Gusty winds and a lunar eclipse wrap up November
Strong northwest winds and a lunar eclipse close out November after a warm Saturday on the last weekend of the month, and there is a mild forecast for the start of December.
Strong winds roared through the Brainerd lakes area in the early morning hours Sunday, Nov. 29.
A west wind of 12 mph changed quickly before 3 a.m. to the northwest and included gusts of 29 mph. Winds from the northwest were steadily in the upper teens to lower 20s for mph throughout the day. Trees swayed and outdoor Christmas decorations toppled in the wind.
The largest wind gust was recorded at 38 mph just before 10 a.m.
Gusty winds continued into Sunday night creating a wind chill of 10 degrees by 6 p.m. with the air temperature still in the 20s. The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport reported a high of 42 degrees Sunday after midnight with temperatures slowly falling throughout the day.
Saturday’s high of 47 degrees made for a pleasant time outdoors to decorate for the holidays, wash windows or just take the dog for a walk. The normal high this time of year is about 30 degrees. Saturday’s warm day fell shy of overtaking the record high of 50 degrees set in 1998.
Either those late to bed or early risers Monday may be able to see a full moon and a penumbral eclipse as the moon passes through the Earth’s outer shadow. Bob King, who writes the Astro Bob column, notes the eclipse should be visible between 1:32 a.m and 5:53 a.m. Monday but will be obvious from 3:10-4:10 a.m. and perhaps best at 3:44 a.m.
Above normal temperatures are expected for the week ahead with highs slightly above freezing and another mild weekend in the forecast with temperatures under mostly sunny skies forecast to be near 38 degrees Saturday and about 35 degrees Sunday for the first weekend in December.