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Area Weather: Fall colors already popping up in some regions

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We have approximately three more weeks of summer, of course, but those of us in the meteorological community consider fall to begin on Sept. 1.

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Now that August has wrapped up, it is time to look back at the month. Daytime high temperatures averaged about three to four degrees cooler than normal across the region. The St. Cloud National Weather Service Office reported 5.23" of rain for the month. This is about 1.35" above average for the month. We are still below normal for rainfall for the year.

I am sure most of you are noticing that the days are getting shorter. We are losing over three minutes of daylight each day now. I do love the cooler temperatures and the upcoming changing colors now that fall is in the air. I have gotten several weather pictures at KSAX-TV that already show the fall colors beginning! Where did the summer go? Have a great week.

WEATHER FACT

Autumn is a season filled with change. Days become shorter and, although it is often warm and sunny during the daytime, it can be cold at night. In the fall, leaves fall off the trees and hedges. Additionally, fall can bring strong winds and a lot of rain.

THIS DAY IN

WEATHER HISTORY

In 1992 severe weather affected several counties in the western parts of Minnesota. Several tornadoes were reported along with 3/4 inch hail and damaging winds as the system passed through Pope, Swift, Stearns, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Brown and Renville Counties.

MINNESOTA

AT A GLANCE

Moorhead...Low 56...High 79

Duluth...Low 49...High 75

Morris...Low 55...High 76

Twin Cities...Low 54...High 77

Rochester...Low 47...High 73

TODAY (Wednesday)

Mostly sunny. Winds: SW 10-15 mph. Precip: None.

Today's sunrise: 6:41 am Today's sunset: 8:01 p.m.

Normal High: 73 Normal Low: 52.

High pressure will keep our weather quiet for today.

OUTLOOK

•Thursday-Mostly sunny. High 78 Low 56 Winds: SE at 5-15 mph, Precip: None

•Friday-Partly cloudy. High 79 Low 54 Winds: SE at 5-15 mph, Precip: None

•Saturday-Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 78 Low 57, Winds: SE 10-15 Prec. Trace-.10"

•Sunday-Partly cloudy with a chance of showers. High 77 Low 57, Winds: SE 15-20 mph. Prec. Trace-.10"

•Monday: Mix of clouds and sun, chance of showers/t-storms. High 76 Low 58, Winds: SW 10-20 mph Prec. Trace-.10"

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