Cooler weather ahead – Showers Friday, lingering early Saturday

Rainy and cooler Friday

While we saw a warm and windy Thursday across the region, a cold front is slowly moving through the region today. This ushers in cooler weather to end the week (and weekend) and brings with it the possibility of rainy weather. The best chance of rain on the subway will be from midday onwards, as the chance of rain is actually higher behind the front. It will mostly be in the form of showers, but an alternate rumble of thunder cannot be ruled out. Temperatures will remain stable, if not slightly falling, during the 60s during the day.

Statewide, the hottest temperatures on Friday will be in southeastern Minnesota, just ahead of the cold front moving in during the day. Temperatures there will be in the 70s. The rest of the state will be in the 60s. We’ll be watching for chances of rain (mostly showers, but we can’t rule out an isolated storm) from mid-west to north -eastern Minnesota to the southeast, with drier, sunny skies closer to the conjunction of the Minnesota/North Dakota/Canada borders.


Chances of showers continue at least early Saturday

The rain behind this cold front will be a little slow moving, so we will see the potential for some lingering showers through the day on Saturday. While the best luck on the subway will be in the morning, they will remain in southeast Minnesota for much of the day. The chance of rain you see on Sunday is very low – better chances will exist south and east in parts of Wisconsin and Iowa. Highs this weekend will be in the upper 60s at around 70F.


Potential rainfall amounts

While rain amounts are forecast to be around a quarter to half an inch in many areas where rain falls over the next few days, we could see much heavier totals (1-4″) in the southeast of the Minnesota, especially if this rain stays steady Saturday (and maybe Sunday) across the region.


Fall Color Update

We’re now over a week into September, which means it’s time to keep a close eye on the changing fall colors in the area! So far, none of the Minnesota DNR state parks are reporting anything above the 0-10% range. However, we know how quickly that will change over the next month. You can keep an eye on this map over the next few weeks from the MN DNR by clicking here.

Here is a handy map of the typical fall colors of the MN DNR. This runs from mid/late September in far northern Minnesota to mid-October in the downstate.


Puddles today signal a cooler weekend ahead
By Paul Douglas

Hurricane Earl will batter Bermuda with strong waves and torrential rains again today. As Hurricane Kay smashes Baja California, slowly weakening over colder waters; still able to dump torrential rains on Southern California by Saturday. We’re breaking this heat wave for a gently used hurricane. Weird, but not unique. Hurricanes often relieve heat and drought.

For those worried about another colder than average La Nina winter, consider this. There were no tropical storms in August, and NOAA’s spring forecast of another above-average Atlantic hurricane season could prove a miss. They are gifted forecasters, but predicting weather patterns in the coming months is more art than science. Sober but true.

After a blistering stretch of weather, some rain is falling today, and it now looks like Sunday’s storm will hold onto Wisconsin. Expect weekend sunshine with daytime highs hovering around 70F.

Moderate to severe drought persists in metro and central Minnesota. A rainfall deficit persists.


Paul’s Twin Towns Extended Forecast

FRIDAY: A little rain is likely. Waking 67. High 69 (with temperatures dropping). Chance of precipitation 90%. Wind N 10-15 mph.

SATURDAY: More clouds than sun. Wake 55. High 72. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind N 8-13 mph.

SUNDAY: Partially sunny. Showers over Wisconsin. Wake 54. High 70. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind N 8-13 mph.

MONDAY: More sun, quite pleasant. Wake 57. High 74. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 7-12 mph.

TUESDAY: Sunny and warmer. Wake 56. High 80. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind W 3-8 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny, it feels like summer again. Wake 60. High 86. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind S 10-20 mph.

THURSDAY: Sticky sun, late thunder? Wake 68. High 89. Chance of precipitation 40%. Wind SW 10-15 mph.


Minneapolis Weather Almanac and Solar Data
September 9

*Duration of the day: 12 hours, 50 minutes and 18 seconds
*Daylight LOST since yesterday: 3 minutes and 3 seconds

*When do we drop below 12 hours of daylight?: September 26 (11 hours, 57 minutes, 40 seconds)
*When does the sun start to rise at/after 7am? : September 22 (7:00 a.m.)
*When does the sun start to set at/before 7:00 PM? : September 27 (7:00 p.m.)


This day in weather history
September 9

1979: 1 3/4 inches of hail falls in Douglas County.

1917: Very cold air is moving towards Minnesota, with a low of 17 degrees in Roseau.


National weather forecast

On Friday we will continue to see heavy rain over parts of the southeast due to an area of ​​low pressure and a blocked frontal boundary. Moisture from Hurricane Kay off the Yucatan Peninsula will move north into the southwest bringing heavy rains and causing flooding in the region. A frontal boundary in the upper Midwest will bring showers and rumbles of thunder to these areas.

Two areas of particularly heavy rain are expected during the first half of the weekend – one in the southeastern coastal areas and a second in southern California. In these areas, rainfall amounts of 3″+ will be possible.


The California network is about to undergo an overhaul. He needs it.

More Protocol: “California is about to spend big on climate protection. On Tuesday, the heat hit with fury. The next day, Governor Gavin Newsom retaliated by signing bills including $54 billion in climate provisions to be spent over the next five years. That spending includes $1.4 billion in loans to extend the life of Diablo Canyon, the state’s last nuclear power plant and its biggest source of carbon-free energy. There is also a new framework for carbon capture and storage. And the funding comes just two weeks after the state said it would ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. It all comes with a new goal to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. greenhouse by at least 85% by 2045. Funding for the network could be the linchpin that holds these plans together – or shatters them. The state has allocated $8 billion to modernize the network. And hoo boy, is he going to need every penny.

After a turbulent first half, the outlook for solar is brightening

Learn more about Renewable Energy World: “Unprecedented investments in clean energy and climate change in the Cut Inflation Act have significantly improved the growth prospects for the solar industry in the United States after a first half of the year dampened by the pricing risks and supply chain constraints, according to a new market report. The Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie released a report that raises their baseline forecast for solar growth by 40% over the next five years in response to the landmark law. The groups expect the United States to add 162 GW of new capacity through 2027, an increase of 62 GW from a previous estimate. If projections hold, installed solar capacity in the United States could reach 336 GW at this point.

Green hydrogen: short-term scarcity, long-term uncertainty

More from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research: “Green hydrogen from renewable electricity and derived e-fuels is particularly valuable for achieving climate neutrality. They can replace fossil fuels in industry or long distance transport where direct electrification is not possible. However, even as generation capacity grows as fast as wind and solar, the growth rate champions, green hydrogen supply remains scarce in the short term and uncertain in the long term, shows a new analysis published in the journal NatureEnergy. Green hydrogen would likely provide less than 1% of global final energy by 2035, while the European Union could hit the 1% mark a little earlier around 2030. In particular, the EU plan for 2030 to deliver 10 million tons of green hydrogen with capacity will be out of reach unless policymakers can foster unprecedented growth for energy technologies. By 2040, a breakthrough to higher shares of green hydrogen is more likely, but large uncertainties prevail, increasing current investment risks. However, history shows that emergency-type policy measures could lead to significantly higher growth rates, accelerating breakthrough and increasing the likelihood of future hydrogen availability.


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