Warm November 2-3, 2008

A warm front separated mild air from unseasonably warm air across Minnesota on November 2-3. By the afternoon of November 3, the warm front had lifted to Northeast Minnesota. In a day that was more typical of Mid September, temperatures rose into the 70's across much of Minnesota on November 3. The low November sun angle cast an odd shadow on the balmy conditions. Records were tied or broken across the state. The Twin Cities at least tied the record high for November 3. The old record was 74 set back in 1978. The mercury climbed to 74 degrees by 3pm. The normal high for the Twin Cities on November 3 is 47. In addition, dew point temperatures were in the mid 50's during the afternoon of November 3 as well making it feel a little on the muggy side.

One area that did not have the warm temperatures was Duluth and along the north shore where winds off the lake kept clouds, fog and some light rain hugging the shore.

Below are Record Event Reports courtesy the National Weather Service.

RECORD EVENT REPORT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHANHASSEN MN
0444 PM CST MON NOV 03 2008

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED TODAY AT TWIN CITIES MN...
AT 4 PM...A TEMPERATURE OF 74 DEGREES WAS RECORDED AT THE 
MINNEAPOLIS ST PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN THE TWIN CITIES. 
THIS VALUE TIES THE OLD RECORD OF 74 SET IN 1978.  

AN UPDATED RECORD EVENT REPORT WILL BE ISSUED IF THE TEMPERATURE 
RISES AND BREAKS THE RECORD HIGH OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS. 


RECORD EVENT REPORT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
1252 AM CDT TUE NOV 04 2008
...RECORD MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE SET AT ROCHESTER MINNESOTA YESTERDAY...

AT 229 PM ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 3RD...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE AT ROCHESTER MINNESOTA INTERNATIONAL 
AIRPORT CLIMBED TO 75 DEGREES. THIS ESTABLISHED A NEW RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THE DATE. 
THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 73 DEGREES SET BACK IN 1978.

RECORD EVENT REPORT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS
500 PM CST MON NOV 03 2008

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT GRAND FORKS UNIV. (NWS) ND...
...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT GRAND FORKS INTL AIRPORT ND...
A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 65 DEGREES WAS SET AT GRAND FORKS UNIV. (NWS) ND 
THIS AFTERNOON. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 64 SET IN 1981.

THE AIRPORT ALSO SHATTERED ITS PREVIOUS RECORD HIGH FOR THE DATE. AROUND MID AFTERNOON 
THE MERCURY TOUCHED 66 DEGREES...BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD HIGH OF 63...SET IN 1981. 

RECORD EVENT REPORT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
0512 PM CST MON NOV 03 2008

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT INTERNATIONAL FALLS MN...
A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 66 DEGREES WAS SET AT INTERNATIONAL  
FALLS MN TODAY. THIS TIES THE OLD RECORD OF 66 SET IN 1978.


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
344 PM CDT MON NOV 3 2008
...SEVENTH WARMEST NOVEMBER DAY IN ROCHESTER MINNESOTA...

ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2ND...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 72 DEGREES 
AND THE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 50 DEGREES. THIS PRODUCED A MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 61 DEGREES.  
THIS WAS 23 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 38 DEGREES. THIS TIED NOVEMBER 7 2001 FOR THE 
SEVENTH WARMEST NOVEMBER DAY /IN REGARD TO AVERAGE TEMPERATURE/.  IT WAS THE WARMEST 
NOVEMBER DAY SINCE NOVEMBER 8 2006 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 61.5 DEGREES.  
THE WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN NOVEMBER WAS 65 DEGREES ON NOVEMBER 1 1933.
THE TABLE BELOW SHOWS THE TEN WARMEST NOVEMBER DAYS IN RESPECT TO 
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...

       ROCHESTER WARMEST NOVEMBER DAYS
      IN RESPECT TO AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
               AVERAGE      RANK    TEMPERATURE         DATE
     ----    -----------         ----
       1     65.0 DEGREES   NOVEMBER 1 1933
       2     64.5 DEGREES   NOVEMBER 2 1938
       3     62.5 DEGREES   NOVEMBER 1 1990
             62.5 DEGREES   NOVEMBER 3 1938
       5     62.0 DEGREES   NOVEMBER 1 2000
       6     61.5 DEGREES   NOVEMBER 8 2006
       7     61.0 DEGREES   NOVEMBER 2 2008
             61.0 DEGREES   NOVEMBER 7 2001
       9     60.0 DEGREES   NOVEMBER 3 1978
             60.0 DEGREES   NOVEMBER 18 1953
             60.0 DEGREES   NOVEMBER 1 1944

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
347 PM CDT SAT NOV 1 2008

...NEAR OR RECORD WARMTH POSSIBLE THROUGH WEDNESDAY...
SOUTHERLY WINDS AHEAD OF AN ANOMALOUSLY DEEP LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM 
LOCATED OVER THE NORTHERN PLAINS WILL BRING NEAR OR RECORD WARMTH TO MUCH OF THE UPPER 
MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. BESIDES DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS...
MANY WARMEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS MAY BE EQUALED OR BROKEN. AS A REMINDER...THE 
WARMEST DAILY MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS ARE FOR THE DAY AND NOT NECESSARILY THE MORNING 
LOW TEMPERATURE.  EVEN THOUGH THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES WILL BE UNUSUALLY WARM FOR THIS 
TIME OF YEAR...THEY WILL LIKELY BE NOWHERE NEAR THE STATE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS 
FOR NOVEMBER.  

THE TABLE BELOW PROVIDES THE STATE NOVEMBER MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORD 
FOR IOWA...MINNESOTA...AND WISCONSIN...   
IOWA        86  NOV 17 1899  BURLINGTON
MINNESOTA   84  NOV  1 1950  WINONA
WISCONSIN   84  NOV  4 1904  PRAIRIE DU CHIEN
           84  NOV  1 1904  PRAIRIE DU CHIEN

THE TABLE BELOW CONTAINS THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR BOTH 
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY...
                      TUESDAY     WEDNESDAY
                      NOV 4TH      NOV 5TH
                      -------     ---------
AUSTIN MN             71 IN 1975   68 IN 2001
CHARLES CITY IA       68 IN 1978+  71 IN 1945
DECORAH IA            70 IN 1895   73 IN 1895
LA CROSSE WI          68 IN 1895   71 IN 1924
MEDFORD WI            71 IN 1978   70 IN 1938+
OELWEIN IA            71 IN 1978   72 IN 1945+
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN WI   74 IN 1978   73 IN 1895
PRESTON MN            73 IN 1975   69 IN 1975
ROCHESTER MN          72 IN 1975   70 IN 1893
SPARTA WI             71 IN 1978   66 IN 1975
WINONA MN             76 IN 1964   74 IN 1975

+ INDICATES THE LAST OCCURRENCE
THE TABLE BELOW CONTAINS THE WARMEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR BOTH TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY...

                      TUESDAY     WEDNESDAY
                      NOV 4TH      NOV 5TH
                      -------     ---------
AUSTIN MN             48 IN 1940   49 IN 1948
CHARLES CITY IA       54 IN 1981   54 IN 1895
DECORAH IA            54 IN 1895   53 IN 1895
LA CROSSE WI          56 IN 1895   54 IN 1895
MEDFORD WI            51 IN 1956   51 IN 1956
OELWEIN IA            52 IN 1981   46 IN 1978
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN WI   57 IN 1902   55 IN 1956
PRESTON MN            49 IN 1964   52 IN 1956
ROCHESTER MN          47 IN 1981+  46 IN 1948
SPARTA WI             54 IN 1938   55 IN 1956
WINONA MN             55 IN 1964   53 IN 1956