Tricounty News

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.

Cooler and drier air will likely return by the weekend. Hopefully, we will have a much nicer day for this Saturday as compared to last Saturday when that storm system became better organized than anticipated and stalled out over the state. Sunday certainly was the nicer day of the weekend last weekend.

Have an enjoyable rest of the week!

Weather history: On this date in 1991 “Duluth got a 2.5 inch summer snowstorm.”

Weather fact: The greatest snowfall ever recorded in a
24-hour period was a whopping
76 inches at Silver Lake, Colo., from April 14-15, 1921.

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 62 High 79

Duluth Low 52  High 68

Central Minn. Low 59 High 78

Twin Cities Low 61 High 80

Rochester Low 57 High 78

Marshall Low 62 High 84

Monday, Sept. 16: A mix of clouds and sun, 20 percent of showers and thunderstorms late in the afternoon. High 78 Low 63 Wind: SE  10-15 mph. Prec. Trace-.20”

Monday’s sunrise: 7:04 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 7:26 p.m.

Normal High: 68

Normal Low: 48

A fairly strong surface low will move out of the Rockies and could bring some showers and thunderstorms to the Central Plains and the Upper Midwest late Wednesday into Thursday. At this stage, it looks like a few of these cells could be on the strong to severe side by Thursday across parts of Minnesota.

Thursday: Variable cloudiness, 40-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 75 Low 52 Wind: SW/W 5-10 mph Prec. .10”-.40”

Friday: Partly cloudy and breezy.  High 63 Low 42 Wind: WNW 15-20>25 mph Prec. None

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 73 Low 39 Wind: NW 5-10 mph  Prec. None

Sunday: Mostly clear to partly cloudy and cool, with a 20-percent chance of showers mainly late. High 61 Low 49 Wind: SE 10-20 mph 
Prec. Trace-.10”