61 F. average high on October 10.
78 F. high on October 10, 2013.
Did you wake up to frost Friday morning? I did, and many others in the immediate metro area awoke to a carpet of white. Yet the official low at MSP International Airport was 35F.
Keep in mind the temperature sensor is 5-6 feet above the ground, and on a clear, calm night temperatures at lawn-level can easily be 2-5F colder.
Which brings up a forecasting quandary for meteorologists. All the local "Almanac" information (high, low, precipitation) is based on what happens at the airport. Technically nobody lives at the airport, at least not intentionally, but what happens there becomes the official record for MSP. So do you predict weather for the airport, or the downtowns, or the suburbs? Giving one number (temperature, snowfall, etc) is a short-cut.
As the saying goes your results may vary.
Fall color is peaking just outside the metro and a fine weekend is shaping up. Early frost gives way to upper 50s today; a shot at 60F Sunday as clouds increase. Any showers should hold off until after the Vikings game. Monday looks like the wettest day of the week, followed by a slow warming trend.
Expect a run of 60s next week, with a mild bias into late October.
I can live with that.
File photo: Virginia Department of Transportation.
TODAY: Early frost. Blue sky, fine fall day. Winds: S 5-10. High: 59
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear, probably frost-free. Low: 41
SUNDAY: Early sun, clouds increase, late PM showers. High: 61
MONDAY: Periods of rain, soggiest day of the week. Wake-up: 50. High: 55
TUESDAY: Getting sunnier, quite pleasant. Wake-up: 44. High: 63
WEDNESDAY: Sunny and spectacular. Wake-up: 41. High: 65
THURSDAY: Mix of clouds and sun. Wake-up: 47. High: 62
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, not bad at all. Wake-up: 48. High: 64
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Image credit above: "NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan. "The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher)"