A Chamber of Commerce-Worthy 5-Day Forecast
And here I thought a "Ryder Cup" was something male athletes wore to prevent grievous injury. My bad. I'll stick to weather, which looks miraculously pleasant into the weekend. A case of rare good timing, as the eyes of the golfing world squint in our general direction.
Once again weather patterns are falling into a holding pattern; a storm stalling over the Great Lakes will fling a few light showers into Wisconsin Saturday; otherwise our skies remain partly sunny and comfortably cool. Most of us won't see a drop of rain until Wednesday of next week. Good news for corn and soybean farmers dealing with low prices and soggy fields. Take full advantage of the next 6 days, because models hint at more puddles by the middle of next week.
Lingering warmth and a longer growing season has pushed peak fall color back 1-2 weeks. Our first frost and freeze will be delayed. The average first 32F low in the metro comes during the first week of October. Not this year.
Meanwhile residents from Florida to Maine are monitoring "Matthew". A few models bring a major hurricane up the east coast next week.
Tropical Storm Matthew. Packing 65 mph winds Tropical Storm Matthew is expected to strengthen into a hurricane in the coming days, possibly a major hurricane. Latest coordinates and official track from NOAA NHC. Satellite image courtesy of Aeris Maps Platform.
ECMWF - EPS Cyclone Locations Next 15 Days. You can see why confidence levels are still exceptionally low with Matthew. From a potential track into the Gulf of Mexico to a strike on Florida, or even veering off into the Atlantic, missing the USA altogether, I'm hoping for more clarity in the coming days.
"We have determined that the automated tipping bucket at the Waseca Airport is in error, especially the reading of 4 inches in one hour. The U of M Waseca manual gauge is about 1/2 mile away and has readings more representative of the area and what was seen on radar. The official gauge at the U of M Waseca site was 2.52 for the 21st and 7.64 inches on the 22nd for two-day total of 10.16 inches.
This event was not classified as a "mega" rain event because it only had about 300-500 square miles of six inches or more.
We did have two mega-rains in Minnesota for 2016.
July 11-12 http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/
and August 10-11 http://images.dnr.state.mn.us/
Yes, this is the first time we have seen two "mega" rains in one year, there may have been other "mega" rains before 1973 that we have not been able to document. The two events from 1866 and 1867 likely exceeded the "mega" rains that we saw this year."
The group's ring laser was able to "clearly show the frequency spectrum of the infrasound," he said. Specifically, they were able to detect infrasound from tornadoes 30 minutes before the tornado funnel was on the ground. The group also determined that infrasound from a tornado can travel 1,000 kilometers—which confirms earlier studies by NOAA.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-high-tech-future-early-hurricanes-tornados.html#jCp
Photo credit: " Photo: Will Lester/The Sun/Associated Press.
TODAY: Partly sunny, pleasant. Winds: NE 7-12. High: 67
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and cool. Low: 49
FRIDAY: Holding pattern, comfortable sunshine. Winds: NE 5-10. High: 69
SATURDAY: AM sun, patchy PM clouds. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 52. High: 68
SUNDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, probably dry. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 53. High: 67
MONDAY: Partly sunny, milder breeze kicks in. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 53. High: 72
TUESDAY: Fading sun, windy and warm. Winds: SE 15-25. Wake-up: 57. High: 77
WEDNESDAY: Showers, possible thunder. Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 59. High: 68