Forecasters forecast warmer, drier weather conditions for fall

(KNSI) – Wednesday marks the first day of fall as the fall equinox officially occurs at 2:20 p.m. Central Time.

With the hot, dry summer in Minnesota, punctuated by one of the wettest August on record, meteorologist Nick Carletta of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Chanhassen said the short-range models show mostly normal fall weather conditions. Carletta says we’ll see highs in the 60s above around 70 with a few slight drops here and there. Aside from some chance of rain at the end of the week, Carletta says that the longer range models show that “things look hotter than normal and drier than normal, so more. [of] what we saw for much of the summer, although it got a bit wetter by the end of it.

What about the fall colors this year? Carletta says the summer drought put the kibosh on the brilliant fall colors, but for the color we get, he says, it looks like peepers will have warmer temperatures to come out and enjoy. Maximum fall color varies across the state, but typical times to check for fall colors are mid-September to late September for the northernmost part of the state. ‘State. From around Duluth to Fargo and north, it is between mid-September and early October. From about Duluth to Fargo and south through the St. Cloud area, the Twin Cities, Rochester and out to Marshall and the Minnesota / Iowa / South Dakota border, the color peak is between late September and mid -October. For the far southeast of the state, the peak fall color is typically early to mid-October.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fall Color Report can be viewed by clicking here.

As for the later parts of October, “it looks like this dry and hot pattern is likely to continue, so more above normal, drier temperatures, but, with how much our temperatures drop to normal, that doesn’t mean. not that we’re going to stay warm, it just means it will be warmer than a normal year. It also means less risk of snow in late fall. “Longer range models, we don’t see anything to suggest that we can say anything with any level of predictability, snow in the forecast right now. “

Carletta said, “I hope [the forecast] makes people happy because it looks like it’s going to look like fall and not early winter.

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