM hours (especially south of the metro area). High: 59
Sunday: Mostly cloudy - probably dry. High: 57
Monday: Rain developing during the day, soggy and seasonably cool. High: 55
Tuesday: Windy and cooler with lingering rain showers - a potentially foul day. High: 52
* Halloween Preview: Windy and chilly with sprinkles (even a few flurries north). Highs: 45-52 F. Winds gusting to 20 mph. Evening Trick Or Treat temperatures falling through the mid 40s with a wind chill in the 30s. Yes, it will feel like late October.
Gone With The Wind. Houses Test Hurricane-Force Gusts. Two houses stand side by side as giant fans create wind gusts of 110 mph, about the same as a Category-3 hurricane, to test the houses' resistance to the winds, in Richburg, S.C., on Tuesday. The house at left was built using conventional materials and standards, and the other built with fortified materials and using hurricane-resistant technology, like strapping to tie the floors and roof together to withstand more winds. USA Today has an interesting story about A South Carolina research project that uses 100 giant fans to mimic the effects of a major hurricane, testing new construction methods that will stand up to even the most intense storm.