42 F. high yesterday in the Twin Cities.
60 F. average high on April 20.
58 F. high on April 20, 2012.
5" snow on the ground at KMSP.
.25" rain today (NAM model).
Coating to 2" slushy snow possible Monday PM hours.
60s to near 70F by next weekend?
1874 April 29 (latest 60F high on record in the Twin Cities)
1904 April 26
1947 April 26
1951 April 25
1975 April 25
1965 April 21 (year of the EF-4 tornadoes that hit on May 6 in the Twin Cities)
1876 April 20
* latest U.S. Drought Monitor for Minnesota is here - data from NOAA and USDA.
* Thursday 24-hour rainfall map from NOAA here.
Graphic credit above: Wunderground. "The rains that fell in a 24-hour period ending at 7 am EDT Thursday, April 18, 2013 over Northern Illinois were the type of rains one would expect see fall only once every 40 years (yellow colors), according to METSTAT, Inc. (http://www.metstat.com.) METSTAT computed the recurrence interval statistics based on gauge-adjusted radar precipitation and frequency estimates from NOAA Atlas 14 Volume 2, published in 2004 (http://dipper.nws.noaa.gov/hdsc/pfds/.) METSTAT does not supply their precipitation recurrence interval forecasts or premium analysis products for free, but anyone can monitor the real-time analysis (observed) at: http://metstat.com/solutions/extreme-precipitation-index-analysis/"
Graphic credit above: "Image courtesy of Keith Koper, University of Utah Seismograph Stations."
Image credit: "NASA/GSFC/Suomi NPP."
Image credit" "The Colorado River from space on March 12, 2013." NASA Earth Observatory.
Photo credit above: "A crew from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation cuts foliage to help contain a wind-driven brush fire that broke out near Fillmore last week, forcing evacuations and threatening homes. Southern California is marching toward its fourth-driest year since 1877, and that has firefighters increasingly girded for battle." (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times / April 9, 2013)
* interactive Guardian map above is here.