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Octemberish — don’t you think

OK, now I don’t feel so bad having recently just purchased pumpkins and putting up the Halloween decor. I felt like I was jumping the gun a bit since the weather was so warm. This is more like it. A n-ICE fresh breeze from the north… BRR! I hope you had enough time yesterday afternoon to fish those extra layers out of the back of the closet, you’ll surely need them today. It feels a little more October-like and just in time because the first day of October is this Thursday. Can you believe it? Yesterday’s cool front slapped us in the face with a near 20 degree temperature drop in about 6 hours. Take a look at the surface observations below from the Minneapolis International Airport. I’ve highlighted the temperatures in the yellow box. Note the temperature at 3pm (14:53) yesterday, 72 degrees. By 8pm (19:53) the temperature at the KMSP airport was only 55 degrees, a deficit of 17 degrees in only 6 hours. I also highlighted the winds in the red box at 5pm (16:53) because there was a 52mph wind gust reported at that time. The highest wind gust reported yesterday was in Willmar at 66mph. The St. Cloud airport recorded a 40mph wind gust at 4pm.

The winds were strong enough to topple trees and down power lines across parts of the Twin Cities Metro, which left thousands without power for several hours.

Strong Winds Again Today

The NOAA image below shows the sustained winds expected at 1pm Monday. The wind barbs are from the northwest and valued at 20mph to 25mph. Wind gusts could be up around 30mph to 40mph again, so get ready for another blustery day.

Nearly 20 Degrees Cooler Today

The NOAA image below shows the temperature forecast at 1pm Monday. Many locations around central and northern Minnesota will have a tough time reaching the upper 50’s for high temperatures and with winds as strong as they’ll be, it’ll feel like the 40’s for most of the day there.

Todd’s Outlook for greater St. Cloud

Today: Cloudy, blustery and cold. Winds gust from 20-40 mph. High: 57

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy and less breezy. Cold with a few areas of patchy frost. Low: 36

Tuesday: Sunny, less wind and cool. High: 60

Wednesday: Patchy AM frost. Sunny with increasing clouds late. High: 67

Thursday: Showers/T-storm possible. High: 63

Friday: Showers taper, turning breezy and cooler. High: near 60

Saturday: Spotty showers and cool. High: 59

Sunday: More sun, still cool. High: Near 60

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