A break from the heat

Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
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By Mark Anthony

Chief Meteorologist

Weather column: The break from the heat recently has been thoroughly enjoyable for most of us. My wife's family had a family reunion on Sunday, and we actually had to wear sweaters and jackets at times because of the chilly temperatures. I had shorts on and let's just say that I wasn't exactly hot when I was outdoors. My wife even had to go out to the car and get a light blanket for herself! Many of us even had to run our car heaters early in the morning to take the "nip out of the air."

We will warm-up a bit for the midweek, however, out ahead of a storm system, but then on the backside of that frontal boundary system, temperatures will be anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees below normal. There could even be some frost in parts of the state by Saturday morning. I know there will be many Minnesotans doing some of their late summer camping this coming weekend, and when they wake up Saturday morning they might be a tad bit chilly!

It won't last for long, however, as by Saturday we should warm-up to near 70 degrees, and by Sunday morning we should be back into the 40s and 50s for lows. That will still be cooler than average for this time of the year.

By the way, the revised 10-day outlook calls for below normal temperatures along with below normal precipitation. Previously, the 30-day outlook had called for above normal temperatures for the month of August, but now the mid point of the month looks like cooler than average temperatures will be the "norm" for much of the remaining period. That will bring no complaints from me, and I know, from many of you.

Have a great weekend, but keep the jackets and blankets handy as you just might need them!

Weather history: On this date in 1936 the Dust Bowl era rolled-on as temperatures hit 105 degrees plus around the state!

Weather fact: The Dust Bowl era or "Dirty Thirties" witnessed severe drought and very hot temperatures throughout much of the 1930s. Two years, 1934 and 1936 were particularly bad with many days throughout the summer hitting 100 degrees or more.

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 61 High 81

Duluth Low 60 High 79

Central Minn. Low 63 High 82

Twin Cities Low 67 High 86

Rochester Low 65 High 83

Marshall Low 65 High 85

Today: Mostly cloudy with a 40-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 82 Low 52 Winds: SSW/NW 5-15 mph Prec..10"-.30"

Monday's sunrise: 6:21 a.m.

Monday's sunset: 8:29 p.m.

Normal High: 79

Normal Low: 58

An area of low pressure will slide through for the midweek and bring the threat of thunderstorms to much of Minnesota.

Thursday: Becoming partly cloudy and a cooler. High 70 Low 52 Winds: N 5-10 mph Prec. None

Friday: Partly to mostly sunny and remaining cool. High 68 Low 38 Winds:N 5-10 mph Prec. None

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 70 Low 46 Winds: E/SE 5-10 mph. Prec. None

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 72 Low 54 Wind: SE 5-15 mph Prec. None