After our bout of wintry weather early in the week, we’re now enjoying some more seasonable, fall-like weather for the latter half of the work week with temperatures in the 40s and rain instead of snow. One system will make for a gray and damp Thursday afternoon, but it will move along fairly quickly, leaving behind a bright, sun filled Friday for us to enjoy and maybe use as an opportunity to hang Christmas decoration outside. The weekend will actually be fairly mild as well, but definitely a bit unsettled as a large storm system works its way through the Upper Mississippi Valley. We’ll have clouds in the area by midnight Friday followed by rain by Saturday morning that will last through most of the day. As the system passes to the east early Sunday, those showers will be more sporadic and scattered while temperatures will be typical for this time of the year with 40s in most spots. Colder air will then pour in behind that system as skies clear and drier air comes in from the Plains. High temperatures will be only in the upper 20s and lower 30s for Monday and Tuesday of next week before more seasonable weather build back in for the middle part of the week.
Even if it doesn’t appear likely, we’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping for some kind of clearing on either Saturday night or Sunday night that might allow us to view the annual Leonid Meteor Shower that will be at its peak. In addition, Sunday will be the November full moon, also known as the “Beaver Moon.” It’ll be the first time in 46 years that the full moon will have occurred on November 17th, strangely enough. Here’s a link to some information on the Leonids. http://www.universetoday.com/106327/here-comes-the-weekend-leonid-meteor-shower/