The only people not enjoying the unseasonably warm weather in Minnesota probably already have their snowmobiles gassed up and their skis dusted off.
They're frustrated because so far in November, there have been seven days of temperatures above 60 degrees in the Twin Cities, which is more than 20 degrees above normal. Even Duluth and International Falls -- typically cities that brace early for frigid temperatures -- have maintained highs in the 50s.
And highs in 60s and lows around 50 are expected to continue in the Twin Cities at least through Saturday.
Pete Boulay, assistant state climatologist, said that through Nov. 13, November has been the warmest its ever been. During that stretch, the average temperature was 50.9 degrees, nearly 2 degrees warmer than the previous record set in 1964, he said.
Similar record temperatures are usually reserved -- and complained about -- in late May and early June.
Wednesday's low of 52 was 4 degrees warmer than the previous record warm low for the day, reached in 1930.
"We're loving it. The kids are getting lots of outside time and fresh air," said Cathie Becker, director of Children's Choice Daycare in New Brighton where in early August, the kids were kept in because of the heat. "I haven't heard any of them say anything about snow."
The unusual warmth has given people an opportunity to do a lot of things not normally associated with November. For instance, golf clubs have seen more use than window scrapers, and the season has also been extended for wearing shorts, building roads, and gardening.
The reason for the continuing warmth is an unusually persistent ridge of high pressure running across the continent, keeping arctic air in the arctic, National Weather Service forecaster James McQuirter said.
November more often sees the jet stream dip southward, bringing cold to the central United States. But temperatures usually found in Minnesota this time of year are now hanging around central Canada.
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