Tricounty News

Typhoon in Philippines makes our cold weather seem trivial

I’m sure most of you have seen the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan which demolished huge swathes of the Philippines.

The city of Tacloban bore much of the brunt of the storm, along with other coastal communities.

It’s hard to even imagine, but the storm had maximum sustained winds of 195 mph and waves of 19 feet. As a result, early death tolls have been more than 1,200, but many experts expect that number to climb to 10,000 or more.

Bodies were literally hanging from trees in the Philippines because of the huge waves. Those involved in the rescue from the Red Cross said that the last time they had seen this kind of devastation was in the “aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami.” This refers to the “2004 disaster that claimed about 220,000 lives.”

If you would like to donate, you can call 1-800-Redcross. Or go to their website at www.redcross.org.

Closer to home, we might whine that it has been cold, but we don’t have too much to complain about across the area in comparison. Temperatures dropped into the lower teens across Central and West Central Minnesota on Monday morning.

Some spots in Northern Minnesota fell into the single digits. Thief River Falls dipped to five degrees on Monday.

We will warm up for the midweek and should see temperatures into the upper 30s and lower 40s for daytime highs.  Some snow is possible by late in the week and into the weekend.

Have a great rest of the week!

Weather fact: Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; “we just use different names for these storms in different places around the globe.”


MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 19 High 44

Duluth Low 15  High 37

Central Minn. Low 19 High 45

Twin Cities Low 26 High 47

Rochester Low 31 High 40

Marshall Low 22 High 46

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and warmer. High 45 Low 28 Wind: SW 10-15 mph Prec. None

Today’s sunrise: 7:20 a.m.

Today’s sunset: 4:51 p.m.

Normal High: 36

Normal Low: 22

Temperatures will be above normal for the midweek and for the latter portion of the week before cooling off by the weekend. We could see some rain and snow by Thursday into Friday and again by Sunday as a series of weather disturbances will impact the area.

Thursday: Increasing cloudiness, 30-percent chance of light rain/snow mainly late. High 41 Low 28 Winds: WNW 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Friday: Partly cloudy, 30-percent chance of light rain/snow. High 39 Low 28 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 39 Low 27 Winds: WNW 10-15 mph Prec. None

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, 70-percent chance of light snow. High 34 Low 21 Winds: SE 10-20 mph Prec. Trace-.30”