Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Watching and Waiting for the Inevitable

Todd's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:

THURSDAY: Happy St. Patrick's Day! More clouds, few light showers possible - only a few one hundredths of inch expected up to 0.10" . High:48.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Lingering sprinkles possible, otherwise dry with some clearing. Low:32

FRIDAY: Cooler with intervals of sun. High:46

SATURDAY: Nicer day of the weekend. Mild sunshine early, then increasing clouds. Low: 30. High: 50

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a few stray, light rain showers. Low: 35

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with showers expected.  High:52

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy and damp, isolated thunder also possible. Low: 39. High:51

TUESDAY: Rain chances continue, then turning cooler. Maybe a few wet snowflakes as the system departs, especially north and wet. Low: 36. High: 46

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy and cooler. Low: 30 High: 40

I have to be honest, it's nice to see 40s and 50s back on the extended weather maps again. We've had to endure winter-like conditions since late November (nearly 4 months) and a whopping 80.2" of snow, which is good enough for the 7th snowiest winter on record in the Twin Cities.

Unfortunately, the warmer weather comes with a price. Several key factors are coming together for, what could be, a memorable flood season for many that live along Minnesota Rivers this year.
Saturated soil conditions from heavy rains last fall, a deep snow pack with a high water content and the potential for a rapid snow melt with heavy rain are all red flags at this point. Flood forecasters are collectively holding their breaths as the melt continues.

Rivers are expected to rise to nearly flood stage as early as this weekend for the Cottonwood, Crow and Redwood Rivers.




 Red River Flood Watch - Valley Flood Watch has a ton of information regarding the Red River Valley flood updates - a good way to stay tuned to what's happening if you're interested. See more HERE:

You can follow ValleyFloodWatch on Twitter too! HERE

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Light Rain is possible today as you plan your St. Patty's Day celebrations, up to 0.10" possible (very similar to Tuesday's light rain) - but a much larger storm with potentially heavier rainfall, will take aim at the Upper Midwest early next week. Rainfall amounts could be heavy, so it bears watching. In the meantime, we continue to watch and wait for the inevitable.  Have a good Thursday - Todd Nelson

 Light Rain Chance for St. Patty's Day

Heavier Rain Chance Early Next Week - Mixing with Snow Along International Border?

A 'Super Moon' Commeth

This Saturday, not only do we have a full moon, but it will be the biggest full moon of 2011! Although it won't appear much bigger to the naked out, looking through your telescope, it will appear almost 7 times bigger than normal. This 'Super moon' may bring about unusually high tides. How can that be? Read the information below from

"Mar. 19, 1:10 p.m. CDT – Full Worm Moon: In this month, the ground softens and the earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of the robins.

The more northern tribes knew this as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signals the end of winter, or the Full Crust Moon because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. TheFull Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation.

The moon will also arrive at perigee only 50 minutes later at 3:00 p.m. EDT at a distance of 221,565 miles (356,575 kilometers) from Earth. So this is the biggest full moon of 2011. Very high ocean tides can be expected during the next two or three days, thanks to the coincidence of perigee with full" moon.

Other full moon names for 2011 HERE:

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