There’s nothing unusual about a cool, wet October week. For example, Wednesday’s high only climbed to the mid 50s – the same temperatures that feel so warm to us in early April.
Minnesotans who have trouble paying their energy bills will be protected from the cold again soon. Xcel Energy said the Cold Weather Rule will go into place starting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and will remain in effect until April 15.
It is going to be a busy weekend at the pumpkin patch. That’s why for the rest of the week the WCCO Morning Show crew will be taking you out to the fields. In Minnesota, farmers plant more than 5,000 acres of pumpkins.
An unusual strong storm front is threatening the Midwest from the central Plains to the Mississippi Valley over the next several days.
The apple season is underway in Minnesota. Some of the favorites, like sweetango or honeycrips, are ready for the picking at local orchards. But you may have noticed the harvest is a couple of weeks behind schedule. And Craig Schaper of Minnetonka Orchards says the search to find fruit without any flaws is a difficult task. “It’s devastating. I mean, this is what you pray for not to happen,” Schaper said. “You know, this is first time in 36 years that we’ve really been hit hard.”
The late-summer drought is deepening in central Minnesota, according to data released Thursday. The new U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that several counties in central Minnesota are now in a severe drought.
The Minnesota State Fair Grandstand was evacuated Saturday night because of weather concerns. According to State Fair spokeswoman Brianna Schulte, the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert will be postponed until 9:15 p.m. Concert goers were temporarily evacuated as a safety precaution.
Classes are canceled for the rest of the week at 27 schools in Minneapolis. High humidity and sweltering temps, combined with some buildings lacking air conditioning has canceled class on Thursday and Friday at more than two dozen schools, which will then resume class on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Students will not need to make up the canceled days.
Officials in St. Paul say they’ve found an 85-year-old man who went missing Tuesday, a day of extreme heat and humidity, after seeking the public’s help.
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.
Extreme heat is the most dangerous type of weather, causing more fatalities than flooding, lightning, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Appropriately, fairgoers are taking Monday’s temperatures seriously while still having fun. On a second day of record-breaking heat and oppressive humidity, fairgoers arrived with water in hand and armed with a plan to stay cool. For members of the Jefferson High School marching band, beating the heat began days in advance when musicians began getting used to consuming lots of water.
Students have returned to school in Minneapolis amid some of the most sweltering conditions of the summer. Minneapolis public schools have 18 buildings that lack air conditioning and another 11 with only limited cooling.
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.
This year at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, WCCO-TV is putting your meteorology skills to the test.
Greg Spoden is the state climatologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Compared to last summer, Spoden says this summer feels cool. “July of 2012 was the second hottest month in Minnesota history,” Spoden said.