Mark Anthony Meteorologist
We welcomed in fall on Tuesday morning at 8:31 a.m. This time of the year, of course, is a transition time from summer to what will eventually become another Minnesota winter.
In case you are wondering, the Farmer’s Almanac says that it will be cold and snowy this upcoming winter across the Upper Midwest. They say that it will be a “cold winter with normal to below–normal temperatures in areas from the Great Lakes and Midwest, westward through the Northern and Central Plains, and Rockies.”
The Farmer’s Almanac and their weather predicting has been going on since 1818. They claim an accuracy of around 80% and use an “exclusive mathematical and astronomical formula, that relies on sunspot activity, tidal action, planetary position, and many other factors.”
We will have to wait and see what lies ahead for us this upcoming winter, but again fall is that transition time which allows us to get ready for the cold and snow!
Weather history: On this date in 1937 much of the region went “from summer to winter.” National Weather Service data shows that the temperature at Wheaton hit 101 degrees F before a cold front came through the area “causing the mercury to tumble below freezing!”
Weather facts: Did you know that fall is caused by the Earth’s tilt, and not our distance from the sun? When the northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun, we get warmer. When it tilts away, we “get colder and a time of transition!”
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 57 High 77
Duluth Low 52 High 73
Central Minn. Low 58 High 78
Twin Cities Low 63 High 80
Marshall Low 61 High 82
Rochester Low 58 High 77
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 78 Low 53 Winds: S 10-15 mph Prec. None
Today’s sunrise: 7:11 a.m.
Today’s sunset: 7:18 p.m.
Normal High: 65
Normal Low: 44
Temperatures will be generally above average for this time of the year for much of the week. We should see some mid- to upper-70s on Wednesday before we cool off a bit on Thursday. However, we should climb right back into the lower 80s by Friday before a weak cold front is expected to push across the region for the weekend. Temperatures are projected to cool off into the 60s for Saturday and Sunday.
Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy, 20% chance of rain High 69 Low 58 Wind: ESE 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.20”
Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer. High 80 Low 56 Wind: SW 10-20 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Mostly cloudy early, 40% chance of rain a.m.High 67 Low 50 Wind: W/NW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20”
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 65 Low 47 Wind: WNW 10-15>20 mph Prec. None