Mild week ahead with a parade of small storms

- The first few days of the month so far have been nothing short of warm.  Temperatures generally 10 to 20 degrees above average have reigned statewide, with a record high even falling in International Falls on Saturday.  Well, our warm weather is here to stay for a few more days at least as our VERY slow transition into the cold season continues.  General West to East flow across the country keeps the very cold polar air stuck in northern Canada and keeps much of the U.S. unusually warm.  Check out just how mild things look both Monday and Wednesday this week as the warm weather builds in the central U.S.

But the warmth doesn’t come with full sunshine and an umbrella drink (that part you have to provide yourself) because the fast upper level winds will rocket several small systems across the U.S. through the week.  Here is what the U.S. looks like Sunday evening…

The little system that brought us some scattered light showers and plenty of fog over the weekend is now pushing away into Illinois.  There is one storm to our northwest in Canada, but it will stay away and just push a few extra clouds across our area on Monday.  It’s the new low pushing into Oregon that will flash its way into the Midwest already by Tuesday.  This won’t have much moisture left after it dumps most of it in the Pacific Northwest, but may be just enough to get a few of us wet with some rain showers Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening.  So is that it??  Not even close… look at the eastern Pacific…

The atmosphere is comprised of an amazing conveyer belt of clouds and moisture streaming across the ocean toward the Lower 48.  It is all associated with a giant trough in the Gulf of Alaska, but there are little imbedded lows in this conveyer belt that will be strong enough to hop over the Rockies and into the Midwest.  The one you see there is set to arrive in Minnesota sometime on Thursday.  By Friday, this whole trough chilling in the Gulf of Alaska will finally be able to drop further southeast and bring some cooler air along with it.  Look at the big change in temperatures across the country on Friday…