* Today: 5-10 degrees above average, but Thursday will feel like November (wind chill in the 20s).
* Dry weekend, Saturday looks like the sunnier day, 50s return Sunday.
* Rain possible by the middle of next week, maybe ending as a period of wet snow by next Thursday (probably just flurries in the Twin Cities).
* A touch of winter possible by the third week of November. Enjoy the extended weather honeymoon!
Significant Weather Events:
- All 4 weeks of October trended warmer and drier than last year in the United States. In Canada all weeks were warmer than last year and all weeks trended drier with the exception of the final week of the month.
- The Columbus Day weekend ended much warmer than last year and warmer than normal. It was slightly wetter than 2009 but otherwise the 2nd driest since 2000. The warmer and drier conditions led many to be out and about, with outdoor activities and lawn care products benefiting compared to last year.
- For the Halloween weekend trick-or-treaters were “treated” to pleasant weather with many locations recording near normal temperatures and dry conditions.
- While there were minimal impacts to the U.S. in regards to the tropical season this October, we still saw a very active month with 5 named storms. Hurricane Otto (week 1), Hurricane Paula (week 2), Hurricane Richard (week 3) and Hurricane Shary and Tomas (week 5) all were named in the month of October. The 2010 tropical season has tallied 19 named storms to date, 9 of which reached hurricane status, which is the most since 2005.
- Snowfall in the U.S. for the month was down 73% compared to 2009 and down 60% to normal.
- Los Angeles was the 14th coldest in 50 years and slightly cooler than 2009.
- San Francisco was 2nd warmest in 50 years, warmest since 1992.
- South Central was driest since 1963 (2nd driest in 50 years).
- Southeast was driest since 2000.
- West North Central was driest since 2003
Above data and weather headlines courtesy of Planalytics.
86 Yard Punt Gets Some Help From The Wind. The highlight of the Washington Warriors high school football game last weekend was an 86 yard punt that you have to see to believe. The winds were howling, and the ball just kept on rolling and rolling and rolling....
Fine Election Day. Sunshine held on most of the day across the state, enough blue sky for 56 in St. Cloud (where a trace of sprinkles fell), 56 in the Twin Cities and 59 at Redwood Falls. These temperatures are 8-10 degrees warmer than average for November 2.
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
* A cold rain is possible next Wednesday, slight chance rain may end as a few flurries next Thursday.