If Dorothy's house landed in Bemidji this week, she could be forgiven for thinking she was in the sunflower state. With highs around 80 and lows in the mid 50s, this week's weather resembled typical September weather in Topeka, Kan.
Blue skies dominated through the week thanks to a ridge of high pressure over the north woods. The result was no rain and warm days combined with cool, dewy mornings.
These conditions could lead to an especially vivid fall color season. As the sun becomes lower in the sky and nights get longer with the change of seasons, trees begin preparing themselves for the onset of winter. As they do this the green chlorophyll begins to disappear from their leaves, exposing the oranges and yellows of autumn.
Cool overnight temperatures combined with warm, sunny days causes glucose leftover after photosynthesis ceases to turn a bright red. Some color is already beginning to appear along the Gunflint Trail and should spread through the area toward the end of the month.
Again chaotic weather harasses parts of the United States. The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee drenched much of the southern and eastern parts of the country this week. Rainfall totals of up to 12 inches were recorded. Every cloud has a silver lining though - the rainfall has done much to mitigate drought conditions that the Dixie states have been suffering through this summer.
Current forecasts call for temperatures to cool significantly across the area early next week as high temperatures struggle to reach 60 and lows average in the low 40s - or hardy northern Minnesota weather for mid September. Showers may dampen your Monday as a cold front moves through the area. However, much of the remainder of the week should be dry.
Tom Siemers is the Pioneer's circulation manager. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org