5 days above 50 expected next week; temperatures should average a couple degrees above average for the first week of April.
60s possible after April 13.
Flood Warnings: Crow River at Rockford and Long Prairie River at Long Prairie.
Second Crest on many Minnesota rivers possible by the 3rd or 4th week of April, the result of rapid warming coupled with significant rain in the coming weeks - the worst flooding on the Minnesota, Mississippi and Red Rivers may be yet to come.
.10" rain possible from showery rains on Sunday.
1 - 1.2" rain possible the end of next week, from late Thursday into Saturday, April 9.
0" expected snowfall in the Twin Cities over the next 7 days.
Flood Warnings posted for the Long Prairie River and the Crow River:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED FLOOD WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN.
RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS NV
941 AM PDT FRI APR 1 2011
...ALL-TIME MARCH RECORD HIGH SET AT DEATH VALLEY CA THURSDAY...
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THURSDAY AT THE OFFICIAL WEATHER STATION IN
DEATH VALLEY AT FURNACE CREEK WAS 103 DEGREES. THIS SETS AN ALL-TIME
RECORD HIGH FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 102
DEGREES WHICH WAS RECORDED ON MARCH 28 1986...MARCH 21 2004...MARCH
16 2007 AND MOST RECENTLY ON MARCH 17 2007.
March Climate Summary. Top graph: temperature trend for March. Bottom graph: red line is average precipitation, the blue line is actual precipitation, green line is the record (1965, the worst flood year on record for much of Minnesota). Data from the Chanhassen Office of the National Weather Service: "Detailed climate summaries are now available for the month of March (links and images below). In general, the area came out about 2 to 5 degrees below normal, with precipitation near to slightly above normal. For snowfall, the March 22nd-23rd storm resulted in much of west central and central Minnesota into northern portions of west central Wisconsin seeing above normal snowfall for the month, while the rest of the area, including the Twin Cities and Eau Claire, was below normal. This stands in stark contrast to the March of 2010, when no snow was observed at any location within the MPX county warning area and temperatures ran about 5 to 8 degrees above normal."
Getting Better. Under a partly sunny sky with a drying northwest breeze Friday highs ranged from a brisk 35 at Grand Marais to 46 in St. Cloud, 47 in the Twin Cities, just 1-2 degrees cooler than average for April 1, but a far cry from last year, when highs reached 81 in the Twin Cities and 77 in St. Cloud on April Fools Day.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
SATURDAY: More heavy rain as a storm passes just south/east of Minnesota. Low: 42. High: 51
SUNDAY: (April 10). Rain may mix with wet snow before tapering, windy and cooler. Low: 42. High: 46
Arctic Sea Ice - A Climate Change April Fools Joke? Not According to Snopes. Here's a release that came out yesterday, courtesy of reason.com: "Interesting, since people who are concerned about climate change often cite the fact that Arctic sea ice cover has been declining at a rate of 3 percent per decade as evidence for man-made global warming. The satellite data set issued by the University of Alabama in Huntsville finds that the arctic temperature trend since 1979 is 0.47 degree Celsius per decade which is three times higher than the overall global trend of 0.14 degree Celsius per decade. The National Snow and Ice Data Center issued a this preliminary report on Arctic sea ice cover last week:
On March 7, 2011, Arctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for the year, at 14.64 million square kilometers (5.65 million square miles). The maximum extent was 1.2 million square kilometers (463,000 square miles) below the 1979 to 2000 average of 15.86 million square kilometers (6.12 million square miles), and equal (within 0.1%) to 2006 for the lowest maximum extent in the satellite record."
James Inhofe Apologizes For Calling Global Warming A Hoax. Shocking news on April 1: "In what might be one of the most remarkable about-faces ever to come from within the beltway, James Inhofe, Senator and minority ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee (R. OKLA), apologized to a stunned Senate chamber for calling climate change the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” “It’s time for leadership in Washington on climate change,” said Inhofe. “To date, I have been an obstacle to that leadership, and that changes today.” A confused and bewildered Republican leadership called for the Senate Sargent at Arms to restore order – “this man is not who he says he is!” cried Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, accusing Inhofe of being a liberal hollywood stunt double carrying out an evil socialist plot. The befuddled McConnell then made a choking sound, suddenly blurting out the word “Hitler!” Inhofe tried to reassure and calm his colleagues. Turning to McConnell he said, “Calm down Mitch, it’s really me. I’m no Hitler, nor is Obama or any of my colleagues on the left. It’s time we stopped this hurtful and dangerous rhetoric and worked to solve problems. Global warming and a new energy economy are now at the top of my list.” At that McConnell collapsed on the Senate floor and and was rushed to the hospital."