Talk about a meteorological disconnect. Today the sun will struggle as high into the southern sky as it was back on February 28, when the max temperature in the Twin Cities was a brisk 14F, after waking up to a crisp -9F.
Today will be nearly 50 degrees warmer. Why the radical difference? No snow on the ground yet is good for 20-30 degrees. Water retains warmth faster than land; a subsequent "lag" in the atmosphere applies a temperature break to an inevitable temperature tumble. And autumns have been trending milder/longer; safe ice on most Minnesota lakes has been delayed until December.
Nothing even remotely wintry is shaping up the next 2 weeks; a more zonal, west to east steering wind aloft keeping us milder than average into late October. Temperatures top 60F from today into Thursday. After cooling off this weekend long-range guidance hints at more 60s late next week. The weather will cooperate with harvest, fall clean-up and power-raking in the days to come.
Today's storm pinwheels just to our east, soaking Wisconsin; a chance of windblown rain showers by late Friday.
Autumn in Minnesota is an Immersive IMAX 3-D Sensation. And we're all invited to the premiere.
TODAY: Partly sunny and windy. Winds: N 15-25 High: 62
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear and cool. Low: 42
WEDNESDAY: Plenty of mild sun, milder than average. High: 64
THURSDAY: Fading sun. Last day of Indian Summer this week. Wake-up: 41. High: 66
FRIDAY: Windy, cooler with PM showers. Wake-up: 50. High: 55
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and brisk. Wake-up: 40. High: 52
SUNDAY: More sun, a bit milder. Wake-up: 34. High: 58
MONDAY: Blue sky, not bad for October 20. Wake-up: 36. High: near 60
* Preliminary NASA GISS data suggests that 2014 (January - September) is the 3rd warmest on record, worldwide.