60 F. average high in the metro area for October 13.
October 27, 2010: first flurries of the season in the Twin Cities metro last fall.
November 13-14, 2010: first accumulating snow in the Twin Cities (8" fell over a 2-day period).
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY : Mostly cloudy and windy. Dry for Friday evening prep football games. Winds: NW 15-30. High: 57
FRIDAY NIGHT: Gradual clearing - chilly. Low: 42
SATURDAY: Intervals of sun, milder. Winds: W 10-15. High: near 60
SATURDAY NIGHT: Showers likely. Low: 47
Much of Minnesota is now "past peak", but there will be some color out there into the weekend. Details from the MN DNR below.
62.47" rain at Harrisburg, PA (wettest year on record).
60" rain in New York City in 2011. That's 11" wetter than New Orleans, 9" wetter than Miami.
Tornadoes in central Virginia late Thursday evening.
Weather for people in a hurry: a mix of clouds and sun today, highs in the 50s with a stiff northwest wind at 15-25 mph. A sunny start Saturday (highs near 60) gives way to increasing clouds, showers likely Saturday night as the next clipper-like cool front approaches. Skies clear Sunday, highs in the mid to upper 50s. Cooler weather returns next week (it will actually look and feel like October). Showers may pass just to our south Monday, a cold wind Tuesday giving way to a slow warming trend the latter half of next week. No major storms are in sight.
Past Peak. Colors are fading from the Twin Cities north and west. Pockets of bright color will still be visible this weekend out west, closer to Granite Falls and Windom. My suggestion is to take a drive down Highway 61 past Red Wing, toward Lake City, Winona and the La Crosse area - there is still plenty of color along the banks of the Mississippi River. More from the Minnesota DNR.
Possible Tornado Touchdown in Washington D.C. Area Thursday Evening. Tornado watches and warnings were issued for Virginia and Maryland yesterday - unusual for mid October. More details from KUSA-TV: "TRIANGLE, Va. (WUSA) -- A 9NEWS NOW viewer sent us a picture of what he says is damage from strong winds in Triangle, Va. Thursday night. Jamel Teasley says strong wind Thursday evening knocked over a fence in Triangle Va. He says the fence is located on Meyers Drive in the Garrison Woods neighborhood off of Route 1 near Quantico. Much of the 9NEWS NOW viewing area (DC Metro area) was under a tornado warning or watch Thursday night. A suspected tornado tore the roof off a historic house in Louisa County on Thursday afternoon, says the National Weather Service. We also heard unconfirmed reports of a possible tornado touchdown in the area of I-95 and Route 234 in the Dumfries area, but a Prince William County Police spokesperson said he hadn't heard anything about a tornado touchdown."
* Suspected tornadoes touched down Thursday in Virginia, near the epicenter of the Aug. 23 earthquake. Source: USA Today.
Drought Eases (Slightly). Recent heavy rains have helped, but exceptional drought conditions linger from New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and western Louisiana.
Significant rainfall over the past week — ranging from 3 inches to more than 8 inches — has improved drought conditions across an area from Kansas to central Texas. Improvements of one category on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale (from Extreme to Severe) have occurred across central Kansas and Oklahoma, with isolated areas of 2-category improvements (from Exceptional to Severe) across parts of Texas. Some areas received very little rain so the improvements were minimal in spatial extent. With the additional rainfall from last weekend, the following cities no longer have their driest year on record….
Japanese Company Offers Disturbingly-Lifelike Mask Of Client's Own Faces. Proving that there are people with more time and money than common sense, check out this story at gizmag.com: "It appears that there's a number of customers willing to pay a lot to be in possession of a lifelike replica of their face or even their whole head ... or at least, REAL-f hopes so. The Japanese company offers extremely realistic 3D models of human faces and heads made using vinyl chloride resin, based on its own technique called 3DPFs (3 Dimension Photo Forms)."
Cooling Down. After a gray start the sun came Thursday, skies clearing from west to east across the state. Daytime highs were close to average for October 13, ranging from 53 at International Falls to 60 in the Twin Cities, 62 at St. Cloud and 63 at Redwood Falls.
At The End Of The Rainbow.....is an outdoor toilet? Wait, that can't be right.