Record warm thru Saturday, cold front Monday

1:00 PM, Friday, October 24, 2014.

Another fine weekend is in store. The record high temperature today and tomorrow for Denver is 80 degrees both days. For Boulder it is 81 today and 80 Saturday. As of 1PM Denver was already 79 degrees. It is likely that we will reach the records on both days. Sunday will also be warm, but not as warm, and maybe a bit windy, especially in exposed high elevation areas.

A cold front on Monday is not likely to be very cold or moist. But it will increase the chance for a bit of rain or snow (especially in the mountains). Nothing big is expected and temperatures will just slip a little below average for a day or two.

For many parts of the Denver-Boulder area there has not been a damaging hard freeze yet. That’s unusual for this late into October. The coldest so far in Boulder this season was 32 on September 12th when we also had our first 0.5 inch of snow. Remember that? It may get frosty here on Tuesday morning, but that’s not a given yet.

Some of you may have heard that a giant sunspot complex observed this week is the biggest aimed at Earth in 24 years. Large sunspots are known to launch major solar storms toward Earth which can cause auroral displays and telecommunication disruptions.So far this sunspot has been surprisingly quiet. Scientist are watching for activity from this sunspot over the next day or two, and then it will not be aimed at Earth anymore.

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