Weather: I know many of you are starting your fall travel plans this time of the year to take in some of the beautiful fall foliage across Minnesota.
The colder temperatures in recent days have certainly helped move along the changing of the fall colors. Across parts of Northern Minnesota, temperatures fell into the 20s last week along with some frost.
Right now, some of the best fall colors can be found across Northeastern Minnesota where foliage is at 10 percent-25 percent of their peak. At Father Hennepin State Park they are reporting that ?Äúsome maple trees are tinted with some red.?Äù Also, basswood trees and ash trees are also ?Äústarting to turn golden.?Äù
At Split Rock Lighthouse State Park they are reporting that ?Äúany place in the park is a good place to go right now.?Äù In addition, ?Äúsome leaves are just starting to turn colors and trees are mostly green.?Äù Also, blooming wildflowers can be ?Äúseen in many areas.?Äù
In Northwestern Minnesota, Glacial Lakes State Park is reporting that fall colors are in the 10 percent-25 percent-peak range. They are reporting that ?Äúwildflowers have been blooming in the prairie areas, and leaves on a few trees have begun to change but nothing significant.?Äù
Across Central and West Central Minnesota most locations are reporting fall colors are at 0-10 percent-peak with trees just starting to show some of their colors.
A warm-up across much of Minnesota this week into the 70s will not help speed up the fall colors, but I think most of us will take in some additional ?Äúsummer-like?Äù weather instead with few complaints!
Don?Äôt forget that fall officially arrives this year at 9:29 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 22.
Weather fact: In Minnesota, tornadoes have occurred in every month from March through November. The earliest verified tornado in Minnesota occurred ?ÄúMarch 18, 1968, north of Truman, and the latest in any year Nov. 16, 1931, east of Maple Plain.?Äù
Weather history: On this date in 1955 ?Äúa late-season tornado hit Koochiching County.?Äù The NWS reported that most of the damage was confined to trees.
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 47 High 69
Duluth Low 43 High 61
Central Minn. Low 48 High 69
Twin Cities Low 51 High 71
Rochester Low 48 High 69
Marshall Low 47 High 72
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 69 Low 51 Wind: NE 5-10 mph Prec. None
Monday?Äôs sunrise, Sept. 15: 7:03 a.m.
Monday?Äôs sunset: 7:28 p.m.
Normal High: 68
Normal Low: 47
Temperatures will return to seasonal readings for the midweek and actually be a few degrees above average by Friday and Saturday. Along with the warmer air, we could see some scattered showers Thursday-Saturday.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, 30-percent chance of showers/T-storms. High 70 Low 58 Winds: SE 10-15>20 mph Prec. Trace-.20?Äù
Friday: Mostly cloudy, 40-percent chance of showers/T-storms. High 75 Low 58 Winds: S 10-15>20 mph Prec. Trace-.30?Äù
Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy, 30-percent chance of showers/T-storms. High 73 Low 52 Winds: SW/W 10-15 mph Prec. .10?Äù-.50?Äù
Sunday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of showers/T-storms. High 73 Low 54 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20?Äù