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.
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
In addition, Sebeka fell to a cool 44 degrees on Monday. This was only degrees above the record low for the area of 35 degrees dating back to 1946.
Meanwhile, Alexandria was a warmer 50 degrees for its morning low on Monday. However, Sunday Alexandria had a daytime high of a cool 66 degrees. This was about ten degrees cooler than average for this time of the year.
Temperatures certainly warmed-up again by Tuesday as highs were back into the upper 70s across much of the area. Average high temperatures across most of Central and West Central Minnesota are now generally in the low to mid 70s.
By the way, it was good to see some rain move across Minnesota on Saturday night. We didn’t need the severe weather, however, but the moisture was good to see. Severe thunderstorms did produce some peak wind gusts to 70 mph across parts of Central Minnesota and caused some broken tree branches and limbs. Little rainfall is expected again until possibly Saturday into Sunday.
Finally, the six to ten day outlook does calls for above normal temperatures to start off September and below normal precipitation during the period. Certainly not the best news for farmers across the state.
Enjoy the last couple of weeks of summer and welcome back to school students!
Weather history: On this date in 1974 chilly air invaded Minnesota as morning low temperatures dropped into the 20s and 30s. Alexandria, for example, had a record low of 33 degrees.
Weather fact: Mirages occur when light is refracted to produce an image of an object or the sky where it is not. It is most “commonly seen on hot surfaces, such as the pavement or a desert.”
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 53 High 75
Duluth Low 52 High 69
Central Minn. Low 55 High 80
Twin Cities Low 62 High 83
Rochester Low 56 High 82
Marshall Low 58 High 81
Monday, Sept. 2: Partly cloudy. High 80 Low 43 Wind: NE 5-10 mph. Prec. None
Monday’s sunrise: 6:44 a.m.
Monday’s sunset: 7:53 p.m.
Normal High: 72
Normal Low: 49
Temperatures will be above average right on through the upcoming weekend. A cold-front is projected to move across the area Saturday into Sunday that will cool things off a bit by Sunday and generate some scattered showers and thunderstorms across The Upper Midwest.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 81 Low 66 Wind: SE 5-10 mph. Prec. None
Friday: Partly cloudy. High
86 Low 61 Wind: Variable at 5 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 84 Low 55 Wind: NE 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.20”
Sunday: Partly cloudy, 40-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 75 Low 52 Wind: E/SE 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.30”