Monday, November 8, 2010

Remember November?

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

TUESDAY: Fading sun, breezy, still unseasonably mild. High: 63 (!)
TUESDAY NIGHT: Increasing clouds. Overnight low warmer than our average high for today's date. Low: 47

WEDNESDAY: Cloudier with a passing shower as a colder front arrives. High: 60

THURSDAY: Sprinkle possible early, decreasing clouds and cooler High: 50

FRIDAY: Brief period of light rain? Brisk. High: 44

SATURDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, feels like November again. High: 42

SUNDAY: Some sun, a stray flurry or two possible. High: 42
MONDAY: Chilly with a slight chance of flurries. High: Low 40s

A New Adventure
Do you remember when Novembers were cold and snowy? I went deer hunting for the first time in my life with my family over the weekend... 
Because it was so unusually mild this weekend, weather was the topic of conversation. Sitting around the fire at deer camp one night, my grandfather told us about the year they went deer hunting in knee deep snow. He couldn't remember the year exactly, but mentioned it was a year around 1970. Regardless, it was a family tradition, so they had to go. The old homestead, now 6 generations old, has a driveway that is nearly 3 football fields long and they shoveled the entire thing to get the trucks to the 'shack', which was heated by a fire stove and was only big enough for 6 people. He said, "Those were the days."
You can see the old shack on the left in the distance. The new shack is a trailer with propane heat and comfy beds... not too shabby!
I did happen to find some snow still on the ground from that late October "Superstorm" - If you recall, central and northern Minnesota were under Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings with Blizzard Conditions across North Dakota. The few inches of snow that accumulated in central Minnesota during that storm was left to only a few little patches on the north facing sides of a few hills this weekend.
Mild Weather Continues
Looking at the weather maps, I see no winter in sight. It's more Septemberish or Octoberish. The first 8 days of the month are running nearly 5 degrees above average. Today will be another days of unusual November warmth and sunshine as the mercury sneaks into the low 60s.
An unsettled weather pattern looks to break the mold by the end of the week with cold enough air dipping south of the Canadian border by late in the weekend for a stray flurry or two. No worries, there won't be any knee deep snow. This is a look at the 5 day precipitation accumulation graphic below. Notice the lack of 'heavy' moisture through Minnesota. A storm late this week looks to be sailing south and east of us. We'll keep an eye on it and let you know if it decides to make a left turn. Have a good Tuesday - Todd Nelson

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