Easing Into Winter, Much-Needed Rain on Friday
"Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night" wrote Hal Borland.
I always mourn summer's slow fade. But snow and cold resets the clock, a clean white sheet for renewal and rebirth next spring. Nature prepares for extended hibernation while we brace for the Big Chill, dusting off snowmobiles and cross country skis, planning for the holidays, clicking around for the best fares on midwinter getaways, brushing up on the coping skills we're going to need to get us through the dark days to come.
Winter is taking its time this year. On Monday the Twin Cities were warmer than Los Angeles. MSP has seen only one night below 32F so far.
Some years winter arrives like a sharp slap across the face. Not so much this year.
60s today give way to an inevitable cooling trend later this week; Friday the wettest day in sight with over half an inch of much-needed moisture. Skies clear Saturday behind a cool front; models hint at heavy jackets by late next week.
The weather honeymoon is almost over - but what an autumn, huh?
Photo credit above: "A tow-truck operator assists a stranded motorist during flash flooding in Florence, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, as heavy rain continues to cause widespread flooding in the state." (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Map credit above: "The track of every typhoon that has formed in the western Pacific in 2015." Credit: Keith Edkins
Graphic credit above: "Total number of tornadoes per county (1955-2014)." Source: NOAA Storm Prediction Center
THURSDAY: Sunny and pleasant. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 63
FRIDAY: Wettest day in sight. Periods of rain likely. Winds: SE 15-25. Wake-up: 47. High: 57
SATURDAY: Clearing, cool breeze. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 49. High: 58
SUNDAY: Mix of clouds and sun. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 41. High: 54
MONDAY: Clouds increase, PM shower possible. Wake-up: 43. High: 52
TUESDAY: Unsettled, few showers. Wake-up: 45. High: 51
Photo credit above: "Mount Everest (Chomolungma) from the summit ridge of Lobuche peak, Nepal, April 2014." Photograph by Renan Ozturk.
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