Mark Anthony Meteorologist
Weather column: The big talk for skywatchers over the weekend was the Perseid meteor showers. The annual event peaked over the weekend. If you got out of the city late at night, you were able to see 60 to 70 meteors per hour! It was quite a show this year with clear skies across the region.
If you missed the event this year, another meteor shower will be coming up with the Orionids meteor showers that will peak
Oct. 21 to 22.
It has been a hot one for much of the last week. We did see some relief from the heat on Tuesday as a weak cold-front arrived late Monday night into Tuesday. This brought with it some scattered showers and thunderstorms across the region. Temperatures fell back into the mid- to upper-70s and lower 80s across Minnesota.
A comfortable day is in store on Wednesday as well. Temperatures should generally reach the mid- to upper-70s and lower 80s once again. Dew points are expected to reach only the low- to mid-50s, making for a very comfortable day!
Warmer temperatures will return as we head into the weekend. Temperatures are expected to climb back into the mid- to upper-80s by Friday and Saturday. We could see some rain by Sunday. We could certainly use some additional rainfall as it is very dry across Greater Minnesota.
Have a great rest of the weekend!
Weather history: On this date in 1943, records show that “torrential downpours” caused flooding across parts of central, east central Minnesota, along with the Twin Cities area. In addition, four streetcars in the Twin Cities were “hit by lightning!”
Weather fact: Did you know that 100 lightning bolts strike the earth every second? This equates to roughly between 8 million strikes per year, and 3 billion strikes per year. Experts say that if we could somehow “harness (and store) even a small percentage of this energy, we could solve all the world’s energy problems!”
Sunrise: 6:22 a.m.
Sunset: 8:29 p.m.
Normal High: 79
Normal Low: 58
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 53 High 77
Duluth Low 52 High 75
Central Minn. Low 54 High 78
Twin Cities Low 57 High 80
Rochester Low 55 High 77
Marshall Low 56 High 81
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 78 Low 58 Wind: Light & Var. Prec. None
Temperatures will continue to be comfortable for the midweek with high temps generally in the mid to upper 70s. We will start to warm up by Thursday and Friday as temperatures will climb back into the low- to mid-80s. Rain chances are expected to hold off until Sunday.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 82 Low 62 Wind: SSE 5-10 mph Prec. None
Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer. High 86 Low 64 Wind:
S 5-10 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 85 Low 65 Wind: SW 5-15 mph Prec. None
Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, 40-percent chance of showers/
T-storms. High 85 Low 66 Wind: SE/NW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20”