The weather maps are finally warming up.
We enjoy more bright blue skies Wednesday and less wind. Highs top out around 50 degrees across southern Minnesota with low 40s up north.
Then ideal “warm advection” kicks in. Thursday brings all day sunshine combined with a dry breeze from the southwest. That will warm things up in a hurry. Temps hit 70 in western Minnesota Thursday. Highs near 60 push all the way to the Iron Range.
The weekend looks cooler. Saturday features a chilly northwest breeze and possibly a few flurries with highs in the 40s. Sunday temperatures warm back into the 50s on southwest winds.
Short ‘snow-free’ season
Who can forget the “Dayton’s Monkey Blizzard” last April? The last flakes from that storm flew on April 16. The first flakes this fall flew on Oct. 14. That’s 180 days between snows, the 16th shortest snow-free season on record in the Twin Cities.
Many have pointed out that winter seemed to have ended not too long ago. For the Twin Cities, there were 180 days between the last and first snowfalls of 2018. Thus, 2018 is tied 16th for the least amount of days between a year's last and first snowfalls. #mnwx pic.twitter.com/FQlHfuJx7w
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) October 17, 2018
More Michael damage
The damage images from Hurricane Michael continue to astound. These trees were neither uprooted nor snapped.
— Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone) October 11, 2018
Large areas still look like a war zone.
— AMHQ (@AMHQ) October 17, 2018
Power outages are nearly total in Panama City.
As it cut across the Southeast, #HurricaneMichael knocked out power and telecommunications to millions of Americans. These images, based on data from the VIIRS sensor, show nighttime light from Panama City, Florida, on October 6 and 12. https://t.co/sHL67OpOxp pic.twitter.com/AYbD5Pmc7c
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) October 17, 2018
Millions of trees damaged.
Tree damage: 4.3 million forested acres were damaged by #Michael in three southeastern states. Preliminary estimates are from Forest Inventory & Analysis officials from @USDA @ForestService. More to come. pic.twitter.com/NFUxN3p9RF
— U.S. Forest Service (@forestservice) October 14, 2018