66 degrees – High at MSP Airport Thursday at 2:35pm
-4 degrees vs. average Thursday (average high = 70F)
Reenforcing cold front Friday night sets up chilly weekend
54F forecast high temps in the metro Saturday
October 24th Date when average high hits 54F at MSP Airport
April 28th – last day cooler than 54F in metro (High was 51F)
Frost likely in north & east metro suburbs by Sunday morning
50% chance of frost in the metro Sunday AM
Source: Twin Cities NWS
October Preview: Cold Shot
The proverbial “other weather shoe” is hitting with a thud this weekend in Minnesota.
Friday brings yet another…and the strongest cold front of the week to Minnesota.
Temps will not climb out of the 50s by Saturday, and this looks like the coldest air mass to visit the Upper Midwest in almost 5 months.
The last time the metro saw a high below 54 degrees was April 28th when the mercury staggered to 51 at MSP Airport.
As the cold air rushes south Friday night, it drags enough moisture along to produce some scattered showers…some of which may fall as s…s…snow from Duluth to Rice Lake. We can’t rule out a few flurries sneaking into the metro in the wee early dark hours of Saturday morning.
As the center of high pressure settles in Sunday morning, clear skies and lighter winds should set the stage perfectly for frost.
The models seem to settle in around 37 at MSP Airport around 7am Sunday, which is cold enough to produce some patchy frost at ground level.
At this point I would say the season’s 1st frost is likely in the north & east metro suburbs Sunday morning, and scattered frost is possible inside the 494/694 freeway ring in the core of the metro.
I don’t think we’ll reach 32F at MSP Airport. The average 1st 32 degree reading at MSP? October 7th.
Seeley: Coldest temps of the season so far this week in Minnesota
Yes it really was that cold this week!
Mark Seeley highlights some of the lows in this week’s “Weather Talk.” He also has some perspctive on the new long range outlooks from CPC issued Thursday.
Here’s a preview.
Topic: Cold temperatures, dry air
Both Tuesday and Wednesday brought cold temperatures to many northern Minnesota communities. High pressure, clear skies, and a dry air mass were conducive to significant overnight drops in temperature. Some communities set new low temperature records, including
For Tuesday, September 18th:
32 degrees F at Grand Forks, ND
28 degrees F at Wright
27 degrees F at Floodwood
26 degrees F at Kabetogama
24 degrees F at Orr
22 degrees F at Hibbing
21 degrees F at Babbitt
20 degrees F at International Falls and Embarrass
19 degrees F at Warroad (this was the lowest reading in the nation on September 18th)
For Wednesday, September 19th:
27 degrees F at Silver Bay and Grand Marais
25 degrees F at Kabetogama
23 degrees F at Orr
21 degrees F at Warraod
20 degrees F at Embarrass (this was the lowest in the nation on September 19th)
The air was so dry that dewpoints were in the low 20s F, far more typical of late November than mid-September. After relative humidity in many places ranged from 20 to 30 percent. As a result of the very dry air and windy conditions during the day, the National Weather Service issued a number of Red Flag warnings this week around the state
Topic: New climate outlooks
On Thursday of this week the NOAA Climate Prediction Center issued new seasonal climate outlooks. The temperature outlook for Minnesota favors above normal values over the October-December period. Actually this trend is seen for about 75 percent of the USA based on dynamical models and past trends. Little emphasis is placed on El Nino at the moment because it remains in a neutral state. The precipitation outlooks shows equal chances for above or below normal values over the October-December period across most of the USA except the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states which are expected to see above normal values.
Listen for more with Mark during the 6am hour Friday with Cathy Wurzer on MPR News network stations.
Stratocumulus “undulatus asperatus” in Missouri
Image credit: Wikipedia Commons
Can we get a new cloud please?
Here’s an organization I have to join.
The clouds have been discovered since 1951 but are not “officially” classified. The name translates approximately as “agitated waves.” They are often observed in the Midwest and appear to be associated with gravity waves.
Try that one at your next cocktail party this weekend, you’ll be a big hit. Promise.