55 F. average high on October 22.
40 F. high temperature on October 22, 2013.
October 22, 1899: Warm day in the Twin Cities with a high of 82.
5:35 pm today: peak of partial solar eclipse.
But Wait, There's More (Indian Summer)
Yesterday an acquaintance had the nerve to complain about showers in the forecast. Really? Rain. Liquid water. At night. On a weekday. You do realize you could be ankle-deep in slush right now? 1 to 3 inch snowfalls begin to ramp up in late October; but snow cover doesn't linger until late November - when the mercury is consistently colder than 32F.
It's been a miraculously nice couple of weeks, some of the finest fall weather I can ever remember. And it's not over.
Soggy Leaf Warnings are issued this morning, a rude reminder that a little rain on freshly fallen leaves can make for a slippery mess. The sun peeks out later, boosting temperatures into the 60s. 70F is not out of the question tomorrow before a very slight cool-down Saturday with highs in the low 60s; still above average for late October.
A mild start Monday gives way to a reality check next week. Odds favor jacket-worthy 40s for Trick or Treating next Friday. Which is scarier: bats, ghouls or the latest political attack ads on TV?
I'm not sure which is more terrifying but I can see the ad campaign now. "Old Man Winter Has a Mean Streak! He's Just Not Right for Minnesota."
I respectfully disagree.
When: Thursday October 23, 2014
Partial Eclipse Begins: 4:23 PM
Maximum Eclipse: 5:35 PM
Eau Claire: 6:08 PM
Twin Cities: 6:15 PM
St. Cloud: 6:17 PM
Additional details about this eclipse are available on NASA's website at: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2014.html#SE2014Oct23P
What is an eclipse? www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/what-is-an-eclipse-58/#.VEeaVyLF9g0
Good Chance of Seeing Partial Solar Eclipse. Nothing is ever guaranteed, but the sloppy front responsible for showers overnight and a damp start to your Thursday morning should push quickly into Wisconsin, with a clearing trend as the day goes on. 4 km NAM future radar product: NOAA and HAMweather.
Nor'easter Soaks Nor'east, Tropical Disturbance for South Florida? A slow-moving storm churning up the East Coast will circulate copious amounts of Atlantic moisture into New England, where some 2-4" rainfall amounts are possible, especially Boston to Portland and Bangor. Winds top 20-30 mph with a risk of flash flooding over the next 36-48 hours. Heavy rain spreads across the Pacific Northwest into northern California while south Florida gets brushed by a tropical system which may put down some excessive rainfall amounts near Miami.
Flash Flood Potential. Our internal Alerts Broadcaster models are printing out excessive rainfall amounts for south Florida over the next 60 hours. I'm not convinced Miami will see over 10" of rain, but some 4-8" amounts are possible, capable of significant flash flooding later today into Friday.
* Losses from Hurricane Gonzalo on Bermuda estimated at $200-400 million dollars.
* Minneapolis: 8th Most Energy Efficient City. ACEEE has the Twin Cities behind Boston (#1), New York City, Washington D.C., Austin and Seattle. The city summary is here.
Image credit above: Argonne National Laboratory. "An artist's depiction of bacteria covering a person's skin and surroundings (in yellow and green)."
TODAY: Wet start. Skies brighten with mild PM sun. Partial solar eclipse peaks at 5: 35 pm. Winds: West 5-10. High: 66
THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, patchy ground fog. Low: 46
FRIDAY: Indian Summer returns. Perfect weather - warm sun. High: near 70
SATURDAY: Plenty of sun, cooler breeze. Wake-up: 49. High: 61
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, breezy. Clouds increase PM hours. Showers Sunday night. Low: 45. High: 62
MONDAY: Mild, showery rains likely. Wake-up: 51. High: 63
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, light jackets return. Wake-up: 41. High: 55
WEDNESDAY: Blue sky, still quiet. Wake-up: 36. High: 51