68 F. average high on September 25.
74 F. high on September 25, 2013.
September 25, 1980: Cold morning across Minnesota, with a low of 20 degrees at Tower and 16 at Embarrass.
September 25, 1942: 1.8 inches of snow fell in St. Cloud.
You always want what you don't have. My youngest son is in the military, based in San Diego, which arguably has the best climate in America. You'd think he'd be thrilled. "I feel like Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day". Every day is the same - no variation. It hasn't rained since I got here in April. I miss the seasons, the changes in weather" he complained. Really?
If every day was exactly like today, balmy, blue sky and 80 degrees, would you get bored? Would we start to take this stuff for granted? Let me try it for a few years and get back to you.
Consider this a cosmic reward for a fickle summer of June monsoons, July cold fronts and an early frost a couple weeks ago. Like something ordered up by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, today will (temporarily) restore your faith in Minnesota's manic meteorology. The next few days will be more typical of mid-August; temperatures some 15F above average.
Fall color is peaking along the North Shore. Load up the kids in the station wagon and escape north/west of MSP for a kaleidoscope of color; a free show from Mother Nature.
A thundershower is possible Monday; steadier rain next Thursday - followed by a frost risk the first weekend of October.
Get off the couch. This can't last.
Hanging On To Summer. GFS model guidance (NOAA) shows fine weather lingering from the Upper Midwest into the Great Lakes and New England; the pattern breaking down next week as Canada flings a cooler airmass south of the border. The tropics are still miraculously quiet.
Doppler On Your...Watch? Why not. A previous company, Digital Cyclone, was the first to put Doppler radar on a cell phone back in 2001. Now HAMweather/Aeris just launched an app that allows you to display Doppler, satellite imagery, forecasts and advisories/warnings on your app-enable Android watch. Full disclosure: the basic version of Aeris Weather Weather is free to consumers, and was created by developers at Media Logic Group, which I launched back in 2008.
TODAY: Warm sun. Stunningly nice. Winds: SE 10-15. High: near 80'
FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear and mild. Low: 60
SATURDAY: Plenty of sun, warm breeze. Dew point: 54. High: 80
SUNDAY: Blue sky, typical for mid-August. Wake-up: 61. High: 81
MONDAY: Clouds increase, T-shower risk. Wake-up: 60. High: 73
TUESDAY: Some sun, still warmer than average. Wake-up: 57. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: Unsettled, risk of thunder. Wake-up: 58. High: 75
THURSDAY: More numerous showers, T-storms, some heavy rain possible. Wake-up: 57. High: 73
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