A SPOOKTACULAR WEEKEND...
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The clouds have cleared and the sun will shine through much of this holiday weekend. Additionally there's a chance for viewing of the Northern Lights in the Midwest. Let's start with Saturday... we'll have plenty of sunshine today with temperatures climbing well into the 50s:
There will be some clouds that file in and the winds will pick up as a cold front moves through Saturday night into Sunday:
The cloud part is important as it concerns the viewing of the Northern Lights. There was a solar flare a few days ago, which has triggered a strong geomagnetic storm.
It is possible the auroras could be visible as far south as Cedar Rapids or the Quad Cities, but the better chances will be further north. However, if the clouds really thicken up viewing will be nearly impossible. The best chances would be to get out after sunset away from city lights. The short term hi-resolution model doesn't show clouds taking over until 1-3 am:
The clouds will clear up for Sunday but cooler air will be moving in:
Temperatures will be dropping down near the freezing mark Sunday night into Monday morning.. trick or treaters will want to bundle up!
Temperatures will likely remain pretty cool and below normal through the first week of November:
Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend! RK