Weather: Which month is it anyway?
It's confusing. Much of this week the weather has been more typical of mid October. Now that the autumnal equinox occurred early Friday morning, marking the official beginning of fall, much of the upcoming week will feature weather typical of late August. High temperatures throughout next week are predicted be around 70, or about 10 degrees above average for this time of year.
This week's cool, cloudy weather was the result of a cutoff low - a low pressure area that is disconnected from the main westerly wind flow. Without the upper level winds to steer the system, cutoff lows move slowly, if at all. Daytime temperatures remained in the 50s across the north woods under the low. Intermittent rain showers and periods of drizzle occurred Wednesday and Thursday. Precipitation totaled just over a half inch at the Bemidji Regional Airport.
The low has helped cut off the growth of the Pagami Creek Fire burning in the Numbered Lakes area east of Ely. With the cooler temperatures and precipitation firefighters have been able to gain ground on the fire. Information released Friday by the National Forest Service shows that the fire was considered 35 percent contained. Growth potential was listed as low thanks to light winds and high humidity.
The Farmer's Almanac has released their predictions for the upcoming winter. They are forecasting colder than normal temperatures and average snowfall. Winter outlooks issued by the Climate Prediction Center concur. La Niña is expected to be a factor again this winter. Typically La Niña conditions result in wetter weather across the northern United States and drier conditions across the south.
This weekend's weather should be perfect for football. Bemidji State hosts Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday evening. Skies should be clear with temperatures falling through the 50s during the game.
Siemers is the Pioneer's circulation director.
Email him at tsiemers@