Lucky weather provides good day for hunting
You couldn't ask for a better day to be out stalking that elusive buck.
High temperatures today are predicted to be 10 to 15 degrees above average. Look for temperatures to peak in the mid 50s across the north woods this afternoon.
The winter storm mentioned earlier this week as possibly affecting the area this weekend will track well to our west. If you're headed into the North Dakota oil patch you can expect to encounter 2 to 4 inches of wind-driven snow. No snow here, just some rain showers tonight and Sunday.
Fortunately, yesterday's wind event was short-lived. The National Weather Service forecast office in Grand Forks issued a Red Flag Warning for all of northwest Minnesota. Winds gusted to 40 miles per hour and combined with very low dew points resulted in conditions perfect for wildfires. The wind kicked up some decent waves on larger lakes in the area, with 4- to 6-foot waves reported on the Red Lakes, particularly in the Narrows and Ponemah areas.
We've been lucky this year.
Major snow events have struck areas to our west and east. Denver and the Front Range region of Colorado are digging out from their second storm this fall.
Seasonal snowfall totals at lower elevations are already more than 12 inches, with as much as5 feet reported in the mountains. Snow fell Wednesday as far east as Omaha, Neb. Meanwhile, thousands remain without power in parts of the northeast United States as a result of the snowstorm that struck that area last weekend.
Today's mild weather in our area will be quickly replaced by cooler conditions.
Sunday's high temperature in Bemidji will likely settle in the mid 40s.
Various extended outlooks are in agreement that the cooling trend is likely to continue through the upcoming week. Look for high temperatures around 40 and lows in the mid 20s.
Siemers is the Pioneer's circulation director. Email him at tsiemers@ bemidjipioneer.com