65 F. average high for May 2.
40 F. high temperature a year ago; on May 2, 2011.
80+ high temperature expected today, the last warm day in sight.
1.3" of additional rain predicted by Saturday night in the Twin Cities.
79 F. Wednesday at Duluth, warmest day of the year so far.
* all damage reports (hail, high winds, funnels and tornado touchdowns) for the last 2 days can be found here, courtesy of NOAA.
Green Bay, Wisconsin: this past winter saw 5 feet less snow than the winter of 2010-11. Source: Jeff Last, NOAA.
Snowless winter reported at Asheville, North Carolina, for the first time since modern-day records were started in 1889-1890.
"While March was the warmest ever recorded in North America, April continued to provide favorable weather for seasonal demand as well as foot traffic. North America had its 4th warmest April in 50 years, and warmest since 2010. Precipitation was the least since 2001. In the U.S., April 2012 was the warmest since 2006 and driest since 2001. Canada experienced a warmer than normal April while precipitation was below normal.
- All 4 weeks of the month trended drier than last year in both the U.S. and Canada. In most instances, precipitation was also well below normal, helping support foot traffic into shopping centers and restaurants.
- Drought conditions persisted in the Southeast, Texas, and Southwest. Drought conditions also expanded along the Atlantic coast.
Photo credit: "Powerful storms often pound the coast of California in El Nino years. In December 2002, huge waves battered the pier and damaged the cafe operated by Chuck Fisher (pictured) at San Diego's Ocean Beach. Credit: San Diego Union-Tribune/John Gibbins."
"Are we done with frosty conditions for the season in the metro area?
Park Nicollet Health Services
Photo credit above: RIMAC.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota: