Okay, okay...enough with the lame weather puns. This weekend will be chiiiii-lly! The coldest air yet this season, fresh from northern Canada, makes a return to Minnesota. Saturday morning brings lows in the teens to many backyards as far south as Arkansas. Brrr.
But you knew this was bound to happen. By this time of year polar fronts mean business and with each passing day the decrease in daylight results in ever-cooling conditions.
But luck may be on our side this season. Models are showing milder weather around the middle of next week. No freak snowstorms yet, fatbikers.
Saturday: Cool sun. H: 45 Wind: SE 10-15
Saturday Night: Clear. L: 31
Sunday: Warmer. H: 51 L: 39 Wind: S 10-15
Monday: Light rain. H: 52 L: 37 Wind: S 5-10
Tuesday: Briefly cooler, partly cloudy. H: 45 L: 32 Wind: NW 5-10
Wednesday: Sunny. H: 52 L: 39 Wind: SW 5-10
Over the Rainbow: We've all heard of double rainbows forming behind a rainstorm during a warm summer's eve. But what about a 5th rainbow? Just recently a photographer captured what looks to be a defined 5th bow in view. The original and enhanced image is below.
Only hiccup in this week's forecast will be the chance of rain Wednesday night. Trails should soak this right up as conditions have been fairly dry as of late. Very mild weather returns late in the week with another run at 70 degree weather.
Tuesday: Sunny. H: 58° Wind: SE 5-10
Tuesday Night: Clear. L: 40°
Wednesday: Increasing clouds, rain Wednesday night. H: 61° L: 51° Wind: SE 10
Thursday: Decreasing clouds. H: 66° L: 50° Wind: WSW 4
Friday: Warmer. H: 69° L: 52° Wind: SE 5-10
Saturday: Dry. H: 69° L: 55° Wind: NW 2-4
Sunday: Increasing clouds. Rain late Sunday night. H: 71° L: 50° Wind: SE 5-10
Unusually Warm: Snow is not unusual in October, neither is 70 degrees. We get the better end of the deal this week as highs surge back above normal late this week.
Sunset Solar Eclipse: A sunset solar eclipse will be visible Thursday, October 23. Check it out: http://1.usa.gov/1wgYGHv
Bike lights come in handy this time of the year. We have lost 4.5 hours of daylight since June...cutting many late evening rides short.
Weather conditions stay extremely quiet through next week. No big storms, no soaking rain (or snow) anytime soon. We are spoiled!
Saturday: Calmer wind. Sunny. H: 55° Wind: CALM
Saturday Night: Clear, cool. L: 39°
Sunday: Partly cloudy. H: 61° L: 43° Wind: S 10
Monday: Clear, blue sky. H: 60° L: 41° Wind: NW 7
Tuesday: Dry. H: 58° L: 43° Wind: SE 5-10
Wednesday: Sunny. H: 62° L: 47° Wind: SE 5-10
Winter Weather Predictions:
According to legend, the thicker the brown stripe on the woolly bear caterpillar the milder the upcoming winter will be. Believe this if you take stock in the Farmer's Almanac. But there actually might be a bit of truth to this.
"There's evidence that the number of brown hairs has to do with the age of the caterpillar—in other words, how late it got going in the spring. The [band] does say something about a heavy winter or an early spring. The only thing is . . . it's telling you about the previous year."
This is a quote from entomologist, Mike Peters, at the University of Massachusetts. Intriguing observation.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released their climatological prediction for this upcoming winter. Safe to say that the forecast is murky at best due to weak climate patterns currently, like the barely existent El Nino.
NOAA predicts an equal chance of above or below normal snow and cold for Minnesota. Some scientists go even further to say that while cold outbreaks are inevitable, they won't linger as long as they did last year. Here's to hoping they're right.
After Monday's misty drizzle, conditions go dry the rest of the week. Indian summer kicks in by Thursday as highs surge close to 70 degrees. Shorts in October?! We'll take it.
Tuesday: Gradual clearing. H: 60 Wind: NW 10-15
Tuesday Night: Clear. L: 42
Wednesday: Sunny. H: 62 L: 45 Wind: N 5-10
Thursday: Mild! H: 67 L: 48 Wind: WSW 7-9
Friday: Dry, windy. H: 61 L: 40 Wind: NW 10-15 G 20
Saturday: Cooler H: 54 L: 40 Wind: NW 10-15
Sunday: Partly sunny. H: 55 L: 39 Wind: NW 4
Fall photos (above) from Mammoth singletrack. Foliage in central Minnesota is now at peak color. Luckily this weekend's weather stays dry long enough to enjoy the vibrant scenery.
Climate stats tell us that October 10 is typically the first time we see 32 degrees (freezing conditions). We've come close several nights this week with many neighborhoods reporting widespread frost thus marking an end to the growing season.
Cool-ish weather sticks around all weekend. Next chance of rain will be Sunday night and even that won't be a whole lot of rain (under 0.25"). More of a southerly wind kicks in Saturday which will start a warming process into next week. Possibly near 70 degrees in southern Minnesota late next week?!
Saturday: Sunny. H: 57 Wind: SW 5-10
Saturday Night: Clear. L: 42
Sunday: Increasing clouds. Rain Sunday night. H: 60 L: 47 Wind: S 5-15
Monday: Showers, mostly cloudy. H: 61 L: 44 Wind: N 10
Tuesday: Sunny, breezy. H: 62 L: 46 Wind: NW 10-20
Wednesday: Sunny. H: 64 L: 48 Wind: SE 10-15
Wet snowflakes Saturday morning is payback for last weekend's 70 degree weather. Might be safe to say that those 70-degree days were the last of the year. Rain totalling 1.5" over the past 3 days has closed many trails but drier weather returns to the area which will help to firm up the ground.
Much needed rain falling from the skies. This rain will help the new sections of trail being built in South Wirth settle...so it is a good thing.
It's not often that rain is welcomed on our trails. Another round of showers through Friday will help settle the new twists, turns and burms at Theo.
Also, do we dare say the first snowflakes are possible Saturday morning? Long gone are the days in the 80s. There's no turning back now, the cold and snow is inevitable.
Statistically, October is the time when we start to see snow fly. First measurable snow in the Twin Cities though?...that's more likely in early to mid November.
Thursday: Thundershower, a bit warmer. H: 68 Wind: NW 2-4
Thursday Night: Rain. L: 47
Friday: Cloudy, passing shower. Might be cold enough Friday night to mix with wet snow. H: 48 L: 34 Wind: W 10
Saturday: Partly sunny. Dry. Good for the Leb Wild Ride! H: 49 L: 38 Wind: WNW 10-15
Sunday: Cool sun. H: 56 L: 42 Wind: W 10-15
Monday: Sunny. H: 60 L: 41 Wind: W 5-10
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NWS Twin Cities Weather Story