51 F. average high for April 2.
54 F. high temperature a year ago, on April 2, 2011.
3.4" snow fell on April 2, 1920. Good grief.
3.1" snow falls on KMSP during an average April. There's a nugget that'll cheer up a friend. Source: NOAA.
Frost risk remains for next week, as early as a week from this morning. Expect 2, maybe 3 nights at or below freezing for the Twin Cities suburbs next week, followed by a significant warming trend after April 16 or so.
"Step Away From The Annuals." The more I look at the models, the more convinced I am that much of the metro will see a frost the first half of next week, anywhere from 1-3 nights at or below 32. It's too early to know if it'll be a killing freeze (3-4+ hours colder than 28 F.) but I could see some frost damage in about one week. You've been warned. Red Bud Tree courtesy of Joan Kruhoeffer in Lancaster, PA.
"There is not a shred of political correctness in what the military is doing with energy efficiency or renewable energy," said Dennis McGinn, a retired Navy vice admiral who now serves as president of the D.C.-based American Council on Renewable Energy and as vice chair of the military advisory board for CNA, a 70-year-old think tank that began as a Naval antisubmarine research group during World War II. "From lance corporal to general, they are on board. They live with the problems from the over-reliance on fossil fuels." - from a Scientific American article on the military preparing for climate change, details below.
A Mild Week, Then Frost? The models are in pretty good agreement - temperatures only 10 degrees above average through the weekend, followed by a real cold front early next week.
Frost Potential Next Week. Latest (GFS) runs aren't quite as cold as they were a few days ago, but there's a potential for frost (especially suburbs) from Tuesday morning through Saturday morning. Right now it doesn't look like a widespread freeze (few hours below 28) but it's still too early to know for sure. Don't pack away the (light) jackets just yet.
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Fast-Forward Melt-Down. This NOAA animation shows the amazing rate of snow-melt last month.
Warmest Day: 92 degrees on April 7, 1967
Coldest Morning: 26 degrees on Sunday April 8, 2007
Warmest Tournament: In 1978, the avg. of the Max Temp was 86.8 degrees
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- Cat 3 will be winds from 111-129 mph.
- Cat 4 will be 130-156 mph.
- Cat 5 will not be anything 157 mph and greater.
* photo credit: NASA.
* Pacific satellite image courtesy of "DigitalCyclone".
"I was just curious as to what causes a cloud pattern such as this. I'm a pilot and thought it would be high winds aloft but the winds around 3-6000 ft (hight of clouds) are only 20-25 kts. I'm not sure if the picture shows clearly but not only are they wavy but also have ridges."
Photo credit above: "Surveyors prepare to take height measurements near the Washington Monument. From left to right, Clyde Dean, cartographic technician; Davey Crockett, geodetic technician; Jeff Olsen, geodesist; and Eric Duvall, geodetic technician."
First T-storms Of Spring. This was last night's NWS Doppler radar image at 11:25 pm, showing an east-west line of storms over the south metro. GR2 Analyst estimated 1/2 to 1" diameter hail with a few of the storms near Hastings.
Another Day - Another 70. Much of Minnesota broke out into the "warm sector" ahead of a cool front; enough sun for a high of 70 at MSP International Airport and St. Paul, 73 Eden Prairie and 77 at Redwood Falls. St. Cloud saw more cloudiness, with a respectable high of 65. T-storms (first of the season) popped up over the metro area around 11 pm last night as the cool front approached.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Damp, gray start. Slow clearing, cool breeze. Winds: NE 10-20. High: 61 (50s greater Minnesota)
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy - brisk. Low: 42
Photo credit above: "Image: Wikimedia Commons/Harald Hansen."
Photo credit above: "A weather station that records rainfall, temperatures, wind speed and direction. Photograph: Alamy."
Cartoon credit above: "Analyzing results from the General Social Survey, which has been conducted by the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center since 1972, University of North Carolina doctoral fellow Gordon Gauchat found that for conservatives with college degrees, trust in science declined more over time than it did for conservatives with only a high school degree. (David Gothard / For The Times / March 30, 2012)."
Photo credit: "This undated handout photo provided by NOAA shows Arctic ice. A new study reveals that ocean surface temperatures have been increasing for twice as long as previously believed. NOAA/AP/File."