Posted at 8:10 AM on November 1, 2011
by Paul Huttner
We've just enjoyed the warmest October in 48 years in the metro and most of Minnesota.
The preliminary numbers are in and it appears this will go down as the 8th warmest October on record at MSP Airport.
55.3 degrees - October average temperature at MSP Airport
+6.4 degrees vs. average
27 of 31 days at or above average in October
8 consecutive days at or above 80 degrees october 2nd through the 9th!
48 years since we've had a warmer October (1963)
This October was truly a once in a lifetime event for most Minnesotans!
OCTOBER TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION EXTREMES
NWSFO.. MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL MINNESOTA
MODERN DAY RECORDS
At least we enjoyed an excelent Halloween night for trick or treaters. The light winds and stunning moon made for excellent conditions last night!
November: Reality check tomorrow
Look for cloudy skies and a few stray rain showers as we open November today.
November begins on a mild note, temps will push into the upper 50s today with a shot at 60 in southeast Minnesota and maybe close to the metro.
A colder front will bring us back to reality by tomorrow.
Posted at 1:04 PM on November 1, 2011
by Paul Huttner
Filed under: Winter 2011-12
That big Northeast snowstorm is disappearing almost as fast as it fell.
Look at the map below. You can see the heavy snow bands with storm totals over 20" and 30" in some areas.
NASA's MODIS Terra satellite image form the day afte the storm paints the picture with snow cover visible from space.
But mild air behind the storm is melting the snow just as fast. Highs in the 50s have eroded the snow cover in most areas.
Trace amounts now cling to life in the warming eastern USA.
The damage is done with trees & power lines down and millions still without power. At least there's one benefit to October snow...it can disappear just as fast as it fell!