Thirty-one years ago on Thanksgiving Day, a massive fire in downtown Minneapolis robbed the Northwestern National Bank of its iconic weather ball. But on Friday, a new twist on the weather ball concept was shining over Nicollet Mall.
It’s a very happy anniversary on Wednesday for the weather team at WCCO-TV. What started as an idea one year ago turned into a network where our meteorologists get daily updates from our own viewers who have a passion for weather.
If you were to listen to the headlines, “Nature threatens holiday happiness,” you wouldn’t be crazy to think no one will be getting home for the holidays.
Our flurries will pass, causing some slowing on the roads. We haven’t had much experience in the snowfall department this year with only 1.1 inches in the Twin Cities. Some south of the Twin Cities could see some minimal accumulation this evening, but the big headline is still focused on the cold air on the way.
It had been 10 days since we had felt the 50s around here. That all changed Wednesday when we warmed to 50 degrees in the Twin Cities. That is actually seven degrees above average for this time of year (and 22 degrees warmer than Tuesday).
This will be remembered as a windy deer hunting opener. Those who hunt in extreme northern Minnesota will have to walk through snowy fields or woods this weekend.
Hockey and facial hair go together like peas and carrots. So when the founders of Movember came to the NHL about five years ago, the league saw the charity as a perfect fit.
It looks like we will take our first trip below freezing Monday night in Minneapolis. Last year we accomplished that feat on Oct. 7, when we bottomed out at 28 degrees. We are behind schedule, and I’m sure allergy sufferers will rejoice as we spend the next few nights below freezing, killing most vegetation that messes with our noses.
The Farmers’ Almanac is out with its annual weather forecast for the coming years. This time, it’s predicting a “piercing cold” winter with “normal snowfall” for the Upper Midwest. There are actually two Farmers’ Almanacs: the Farmers’ Almanac has been predicting since 1818 and the Old Farmers’ Almanac since 1792. Both say they average 75- to 80-percent accuracy, but some meteorologists put the Old Farmers’ Almanac to the test, saying it’s probably closer to 50 percent. WCCO Chief Meteorologist Chris Shaffer says the science is not solid.
Today is Seniors, Kids, and Minnesota State Patrol Day. Some vintage State Patrol Cars are on display on West Dan Patch Avenue, and you can play to win some cool State Patrol giveaways.
You can’t call it the calm before the storm because there’s no sign of severe weather – just a whole lot of heat and humidity. Summer, in the scorching sense, hasn’t made an appearance in quite a while. Recently it’s felt almost like fall. But like a carefree kid getting ready to head back to school, a reality check is also on the way in the form of 90-degree weather.
Many of you ended up with dents in your cars and roofs from all of the hail that came down last night. Reports ranged from hail the size of a pea to the size of a tennis ball.
A group of veterans is proving their war wounds won’t slow them down.
It’s almost the Fourth of July, and most Minnesotans are just getting into the swing of summer. Many of you emailed questions relating to your favorite season.
All this week Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer have been at the lake…or many lakes. On Friday, the guys went south of the Twin Cities to Lanesboro, Minn.