Temperatures over the weekend were right on track for this time of the year. We started off the month of December on Sunday with daytime high temperatures near average for early December.
For example, Alexandria hit 27 degrees on Sunday for the daytime high temperature. Some other temperatures on Sunday were: Morris topped out at 32 degrees, Kimball rose to 30 degrees, Elbow Lake warmed to 28 degrees, Crosby reported 25 degrees, Menahga reached 23 degrees, and Sebeka was a cooler 21 degrees.
Temperatures remained mild on Tuesday and Wednesday as a storm system pushed across Minnesota. Winter storm watches and warnings were posted for much of Minnesota on Monday night and Tuesday as enough snowfall and winds created difficult driving conditions at times.
Weather: Last week we discussed the devastation of the typhoon in the Philippines that killed thousands. That nation is still trying to clean up and recover bodies. This week, however, we have to talk of terrible weather closer to home over the weekend.
On Sunday afternoon, parts of the Midwest were hit with a tornado outbreak that killed at least eight people as of Monday, Nov. 18. This storm moved across 12 states and some 48 twisters popped up in its path.
The National Weather Service was well out in front of this storm. They had earlier in the day put out a high risk assessment for the threat of tornadoes. This typically happens only on average about three times a year for the likely threat of a great tornado outbreak across a large area.
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.”
Weather column: I hope you had a chance to get out and enjoy the weather this weekend as temperatures were well above average. This may be the last chance to enjoy some 50-degree readings for awhile.
Sunday, daytime high temperatures were in the 50s across much of the region. Some near 60-degree readings were found across parts of Southern Minnesota.
The winds were a problem, however, on Sunday as wind advisories were issued for much of the region. Winds were gusting at times to 45 mph or higher, but did manage to backdown by Sunday evening.
A cold front and an area of low pressure moved across Minnesota on Monday. That did bring some scattered light rain showers to much of Minnesota.
Another low pressure system brought a rain/snow mix on Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening. Some accumulation of snow was possible with this system by Wednesday morning.
Weather column: The area enjoyed more sunshine than what was anticipated on Sunday, but I don’t think many of you were complaining.
The low pressure system should move out of most of Minnesota by Thursday afternoon and evening, but we could see a few lingering showers for Halloween mainly early in the day.
It will be a few degrees cooler than average on Thursday for the trick-or-treaters. Highs will generally reach the mid- to upper-40s across the area.
A friendly reminder that this coming Sunday at 2 a.m. Daylight Saving Time will end as we turn the clocks back one hour. It will get dark now at around
5 p.m. starting Sunday, but it will be lighter for those off to church Sunday morning and for those off to work and school on Monday morning.
Have a “spooktacular” Halloween Day!