Tricounty News

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.


From record heat to chilly mornings

Weather column: After dealing with the heat and lack of rain the past couple of weeks, we finally had a break from the heat. In fact, on Monday, parts of Minnesota were near record low territory.

Paynesville fell to 41 degrees on Monday making for a chilly morning for those who might have been camping during the Labor Day Weekend. This was just one degree shy of the record low of 40 degrees for the area dating back to 1968.

Benson also dipped to
41 degrees. The record low for that community is 35 degrees set back in 2002.


Cooler air arrives Wednesday

Weather column: A few spotty showers and isolated thunderstorms moved across Minnesota on Monday. Most of the activity stayed across Southern Minnesota.

Very warm and humid conditions impacted much of Minnesota on Tuesday as daytime highs hit the low- to mid-90s across most of state. With dew points in the upper 60s and lower 70s, it certainly felt even warmer. Heat indices reached the mid- to upper-90s across parts of Minnesota. A southerly breeze was responsible for pulling in that warm and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico.

There is some relief in sight as a cold front will arrive on Wednesday. This will be the focus of a slight risk of severe weather across much of the area. The Storm Prediction Center indicates that the potential exits for severe weather in the late afternoon and early evening.

Daytime highs should cool off into the low- to mid-80s by Wednesday and that trend will likely continue into the weekend. There exists the possibility of some isolated or scattered showers on Friday-Sunday. The winds are also expected to be breezy on Friday and Saturday, so it could be choppy out on area lakes.

Have a great week, but keep an eye on the weather on Wednesday!

Weather history: On this date in 2004 it was cold across Minnesota as temperatures dropped into the 30s across much of the region. Some spots in Northern Minnesota experienced frost on their windshields, off to work in the morning!

Weather fact: More often than not, thunderstorms move from west to east. However, conditions in the atmosphere dictate how and where storms will move, and it can be in any direction. As a result, “tornadoes have been known to act erratic, and can change directions and speed very quickly.”


Moorhead Low 69 High 84

Duluth Low 65  High 82

Central Minn. Low 70 High 84

Twin Cities Low 74 High 88

Rochester Low 74 High 89

Marshall Low 73 High 86

Monday, Aug. 19: Partly cloudy, 40-percent chance of showers/thunderstorms. High 84 Low 59 Winds: W/N 5-10 mph. Prec. Trace-.20”

Monday’s sunrise: 6:28 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 8:19 p.m.

Normal High: 77

Normal Low: 57

Temperatures will remain above average for this time of the year through the weekend with highs generally in the 80s. Heat indices at times will reach the lower 90s.

Thursday: Mostly clear to partly cloudy. High 81 Low 59 Winds: SE 5-10 mph. Prec. None

Friday: Partly cloudy and breezy, 40-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 81 Low 64 Winds: SE 10-20>25 mph Prec. Trace-30”

Saturday: Partly cloudy, 50-percent chance of showers/T-storms. High 82 Low 66 Winds: S 10-20 Prec. Trace-.30”

Sunday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms late. High 84 Low 64 Wind: E 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.20”