Autumn weather doesn’t get much better than this. We’ve only had three days worth of measurable rain this month, making it the driest September since 1882. The trails are dry, dusty and fast which is a product of Minnesota’s expanding drought. Minnesota rivers are measuring extremely low water levels and small creeks and streams are showing exposed bedrock. Even Minnehaha Falls has all but dried up with the recent dry weather.
With the fall foliage just about at peak color in the metro, the brushfire danger will stay elevated as there will be plenty of dead leaves and dry vegetation on the ground. Just this week, firefighters responded to a grass fire just off the side of the road on I-94.
This dry and relatively warm weather lingers into the middle of next week. A rude awakening arrives by Wednesday, however, as a Canadian front reminds us that it’s still Fall. Temperatures could go from the mid 70s to the 30s in a 48 hour period. Lucky for us, the temperatures look to slowly moderate again by next weekend.
Saturday: A great day for the Open Streets MPLS at Upton Ave and 4th Street. H: mid 70s
Sunday: Mostly sunny. H: mid 80s
Monday: Partly sunny. H: low 70s
Tuesday: Fantastic riding weather continues…H: mid 70s
Wednesday: Increasing clouds, showers arrive late…a sign of changes to come. H: near 60
While it may cool down late next week, the long range computer models are hinting at a warmer than average start to winter. Much of Minnesota has a 40% chance of receiving above normal temperatures from October through December.
Beside great biking weather, another benefit of the dry weather has been a lower tornado count nationwide. So far, 757 tornadoes touched down nationally from January 1 through September 21. This year’s tornado count is significantly lower compared to last years 1692 tornadoes.