A Frosty Forecast for Some?!
So how many of you woke up to the sound of your furnace kicking on? Temperatures across the northern and central plains dipped into the 30s, 40s and 50s this morning, and more of the same is on the way tonight. As a matter of fact, northern Minnesota could see patchy areas of frost tonight! Follow the scale running along the top of this map below, and you’ll see more purple(cold color) appearing in the Pacific Northwest, and over into eastern North Dakota, northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan. Lows will dip into the 50s all the way south into Texas.It won’t be long now, and our cool days/nights and diminishing daylight will begin nudging leaves to change color across portions of the nation. For those of you in Minnesota, here is a great source for fall color information: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fall_colors/index.html It’s still pretty early on, so we’re not really experiencing much color across the state yet. Here and there, maples are slowly starting to show their lighter shades. If you’re looking for information across other parts of the U.S., check in with various state DNR offices to see if they post updates.
Here’s a quick update on the Atlantic hurricane situation. Earl has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm as of this blog post, and made landfall near Western Head, Nova Scotia around 9 AM central daylight time. Severe tropical storm winds continue to slam the area, with damage expected before Earl exits across Prince Edward Island and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence later today. Our former Tropical Storm Fiona has weakened below t.s. status, and has become more of a remnant low/depression over Bermuda. If you recall us mentioning Gaston last week, he is about to make another run at tropical storm status this weekend, and could become a hurricane early next week. The latest models take soon-to-be Gaston due west over the Leeward and Windward Islands, and just south of the Dominican Republic. Could this storm make it into the Gulf? We’ll keep an eye on him and let you know where he’s heading. Meanwhile, disturbed areas in the Bay of Campeche and near the Cape Verde Islands only stand a 20% chance of gaining tropical cyclone characteristics.Meteorologist Bryan Karrick, WeatherNation LLC