By Todd Nelson
October 2012 is officially in the books and thanks to Superstorm Sandy, we finished the month with below normal temperatures! Yes, you read that right... we were BELOW NORMAL!
The reason why that's significant is because up until October, we had 16 consecutive months with above average temperatures; starting in June of 2011. To put that into perspective, if you were to flip a coin 16 times (assuming a fair coin), the odds of that happening would be 1 in 65,536 (calculation provided by wolframalpha). Now, is it possible that a warming climate would have an impact on those odds, in a sense not using a fair coin? Yes. Regardless, that is a remarkable feat. Not sure I can ever remember a stat such as this.
Our persistent northwesterly flow, drivin by the remenants of Hurricane Sandy out east, will keep temperatures near average over the next few days. However, as Sandy eases east, clipper systems from remnant Pacific storms will take her place. It appears that a more active weather pattern will set up; weak disturbances sliding through every other day. Light rain/snow arrives tonight with a dusting of snow possible up north for deer hunters by AM Saturday. -Todd Nelson
Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota (and western Wisconsin too):
FRIDAY: Sunny start, fading PM Sun. Light snow develops late across far NW Minnesota. High: 43. Winds: ENE 5-10mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Light rain/snow mix possible, better chance across far northwestern MN; dusting possible in far northwestern MN by AM Saturday. Low: 32
SATURDAY: MN Deer Hunting Opener. Cloudy with a few light showers, mixed with a wet flakes in the morning. Fall back one hour before bed. High: 44 Winds: Light E turning westerly late.
SUNDAY: Lingering sprinkle or flurry possible early, peeks of PM Sun. Low: 32. High: 45
MONDAY: Fast moving clipper sails south of us, spreads clouds and light rain into southern MN. Low: 33. High: 47
TUESDAY: Breezy. Mostly dry Election Day. Low: 35. High: 50
WEDNESDAY: Jacket worthy northwesterly breeze. Low: 32. High: 47.
THURSDAY: Dry November day. Low: 34. High: 46
* TIMING…LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT.
* MAIN IMPACT…A MIX OF RAIN…SNOW…FREEZING RAIN…AND SLEET.
* OTHER IMPACTS…SNOW TOTALS OF 1 TO 2.5 INCHES OF SNOW MAINLY FROM STANLEY EASTWARD TO THE TURTLE MOUNTAINS AND CARRINGTON BY SATURDAY MORNING.
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