Talk about perfect timing.
Minnesota’s weather winning streak hit 3 today, as sunshine and comfortable temperatures rule for the 3rd consecutive day.
The best weekend weather in recent memory was welcome to those I spoke with this weekend. Total sunshine and highs near 70 Saturday and pushing 80 on Sunday in southern Minnesota was just the tonic for storm weary Minnesotans.
Highs reached 80 in southern Minnesota Sunday.
High pressure is in charge, and it will linger into part of Tuesday before the weather pattern begins to change. Look for more clouds Tuesday to mix in with some sun, and temperatures will run a few degrees cooler with mostly 60s statewide.
Next soaker Wednesday:
The next significant low pressure wave will ride into the forecast Wednesday. Look for rain to spread form west to east during the day. Some of the forecast models are wringing out .50″+ for southern Minnesota.
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The one day system gives way to sunshine again Thursday, before a strong cold front drops through Friday.
Weekend cool snap:
The coolest air so far this September appears headed this way for the upcoming weekend. Cool Canadian high pressure will nose into Minnesota, bringing likely frost to northern Minnesota and crisp nights in the 40s in the south. We should see plenty of sun next weekend, but highs may stall in the 50s north and lower 60s south.
Atlantic hurricane season in high gear:
Of all the hurricane names I’s like to avoid, Igor tops the list. Hurricane Igor just sounds threatening and dangerous, and it is. With maximum sustained winds ripping at 150mph, Igor is a STRONG Category 4 hurricane Monday morning, and could reach rare Category 5 status today.
HURRICANE IGOR ADVISORY NUMBER 21
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL112010
500 AM AST MON SEP 13 2010
…CATEGORY FOUR IGOR CONTINUES WESTWARD…
SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 940 MI…1515 KM E OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…150 MPH…240 KM/HR
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/HR
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…935 MB…27.61 INCHES
With Igor, Tropical Storm Julia off the Cape Verde Islands, and a gathering storm near Jamaica there are now three tropical systems sprawling out in the Atlantic.
The good news is it appears that none are a threat to the USA, at least for now.