Rare sun sightings; a shot at 70 next week?

Minnesotans reported a rare sight in the sky Friday afternoon.

Friday was the first sun in 8 days for many Minnesotans. It’s not an exaggeration to say that seasonally affected disorder (SAD) was setting in early for many of you who I talked with in the past week. A full-spectrum “happy light” box can improve your symptoms.

Sunnier days ahead

The good weather news? Our upper air weather pattern changes for the sunnier next week. A drier pacific flow kicks in.


And temperatures will recover nicely by next Thursday. Take a look at the temperature outlook below. I still think the numbers below are too conservative for next Thursday and Friday. NOAA’s GFS suggest mid-60s for the Twin Cities. I won’t be shocked to see some towns in southern Minnesota hit 70 degrees late next week.

NOAA via Weather Bell.

Fall colors popping

Fall colors are popping now around the Twin Cities. The bright sun and blue sky enhance the show. I snapped this shot near the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen Friday afternoon.

Fall color show near the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Image: Paul Huttner/MPR News.

Colors are now past peak in parts of northern Minnesota. The Minnesota DNR reports 50 to 75-percent colors around the Twin Cities.

Minnesota DNR

Look for peak fall color in the next week across southern Minnesota.

  • 7cubed

    “Minnesotans reported a rare sight in the sky Friday afternoon”
    And who tweets it? MPR
    Slow news day right, nothing about the cataclysmic gloom and doom and “we’re all going to die if we don’t radically alter our way of life” story?
    The sky cleared up! Turn off your happy light! What a bunch of climate LOONS