51 F. average high for October 31.
50 F. high on October 31, 2013
8.2" snow on October 31, 1991 as the Halloween Blizzard started up.
October 31 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service:
2000: An F1 tornado touched down on a farm east of Prinsburg in Kandiyohi County destroying a small storage shed. It also tipped another shed on its side, and ripped off a portion of the roof of a third shed.
1999: High winds were reported in central Minnesota. The St. Cloud State University Meteorology Department in Stearns county recorded a 65 mph gust. Morris AWOS in Stevens county, posted a 62 mph gust and Willmar AWOS in Kandiyohi county recorded a 59 mph gust. Area wide sustained winds of 40 mph occurred, with gusts in the 45 to 50 mph range.
1991: Classes were canceled across the state due to the Halloween Blizzard. Three foot drifts across I-94 from the Twin Cities to St. Cloud.
Yes, our cold fronts can be annoying, but Minnesota has an abundance of fresh water, no hurricanes, volcanoes or earthquakes to worry about, and far fewer billion dollar disasters than the southern USA.
According to the World Meteorological Organization weather, climate and water-related disasters are on the rise worldwide. From 1970 to 2012 the WMO counted 8,835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths and U.S. $2.4 trillion in losses from cyclones, floods, droughts, temperature extremes and related health epidemics. Those who have the least are most vulnerable to this new level of volatility we're witnessing, worldwide.
No weather drama close to home anytime soon, just a windy weekend after an early morning freeze. Weak frontal passages kick up a few light (rain) showers Monday and Wednesday. Halloween was about as chilly as it's going to get looking out into next week. ECMWF (European) guidance is hinting at 4-5 days above 50F next week. I'm betting on at least one more day above 60F.
It's November and it has yet to snow in the Twin Cities. Last year the first flakes arrived October 19. No snow for deer tracking next weekend, but a stronger cold front arrives in roughly 10 days.
* Graphic above: NOAA NCDC.
** Rising November wildfire risk across Minnesota? Details at The Star Tribune.
Photo credit above: "The sun rises above a graveyard in Normanton, West Yorkshire on the UK's warmest recorded Halloween." Credit": Michiko Smith.
Image credit above: "Images by J.T. Reager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, from "The Global Groundwater Crisis," Nature Climate Change, November 2014, by James S. Famiglietti."
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TODAY: Cold start. Sunny & windy. Winds: SE 10-20+ High: 44
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear and chilly. Low: 33
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, breezy and milder. High: 54
MONDAY: Clouds, period of PM rain. Wake-up: 40. High: 53
TUESDAY: Intervals of sun, fresh breeze. Wake-up: 38. High: 49
WEDNESDAY: Clipper arrives, few showers. Wake-up: 41. High: 53
THURSDAY: Sunny start, increase in PM clouds. Wake-up: 35. High: 50
FRIDAY: Breezy, stray shower late. Wake-up: 38. High: 52
* The Weather Channel's official Position Statement on climate change is here.