Tricounty News

Rainfall won’t return until Friday

Weather column: The storm system that brought showers to the region last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday finally moved out of the region by Sunday afternoon. This made for some nice weather for Sunday afternoon and evening across most of Minnesota.

Temperatures started off this week very mild for this time of the year  With temperatures in the 70s and even some lower 80s across parts of Southwest Minnesota this week; along with breezy conditions and low dew points, this certainly increased the fire danger for wildfires across Minnesota.

As of Monday, the fire danger index across Minnesota was in the low rating. However, with very mild temperatures and fairly strong winds this week that will dry things out in a hurry. As a result, “Red Flag Warnings” could be issued across parts of Minnesota for the potential for wild fires.


Change coming Wednesday and Thursday

Weather column: The area was between weather disturbances to start the work and school week off, and that allowed for a mild and rather breezy day across much of the Midwest on Monday.

The sunshine and a southerly flow were what helped to contribute to temperatures generally from 10 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of the year statewide. Locations from Marshall, Luverne, and Madison all hit the low- to mid-80s on Monday.

Parts of the Upper Midwest were dealing with wind advisories as well, across South Dakota and Iowa on Monday. In addition, with the warm and dry conditions and fairly strong winds across the Upper Midwest, there remained concerns for wild fires.


Spring and fall are windiest times of year

Weather column: Parts of Minnesota had a wind advisory in effect on Monday. Winds at times were gusting to 45 mph across parts of Northern Minnesota. Much of Central and West Central Minnesota had winds topping out in excess of 35 mph on Monday.

We had a block party on Sunday in our neighborhood and it was certainly windy to try and keep paper plates and paper cups from blowing around. The only good thing is that the winds generally keep the bugs away, for the most part.

If you have noticed that it has been quite windy or breezy of late, you are correct. Spring and fall are the windiest times of the year as we are going through that transitional stage from one season into the next.


Work week starts very cool conditions

Weather column: A clear sky and light winds allowed for very cool conditions to start off the work and school week. Temperatures across parts of Central and Northern Minnesota fell into the 20s and lower 30s. This caused some frosty conditions for Minnesotans off to work and school on Monday.

Orr, Minn., for example, dropped to 26 degrees for a new record low on Monday. The old record was 30 degrees set back in 2011.

Meanwhile, Big Fork was a cold 26 degrees as well. This was just one degree off of the record low of 25 degrees dating back to 1934.

Crane Lake was within three degrees of the record low of 23 degrees set back in 2011 with a reading of 26 degrees on Monday.

Alexandria was certainly cool for this time of the year with a Monday morning low of 44 degrees. The record low is 34 degrees. Average lows this time of the year are now typically in the upper 30s and lower 40s across much of the area.

We will return to summer weather by Wednesday into Thursday as a storm system moves out of the Rockies and into the Upper Midwest for the midweek. Some showers and thunderstorms are possible as dew points are projected to rise into the mid 60s for Wednesday and Thursday. This could help to trigger some
thunderstorms along the way.


Fall is back in the air


Weather column: Temperatures certainly were warm across Minnesota on Saturday. Much of the area experienced temperatures in the upper 80s and low to mid 90s. Factoring in the dew points in the mid to upper 60s, it felt 5 to 10 degrees warmer than that across much of Minnesota.

 By Sunday, however, a cold-front arrived and kept temperatures down into the upper 60s and lower 70s for afternoon highs. It was a nice break from the heat from the previous day.