Growing Severe Risk
By Todd Nelson
As daylight continues to dwindle in the Northern Hemisphere, a cold pool of air begins to grow and intensify. This expanding blob tightens the temperature gradient from north to south, which stimulates the upper level winds. This energetic wind field tends to whip up more fequent and volatile storms and that's something we may be seeing more of in the future.
One of these said storms will meander into our neck of the woods today. Humidity values will spike to stickier levels and ignite strong to severe storms this afternoon. Watches/warnings may be issued later Wednesday, so stay tuned.
Lingering storms shake out some of the humidity by late Thursday. You'll notice a much more refreshing breeze by Friday... in fact, there will be a hint of Fall in the air by the weekend!
Apple picking season has commenced in some locations, so it might not be a bad idea to check out your local orchard this weekend. You can stock up on your favorite pie apples and start baking away! Just make sure you invite me over for a large slice, though I'll be busy on Sunday watching the Vikes lock horns with the Rams in the first regular season game. Yes, it's Fall! -Todd Nelson
TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, still quiet. Low: 61.
WEDNESDAY: Warmer and stickier, fading sunshine with PM Storms. Dew point: 70. High: 84. Winds: SSE 10.15
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Thunderstorms likely, some strong to severe. Low: 72
THURSDAY: Breezy and unsettled with spotty storms. Dew point: 68. High: 84.
FRIDAY: Cooling trend, refreshing breeze. Wake-up: 55. High: 70
SATURDAY: Sunny, hints of Fall in the air. Dew point: 47. Wake-up: 53. High: 71
SUNDAY: AM light jackets, midday couch/football patrol. Wake-up: 52. High: 72
MONDAY: Gray skies return. Spotty thunder potential. Wake-up: 55. High: 74.
TUESDAY: Unsettled. More humid. Wake-up: 56. High: 77.
This Day in Weather History
Average Low: 58F (Record 32F set in 1974)
1.8 Days Since First Quarter
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 PM MDT WEDNESDAY FOR GLACIER NATIONAL PARK WEST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE...