Saturday, May 16, 2009

Frost advisory posted, tender plants may freeze their buds off overnight

A frost advisory is in effect from 3 am until 7 am Sunday morning for widespread frost across eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. As a bubble of high pressure passes overhead and winds diminish under clear skies conditions will be ripe for frost, especially outside the downtown areas. Bring tender plants indoors or cover them up (newspaper works just fine). Statistically this will probably be the last frost of the season.

* Today: perfectly normal - for October. Winds gust to 30 mph. Highs stuck in the 50s with a wind chill (sorry) dipping into the 30s. Keep the jackets handy...

* Frost expected tonight in the suburbs of St. Cloud and the Twin Cities. Potentially the last widespread frost of the season.

* .01" rain falls on MSP (airport) Friday, but heavier amounts soak much of the central and northern Twin Cities metro area. St. Cloud picks up 1.3" of rain.

* Sunday: MUCH nicer....less wind, dim sun, highs reach the low/mid 60s.

* Atmospheric tug-of-war takes place over Minnesota next week: frequent frontal passages. Best chance of showers/storms comes Wednesday, again Friday.

* Early word on next weekend: high pressure in control, sunshine both days, temperatures close to average (highs near 70).

Paul's Outlook

Today: Bright sun with a cold wind. Winds: NW 15-30. High: 53 (wind will make it feel like 30s).

Tonight: Frost Advisory. Clear and unseasonably cold. Frost likely in the suburbs. Low: 34

Sunday: A big step in the right direction. Sun fades behind increasing clouds, less wind. High: 66

Monday: Clouds increase, very slight chance of a shower or T-storm (especially northern MN). High: 72

Tuesday: Sunshine on the increase, a bit cooler. High: 63

Wednesday: Increasing clouds, more humid - scattered showers and T-storms. High: 74

Thursday: An early shower, then increasingly sunny. High: 67

Friday: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: 72

Saturday: A fine spring day, lot's of sunshine. High: 72

Sunday: Sun dimmed by increasing high clouds. High: 75

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