57 F. high in the Twin Cities Saturday.
61 F. average high on October 11.
75 F. high on October 11, 2013.
October 11 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service:
1969: Snow accumulated in several locations. Minneapolis received 2 inches, while St. Cloud record 3.6 inches, Redwood Falls had 1.7 inches, and Springfield recorded 1.5 inches.
1918: Dry fall weather set the stage for a dangerous fire threat. Several fires roared through large area of Carlton and St. Louis County. Hardest hit were the towns of Cloquet, Moose Lake and Brookston. The Carlton County Vidette called it a "Hurricane of burning leaves and smoke." At least 453 people died, possibly as many as 1,000. Over 11,000 people were homeless.
No Drama October
If only we could bottle this magic weather elixir and the view out the window. Trees are wearing their rainbow jackets, posing for pictures. A stubble of frost has ended the growing season, and the sneezing season. Allergy-suffers can breathe easier - and all the mosquitoes have died and gone to bug heaven. RIP.
A preliminary scan of NOAA data suggests October sees the fewest watches and warnings of any month. Big storms can spin up, with only a small risk of extremes that can get you in serious trouble like tornadoes, flash floods, ice storms or blizzards. It's the in-between season.
Patterns can be similar, but never identical. Odds don't favor another 30-year winter like we had last year. I'm seeing cues that suggest winter snow and cold closer to average, even a bit milder than normal.
Winds and clouds slowly increase today, any showers holding off until after the Vikings game. Rain spills into Monday, and a southern storm may push more showers back into Minnesota by Thursday. A minor puff of Canadian air arrives late week, but what really caught my eye was ECMWF (European) guidance for next week. A massive ridge of high pressure sparks a string of 60s, even 70F.
Yes, I'm smitten.
* photo credit: Mike Hall Photography.
File photo: Virginia Department of Transportation.
Image credit above: NASA / GSFC / SDO.
TODAY: Partly sunny, breezy. Late showers. WInds: S 20. High: 60
SUNDAY NIGHT: Clouds, a few showers. Low: 50
COLUMBUS DAY: Damp, periods of rain. High: 56
TUESDAY: Intervals of sun, pleasant. Wake-up: 43. High: 61
WEDNESDAY: Clouds increase. Wake-up: 41. High: 58
THURSDAY: Unsettled, chance of a few showers. Wake-up: 48. High: 57
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, cooler breeze. Wake-up: 45. High: 56
SATURDAY: Fading sun, showers at night. Wake-up: 38. High: 57
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