41.7" snow in April in Duluth - snowiest April on record. Good grief.
14.1" snow so far in April, the 4th snowiest April on record in the Twin Cities.
63.4" snow this winter season. Average for an entire winter season is 54.4 at KMSP.
4th snowiest winter on record for St. Cloud and Duluth. Details below.
26F. Record low for this morning in the Twin Cities, set on April 20, 1888. If it gets colder than 26F it will be the first record low temperature since August 21, 2004.
.42" precipitation over the next 72 hours; much of that falling as rain Sunday, but a little wet snow is possible Monday. Deep breaths.
Latest 60F In The Twin Cities? Minnesota State Climatologist Greg Spoden provides some details on how unusual our stunted spring really is. Bottom line: there have been only 7 years since the 1870s with a "first 60F" after April 19. Lovely. "The average date of the first 60 degree temperature in the Twin Cities is March 29. I suggest you avoid the word "typically" because the range of dates is so large (February 15, 1921 to April 29, 1874). Here are the only years where the Twin Cities had yet to reach 60 degrees as of today's date (April 19)."
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
Snowiest April On Record For Duluth. And it was the snowiest February - April period on record for Duluth as well, the 5th snowiest winter season overall. Details from the Duluth office of the National Weather Service.
* 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 above: "Lockheed Martin and Reignwood Group plan to develop a 10 MW prototype OTEC pilot plant off the coast of southern China."
37 F. high Friday in the Twin Cities.
60 F. average high for April 19. Right.
47 F. high on April 19, 2012.
.9" snow fell yesterday.
14.1" snow so far in April in the metro area.
63.4" snow so far this winter season (9.6" above average, to date).
7" snow on the ground at KMSP.
* interactive Guardian map above is here.